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Summer Learning Track: Cut, Shape, and Sew

Walking into my favorite clothing store is becoming hazardous to my bank account these days. Floral prints, polka-dot scarves, and colorful skirts demand to be a part of my closet even when I know I don't need them. Those high waisted pants and that beautiful lace top really could change my life. Oh! And what about that cardigan? I need that...right? As trivial as it may seem to some, creating an outfit is an integral part of my morning routine. A beautiful outfit can boost confidence and spark just the right attitude. As Coco Chanel said, "Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman." Without throwing the words of Coco Chanel aside and shedding my style, I have come to a solution. What if I could cut, shape, and sew my way into a happier budget and a new look? If you're interested in learning to sew or becoming more fashion forward check out some of these fun titles and resources as part of your Summer Learning Challenge.

Teens! Check out this program:

Recycled Runway

We're adding a twist to design by creating fashions using duct tape, bubble wrap, and other recycled materials!

July 28, Monday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Teen Center at Richland Main

Learning to sew? Grab these titles:

Sewing Basics: All You Need to Know About Machine and Hand Sewing by Sandra Bardwell

The Party Dress Book: How to Sew the Best Dress in the Room by Mary Adams

Sewing in a Straight Line: Quick and Crafty Projects You Can Make by Simply Sewing Straight by Brett Bara

Me and My Sewing Machine by Kate Haxell

Little Green Dresses: 50 Original Patterns for Repurposed Dresses, Tops, Skirts, and More by Tina Sparkles

Read these interesting titles on style:

Style by Kate Spade

Lauren Conrad Style by Lauren Conrad

The Book of Styling: An Insider's Guide to Creating Your Own Look by Somer Flaherty

The Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia

Interested in the history of fashion? We've got you covered:

Amazing Cartier: Jewelry Design Since 1937 by Nadine Coleno

100 Shoes by The Costume Institute

Coco Chanel by Justine Picardie

100 Years of Fashion by Cally Blackman

Try these links:

