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Chic Sweats: 22 Ways to Transform and Restyle Your Sweatshirts Paperback – September 1, 2009

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Adult/High School—The authors take the ordinary sweatshirt and offer several ways to spice it up by making it into a skirt, a dress, or just a very different kind of top. They start with the basics of supplies and equipment, how to measure, and how to work with sweatshirt fabric, both by hand and on the machine. They then discuss body basics and fashion dos and don'ts, including how to camouflage figure flaws. From there they move into the specific projects. There is a wide variety of ideas, and each one contains detailed directions, complete with step-by-step illustrations. These projects are mainly for those with sewing experience, but they will appeal to teens who are looking for ways to personalize their wardrobes and are willing to put in the work.—Sarah Flowers, formerly at Santa Clara County Library, CA
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About the Author

SISTAHS OF HARLEM's, CARMEN WEBBER (a contestant on season 4 of Bravo's Project Runway) and CARMIA MARSHALL (a celebrity wardrobe stylist) are fashion and style innovators. They are also the authors of Denim Mania and T-Shirt Makeovers.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312378610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312378615
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Devra Goldberg on October 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
Like the Sistahs' previously released works (Transform Your T-shirt, Denim Mania) this book has the attention to detail and dedication to craft that brings their books to a new level for the DIY-er or seamstress looking for a new take on old clothes.

While their designs are not always exactly what I would envision myself wearing, their painstakingly rendered fashion drawings and step-by-step instructions leave no doubt in my mind that their books are always worth the investment. Unlike other books in this movement (especially the COMPAI series) the Sistahs always take the time to explain, in detail, what they are doing.

Bottom line: no matter what project I am working on, I can always turn to the Sistahs for instruction and inspiration, even when their projects and mine are not an exact fit.
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I really wanted to like this book. As a novice sewer I like the idea of upcycling and after looking at the projects listed I was confident that I'd be interested in most if not all of the projects. Based on the cover I knew that the style of the book was likely to skew more junior which was fine because I was more interested in the information about how the looks were achieved. But then I actually received the book...

The pros are that the instructions are incredibly detailed, something which is important for me. Additionally there are some projects that are cute as is such as the sleeveless cinched waist hoodie, and some that could look good with minor tweaking such as the v-neck maxi dress with asymmetrical hem which for my own personal tastes would look better without the kangaroo pocket and in all black.

The cons are that some of the projects look incredibly amateurish such as the tube top with sequins and embellishments and the wrap skirt with the sash. Both of these projects may suit the tastes of someone else but I think they look awful. Similarly there are many projects that use an odd mix of fabrics/prints and as a result they look pieced together from scrap fabrics as opposed to being intentionally created/designed.

If you're a new sewer and/or can see beyond the stylistic choices of the authors this may be a decent addition to your sewing library however if you have more advanced skill and/or want to create the exact projects pictured than this may be a hard pass.
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This is a fantastic book, with beautiful color photos and step by easy step instructions for creating fun looks from sweatshirts.
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