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Born-Again Vintage: 25 Ways to Deconstruct, Reinvent, and Recycle Your Wardrobe Hardcover – December 9, 2008

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BRIDGETT ARTISE, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of the Technology in New York, is best known as the up-and-coming fashion designer behind the indie label B. Artise Originals, featured in Lucky magazine and on BET. Visit her online at b-artise.com.

JEN KARETNICK is a Miami-based writer and poet.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; First Edition edition (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307405273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307405272
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.6 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First, let me say that I am a savvy sewer, and a creative textile artist. I ordered this book because of some of the pics I saw on this site. I was very excited!! Well, that was it. Front only pictures, no back, side or pattern views. One particular outfit has 1.5 yds of fabric sewn in, but there's absolutely no picture... so I haven't a clue what it actually looks like (and the back is cut out as well - so could be awesome, but I have no idea!)

Then the instructions. The quote from the book: "Basically this is a guide on how to free your imagination ..) What she's saying is - the directions are minimal at best! I have a fairly good idea of what they mean, but for somebody who is very visual - don't waste your money. It tells you where to cut, pin and turn under, then stops. It never really explains how to finish a cut sweater so it doesn't unravel. It just really lacks. I like the pics, but I should have saved my money!

So now my imagination is free.
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This book is great! To really appreciate what this book is you must realize what it isn't. It isn't a step by step guide for a beginning seamstress. It is a book full of ideas and inspiration. Just looking at the pictures gives you new ideas of your own. The book does give some instruction and guidance as to sewing the projects. If you know a little about sewing you can jump in and sew things you never have before. Although I will not make all of the projects, there are some exciting ones I will. I love it when I get new creative ideas just by looking at someone else's work. This book will keep me busy for a long time.
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By Kristy on June 22, 2013
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I'm going to say up front that maybe I wasn't the right audience for this book. I saw "vintage" and the cute cover photo and was carried away. There were a few items I really liked in this book, but the majority of the things not-so-much. I was quite distressed to see perfectly lovely vintage items destroyed for a far less appealing frock. And I don't think a purse made out of denim jeans should be in ANY fashionistas repertoire.
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Whether it is called up-cycled, re-cycled, altered designs, deconstructed or reconstructed, many of us are trying this eco friendly crafting and saving money in this repressed economy. I know when I go through my wardrobe I am more aware to how I can transform a piece that has been in my closet for awhile into something eco-chic. Now, Bridgett Artise and Jen Karetnick are leading the way in show us how to recycle our cast-offs into exciting new designs with their book "Born- Again Vintage" (Random House Book) 25 Ways to Deconstruct, Reinvent and Recycle Your Wardrobe". Bridgett's company is B Artise Originals believes that fashion trends come and go like the speed of light, but your pieces are timeless, trendless and more importantly "HOT" proving that with a few cuts and stitches, your entire wardrobe can be transformed! One of the most interesting things I learned about Bridgett is that she does custom orders, if you send in your old prom dress, maid of honor gown or any dress that's been in the back of your closet for way too long and she'll wave her magic wand and recreate your garment into something new and chic! Visit Bridgett's site and see all she offers.

Born Again Vintage, tells you where to go to find those awesome vintage clothes and it is not the trendy Vintage Boutiques. Where you ask? Buy or win this book and you will be an insider in vintage shopping. Create boot pants from sweater sleeves. Make a vest from and old blazer and out-of-date shirt. Put together a chic sweater mini dress from a sweater and skirt or charming sweater corset from a cast off sweater. The tee shirt blouse is created from a tee and an vintage blouse. A darling denim bags from those dated jeans. Use a elegant vintage skirt and create stunning dress shorts.
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This book serves two purposes for me, the first being the practical guide to redo and reinvent my clothes. As I used to do years ago when I was in High School. Secondly, it also serves as a great coffee table book.
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dont buy this book... the re styling is horrible. they used the cutest photo on the cover but the rest are garbage
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This book is all I hoped it would be and more! I love vintage! And I can't wait to try some of these ideas in this book. If you like vintage, you will love this!!
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