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Denim Revolution: Dozens of Ways to Turn Denim Cast-Offs into Fashion Must-Haves Paperback – May 13, 2008

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Adult/High School—A book of "ripped up, hipped up, glammed out, do-it-yourself denim designs for funky fashionistas." Minsky has one rule—that the denim may not be purchased. All of the projects are from recycled clothing and include jackets, bags, skirts, hats, and lots of embellished pants. Each design has clear instructions that include the level of difficulty, materials needed, and step-by-step instructions with sketches or photographs. Many of the projects include materials such as lace, buttons, ribbons, and many other fabrics, and not all require a sewing machine. There are instructions for painting, stenciling, and bleaching denim as well as templates and patterns that can be photocopied and enlarged. Overall, this is a user-friendly book, and each idea can be modified to suit readers' personal styles.—Jane Ritter, Mill Valley School District, CA
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About the Author

NANCY MINSKY was handpicked as an assistant by Calvin Klein before she graduated from Parson’s School of Design. After working on his designer line, she was the head of the Paul Alexander high-end women’s sportswear collection.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030735377X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307353771
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #912,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book that reaches out to all ages. I myself as a grandmother envisage working through a few of the designs with my ten year old granddaughter. The illustrations and the accompagnying instructions are clear and concise. The book itself is pleasing to the eye and inspires a sense of design and fashion, encompassing the ever increasing need for a "greener" society. For those people who take pleasure in design, fashion, and sewing, this is a book that you can truly enjoy. It also makes a good gift.
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Nancy Minsky's Denim Revolution is a fabulous book! I loved the idea of recycling my soft old jeans. I couldn't wait to get this book and was thrilled when it arrived. The book made me feel like I was part of the creative process; it is a resource of ideas, simple instructions, high fashion illustrations, and amazing photos. There is something for everyone in this book. This book got my creative side thinking about what I could do with my old Levi's. This book shows infinite possibilites with denim.
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I have plenty of denim that I'd like to upcycle, which is why I bought this book. The ideas are great for young women who like boho chic and trendy design.. Many of them are appealing and while I wouldn't wear them myself, my granddaughters might,
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I love fashion and just bought this book, because I loved the cover and the publisher's description. I am NOT disappointed. The projects are not the kind of clothes that look homemade in the negative sense of the word, but the kind of clothes that look handmade in a positive way, they are gorgeous designer threads, that look like they sell for $$$ but you can make with no budget. This book is hip with a nonchalant French look. There are projects for all the skill levels and different styles, with descriptions from a designer's viewpoint, to get the right look that is also eco right. Right now I feel like I am on a shopping spree, but I've go to stop writing and start sewing and I'm going to make those cargo pants!
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from first inspection I thought this would be a great book for me but after receiving it just wasn't what I wanted or needed. The illustrations were very good and gave good ideas but just wasn't what I had expected.
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This book is a must have! It is one of those beautiful books you add to your collection and look at when you want inspiration.
The arty photos themselves are enough to keep you entertained for awhile. Set in a beautiful European city, feels like you are looking at the pages of your favorite fashion magazine. Not to mention the gorgeous fashion sketches you always wished you could draw.
But then wait, the text is good too! They are direct, playful, hip-to-the-day instructions, which are actually easy to understand. The best part is, these are pieces you might really wear!
I love this book and the reason why is...these beautiful books you add to your collection are few and far between, this one is a perfect addition.
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didn't really like this one. Ideas were impractical not very inspiring. Worked good for some basic info but I'm still looking for something crazy and fun...rather mundane
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I have been working with old denim for too many years for this to help me. I had hoped to find a new idea or two in this little book. Sorry that I did not. This book would be good for a young lady interested in fun and trendy items.
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