Synopses & Reviews
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.
."..a fact-filled and easy-to-follow guide for street-smart ladies who are interested in being socially conscious and looking good at the same time."
--Faythe Levine, director of "HandMade Nation"
"Tina Sparkles' take on DIY eco-fashion is not only progressive, but also undeniably cute. "
--Stephanie Trong, NYLON magazine
"Newbies will love the chapters on illustrated sewing techniques as well as information on fabric types and how to determine and use the grain or bias... There are some great design concepts in here including the Genius Leggings with no side seams... " --Embellish Magazine (Australia)
Never shop retail again with this chic and sweet collection of DIY patterns from a former host of DIY Networks Stylelicious, Tina Sparkles. Joining the green movement was never so easy — and cost saving! With Sparkles stripped-down approach to patterning and sewing, the delightful dresses, tops, skirts, and pants in this fashion-forward project book will not only raise your eco-IQ, but open your eyes to new methods for sewing garments. Author Tina Sparkles, a talented and imaginative designer, offers up an array of project ideas that are both earth- and user-friendly. Readers can pick and choose the patterns that suit them best, from A-line, tiered, and bubble skirts to “body tube” dresses and “cap-sleeve cutie” blouses. Included are sewing and shopping resources and a fitting guide.
About the Author
A cutting-edge designer, Tina Sparkles is a former host of the show Stylelicious on the DIY network. Her work has been featured in many publications including "Women's Wear Daily," "Elle Girl," "ReadyMade," "JANE," NYLON and the "Wall Street Journal." She hosts regular fashion and craft events, and teaches sewing classes and holds workshops. She lives and works in Austin, Texas with her husband.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Reduce, ReThink, ReFashion
Fall in Love with Sewing
Party with Patterns
Using a Pattern
Chapter 3 Tops
Rectangle Tie Shrug , Such a Square Blouse, Cha Cha Blouse, Vest, Upside Down Tunic, Oversized Caged Hoodie by Peggy Noland
Chapter 4 Skirts
Ultra Mini Rectangle Skirt, Preppy Rectangle Skirt , Trusty Pencil Skirt, Swoosh Skirt , A-line Skirt , A-line Skirt with Placket Variation, Tiered Skirt, Bubble Skirt, Gathered Rectangle Skirt, Suit Skirt by Where is Josie?
Chapter 5 Dresses
Free T-Dress, Body Toob, Cap Sleeve Cutie Dress, Pixel Dress, Deep V Mini Dress, Drawstring Dress, Poster Art Dress, Egg Dress, Vest Dress, Outer Space Dress, Bell Jar Dress Coat, Hoodie Dress, Nip Waist Dress, Criss-Cross Jumper Dress, 60s Jumper, Banana Dress, Ruffle Earth Dress, Wedding Cake Dress, Oh Yes Dress, Slope Dress, Office Dancing Dress, Cha Cha Dress, Go USA Sweater Dress , Button Bib Dress by Fredda and Jennifer Perkins, Ribbon Skirt Dress by Chia, Sheer Tunic by Jesse Kelly-Landes , Wedding Dress, Revisited by Elizabeth Dye, X Dress by Amy Sperber
Chapter 6 Bottoms & Jumpers
Summer Short, Summer Jumper, Disco Shorts, Leggings, Vintage Romper, Coolottes Dress
Appendix A – Sewing Resources
Appendix B – Shopping Resources
Appendix C – Reading List