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« on: May 25, 2005 12:38:08 PM »

I'm looking for a book on reconstructed clothing---does anything like that exist? I have 'Cheap Frills' by Jennifer Knapp and like it, but I'm looking for something that is more similar to the projects you would see under the 'Clothing->Completed Projects: Reconstructed' category in Craftster.

Recently, I made a reconstructed tee that was featured in 'ReadyMade' magazine (Issue 11, I think), and I have seen similar articles in BUST magazine and Budget Living.

Are there any books with projects like that? I have lots of old clothes that I want to try to make things from---am looking for lots of ideas/how tos for turning old tshirts into other tshirts/skirts/dresses; jeans, button down shirts, etc. into other things, etc.

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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2005 01:27:01 PM »

I recommend The Yestermorrow Clothes Book: How to Remodel Secondhand Clothes  by
Diana Funaro.  It's out of print, but you can still find copies of it here and there.  True, it's really wacky and dated-looking (dig the models' lip gloss -- holy cow, the lip gloss!), but it has some useful suggestions for real reconstruction techniques that go beyond "cut the t-shirt like this."  It has detailed instructions for all sorts of things, like cutting down sweaters, turning dresses into skirts -- that kind of thing.

A lot of it was geared toward making vintage clothes wearable again (I mean, things that were already vintage in the 70's), but the techniques could be used to revamp any kind of clothes, and could inspire you to look at things from a different creative perspective...if nothing else.

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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2005 02:37:41 PM »

Awesome, sounds just like what I'm looking for. Thanks for the recommendation! I just ordered a copy online...
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2005 02:22:46 PM »

Wow. I found a copy online at amazon.com selling for about 6 bucks. Thanks for the tip!!

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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2006 01:38:58 PM »

Thanks for the recommendation, I love vintage "how to books"  I found a copy on Ebay for $5.49.
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2006 07:52:19 AM »

Depending on what you're looking for, I may be able to help you a bit!

i was in Borders yesterday, browsing the amazingle small crafts/sewing/knitting/crocheting section, and I ran across this one book called Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt. I just had time to skim for like 10 minutes through it, but if you're the tee-reconstructor, it's amazing. Alot of the ways are pretty cute and easy. I dunno if you're looking for something more complicated, though.
Also, I found another book called Rip It!: How to Deconstruct and Reconstruct the Clothes of your Dreams. This one I had even less time to check out, but it looks really really promising. if you check rthem out on Amazon.com, it also shows books thast other people who bought that liked, and there were a couple there too.
 I know that with Rip It and gen. T, I'll either be saving my pennies, or buying them off ebay.

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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2006 09:40:09 AM »

just wanted to say i love the "yestermorrow..." book - thanks so much for the recommend strawberrytart, i found my slightly used copy on amazon for less than $10!

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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2006 08:56:46 PM »

I saw both Rip It and Generation T at the bookstore--both looked really cool, but I don't have the guts to wear the Generation T stuff (there was a little more skin showing than I dare!!) I also just ordered "Second Time Cool-How to Chop Up a Sweater" which looks good, it's about felting thrift store sweaters into new clothes, if you like felting.

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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2006 10:02:49 PM »

this isn't a book, but WhatTheCraft.com has a bunch of tutorials for reconstructing.

« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2006 11:18:06 AM »

thanks! I've been looking for books like these for a really long time.. oh, and the site mentioned is very helpful too!

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