Tilly and the Buttons

BurdaStyle

ReFashionista


Amazon Says: Sewing Basics is the ultimate encyclopedia for sewing at home. This thorough guide covers everything from choosing fabrics to operating a sewing machine to hand sewing, fittin more...
Amazon Says: Sewing Basics is the ultimate encyclopedia for sewing at home. This thorough guide covers everything from choosing fabrics to operating a sewing machine to hand sewing, fitting, fine-finishing, trouble-shooting, and more. Whether the sewer is trying to decipher the symbols on a printed pattern, line a pocket, work French seams, or fit a muslin, she’ll find what she’s looking for here, all precisely explained and illustrated with hundreds of step-by-step photos. Both for beginners learning how to hem and for more experienced sewers who need help mastering advanced techniques, Sewing Basics is an invaluable reference tool sewers will want to keep within easy reach for many years to come. less...
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Amazon Says: The best dress. In any room. On any occasion. That’s a promise.   Attention fashionistas, glamourattis, and twirling enthusiasts everywhere: The Party Dress Book is more...
Amazon Says: The best dress. In any room. On any occasion. That’s a promise.   Attention fashionistas, glamourattis, and twirling enthusiasts everywhere: The Party Dress Book is the book you’ve been waiting for. Get an inside look at the inspiration, work, and techniques of creative dressmaking of celebrated New York designer Mary Adams. A unique combination of striking and wearable, Mary’s gorgeous dresses are a glam departure from the norm. In this book, you’ll learn the secrets to designing her trademark wearable decadence and how to sew your own delicious creations.   Start with Mary’s influences, process as a creative dressmaker, and essential techniques, and then move into step-by-step instruction on how to produce a scene-stealer of your own. With Mary’s straightforward, self-taught techniques, classic and customizable pattern, and inspired whimsy, making jaw-dropping dresses is simple and fun. The real work will be feigning modesty when you say, “Oh, this dress? I made it myself.” less...
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Amazon Says: Create an entire world of sophisticated projects using one simple skill. Absolutely anyone can sew in a straight line. And with this one skill and some basic guidance, televi more...
Amazon Says: Create an entire world of sophisticated projects using one simple skill. Absolutely anyone can sew in a straight line. And with this one skill and some basic guidance, television host and crafty expert Brett Bara demonstrates how you can make custom home decor, stylish fashions, and one-of-a-kind gifts. Sewing in a Straight Line is a step-by-step guide to creating 28 deceptively simple projects that look like they came from a chic boutique—far more impressive than you would expect for such little effort! These easy-to-make items offer quick gratification that even the busiest among us will appreciate. From a flirty two-hour miniskirt to the cutest plush toys, many of the projects take only a spare afternoon. With Brett's eye for fresh, modern style and her encouraging advice, sewing couldn't be easier. So break out your needle and thread, fire up your machine, and get creative. A world of handmade possibilities is a few easy stitches away! less...
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Amazon Says: Accessible, good-looking and jargon-free, this book contains everything you need to know to sew well using your sewing machine and nothing more. There are no scary couture-typ more...
Amazon Says: Accessible, good-looking and jargon-free, this book contains everything you need to know to sew well using your sewing machine and nothing more. There are no scary couture-type techniques that real sewers never use, no painstaking procedures that don't actually make your sewing easier, or help it look better, and no complicated methods of doing anything. Instead you will find easy-to-understand, practical and decorative techniques that make sewing simple, even if you have never used a machine before. There are lots of clever tips plus shortcuts that can make things faster and easier to do, with clear advice on when you can use these speedy methods and when it really is better to do something the traditional way. Everything is illustrated with clear step-by-step photography and finished samples, with variation samples where appropriate. As well as techniques, there are some easy projects you can make on your sewing machine and although they are simple, they don't skimp on style. less...
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Amazon Says: Author Sparkles offers up an array of project ideas that are both earth- and user-friendly. She includes 50 original patterns for repurposed dresses, tops, skirts, and more. I more...
Amazon Says: Author Sparkles offers up an array of project ideas that are both earth- and user-friendly. She includes 50 original patterns for repurposed dresses, tops, skirts, and more. Included are sewing and shopping resources and a fitting guide. less...
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Style by Kate Spade
Amazon Says: A few lucky women have been born with style -- think Diana Vreeland and Jacqueline Onassis -- but for most of us, style is something that comes with time and experience. Above more...
