ReSew: Turn Thrift-Store Finds into Fabulous Designs

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Yearning for a unique look--yet shopping on a shoestring? Learn fashion designer Jenny Wilding Cardon's secrets for finding the creative possibilities in cast-offs! With a snip here and a tuck there, you can turn common thrift-store items--such as sweaters, curtains, and jeans--into sassy, stylish originals.

  • Turn secondhand basics into first-rate fashions with over 20 beginner-friendly projects
  • Make chic ...
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Overview

Yearning for a unique look--yet shopping on a shoestring? Learn fashion designer Jenny Wilding Cardon's secrets for finding the creative possibilities in cast-offs! With a snip here and a tuck there, you can turn common thrift-store items--such as sweaters, curtains, and jeans--into sassy, stylish originals.

  • Turn secondhand basics into first-rate fashions with over 20 beginner-friendly projects
  • Make chic tops, skirts, dresses, purses, scarves, bags, and hats--plus a rug, simple quilt, and more
  • View before and after pictures that illustrate the potential of your thrift-store finds
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604680270
  • Publisher: Martingale & Company
  • Publication date: 2/7/2011
  • Pages: 143
  • Sales rank: 998,836
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenny Wilding Cardon has been designing since high school. Back then, she would create eccentric, rebellious items of clothing, and then make her friends wear them to school. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in Women's Studies, Jenny spent three years with her husband in Seattle. A hot spot of American quiltmaking, Seattle introduced her to the vibrant, varied art, along with the many coworkers she befriended while working as a copywriter for Martingale & Company. Jenny's passion for quiltmaking inspired her to publish a book of baby-quilt designs (The Little Box of Baby Quilts, 2007). Her quilts have also appeared in McCall's Quilting and on the covers of American Patchwork & Quilting's Quilts and More and Quilter's Newsletter's Quilt It for Kids.

Jenny now lives in a quiet, quite sleepy bedroom community north of Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband of ten years, Brett, her two sons--Jack, 7, and Charlie, 3--and Niko Bear, a big silver and black cat.

Along with sewing of all sorts, Jenny's current interests include eating store-bought birthday cakes, listening to classic rock and current soul, writing, and knitting.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

    Good for Inspiration

    This is a fun book of projects for repurposing fabric or knitted items found in thrift shops (or one's own closet!)into updated clothing and things for the home. Most of the clothing projects seem geared toward young adults but there is plenty of inspiration for home decor and toys for children as well.

    Some of the projects include turning sweaters into hat and scarf sets, an elephant toy pillow, or handbag; turning men's shirts into a dress or skirt, using sheets for dresses and placemats, piecing cuttings from various articles of clothing into a quilt, and a tote made out of corduroy pants. There are no patterns, but clear instructions and diagrams are given for measuring, cutting, and sewing to create each item.

    I did like this book for the ideas it inspires and had fun looking at all the projects. Even if I wouldn't try to re-fashion a sweater into an off the shoulder top, it does encourage me to think of other ways to turn an otherwise ordinary piece of clothing or a bed sheet into something unique and creative. Many of the projects are for more experienced seamstresses since patterns aren't included but there are some that beginners could manage.

    This is a great book for anyone who enjoys the challenge of creating their own unique clothing and home decor items, or turning old things into new.

    I was given a copy of this book for review by the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and wasn't solicited nor was a positive review required. If I didn't like the book I would say so.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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