Yestermorrow Yearnings

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The Yestermorrow Clothes Book: How to Remodel Secondhand Clothes by Diana Funaro 1976

 

When you can’t remember what day something happened, because you’ve been awake for too many consecutive days.


Person 1: Remember that party yesterday… wait, or was that this morning?

Person 2: I don’t even remember anymore, it was yestermorrow.
Source:  On-line Urban Dictionary


RUDE Girl stumbled upon The Yestermorrow Clothes Book a couple of years ago in a library search for garment re-fashioning texts.

I made a request for my local library to track down the book but unfortunately the book was not available in Australia.  RUDE Boy searched on-line, and found plenty of copies in the USA.  But postage and handling charges, to have it shipped to Australia were, in our opinion,  too expensive.

This year sometime, I recommended the book to my refashioning colleague Bunny in Oregon, USA.  You may remember her from the guest post on Rude Record here

Bunny immediately, and with enthusiasm [and cheaply!] bought the book on-line.  And she promised to share some of its pages with me.

Well true to her word she sent me her chatty style blog post featuring the book, making mention of how RUDE Girl is now part of her yestermorrow book and blog story.

Check out Bunny’s cool book review on The Yestermorrow Clothes Book on this link to her blog which is titled after her feline friend Curious Orange Cat.

http://curiousorangecat.blogspot.com.au/2015/11/in-beginning-there-was.html?spref=fb

The Yestermorrow Clothes Book may be bit dated as stated here but it has all the basics required to refashion garments.  I did try to find out about its author Diana Funaro but no luck.  


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Suspended on a Line

At times the concrete is emphasized, sometimes the water, sometimes the sky or the rag with its more or less lightness and gayety [gaiety], and its color that transforms all other colors ~ From the book Suspended on a Line

SAMSUNGAbove:  Vintage cotton and threadbare blanket from the dog rug basket in a charity shop.  RUDE was inspired by the book Suspended on a Line to REscue this piece of textile, wash, soak and line dry it, on the Hills hoist clothesline outside in the Australian sun.

RUDE was at a landfill out of town a couple of days ago.  This landfill site has a large shed shop where stuff is REclaimed from going to landfill and then on-sold.

I, [Karen] hardly ever find anything at this shop worth blogging about.  But this time around I stumbled upon a coffee table book, just waiting for a textiles’ scavenger, me, to pick it up.  I realised immediately the beauty and inspiration awaiting for me within its pages.

At my regular landfill, I usually only pay 50 cents for a book or a couple of dollars for a bag of books.  For this book I paid $1.50.  I would have paid $5 as it’s glorious.  It’s the type of book I would have requested new as a Christmas gift.

Below:  The book is Suspended on a Line by Walter Battistessa

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Amazon has the book for sale with a mediocre review here.  I do not agree that the book lacks variety in the clothing and settings presented.  As Furio Colombo highlights in the forward, Battistessa beautifully documents textiles in all their variations from across the globe.

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When you move through the pages of this book you get a sense that the clothes and fabric coverings are treated with respect.   It beautifully portrays people maintaining and caring for their clothes and manchester.  There is air, sun, surf and wind that touches the fabrics.  The book breathes humanity, life and hope.

 

SAMSUNGAbove:  A pile of clothes REscued from landfill by RUDE, including ‘as new’ designer brands.  All garments are in good to excellent condition and half are made of natural fibres.  RUDE knows the special feeling she experiences from washing, soaking and suspending fabrics and garments on a line to dry or air out.

Below:  Handmade buntings from REcycled fabrics tied to the Hills hoist clothesline in RUDE’S backyard in Melbourne, Australia.

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