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New from Old: How to Transform and Customize Your Clothes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2007

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    In her fourth book, freelance textile designer Jayne Emerson explains the different ways that crafters can spice up their wardrobe using a variety of techniques: dyes, decoration and alteration. She encourages her readers to go to both thrift and retail locations and works with various materials such as wool, leather, and cotton. The book is divided into several sections going into detail on how various looks can be achieved with different techniques. The book consists of with a large amount of photographs and drawings including illustrations of clothing ¿before¿ and ¿after.¿ Emerson also covers sewing, dying and embroidery basics for readers that may need a refresher course or who are new to the art of customizing their clothing. Projects include transforming lingerie by changing its color, dip dying a scarf, embroidering a jacket, adding silk flowers to a cardigan, making a jacket from a sweater, embellishing shoes, transforming an old leather skirt into a tote bag, and making a tablecloth into a skirt. Best of all, Emerson also encourages the reader to come up with their own ideas, using the projects presented as a jumping off point. Although the dyeing and embellishing projects should be relatively easy for anyone with basic crafting skills, several of the sewing projects use a sewing machine and require beginning to intermediate sewing knowledge. Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate

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