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Upcycling and Refashioning Clothes

sally mandy
The list author says: "Last year I started recycling clothes for myself. The things I found in stores were expensive, badly made, and--I didn't like them! I wanted something different.

Reading Crispina Ffrench's "Sweater Chop Shop" changed everything. Her book showed me how to make great new things for myself. Eventually, it led me open my own recycled clothing shop. Here are some of my very favorite recycled clothing books. And if you'd like, please come visit my shop to see what I did with these ideas! http://www.bluekimonostudio.etsy.com"
Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials Plus Tips & Resources for Earth-Friendly Stitching
Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials Plus Tips & Resources for Earth-Friendly Stitching
"Betz has a gorgeous sense of style."
Reconstructing Clothes For Dummies
Reconstructing Clothes For Dummies
"Great basics from this classic series."
Subversive Seamster: Transform Thrift Store Threads into Street Couture
Subversive Seamster: Transform Thrift Store Threads into Street Couture
Born-Again Vintage: 25 Ways to Deconstruct, Reinvent, and Recycle Your Wardrobe
Born-Again Vintage: 25 Ways to Deconstruct, Reinvent, and Recycle Your Wardrobe
"Really cute designs that you can copy and adapt yourself, especially for young, skinny women!"
The Sweater Chop Shop: Sewing One-of-a-Kind Creations from Recycled Sweaters
The Sweater Chop Shop: Sewing One-of-a-Kind Creations from Recycled Sweaters
"Crispina's approach is easy to understand and a good basic introduction to what to do with a second-hand sweater.  She has a sewing process rather than patterns."
Sweater Surgery: How to Make New Things with Old Sweaters (Domestic Arts for Crafty Girls)
Sweater Surgery: How to Make New Things with Old Sweaters (Domestic Arts for Crafty Girls)
"This is one of the classic books on the subject and includes many ideas for clothes as well as household item.  I especially like the examples in the back showing how real people have used these ideas."
Sweater Renewal: Felting Knits into New Sweaters and Accessories
Sweater Renewal: Felting Knits into New Sweaters and Accessories
"I haven't read this one."