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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: That Patchwork Place (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160468027X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604680270
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author Jenny Wilding Cardon has pooled all her thrifting and re-fashioning knowledge into one fabulous book! Her introduction gives you a glimpse into her fun personality, and why she likes to "resew."

Jenny shares her personal methods for thrift shopping, like keeping a running list and an open mind while shopping. The best part about resewing is that when you resew, your creation is always one-of-a-kind, and perfectly suited for you! Jenny also has "Design Diversions" for each project to encourage your personal creativity.

Jenny's projects are simple yet detailed, and the instructions are flawless. A new sewist will be equally excited by these projects, as someone more experienced as well. Each of the projects has a list of Jenny's fiber facts, the number of pieces needed, and what you should look for while shopping, including fiber content and recommended sizes. Also included are many "ReTip" sections within the patterns to teach you sewing basics, such as making casings, inserting elastic, making your piece a custom fit, sewing with wool, and dealing with imperfect pieces--really, too many to list!

Jenny has taken refashioning to a whole new level. She has over 20 projects including shirts, skirts, dresses, bags, a scarf and hat set, a quilt, rug and even a child's toy. There is something for everyone in this book, and it will definitely get you thinking creatively about your wardrobe. I really love how useful this book is--I need to look through my own closet for items to resew! This is also a great book for many of you that already quilt, and would love to learn to sew garments. --Amy Ellis, Amy's Creative Side

Are you a pattern kind of stitcher or more the make-it-up-and-see-what-happens type? I am rather a maverick when it comes to sewing and more often than not I make it up as I go along. Patterns are not really my thing, and as a result I tend to end up with a few projects that arguably would have been better off as great ideas that never got off the ground! It s all part of the fun of creating. And given that most of the fabric I use for making clothes is found in an op-shop (thrift store), the mishaps are never worth a fortune. My favorite item I ever made was a ball gown from bronze colored 1970's shot silk curtains that cost me $30!

So, it was with great delight that I came across ReSew. While there are many patterns in this book, my favorite thing about the approach of author Jenny Wilding Cardon is her encouraging nature. Statements such as "design diversions are welcome here" and "use the designs on the page as a starting point, then jump" hooked me right in.

There's the story of how Jenny began thrifting to hints on shopping second-hand. The patterns are easy to read and use and are well illustrated with tips (or "ReTips") for techniques that the reader may not be familiar with.

But here's my favorite part, the bit that really got me excited: The designs are as simple or as complex as you dare make them and each project comes with a list of suggestions for "design diversions"--ideas, amendments and thoughts for adding a personal touch to your project. I made the "Happy Hat, Mitten, and Scarf Set" for each of my daughters and completed them in a little under an hour and a half. I do have to confess that I did the detailing with fancy machine stitching rather than hand-sewing but to have two complete winter sets in such a short time frame and for only a $3 sweater each, I am super impressed.

Next on my list is the cuffed skirt using men s suiting . . . or perhaps the knit-knot T-shirt . . . I have so many sticky notes on these pages I'm not sure where I'll start. Perhaps I'll wait and see what the op-shop gods deliver! --Whipup.net --Whipup.net

Scarlett O'Hara was on to something--curtains can be quite fashionable! So, too can sweaters, jeans, and other cast-off clothes you find at your local thrift shop as you cut up the fabric and give these items a real makeover, the soft version of transformers, as you'll discover in ReSew: Turn Thrift-Store Finds into Fabulous Designs. Fashion designer Jenny Wilding Cardon (The Little Box of Baby Quilts), Kaysville, Utah, has seen her styles on the covers of McCall's Quilting and Quilts and More. Here she offers 20 projects for beginners, among them tops, bottoms, dresses, accessories, a quilt, a rug, and a cushion. Illustrations by the author with photos by Brent Kane. Today's Books editor Lex Ticonderoga puts ReSew on the "A-List!" --Lex Ticonderoga, Today's Books

Scarlett O'Hara was on to something--curtains can be quite fashionable! So, too can sweaters, jeans, and other cast-off clothes you find at your local thrift shop as you cut up the fabric and give these items a real makeover, the soft version of transformers, as you'll discover in ReSew: Turn Thrift-Store Finds into Fabulous Designs. Fashion designer Jenny Wilding Cardon (The Little Box of Baby Quilts), Kaysville, Utah, has seen her styles on the covers of McCall's Quilting and Quilts and More. Here she offers 20 projects for beginners, among them tops, bottoms, dresses, accessories, a quilt, a rug, and a cushion. Illustrations by the author with photos by Brent Kane. Today's Books editor Lex Ticonderoga puts ReSew on the "A-List!" --Lex Ticonderoga, Today's Books

From the Inside Flap

Learn to find creative possibilities in cast offs! Turn common thrift-store items into chic tops, skirts, dresses, purses, scarves, bags, and hats--plus a braided rug, simple quilt, and more.

More About the Author

Jenny Wilding Cardon has been designing since high school. Back then, she would create eccentric, rebellious items of clothing, and then make her friends wear them to school. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in Women's Studies, Jenny spent three years with her husband in Seattle. A crux of American quiltmaking, Seattle introduced her to the vibrant, varied art, along with the many coworkers she befriended while working as a copywriter for Martingale & Company. Jenny's passion for quiltmaking inspired her to publish a book of baby-quilt designs (The Little Box of Baby Quilts, 2007). Her designs have also appeared on the covers of Quilts and More and Quilt It for Kids magazines, as well as in McCall's Quilting magazine.

