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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:

Teen Crafternoon: Upcycled Tees *

Bring your own, old t-shirt and create something new with no sewing required - your t-shirt will never be the same again!

2 p.m., Wednesday, August 12, Richland Library Sandhills

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: 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: 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. Accompl 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 elementsSidebars about style through the decades and fashion iconsFashion activities to help readers put down the book and get to workTips 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: Cartier’s peerless designers have continued to amaze decade after decade—from the 1930s into the twenty-first century—with their fanciful and trendsetting creations. Fig more...
Amazon Says: Cartier’s peerless designers have continued to amaze decade after decade—from the 1930s into the twenty-first century—with their fanciful and trendsetting creations. Figurative pieces comprise a significant portion of the house’s collection—a veritable menagerie that includes bejeweled roosters and cobras cohabitating with tigers and angelfish. In addition to whimsical fauna and resplendent flora, Cartier crafted items of precisely mastered abstraction, from virtuoso work in gold to chromatic harmonies ranging from subtle to bold. The second half of the twentieth century was to provide an inexhaustible repertoire of forms for decorative objects and finery. Close-ups of hundreds of Cartier pieces are supplemented with archival drawings, as well as society and fashion photographs. This volume chronicles the rise of a pioneering firm and illustrates the power of constantly renewed styles based on a fine balance between imagination and know-how, creativity and experience. Fashion writer Nadine Coleno situates the emergence of Cartier’s creations in their historical and stylistic context. This volume offers an eloquent tribute to the multiple talents that have transformed the name of a dynasty of jewelers into the universal gold standard in jewelry design. 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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100 Years of Fashion by Cally Blackman
Amazon Says: This book documents in pictures the most exciting and diverse period in fashion: from 1900 to today, covering high society, uniforms, sportswear, streetwear, and couture. It w more...
Amazon Says: This book documents in pictures the most exciting and diverse period in fashion: from 1900 to today, covering high society, uniforms, sportswear, streetwear, and couture. It will appeal to everyone with an interest in fashion as well as students Over 400 photographs and illustrations, many published for the first time, tell the stylish story of a fashion revolution. less...
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