Title: Reconstructing Clothes for Dummies
By: Miranda Caroligne Burnes
Publisher: Wiley Publishing, Inc.
Reconstructing Clothing For Dummies is one of those books you can pick it up, read part of it, and get the gist. It is set up in parts and, honestly, I only read the first part, and the last part, skipping the projects. I needed the confidence to start looking at cutting up my clothing and turning it into something else. This book gives you that confidence. In simple terms, the author breaks down the different stitches, why you should cut up your clothing, and how to go about doing so. There's also some basic clothing care in this book, what fabrics you should work with, and how to set up your sewing space. A combination beginners sewing book (only slightly) mixed in with how to really change clothing. It is a winning combination.
The projects in this book look pretty. I haven't actually tried any out at this point and am doubtful I will. The outfits are really, really arty and I'm not a real arty person. There are some basics: denim skirt, cropped shirt, and such, but they also have an "arty" stamp to them.
Basically, in terms of resources and places to get started, Reconstructing Clothes for Dummies will do that. It is also, surprisingly, an inspiration to getting your own reconstructing ideas.