Sweatshirt Transformations: Sew Jackets, Vests & Hoodies * 8 Projects from Cozy to Elegant

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Learn how to construct and embellish a stylish jacket from a comfy sweatshirt for a fabulous, perfect fit! Designer Londa Rolfing shows you how to blend your favorite fabrics and trims with her basic patterns to create your own designs. Explore 2 construction methods—use the whole sweatshirt intact or cut it up. Ruffles, ruching, slashes of denim…what is your signature touch? Includes full-size tissue patterns, designed for sizes from S to XXL—choose a pattern that fits your sewing skill. Whether you’re into ...
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Overview

Learn how to construct and embellish a stylish jacket from a comfy sweatshirt for a fabulous, perfect fit! Designer Londa Rolfing shows you how to blend your favorite fabrics and trims with her basic patterns to create your own designs. Explore 2 construction methods—use the whole sweatshirt intact or cut it up. Ruffles, ruching, slashes of denim…what is your signature touch? Includes full-size tissue patterns, designed for sizes from S to XXL—choose a pattern that fits your sewing skill. Whether you’re into casual hoodies or classic coats, you’ll never look at a sweatshirt the same way again!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“Learn to design, fit and embellish a stylish jacket made on a comfortable sweatshirt base,” the author promises in her introduction, and a careful seamstress (or sewist) who is able to follow exacting directions will be rewarded by completing one of the eight designs included. While jackets built from sweatshirts veer awfully close to a 1980s crafting trend, and it’s true that the included designs are not the height of contemporary chic, several designs are quite attractive, especially the off-center closing design called “Innovative.” (The less said about “Invested,” which features jean tops as its bottom, the better.) Rohlfing goes through each step painstakingly, from setting up the sweatshirt base (two methods are provided) to final closures, and photographs are plentiful. This generosity is offset by the author’s note that all needed supplies can be purchased from her Web site (that they can also be found at any sewing supply store is left unmentioned), and the hefty price for a book with only eight designs; after all, these are only fancy sweatshirts. Full-color photos. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
This book offers some unique and creative ideas for creating new garments from sweatshirts. There are designs ranging from stylish jackets to hoodies, and sewers of all skill levels will find the perfect project to suit their taste and sewing expertise.

A generic sweatshirt can be embellished with a number of trims, including ruffles, denim, or ruching. The basic designs can be altered by two construction methods- either the whole sweatshirt can be used, or it can be cut up and reconstructed.

Sweatshirt Transformations includes full-size tissue patterns, designed for sizes from S to XXL. Use your creative imagination to transform an everyday sweatshirt into a personalized work of art!
--examiner.com; 10/01/12

Love the wearing ease of a sweatshirt but crave something more sophisticated? Here's Londa to the rescue with eight great ideas, including six jackets, one hoodie, and a vest ... all with signature touches. For the embellishment details, full-size patterns (size S to XXL) are included.
--Notions - by the American Sewing Guild; Fall 2012

There have been a number of books on transforming sweatshirts published over the years. This latest is, we believe, one of the best. Although we challenge anyone to achieve Londa's promise of making an "elegant" jacket from a sweatshirt, the techniques and projects in this book certainly lift sweatshirts from the humdrum into something eye-catching and unique. Londa has been an avid seamstress for 46 years and made about 300 jackets in the past decade. That wealth of experience informs the instructions she's provided. Her aim is to encourage even novices to develop their creativity as they learn to design, fit and embellish jackets made with sweatshirt bases. She makes the point that you don't have to start with a sweatshirt either - she's explored a range of alternatives. Comprehensive technique descriptions, detailed instructions and lots of step-by-step photographs make this an excellent manual. Full size patterns for sizes S to XXL are included in a packet inside the back cover.
--Australian Homespun; January 2013

10/01/12 Examiner.com
This book offers some unique and creative ideas for creating new garments from sweatshirts. There are designs ranging from stylish jackets to hoodies, and sewers of all skill levels will find the perfect project to suit their taste and sewing expertise.

A generic sweatshirt can be embellished with a number of trims, including ruffles, denim, or ruching. The basic designs can be altered by two construction methods—either the whole sweatshirt can be used, or it can be cut up and reconstructed.

Sweatshirt Transformations includes full-size tissue patterns, designed for sizes from S to XXL. Use your creative imagination to transform an everyday sweatshirt into a personalized work of art!

Fall 2012 American Sewing Guild Notions Magazine
Love the wearing ease of a sweatshirt but crave something more sophisticated? Here's Londa to the rescue with eight great ideas, including six jackets, one hoodie, and a vest ... all with signature touches. For the embellishment details, full-size patterns (size S to XXL) are included.
January 2013 Australian Homespun Magazine
There have been a number of books on transforming sweatshirts published over the years. This latest is, we believe, one of the best. Although we challenge anyone to achieve Londa's promise of making an ;elegant' jacket from a sweatshirt, the techniques and projects in this book certainly lift sweatshirts from the humdrum into something eye-catching and unique. Londa has been an avid seamstress for 46 years and made about 300 jackets in the past decade. That wealth of experience informs the instructions she's provided. Her aim is to encourage even novices to develop their creativity as they learn to design, fit and embellish jackets made with sweatshirt bases. She makes the point that you don't have to start with a sweatshirt either—she's explored a range of alternatives. Comprehensive technique descriptions, detailed instructions and lots of step-by-step photographs make this an excellent manual. Full size patterns for sizes S to XXL are included in a packet inside the back cover.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607055549
  • Publisher: C & T Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/16/2012
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 464,498
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Londa Rohlfing has been an avid seamstress for 46 years. Over the last 9 years, she has created more than 300 jackets. Londa teaches nationally and also sells hand-dyed sweatshirts, original patterns, and more.
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