Highly promotable author. Eithne was the literary editor of Elle, and is now a freelance reviewer for the Observer, Irish Times and several womens' magazines. Thrift is, apparently the new black - talked about on TV, in newspapers and magazines - people are rejecting the 10,000 for a dress culture, in favour of customising one of their own, or whipping one up out of curtain fabric and sequins.
Eithne Farry has had a patchwork-quilt career. A former backing-singer (and tambourinist) with indie band Talulah Gosh, she is now a freelance reviewer, writer, literary editor and radio personality, who makes most of her own clothes (or at the very least, customises those she buys ready-made in shops).
'She'll have you running up a new summer wardrobe from the most unlikely sources: dresses out of your mum's old curtains - well bold prints are in, after all - simple skirts and A-line masterpieces, as well as holding your hand through party-piece techniques such as sewing darts and seams - much easier than it looks. It's simple, practical Girl Guide stuff, but the results couldn't look more vintage if they tried and are the ultimate in exclusivity.' GLAMOUR (June 2006) 'It's laid out as a sequence of projects, in which Farry demonstrates a real, rare gift for clear instructions; converting finger action into bullet-pointed prose is not easy. She gives sound advice on the minimum basic kit required...an excellent checklist to diagnose what caused which mechanical snarl-up, with the fine motto DO NOT FEAR THE SEWING MACHINE. She has a fab eye for a remnant, to judge from the shirt print on page 16, and her list of style icons is indeed stylish.' -- Vera Rule THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY (21.5.06) 'The tone of the book is all fun and girly froth...the instructions are clear,and the optimism that you really will be able to knock up your own dress is boundless.' TIME OUT (24-31 May 2006) 'Packed with easy-to-make patterns for everything from a stylish bag to a slinky evening frock, Yeah I Made it Myself, is perfect if you've always wanted to make your own clothes but weren't sure where to start. A delightful and inspiring book.' IMAGE MAGAZINE (June '06) 'This bright, funny manual for making and customising your own clothes is an excellent starter guide for aspiring home fashionistas, especially those on a budget.' SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE (July 2006) 'a great reminder that sewing should above all else be about fun, fashion and wanting to be an individual. Eithne's fresh, relaxed approach is based on starting with a funky fabric, a simple project, some very basic equipment, and learning new skills as and when needed... Eithne's hilarious adventures along the way make this entertaining reading, and her contagious enthusiasm is sufficient to encourage even the most reticent seamstress to give it a go!' SEWING WORLD (August) 'With retro charm, this book is a must for anyone passionate about clothes. The ideas are accessible and adaptable, with top tips for everything from sourcing material to alternatives to hemming.' TONIC MAGAZINE (1.10.06) ****