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Cheap Frills: Fabulous Facelifts for Your Clothes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2007

    Cheap Frills: A Mixed Bag

    Written in a style that will appeal to tweens and teens alike, Jennifer Knapp¿s spiral-bound Cheap Frills contains projects that ¿grown-ups¿ who want to stand out from the crowd will like as well. Knapp gives ideas for embellishing t-shirts, tank tops, skirts and sweaters using trims, fabrics and beads. But Knapp just doesn¿t stop at clothing, she also shows how to snazz up (is that a word?) handbags, shoes, scarves and hats. Short discussions on the crafting tools and techniques used throughout the book are also included. A sewing machine may be required for some of the projects, but many of them involve little to no sewing or use techniques that can be done by hand. Projects include a Hotsy Hankie Halter, Cha-cha Ruffle Top, Snow Bunny Cardigan, Spin-around Circle Skirt, Warm Wooly Cap and Fifties Housewife Apron. Although illustrated throughout with a combo of Knapp¿s whimsical drawings and photos by David Magnusson, several of the projects lack photographs of the finished product, and could use more detailed instructions, which may make crafting more difficult for some readers. And those that don't share her kitsch asthetic will probably find some of the ideas too costume-like.

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