Jean Therapy

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More than 20 projects and an array of gallery creations are imaginative and practical fashions-hardworking denim at play.

Pair cast-off denim with a crafter's unyielding creativity and you have a craft with limitless possibility. Denim is the perfect fabric for many arts and craft methods: it is durable, washable, and dyeable; it can be cut, sliced, shredded, poked, prodded, and cinched. Jean Therapy teaches basic techniques - building anything from skirts, bags, vests, and accessories - and illuminates these basic techniques with dozens of clever, funky, and stylish variations.

Jean Therapy includes straightforward, illustrated instructions for more than 20 projects, running the gamut from simple accessories to reconstructed pants, skirts, and halter tops, each featuring design and personalization tips and techniques. Each project will have a main beauty shot, detail shots (as needed), and a number of technical step illustrations that show creation and assembly details.

It also includes a detailed chapter on customizing and tailoring clothing for a perfect fit - a key ingredient when working with repurposed clothing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592533886
  • Publisher: Quarry Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: Domestic Arts for Crafty Girls Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 9.43 (w) x 10.62 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Scatha G. Allison (San Francisco, CA) is an artist and designer with a background in painting, installation, and mixed-media work, and is known in the San Francisco design community for her distinct cutting, draping, and patterning skills, specializing in couture techniques and reconstruction. Her clothing line, Miss Velvet Cream, is currently available in San Francisco boutiques Venus Superstar and Queen of the Meadow, Show Pony in LA, and La Rouge in Portland.
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  • Posted May 16, 2010

    Jean Therapy - Practical, but not for the patterns

    The best part of this book is the beginning tips section which covers working with denim. It's full of great ideas, like using a piece of cardboard to raise the height of denim sections as you sew varying thicknesses of material. By raising the pieces to the same height, you help decrease tension caused by the weight of the fabric, and that can help you prevent problems like broken needles. The patterns, though, were not anything I'd want to follow. The finished products shown, while beautifully photographed, were a mess! The only one that really appealed was the cover shot. I love the idea of recycling jeans into other garments, and I'm not so finicky that I mind a patchwork effect, but these garments were too unfinished looking for my liking with lots of raw seams and what looked like very rough fitting. I had been hoping for something more for everyday wear and less boho.

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