Jenny now lives in a quiet, quite sleepy bedroom community north of Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband of ten years, Brett, her two sons--Jack, 6, and Charlie, 2--and Niko Bear, a big silver and black cat.

Along with sewing of all sorts, Jenny's current interests include eating store-bought birthday cakes, listening to classic rock and current soul, writing, and knitting. She writes about her sewing, thrifting, and family life at www.thewildcards.com.

Customer Reviews

Thanks for writing this book - great photos, content, and easy to follow instructions!
becky
This is a fun book of projects for repurposing fabric or knitted items found in thrift shops (or one's own closet!)into updated clothing and things for the home.
Books and Chocolate
Using the buttonholes from the front of a man's shirt makes buttonholing easier than a snap!
Gawi

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By E. Karasik on December 3, 2011
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This book sounded like a great idea so I bought it for my niece, who is very creative and likes to sew. But paging through it, I am disappointed with the projects. They are simply not things a chic 20-something woman would want to wear or own. As the cover (which I didn't inspect online) illustrates, most of the skirts and dresses LOOK like they are made out of curtains or tablecloths. The clothing styles overall are boxy and dowdy. One of the handbags is OK, but overall I am afraid there is little in here, other than the basic concept of reusing thrift store materials, that my niece will find of interest.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amy Ellis on February 22, 2011
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Author Jenny Wilding Cardon has pooled all her thrifting and re-fashioning knowledge into one fabulous book! Her introduction gives you a glimpse into her fun personality, and why she likes to ReSew.
Jenny shares her personal methods for thrift shopping -- like keeping a running list, and open mind while shopping. The best part about ReSewing is - when you ReSew, your creation is always one-of-a-kind, and perfectly suited for you! Jenny also has "Design Diversions" for each project, to encourage your personal creativity.
Jenny's projects are simple yet detailed, and the instructions are flawless. A new sewist will be equally excited by these projects, as someone more experienced as well.
Each of the projects, has a list of Jenny's fiber facts, the number of pieces needed, and what you should look for while shopping, including fiber content and recommended sizes. Also included, many "Retip" sections within the patterns to teach you sewing basics like, making casings, inserting elastic, making your piece a custom fit, sewing with wool and dealing with imperfect pieces, really too many to list!
Jenny has taken refashioning to a whole new level! She has 20 projects including shirts, skirts, dresses, bags, scarf and hat set, a quilt, rug and even a child's toy! There is something for everyone in this book, and it will definitely get you thinking creatively about your wardrobe. I really love how useful this book is - I need to look through my own closet for items to ReSew!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 14, 2011
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This is a fun book of projects for repurposing fabric or knitted items found in thrift shops (or one's own closet!)into updated clothing and things for the home. Most of the clothing projects seem geared toward young adults but there is plenty of inspiration for home decor and toys for children as well.

Some of the projects include turning sweaters into hat and scarf sets, an elephant toy pillow, or handbag; turning men's shirts into a dress or skirt, using sheets for dresses and placemats, piecing cuttings from various articles of clothing into a quilt, and a tote made out of corduroy pants. There are no patterns, but clear instructions and diagrams are given for measuring, cutting, and sewing to create each item.

I did like this book for the ideas it inspires and had fun looking at all the projects. Even if I wouldn't try to re-fashion a sweater into an off the shoulder top, it does encourage me to think of other ways to turn an otherwise ordinary piece of clothing or a bed sheet into something unique and creative. Many of the projects are for more experienced seamstresses since patterns aren't included but there are some that beginners could manage.

This is a great book for anyone who enjoys the challenge of creating their own unique clothing and home decor items, or turning old things into new.

I was given a copy of this book for review by the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and wasn't solicited nor was a positive review required. If I didn't like the book I would say so.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By becky on February 18, 2011
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This book is wonderful at getting those creative juices flowing and ready to repurpose! At this point the only problem I've having is picking which project to do next! A couple trips to thrift stores and I'm ready to go! Thanks for writing this book - great photos, content, and easy to follow instructions!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Craft Fan on September 16, 2011
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I was so excited to get this book, but what a disappointment. Some ideas are okay, but nothing really new. Changing men's slacks into totes - who hasn't done that. The items made from old sweaters were cute, but most of the clothing I wouldn't be caught dead in. Don't waste your money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By OyVey Quilts on March 3, 2011
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From the tips on thrifting to creating unique clothing, Jenny writes in a clear and understandable manner. If you are on a budget, this book is for you. If you are a budding clothes designer, this book is for you. If you don't want to see other people in the same outfit as you, this book is for you. Who would think you could make a beautiful sundress from a bed sheet without a pattern. That's what is so appealing. No tissue patterns, just a few measurements to change a thrift shop find into a new addition to your wardrobe.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah M. Bisel on March 3, 2011
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What a fun book! You can find dresses, tops, accessories, home accents, and some great basic sewing instructions in this great new book. This author did a great job showing how inventive one can be with thrift store finds. My favorites are all the purses and accessories, she takes fun sweaters and turns them into some really fun things. You should check it out!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beth A Dodd on March 5, 2011
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Just received my copy in the mail and after looking through it I am SO excited to start "resew"ing!!! Bags, skirts, shirts, hats, scarves and even a quilt!!!! The instructions are clear, the pictures are beautiful and I love all of the helpful hints and fabric suggestions along the way. So, buy the book and be a little more green while making your next creation!!!
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