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Denim Mania


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SISTAHS OF HARLEM are CARMEN WEBBER and CARMIA MARSHALL, fashion entrepreneurs and style innovators who got their start selling handbags and revamped shirts at street fairs in NYC. Capturing the attention of the international fashion press, they have dressed celebrities such as Iman and Alicia Keyes. They live in New York City.


Aug 08

What is the coolest way to recycle an item of clothing? Remake it into something else to wear, something utterly unique that makes a statement about YOU. I love books like this, and this is one showing you how to transform your old jeans.

I love denim too, and hate throwing it away as it becomes a part of you that other clothes just don't! If you feel this way, this is the book for you. It is a big subject, and before you get to unpicking or ripping anything there is a lot to learn. The history of denim and jeans for example, the different styles of garment denim is made into and different types and colors of denim. Tips on washing, deconstructing, body measurements, items you will need to buy and other essentials need to be read first and they make fascinating reading too. There is such a lot to know, but it does not take up too much of the book and then it is on to the fun stuff. There are tops, skirts, Capri pants, shorts, jackets and accessories galore to make, all using up old denim garments. Expect ripped seams, raw edges and an edgy type of statement in the main, but there are other ways shown too - something for everybody perhaps. The instructions are thorough, and they need to be as this is not an easy subject but you don't need advanced sewing know-how to make anything, just the patience and will to get to it. If you are looking for something different and want to recycle old denim garments then this is a good hands-on book.

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Oct 08

Denim fans will have a great time working their way through the projects in this super title. There are 25 fun and funky ideas for deconstructing and reconstructing jeans (old or new) into a variety of stylish garments and accessories including jackets, tips, skirts, shorts, bags and belts. This is a very thorough guide with useful information about different types of denim including special finishes and fibres. There is also a handy glossary showing popular styles of jean complete with a guide to selecting the most flattering shape according to figure type. Sewing techniques cover measuring, marking and stitching basics whilst each project includes detailed step-by-step instructions. Those who like plenty of 'bling' on their denim will find lots of ideas for embellishing with crystals, applique, buttons and trims. Many of the projects combine denim with other deconstructed garments so this is a great title for those who love to recycle and it's also an ideal choice for trendy youngsters looking to create individual styles.


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