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Girl's Guide to DIY Fashion

Age range 8 and up Do you have a bunch of ideas for super-cute clothes but can't find them when you're out shopping? This book will teach you how to make anything you can dream up! Dresses? Yes. Jeggings? Check. Put your own stamp on everything you create by first sketching your designs in the book. You'll learn how to make fashion design mood boards, using things that you love and that inspire you. You'll be designing and sewing purses, headbands, skirts, and tops in no time! Now you won't even need to leave the house to find your favorite outfit!
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Table of Contents

Introduction [Chapter Title] Note for girls and parents What the girls say - students quotes Affirmations Things to Know [Section Opener] Essential Tools [Chapter Title] Tools/Supplies [Head 1] Using the Iron [Head 2] How to Pin [Head 2] Sewing Machine Basics [Head 1] The Parts [Head 2] How to use it [Head 2] Hand Sewing [Sidebar] Your Sewing Space [Head 1] How to Use This Book [Chapter Title] Finding Your Creative Style [Head 1] What Inspires You [Head 2] What do you love - Let's Doodle [Head 2] Mood Boards - How-to/room to create your own [Head 2] How the projects are organized - the process is broken down [Head 1] How to Use Patterns [Head 1] Ready to Create! [Chapter Title] Sewing Words [Head 1] Things to remember - Safety Tips [Head 1] Finishing Touches [Head 1] Hems, Zippers and Buttons [Head 2] Fun With Fabric [Chapter Title] Fashion Designing [Chapter Title] The Basics [Head 1] Let's practice - samples, stencils and croquis to draw on [Head 1] Some tips/thoughts from designers [Sidebar] Projects [Section Opener] Back-to-School Outfit [Chapter Title] School-Stylish Double Layer Skirt [Project Title] Flirty Flower Cardigan [Project Title] Pretty Pencil Case [Project Title] Happening Hair Ties [Project Title] Totally Tights [Project Title] Fun With Friends Outfit [Chapter Title] Jeggings [Project Title] Amazing Applique Sweatshirt [Project Title] Nifty Necklaces [Project Title] Dynamite D.I.Y. Sneakers [Project Title] Slumber Party [Chapter Title] Peace-Out" Pajama Pants [Project Title] Sleepover Tote [Project Title] Sweet Dreams Eye Mask [Project Title] Friendship Bracelets [Project Title] Rock'N Summer [Chapter Title] Ribbon Tie Dress [Project Title] Hip Halter Top [Project Title] Fabulous Flip Flops [Project Title] Hot" Hair Wrap [Project Title] Going to a Party [Chapter Title] Necklace Dress [Project Title] Party Purse [Project Title] Glitter Headbands [Project Title] Glam Shoe Clips [Project Title] What The Girl's Are Saying [Chapter Title] Templates [Chapter Title] Back-Matter [Chapter Title] Bio Resources

About the Author

Rachel Low is the founder of and head instructor at Pins & Needles, a modern sewing and crafting boutique and studio in New York City. Her mission is to inspire a new generation of sewists. She lives in Manhattan with her dog, Molly.


This will definitely appeal to girls who are keen to express their individuality or who are interested in fashion and design. For younger girls, it will help to have an adult show them a few techniques and sit with them as they sew. But older girls will find all the answers they need by following the introduction and step-by-step instructions. The items are all wearable and the reader can either follow the book's suggestions, and create a pulled-together look, or pick and choose different projects. This fun book is sure to be a must-have creative resource for years to come, making it a great-value purchase for any creative child. Love Sewing Australia, Issue 9 The Girl's Guide is such an outstanding resource for the creative girls in your life. Written with 7- to 14-year-olds in mind, Rachel has written a self-contained, everything-you-need-to-know handbook to inspire and motivate girls to design and sew clothes and accessories. All the technical stuff is there - terminology, how to read a pattern, sewing machines basics. We love the exercises on finding your creative style (mood board guidelines, too). Five sections of projects have girls sewing clothing and creating new looks with accessories The painted tights are fantastic! The chapters range from Back to School to Slumber Party to Rockin' Summer. Fun with Friends builds an outfit around custom jeggings and an applique sweatshirt. This is the perfect primer for the girls who long to stitch. Generation Q Magazine, July/August 2015 ...girls might find the busy style fun and inspiring. Publishers Weekly, January 2015 Think of this as DIY "Project Runway" for the pre-teen and teen set! This book gives a young designer all the tools she needs (including the patterns) to create five terrific outfits, each with her own unique stamp. American Sewing Guild Notions, Summer 2015

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