Book Review – Sweat Shop The Book by Martena Duss & Sissi Holleis

Sweat Shop The Book by Martena Duss & Sissi Holleis
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Sweat Shop is an ironically named cafe couture in Paris, set up by Martena Duss and Sissi Holleis in 2010. As well as serving a quality cup of coffee, you can learn a range of stitch-based skills there, primarily around dress making, fashion and couture. It is a very cool place indeed.

Sweat Shop The Book by Martena Duss & Sissi Holleis

Sweat Shop The Book is packed with ideas and inspiration for the kind of fashion based projects that you might learn were you to visit. The book reflects the style and culture of the shop as well introducing you to some of the people that teach at Sweat Shop.

Sweat Shop The Book by Martena Duss & Sissi Holleis

The projects vary in difficulty, although some you would need basic skills and confidence to complete most of them. Each project comes with clear instructions and diagrams, and the end products are very Parisian in style – tres chic!

Sweat Shop The Book by Martena Duss & Sissi Holleis

There are quirky elements to the book and I think they’ve done a good job of capturing a sense of it must be like to spend a day hanging out there. I liked the recipe section at the back, that includes cakes and other treats from the Sweat Shop neighbourhood.

Sweat Shop The Book by Martena Duss & Sissi Holleis

I’ve never visited the Sweat Shop – thanks to this book I feel like I have, and I look forward to taking in the atmosphere and joie de vivre at some point in the not too distant future!

Sweat Shop The Book
Martena Duss & Sissi Holleis
ISBN 978-9-07332-88-3
23rd September 2011
The Ivy Press


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  • My favorite city is definitely New Orleans–so few cities in America seem “real” to me–they just don’t have any kind of traditions–and even though New Orleans has been ravaged by cars in a way that New York hasn’t, it’s kept its traditions alive by letting them evolve.

  • I think my favourite city is either Prague in the Czech Republic or Granada in Spain, although I count myself lucky to be living in Haarlem, the Netherlands too 🙂

  • NYC is definitely the best city on earth. 24/7 public transport, bars that don’t close until 4 am, if at all, more kinds of food than you can possibly try in a lifetime, and so much free stuff all the time. best best best.

  • My favorite city is a tie – I’m Canadian, so gotta stay true – LOVE White Rock, BC. My parents live there, and it is a beautiful little coastal tourist spot. Not too big, and gorgeous scenery.

    My other love is San Francisco. We used to go there all the time when I was a kid. So much to look at, so much good shopping, and I love the atmosphere. You never knew what you were going to see!

  • My favorite city is Salem, Oregon, it has a vibrant, emerging DIY culture, it doesn’t know what it wants to be yet, so we who live there get to shape it, AND, it has fabulous Fall weather!

  • The first place that came to mind is Interlaken, Switzerland. And if luck doesn’t get me this book, I will buy it anyway. 🙂

  • I haven’t lived in too many cities, but out of the ones I have I love Lawrence, KS. It’s definitely one of the best in the midwest. My more exotic city of choice would have to be Vienna. I was there for two days and just thought it was lovely. The museums are to die for!

  • Berlin or Amsterdam, but since Berlin is apparently the new Amsterdam, and b/c I’ve visited A’Dam too often, I’m going to have to chose Berlin 😀 It’s awesome!

  • My favourite city is definitely Berlin. I live in Germany now, and I love the vibrations here. History, art and really nice people!

  • My favorite city is Osaka – I love Kansai-ben and the entire city seems to be constantly full of friendly, crazy businessmen who want to talk to foreigners and everything is always bustling. I have really fond memories of Eki-den and all you can eat sushi.

  • I love Washington D.C. Roaming the Mall (with all of the admissions free, thanks Smithsonian!) really brought home to me this country’s history. And to see the Library of Congress-a book lovers dream come true! I would dearly love to go back.

  • My favorite city is bangkok, my hometown. It’s always sunny and beautiful. And the best part is everyone is smiling!

  • San Francisco is my favorite city. It’s small enough to get around easily, it’s very eclectic, there’s lots of tourists and LOTS of locals too. Tons of wonderful shopping, art galleries, museums, and bookstores. Chinatown and Japantown. North Beach. Golden Gate Park. The Pacific Ocean and summer fog. Britex! I am so glad Britex is an airplane ride away for me; I would probably buy out the store (eventually) otherwise!

  • My favourite city would have to be NY. The wonders of the garment district is beyond compare. Barcelona comes a close second though, the street art and the Gaudi park are so inspiring.

  • I’m going with Paris. I visited Paris for the first time this summer and instantly fell in love, but I only spent 2 days there, def not enough! Can’t wait to go back someday.

  • My fave city would have to be San Francisco. love the weather.. atmosphere.. and the parties 🙂

  • I’m torn… I live in Paris and I’m here only because I love it so much. But I miss my family a lot, lately, and I always have so much fun when I visit them, so my hometown (Columbia, MO) is probably my favorite place currently! On a side note, I’m excited that Sweat Shop put out a book! I’ve never been able to go to their workshops because they cost too much for me, but so many of them sound like a lot of fun!

  • I love Detroit. Mostly for the DIA and the other museums and galleries, but also because it has such a different vibe from other large cities.

  • My favourite city is Christchurch, New Zealand. It’s a major city on the south island, so there’s loads of art and culture, but it’s still small enough to not overwhelm me (I’ve never been a big fan of huge cities).

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