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The Refashion Handbook


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Introduction Redefine Fashion, One Refashion at a Time You Might Just Surprise Yourself Secrets to Thrift Store Shopping Organize Your Space Essential Tools For Refashioning Basic Refashioning Skills Measuring for Fit Know Your Needles Basic Machine Stitches Basic Hand Stitches Slipstitch Topstitching Whipstitch Blanket stitch Sewing a Basic Seam Finishing Raw Edges Finishing an Edge With Bias Tape Hem With Hem Tape French Seam Install a Center Zipper Darts Gathering Cap Sleeves Projects Date Night Dress Headlight Halter Dress Spotlight on the Little Black Dress Leather Laptop Sleeve Renegade Ikat Bag Ultra Cashmere Skirt Merino-Wool Cardigan Wild Life Jacket Wild Life Skirt Great Art Quick and Easy T Shirt Resize Vine and Dine Tribal Tie Dye Maxi Detailed Denim Southwest Fold-Over Clutch Mocha Flow Bow Sleeve My New Floral Line Emerald Petals About the Author

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Refashionista Beth Huntington inspires sewists to transform secondhand finds into fashionable clothing that can be worn anywhere. When she's not refashioning, she spends her days in a classroom full of energetic kindergarteners. Beth lives in Oregon. Visit her at her blog, The Renegade Seamstress.


Beth Huntington's sunny disposition and normal silhouette (she models all her creations) add to the mix to make this an encouraging and practical handbook for anyone, whether plus size or petite, to create unique and thrifty garments in true Make Do and Mend style. Mumtopia, 11/25/14 The Renegade Seamstress shows how to refashion and up cycle your wardrobe piece by piece. BurdaStyle, Winter 2015 The author's blog is devoted to refashioning her lumpy thrift-store finds into more attractive (although by no means trendy) outfits, so it makes sense that her first book showcases 19 of the concepts she's used in her sewing for herself. A frumpy three-quarter-sleeve T-shirt turns into a cute fitted top, while the Emerald Petals Dress takes a frequently found style (the sleeveless, bulky dress) and reworks it into a stylish cap-sleeve dress. The book uses written instructions and color photographs to show the techniques Huntington uses, which should be helpful for readers who clearly can't count on finding the exact same clothes that she did. A basic techniques chapter is adequate, covering a few trickier skills such as hemming a pleated skirt,...This book is a great inspiration for those who like to make one-of-a-kind garments for women. Publishers Weekly, September 16, 2014 Here's a great follow-up to "Rescuing the Unloved and the Unworn," our Spring 2014 Notions cover story! Step-by-Step photo tutorials will walk you through the phases of the redesign process that will transform garage-sale, thrift-store, or back-of-closet finds into hip modern pieces that look brand new. American Sewing Guild Notions Magazine, Fall 2014

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