Sweat Shop Paris: Lessons in Couture from the Sewing Cafe

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From the trendy Sweat Shop—the first sewing café in Paris—a collection of cool sewing, knitting, and crochet projects to inspire community and creativity!

The Sweat Shop Book brings the namesake Paris Sweat Shop founded by Martena Duss and Sissi Holleis to North America with more than 50 DIY fashion and home projects, including instructions and more than 200 helpful, inspiring full-color photographs. The first "cafe couture" sewing shop in Paris, the Sweat Shop was named to ...

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Overview

From the trendy Sweat Shop—the first sewing café in Paris—a collection of cool sewing, knitting, and crochet projects to inspire community and creativity!

The Sweat Shop Book brings the namesake Paris Sweat Shop founded by Martena Duss and Sissi Holleis to North America with more than 50 DIY fashion and home projects, including instructions and more than 200 helpful, inspiring full-color photographs. The first "cafe couture" sewing shop in Paris, the Sweat Shop was named to highlight the questionable nature in which store-bought clothing is sometimes made. Instead of rewarding dubious labor practices, the Sweat Shop and The Sweat Shop Book inspire crafters to make something unique with their own sweat equity and creativity.

Crafters meet at the cafe and share ideas while renting equipment by the hour. In addition, classes teach novices how to sew, knit, crochet, and much more. Translating the Sweat Shop experience into book form, The Sweat Shop Book features experts in the Parisian fashion industry as they offer "master classes" to share their secrets and techniques.

With help from experts such as Madame Vava Dudu, who creates looks for Lady Gaga, and fashion stylist Sonia Rykiel, crafters of every skill level will learn how to mend a seam, make a dress from a pattern, and design and create something from scratch inside The Sweat Shop Book. Additionally, the book includes recipes for cafe fare, Duss and Holleis's Paris picks, and a French and English glossary. Bring Paris's couturiers home, learn secrets from the pros, and rediscover the joy of handmade, homemade fashion with The Sweat Shop Book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449408404
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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In March 2010, Martena Duss and Sissi Holleis opened the Sweat Shop, the first sewing café in Paris, near the trendy boutiques of Canal St. Martin. Duss is a Swiss makeup artist. Holleis is from Austria, where she had her own fashion store and label. In addition to carving a niche in Parisian society, the Sweat Shop has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Elle, the New York Times, Le Monde, the Guardian, and Marie Claire.

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sweatshopparis.com

In March 2010, Martena Duss and Sissi Holleis opened the Sweat Shop, the first sewing café in Paris, near the trendy boutiques of Canal St. Martin. Duss is a Swiss makeup artist. Holleis is from Austria, where she had her own fashion store and label. In addition to carving a niche in Parisian society, the Sweat Shop has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Elle, the New York Times, Le Monde, the Guardian, and Marie Claire.

Online:
sweatshopparis.com

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  • Posted December 3, 2011

    Creative ideas!

    The Sweat Shop Paris is a little place in France run by Martena Duss and Sissi Holleis, that offers people the opportunity to escape everyday life and sit, sew, chat and snack. Since I first began taking sewing classes as a child and continued taking them throughout my teenage years, sewing has always been a big part of my life. So, I was intrigued to get a look into the Paris sewing and crafting scene and enjoyed being able to take my own private "masters class" with their talented experts, like Vava Dudu, who styles for many people, including Lady Gaga. Each artist shares their own creativity with ideas like a cardigan embellished with a crocheted doily, flapper trousers or fuzzy knitted house socks. The main focus of Sweat Shop Paris is offering suggestions for embellishing your current clothes that may need a little updating. I also love to use thrift store finds for this purpose as well. Sweat Shop Paris gives a fascinating insider look at Paris through this cutting-edge Sewing Cafe and even includes delicious recipes that the ladies serve to their customers and guests!

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