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Handmade Chic: Fashionable Projects That Look High-End, Not Homespun Hardcover – January 31, 2012
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About the Author
LAURA BENNETT was a finalist on the TV series Project Runway. She has designed a line of clothing for QVC and appears regularly on CBS's The Early Show presenting craft segments. She lives in New York City.
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Top Customer Reviews
There is great detail on how to do the projects. Sewing terminology is explained well. There is a list of materials and tools needed for each project. Illustrations and patterns are provided. The author lets the reader know that all the materials for each project can be found online. This is helpful since she said most of the hardware can't be found in craft stores.
The projects are divided into 4 categories:
small luxuries- examples would be a business card holder , a key ring tab, and belts
fashionably organized - examples would be a book cover, various laptop holders, and ipad & kindle covers
bags and wallets - examples would be a shopping tote, a man's billfold, and a day clutch
evening extravagances - examples would be embellished shoes, a pullover, and furry slippers
When I skimmed through this book I thought that it looked too fancy. As I read it, I realized I could make any of these projects. I could use whatever material I wanted and even modify the projects. For example, I could replace the hardware with Velcro, buttons, or snaps. The author makes the reader comfortable with their own approach to the project. I would recommend this book to anyone who is satisfied when they complete a project. This book will get you from step one to the last step with ease.
I received a free copy of this e-book from NetGalley for my honest review.
If you are a home sewist who wants to learn how to make designer-type leather goods without fuss, this book is for you. There are also some embellished projects for clothing, bags, and shoes, but it was the leather projects that sold me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got this book at the library. Loved it so much I HAD to buy it. Haven't had a chance to try a project yet, but I am REALLY looking forward to it! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bethel999
The tips on tools to use and to work with leather affirmed my research and made this book a worthwhile investment.Published 6 months ago by MsB
I love this book. This book has soooooo many cool ideas in it that I want to do everything!!!! It really gets your creative juices flowing. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mrskillerb
Really pleased with this book. There are so many samples that everyone could use in one way or another, beginners or long time sewers. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Red Reader
...but that's not the authors fault, so I'm not allowing it to lower my review.
I was a huge fan of Laura Bennett when she was on project runway, she had a knack for... Read more
Came very quickly in very good condition. As for the book I am a little disappointed. Just expected a little bit more from the author I guess.Published on April 4, 2014 by Beverly Rambo
I really like the homemade purse ideas in this book but I have yet to make a purse from the patterns. I plan to do so in the future.Published on February 10, 2014 by Lynn Bagniewski
Beautifull projects. Good and simple instructions. I'll try to make some and hope to suceed similar results.
Usefull direction about suppliers. Read more