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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449408400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449408404
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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More than one year ago, two artist types—in fashion and cosmetics—joined forces in the tenth arrondissement of Paris to open what they call, tongue in cheek, a sweat shop, which is actually a site dedicated to the home- and handmade and to the sociability of a drop-in community. Retailers Duss and Holleis share their visitors’ ideas and crafts in some funky, irreverent pages. More than two-dozen sewing or knitting or customized projects are at the ready, each with great step-by-step illustrations or photographs, all indicating level of mastery—simple or medium or advanced. Try fast-and-easy house booties or a quick-knit fishnet sweater with big needles. More complicated are Delphine’s jeans masks and Todi’s jacket, detailed instructions notwithstanding. This is a potpourri of, well, the unusual and the spirited, the soulful and the sassy, any hip, outré, and fun crafter will gravitate to this crafts home-away-from-home. --Barbara Jacobs

About the Author

In March 2010, Martena Duss and Sissi Holleis opened the Sweat Shop, the first sewing café in Paris, near the trendy boutiques of Canal St. Martin. Duss is a Swiss makeup artist. Holleis is from Austria, where she had her own fashion store and label. In addition to carving a niche in Parisian society, the Sweat Shop has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Elle, the New York Times, Le Monde, the Guardian, and Marie Claire.

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In March 2010, Martena Duss and Sissi Holleis opened the Sweat Shop, the first sewing café in Paris, near the trendy boutiques of Canal St. Martin. Duss is a Swiss makeup artist. Holleis is from Austria, where she had her own fashion store and label. In addition to carving a niche in Parisian society, the Sweat Shop has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Elle, the New York Times, Le Monde, the Guardian, and Marie Claire.

Online:


sweatshopparis.com

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I enjoyed the book as a fun browse with some inspirational ideas for the funky few who make their clothes or adapt them to add a unique slant.
Ms. Marjorie Dawson
I was curious because one, the idea for the shop was an interesting one, I heard there were interesting project and also, I am going to Paris in March.
J. Perski
Each artist shares their own creativity with ideas like a cardigan embellished with a crocheted doily, flapper trousers or fuzzy knitted house socks.
CuteEverything

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bluetwilight on February 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have to say wow, this is quite a collection. The Sweat Shop in Paris sounds like a wonderful place and I already want to go. The book starts off with colorful, fun photos and an intriguing introduction to the neighborhood itself; bistros and characters and such.

Then we jump into sewing patterns. It starts with a basic tote and t-shirt pattern that I think I could follow easily. All the patterns are good about having pictures as you go and simple steps such as how to measure pieces. They also are in cm and inches, which was a relief since we use different systems between US and Europe.

I don't think I'd wear/make some of the items like the skort and jackets, but the hat looks cute, the tulip dress quite wearable and the booties really nice for around the house.

Then the book surprised me with a knitting section. Since I knit better than I sew, I was pretty excited. The basic sweater looks very good although I will need to do a little research on some of the steps, which were not quite as clear as the sewing ones.

Next we're onto customizations, another section. It had ideas for sewing doilies onto sweaters and other garments, how to make your own fabric and an awesome cape made from a blanket. The idea for fixing a pair of sound but blemished shoes is genius for shoe lovers.

The book seemed endless - it popped up with some tips for painting walls of your house and a section on French recipes that look incredibly delicious. The last, smallest section was a collection of picks such as restaurants, music, entertainment and other things to do when you're in Paris.

I love that it has a range of easy peasy projects all the way to more complicated.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CuteEverything TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Sweat Shop Paris is a little place in France run by Martena Duss and Sissi Holleis, that offers people the opportunity to escape everyday life and sit, sew, chat and snack. Since I first began taking sewing classes as a child and continued taking them throughout my teenage years, sewing has always been a big part of my life. So, I was intrigued to get a look into the Paris sewing and crafting scene and enjoyed being able to take my own private "masters class" with their talented experts, like Vava Dudu, who styles for many people, including Lady Gaga. Each artist shares their own creativity with ideas like a cardigan embellished with a crocheted doily, flapper trousers or fuzzy knitted house socks.

The main focus of Sweat Shop Paris is offering suggestions for embellishing your current clothes that may need a little updating. I also love to use thrift store finds for this purpose as well. Sweat Shop Paris gives a fascinating insider look at Paris through this cutting-edge Sewing Cafe and even includes delicious recipes that the ladies serve to their customers and guests!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
In what's described as the heart of Paris, there is a place called Sweat Shop. It's a cafe couture, you go and rent a sewing machine, or take a class, have a sweet, and sew and socialize.

This book isn't about high couture sewing techniques, making slopers, darts and seam techniques. It's more indie, more personal. It's about designing unique and artistic clothes for yourself.

It really thrills my hippie D.I.Y. soul.

The introduction talks about where the idea came from, some history of the area the shop is in, and photos of neighboring shops with descriptions that will make you wish you were in Paris.

The index has a rating system for how difficult the projects are, and the ratings are accurate, but there is nothing in this book that my 16 year old daughter couldn't do. In the case of the hardest projects which have 3 triangles beside them, there are new techniques to try, but they are all explained well enough that she could make them.

The projects have instructions for drafting patterns and are all photographed and explained so that as long as you know how to use a sewing machine, you can learn the techniques, start with the simpler projects and work your way up to things like the sewn then painted Todti's Jacket. There is knitting, embellishment, sewing, shirring, bead weaving on a cardboard loom, and lots of other fun techniques in this book.

My daughter and I went over this one together, because I was curious to see what would excite her. She liked Sandrine's Flapper Trousers which are lace embellished overalls. I liked the 80s feel to Todti's Jacket and the idea of using it as a canvas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Paris Sweat Shop is a real "café couture" sewing shop in Paris, founded by Martena Duss and Sissi Holleis, where crafters meet to share food, coffee, and ideas while renting equipment by the hour to create unique fashions and home projects. The cafe also offers classes in sewing, knitting, and more.

Sweat Shop Paris translates that experience into book form with more than 50 projects, including tips from experts in the fashion industry, and photos on every page to inspire creativity. Also included are a few favorite recipes from the cafe such as Nordic Cardamom Bread and Martena's Chocolate Almond Cake. I enjoyed reading about the neighborhood and the people who live and work there, as well as the many photos and creative ideas.

This is a unique and fun book with a Bohemian flair that inspires the reader to try some different ways to create fashion and home decor. The fashions are on the funky, fun side and there are no real patterns included, but there are instructions, measurements, and illustrations for the projects. Do-it-yourself fans will appreciate the projects and the challenge to take them to the next level of original design, but even the less adventurous will likely be inspired to try something creative.

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
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