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Back to School Couture

Want to perk up your wardrobe for the new school year? You don’t need to spend a fortune on clothes to refresh your style. Richland library is here to help. We have books full of tips that will help you transform something you already own into a one-of-a-kind fashion statement. And if accessories are your thing, we are your one-stop idea shop for those, too. Fashion forward!


Amazon Says: Frugal fashionistas know that reworked vintage clothing is always chic—and here are 30 easy ways create a stylish wardrobe. Every chapter highlights a single embellishment te more...
Amazon Says: Frugal fashionistas know that reworked vintage clothing is always chic—and here are 30 easy ways create a stylish wardrobe. Every chapter highlights a single embellishment technique for transforming garments from drab to fab, and every technique features three beautiful skill-building projects to take beginners from novice to advanced. Plus, these looks are designed to last: after all, if you’re going to put the time and energy into creating something beautiful, you don’t want it going out of style in six months! Deconstruct and reconstruct pieces with retro flair, using such techniques as hand embroidery, appliqué, trimming, felting, beading, silhouette alterations, and surface manipulations.  This user-friendly guide covers all the basic how-tos and includes a fabric tutorial and web resources. less...
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Amazon Says: The details make the difference. Whether it's the traditional details—cuffs, pockets, darts, etc.—or the myriad alternative details that fashion designers are using today, more...
Amazon Says: The details make the difference. Whether it's the traditional details—cuffs, pockets, darts, etc.—or the myriad alternative details that fashion designers are using today, these eye-catching, trend-setting elements are what make their designs stand out on the runway and on the street.A vast and complete reference to the integral elements of fashion design, Fashion Details features thousands of full-color photographs showcasing the works of designers from around the world, including Camilla Norrback, Georgia Hardinge, Elisa Palomino, Stas Lopatkin, and many others.Re-energize your current designs and be inspired to take your next designs in a completely new direction. This sourcebook of inspiration and motivation must be in the arsenal of every fashion designer who has obsessed over and is obsessed with details—professionals and students alike. less...
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Amazon Says: Clever ways to transform a T-shirt into crafty fashionA plain T-shirt is a blank canvas just waiting to be dressed up. Fashion T-Shirts is about transforming a T into a more...
Amazon Says: Clever ways to transform a T-shirt into crafty fashionA plain T-shirt is a blank canvas just waiting to be dressed up. Fashion T-Shirts is about transforming a T into a personal fashion statement with easy sewing and crafting. The 25 projects both alter and embellish a basic, inexpensive T-shirt. The embellishing includes simple embroidery, crochet, painting, stamping, buttons, fringes, tassels, rhinestones, and beads. The altering involves cutting, reconstructing, and simple sewing to change the structure of the garment. Projects included are for women or kids and are made with T-shirts of all colors. There will be lots and lots of original, clever details. Stylish, fashionable and fun, this is the book for wearable that we woman can really wear. Easy, clear, step-by-step instructions with how-to photos and projects inherently easier than regular fashion sewing because each starts with a ready-made T-shirt (no fitting, no patterns). less...
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Amazon Says: Megan Nicolay revolutionized the T-shirt. She repurposed it, reinterpreted it, reinvented it—and created the #1 craft book in the nation, Generation T, which continues to do more...
Amazon Says: Megan Nicolay revolutionized the T-shirt. She repurposed it, reinterpreted it, reinvented it—and created the #1 craft book in the nation, Generation T, which continues to dominate. Now she explores new ways to slash a tee, scrunch a tee, and sew a tee with Generation T: Beyond Fashion. A collection of 120 projects for every occasion, it takes the humble yet ever-malleable tee in dozens of new directions—from baby gifts to pet accessories, stuff for the home, the car, the road, the boyfriend. The rallying cry is: Don't buy; DIY. The result is hip, imaginative, crafty, and very green. There's a basic primer on techniques—knotting, sewing, braiding, lacing—plus a full tutorial on embellishing. And then an amazing range of projects. There’s fashion, of course: all-new halters and tank tops, sexy gaucho pants, a baby-doll dress, twisted shrug, and hooded scarf. But also baby gifts: Jumper for Joy, Baby Back Bib, Wild Thing Blankie. Home décor: plant hanger, wine cozy, toilet seat cover, ruffled apron, and Spastic Plastic (grocery tote). Grill mitts and bolo ties for the guys, doggie tee and stuffed cat toys, a steering wheel cover for the car, the Ants Go Marching (picnic blanket), and Beach Bum (beach caddy). Projects range from the simplest no-sew to intermediate, and all have easy-to-follow illustrated directions—plus, how to throw your own Tee Party. Time to get your craft on. less...
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Amazon Says: Handbags are hotter than ever— but so are their designer price tags. There’s never been a better time to sew your own fashionable bags, and it has never been easier with d more...
Amazon Says: Handbags are hotter than ever— but so are their designer price tags. There’s never been a better time to sew your own fashionable bags, and it has never been easier with designer Megan Avery as your teacher. In Bag Bazaar, Avery presents 25 bags that even a sewing newbie can handle, in a variety of styles sure to match any look. For years, Avery has hosted bag-making workshops in her boutique. Here she shares her expert advice as well as the blueprints for her most popular designs. Beginning with a guide to basic sewing techniques, Avery then features patterns for bags that range from funky to sophisticated, from a roomy backpack and an adjustable-strap messenger bag to an evening wristlet and a pleated clutch. Also included are patterns for specialty bags such as an eco-friendly grocery tote, a laptop sleeve, and a garment bag. Need extra pockets or longer handles? All of the patterns are completely customizable. Every design is accompanied by a hip, modern illustration, and—best of all—Avery offers all the encouragement and know-how you need to invent your own unique creations. With patterns for everything from clutches and hobos to cosmetic bags and beach totes, Bag Bazaar shows you how to create the perfect, custom accessory—in less time than it would take to shop for one. less...
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Fabulous Fashion Crafts by Tracy Nelson Maurer
Amazon Says: Learn To Safely Create Fashion Crafts With Illustrated Step-By-Step Directions That Require Little Or No Assistance And Use Easy To Find Materials. more...
Amazon Says: Learn To Safely Create Fashion Crafts With Illustrated Step-By-Step Directions That Require Little Or No Assistance And Use Easy To Find Materials. less...
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Amazon Says: In Handmade Chic: Fashionable Projects That Look High-End, Not Homespun, Laura Bennett shares simple strategies for creating 40 small luxuries and high-fashion accessories, fr more...
Amazon Says: In Handmade Chic: Fashionable Projects That Look High-End, Not Homespun, Laura Bennett shares simple strategies for creating 40 small luxuries and high-fashion accessories, from a smart leather iPad portfolio to a feather-embellished evening bag. With sections organized in skill-building order and based on type of accessory—small leather goods, agendas and notepads, electronics, bags and wallets, and evening items—Laura offers patterns, easy-to-follow diagrams, and detailed instructions for fabricating each glamorous project, whether it involves sewing from scratch or embellishing a prepurchased garment. While showcasing her own creative designs, she provides readers with the basic techniques and encouragement they need to come up with variations and create their own signature pieces. Packed with Laura’s signature flair and finesse, vibrant four-color photos, step-by-step drawings, and a complete list of suggestions on where to purchase materials, Handmade Chic is an accessible guide to at-home crafting that is elegant enough for the most modern, fashion-savvy of women. less...
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