Customizing Cool Clothes From Dull to Divine in 30 Projects

Learn to transform an inexpensive, mass-produced garment into a designer original using just simple materials and tools.

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There's nothing more irritating to a snappy dresser than purchasing a cool blouse only to find out that everyone and her sister is wearing the same one. Solve this problem by personalizing your favorite fashions with Customizing Cool: Clothes, the all-in-one resource for making your clothing your own. You'll learn to transform an inexpensive, mass-produced garment into a designer original using just simple materials and tools.

Whether your style is Bohemian, classic, retro, or edgy, the projects in Customizing Cool: Clothes will suit you. Start by learning the techniques for simple sewing and embroidery stitches, then move into choosing embellishments, sourcing and storing materials, and start tackling your own unique designs.

Each project in the book takes a widely-available garment - denim jeans, a velvet jacket, straight-legged pants, or a flared skirt - and offers tips to create your own spiced-up version. Using a few simple trimmings, like frayed silk, sequins, beads, vintage buttons, printed fabric, ribbons, dyes and feathers, you'll learn to individualize your wardrobe.

You only need a few simple sewing skills to tackle the projects in this book. A comprehensive techniques section takes you step by step through all the basic skills you'll need, and further detailed steps show how to complete each project. A templates section in the back of the book provides the motifs and designs used throughout.

Projects include a ruffle-edged camisole; rickrack jeans and daisy shorts; a bolero with sequins, beads, and satin bow; a ruched skirt and top; a lace-up T-shirt; fur-trimmed cardigan; leopard jeans; vintage trousers; and more!

You don't need a tailor or personal designer to jazz up your wardrobe - all you need is a needle, thread, and Customizing Cool: Clothes!

Reviews: "This is a book for anyone who sees clothes in boutiques and says, “I could make that!”"-Booklist

"Turn plain togs from dull to divine with the help of Customizing Cool Clothes. Author Kate Haxell offers 30 projects using a needle, thread and simple trimmings to create an entirely new wardrobe and add pizazz without breaking your budget."-National Examiner

Table of Contents
Introduction Practical matters
  • Equipment
  • Techniques
  • Sourcing embellishments
  • Choosing embellishments
  • Storing embellishments
  • Ruffled vintage camisole
  • Rickrack jeans
  • Daisy shorts
  • Flower tank
  • Flower camisole
  • Cute puppy t-shirt
  • Love t-shirt
  • Pink jewel sweater
Projects- Buttons and Beads
  • Pearl button vest
  • Vintage button trousers
  • Toggled cargo shorts
  • Beaded flower blouse
  • Stripy beaded scarf
  • Sparkle sequin bolero jacket
  • Beaded miniskirt
  • Fluffy feathers sweater
Projects- Ribbons
  • Silky ribbon shirt
  • Ruched skirt
  • Ruched-sleeve tunic blouse
  • Glamorous party skirt
  • Velvet jacket
  • Gem lapel brooch
  • Trimmed pocket skirt
  • Ribbon-laced t-shirt
Projects- Sewing
  • Two-into-one t-shirt
  • Pretty patched trousers
  • Retro furry cardigan
  • Skinny scarf
  • Bohemian skirt
  • Silky pashmina shawl
  • Leopard jeans
  • Leopard patch pocket
Templates Suppliers Acknowledgements Index
About the Author

Kate Haxell is an all-around crafty gal and member of the new generation of do-it-yourselfers who isn’t afraid to work with her knitting needles, sewing machine, and electric saw all in the same weekend. She learned sewing from her grandmother at a young age, creating eccentric outfits for her compliant dolls. After obtaining her art degree, she went to work for Country Living magazine, then moved into book publishing and editing. Her passions are knitting, beading, sewing, and woodworking and her previous books include Decorative Knitting, The Seed Bead Book, First Knits, Simple Handmade Storage, and Simple Handmade Garden Furniture. She lives in London.

SKU: 06FA3

Author/Speaker/Editor: Kate Haxell

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596680159

Number Of Pages: 128