Chic Sweats: 22 Ways to Transform and Restyle Your Sweatshirts

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Sistahs of Harlem are back to give another essential wardrobe item a complete new makeover. This time, they’re reinventing sweatshirts, both vintage and new. Everyone has an old favorite college sweatshirt or comfortable hoodie, now it’s time to pull them out of the closet and give them a fabulous Sistahs of Harlem twist.

In Chic Sweats Carmen and Carmia show you how to make twenty-two fabulous designer looks out of an array of sweatshirts, sweatpants, or hoodies—new or from ...

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Overview

Sistahs of Harlem are back to give another essential wardrobe item a complete new makeover. This time, they’re reinventing sweatshirts, both vintage and new. Everyone has an old favorite college sweatshirt or comfortable hoodie, now it’s time to pull them out of the closet and give them a fabulous Sistahs of Harlem twist.

In Chic Sweats Carmen and Carmia show you how to make twenty-two fabulous designer looks out of an array of sweatshirts, sweatpants, or hoodies—new or from your closet. Complete with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, full-color photos, and detailed illustrations, the projects showcase their signature style blend of vintage and urban. In Chic Sweats you can learn how to:

• Turn your favorite hoodie into a poncho

• Transform an old pullover into a babydoll dress

• Reinvent your favorite team’s sweatshirt into a sleek triangle skirt

• Plus much more!

Also included in the book are interesting sweatshirt facts, dos and don’ts for every body type, and visual glossaries of skirts and sleeves to help create the perfect look for you.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Former Project Runway contestant Webber and her design partner, Marshall, specialize in reconstructed transformations of everyday garments, and their fashion label, Sistahs of Harlem, keeps getting more popular. The aesthetic is edgy, hip, and fashion-forward, and readers will be surprised at the imaginative garments that can be made out of humble sweatshirts. Especially outstanding is the introductory material on dressing for your shape. Though teens and young adults are most likely to wear the clothes, crafters and fashionistas of all ages can learn from the Sistahs' knowledge of figure-flattering fashion.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School—The authors take the ordinary sweatshirt and offer several ways to spice it up by making it into a skirt, a dress, or just a very different kind of top. They start with the basics of supplies and equipment, how to measure, and how to work with sweatshirt fabric, both by hand and on the machine. They then discuss body basics and fashion dos and don'ts, including how to camouflage figure flaws. From there they move into the specific projects. There is a wide variety of ideas, and each one contains detailed directions, complete with step-by-step illustrations. These projects are mainly for those with sewing experience, but they will appeal to teens who are looking for ways to personalize their wardrobes and are willing to put in the work.—Sarah Flowers, formerly at Santa Clara County Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312378615
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

SISTAHS OF HARLEM's, CARMEN WEBBER (a contestant on season 4 of Bravo's Project Runway) and CARMIA MARSHALL (a celebrity wardrobe stylist) are fashion and style innovators. They are also the authors of Denim Mania and T-Shirt Makeovers.

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