Cut-Up Couture Edgy Upcycled Garments to Sew

Discover 34 cutting-edge clothing patterns using simple sewing techniques.

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Cut-Up Couture is a cutting-edge design book that teaches how to use the copious fabric in men’s clothing items to make 34 innovative garments and accessories. The simple sewing techniques showcase how to turn men’s shirts, t-shirts, and sweatshirts into beautiful dresses, ruffled blouses, draping tops, and gorgeous jackets for women.

You’ll learn how to cut, re-sew, and re-shape clothing into cherished garments that resemble trendy, urban boutique findings with lessons in creative “upcycling” and stylish yet simple sewing. Plus, several of the garments in Cut-Up Couture are reversible or can be worn in several ways, such as a dolman-style top that transforms into a skirt, or a skirt/cape variation. Explore a wealth of innovative advice and inspiration for making each project inexpensive, and still very chic.

The stylish projects featured are for beginner and advanced sewists or for those simply interested in fashion design.
Table of Contents
Sweatshirts and T-Shirts
Draped Blouse (from sweatshirt)
Tunic (from twin t-shirts)
Bustled Frock Top (from t-shirts)
Blouse with Flutter Sleeves (from sweatshirt)
Balloon Top (from sweatshirt)
Blouse with Buttoned Shoulders (from sweatshirts)
Evening Coat (from sweatshirt)
Capelet (from sweatshirts)
Inside-Out Blouse (from t-shirt)
Trompe l'oeil Jumper (from t-shirt)
Sculptural Dress with Deep Collar (from sweatshirts)
Strapless Top with Bow (from sweatshirt)

Men's Shirts
Ruffled Dress (from men's shirts)
Blouse with Kimono Sleeves (from men's shirts)
Two-Way Strapless Dress (from men's shirts)
Six-Sleeved Dress (from men's shirts)
Gilet (from men's shirt)
Swinging Halter Top (from men's shirt front)
About the Author
Koko Yamase is a popular clothing designer who runs a vintage clothing store and created two unique fashion-forward clothing lines. She graduated from Tokyo’s Setsu Mode Seminar Art Academy and, after studying and working abroad, now lives in Japan.
"A gorgeously styled book." - Sew Cult: Sewing Pattern Reviews
"Cut-Up Couture will have you gasping 'Why didn't I think of that?!'" - Megan, Can Do Books and Patterns for Creative People
"A cutting-edge design book....the stylish projects featured are for beginner and advanced sewists or for those simply interested in fashion design." - Fab Shop News
"For an elegantly simple guide on how to cut up
clothes and turn them into something fabulous and new, check out the new Cut-Up Couture: Edgy Upcycled Garments to Sew". -
"A great new book....using men's clothing, the book offers 34 right-off-the-runway garments and accessories that you can make, many of which are reversible or can be worn several ways. I love it!" - Amber Eden, Editor, Stitch Magazine and

SKU: 12SW03

Author/Speaker/Editor: Koko Yamase

Format: Hardcover

ISBN 13: 9781596685956

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Creative ideas on how to upcycle men's shirts and tshirts Review by Lynda Heines

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(Posted on 8/1/12)