halofriendly, June 30, 2007 (view all comments by halofriendly)
So there are lots of books out there showing you how to rip apart/tear/cut/sew back together and generally reinvent your basic t-shirt until it's unrecognizable from the one you bought at the thrift store.
Why this particular book then?
1. It has easy to read/easy to execute instructions.
2. More than 1/3 of the book has a "no-sew" option for those of us who haven't had the money for a good sewing machine yet.
3. Not only do you get to reinvent your clothing, you also get an education on the history of the t-shirt, along with fun trivia facts sprinkled throughout the book.
4. Color photos are included to show you what your t-shirt could potentially look like on beautiful, paid models.
5. Ideas on what to do with the t-shirt scraps after you've made your masterpiece.
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christi, May 2, 2007 (view all comments by christi)
There are quite a few of these transform your tee books out right now, but this is by far the best. I love this book and the designs are actually cool - not just a can do. Some of them work for kids tees, too, which makes this a double dip for moms and dads.
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Raingirl, April 28, 2007 (view all comments by Raingirl)
Are you like me, with a motley collection of t-shirts wadded up in the back of your closet that you can't bring yourself to throw away? Wad no more, since with the help of this book you too can transform your homely t's into something much, much cuter--stuff you will actually be proud to wear! Many of these projects do not require a sewing machine and skill levels are indicated for each one, so you really can't go wrong. I just did the one that's on the cover, and my husband says it's sexy....
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"The scope of Nicolay's how-to book is broader than its title suggests. It's a breezy, trendy call of encouragement to a young crop of do-it-yourselfers, with enough ideas to inspire experienced crafty types, too. The T-shirt is the starting point; the 108 end results — many of which have an edgy, even punk-like feel (much like the projects in Debbie Stoller's Stitch 'n Bitch) — range from slightly modified tops requiring no sewing to much more intricate fashion products like the sexy 'sidewinder' skirt and the two-piece 'teeny bikini,' with variations suggested for many projects. Offering celebrity tidbits ('In the 1950s and early '60s, James Dean, Marlon Brando, and Elvis Presley delivered a triple dose of T-shirt sex appeal onscreen and onstage, turning the garment into an icon of rebellion') and 'tee trivia,' a condensed history uncovers one of the world's favorite pieces of clothing. The book starts with an introduction to design terms, tools, measurement, materials and stitches, making it accessible to beginners. And because the author — who got into transforming Ts by gathering friends and hosting 'Brooklyn Tee Parties' to resuscitate old T-shirts — is budget-conscious (and so are all the projects in the book), anyone can afford to experiment with this kind of fashion design. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Library Journal,
"Interspersed throughout the book are tidbits of T-shirt trivia and anecdotes about celebrities and their tees. An excellent choice."
by Children's Literature,
"While the styles are counterculture, they are overall a creative and great way to experiment when recycling old t-shirts."
Make it yours. This inspirational guide with DIY attitude has everything you need to know about the world’s great T-shirt: how to cut it, sew it, deconstruct it, reconstruct it, and best of all, transform it. • Features more than 100 projects (plus 200 variations) for customized tees, tank tops, tube tops, T-skirts—even handbags, a patchwork blanket, iPod cozies, leg warmers, and more. • Not a DIY expert? Not to worry. More than one third of the projects are no sew, meaning anyone who can wield a pair of scissors can put a personal stamp on her wardrobe. But the sewing basics are here too: backstitch and whipstitch, gather and ruche, appliqué and drawstrings. • And the mission statement for Generation T: Ask not what your T-shirt can do for you; ask what you can do for your T-shirt. And then Do-It-Yourself!
More than half of these projects for customizing and reinventing T-shirts require no sewing. Patterns are provided for 30 T-shirt projects, 30 tank top projects, 30 tube top projects, as well as a two-tiered skirt, pillows, leg-warmers, tablecloths, and braided rugs.
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