Amazon Says: A few lucky women have been born with style -- think Diana Vreeland and Jacqueline Onassis -- but for most of us, style is something that comes with time and experience. Above all, style begins with a sense of who you are and your self-confidence. Style comes from opening yourself to the world around you -- to books and movies, art, music, travel, and especially to other people. In this upbeat and engaging book, designer Kate Spade talks about the many people and experiences that have inspired her. For Kate, movies as varied as The Swimmer and The Red Balloon have influenced her vision of style, as have such places as Mexico (where she and her husband, Andy, vacation each year), Napa Valley, and her hometown of Kansas City. In the pages of Style, you'll find a large section devoted to the colors Kate most loves and suggestions for combining them. Accessories, which are the backbone of her wardrobe, are given full treatment here, including shoes, handbags, hats, gloves, and jewelry; and a portfolio of Kate's personal favorites from her own closet is showcased. Style in the office, evening style, even ideas for style when you travel and when you play are all featured here. The last section of Style focuses on maintaining your wardrobe, including tips on organizing your closet, caring for vintage clothes, and keeping your jewelry in good condition. Style, with 230 watercolor illustrations, is a wonderfully personal and friendly book intended for readers of all ages and style temperaments. If there's one rule Kate espouses, it's that true style comes when you follow your own rules. Moreover, as the writers William Strunk, Jr., and E. B. White once wrote, "To achieve style, begin by affecting none." less...
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Amazon Says: This guide explains the what’s, why’s, and how’s of styling; so whether you’re looking to update your wardrobe or curate your closet, this book has the answer. Accom more...
Amazon Says: This guide explains the what’s, why’s, and how’s of styling; so whether you’re looking to update your wardrobe or curate your closet, this book has the answer. Accomplished stylist Somer Flaherty helps readers figure out what their look is (or ought to be), and how to tailor that look to their own particular body type. Also, for all of the future Rachel Zoe’s out there, Flaherty helps readers understand the skills that are necessary to style others, and to even turn styling into a real career. Additionally, the book includes: Color illustrations for all of the looks, body types, and style elements Sidebars about style through the decades and fashion icons Fashion activities to help readers put down the book and get to work Tips for a wide array of fashion emergencies less...
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Amazon Says: From Nina Garcia—fashion judge on Bravo’s hit Project Runway and author of Style Strategy and The One Hundred—comes her wildly popular New York Times bestseller The Litt more...
Amazon Says: From Nina Garcia—fashion judge on Bravo’s hit Project Runway and author of Style Strategy and The One Hundred—comes her wildly popular New York Times bestseller The Little Black Book of Style. Here, in one indispensible volume, are Nina’s ultimate rules of style to help you uncover your own signature look. less...
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Amazon Says: A hundred pairs of shoes, from the 16th to the 21st century, paint a vivid picture of how shoe styles have changed—sometimes radically—over the years. They also reveal how more...
Amazon Says: A hundred pairs of shoes, from the 16th to the 21st century, paint a vivid picture of how shoe styles have changed—sometimes radically—over the years. They also reveal how some trends have reappeared throughout the ages. For instance, platform shoes were worn by fashionable Venetian women from the 15th to the 17th century and by Manchu Chinese women in the 1800s. In the late 1930s, Salvatore Ferragamo introduced a modern version of the platform shoe, and updated versions appeared in the 1970s and 1990s. Beautifully designed and produced, this brilliant follow-up to the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 100 Dresses presents examples of fashionable footwear in a range of styles, from flats to stilettos and everything in between. Among them are shoes designed by Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Roger Vivier, and Vivienne Westwood. Images of the shoes are accompanied by informative text and enhanced by works of art, contemporary photos, and portraits of designers. Sure to spark the imaginations of anyone interested in fashion and design, 100 Shoes details how women have used these essential fashion accessories to elevate their style, stature, and status throughout the centuries. An introduction by fashion-forward actress Sarah Jessica Parker adds to the accessibility and appeal of this delightful volume.  less...
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Amazon Says: Sleek. Chic. Notoriously guarded. Welcome to the secret world of Gabrielle Chanel.The story of Chanel begins with an abandoned child, as lost as a girl in a dark fairy tale. U more...
Amazon Says: Sleek. Chic. Notoriously guarded. Welcome to the secret world of Gabrielle Chanel.The story of Chanel begins with an abandoned child, as lost as a girl in a dark fairy tale. Unveiling remarkable new details about Gabrielle Chanel’s early years in a convent orphanage and her flight into unconventional adulthood, Justine Picardie explores what lies beneath the glossy surface of a mythic fashion icon.Throwing new light on her passionate and turbulent relationships, this beautifully constructed portrait gives a fresh and penetrating look at how Coco Chanel made herself into her own most powerful creation. An authoritative account, based on personal observations and interviews with Chanel’s last surviving friends, employees and relatives, it also unravels her coded language and symbols, and traces the influence of her formative years on her legendary style.Feared and revered by the rest of the fashion industry, Coco Chanel died in 1971 at the age of eighty-seven, but her legacy lives on. Drawing on unprecedented research, Justine Picardie brings her fascinating, enigmatic subject out of hiding and uncovers the consequences of what Chanel covered up, unpicking the seams between truth and myth in a story that reveals the true heart of fashion. less...
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