Chic on a Shoestring: Simple to Sew Vintage-style Accessories

Chic on a Shoestring: Simple to Sew Vintage-style Accessories


By (author) Mary Jane Baxter

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  • Publisher: Kyle Books
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 206mm x 250mm x 22mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 16 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1856269817
  • ISBN 13: 9781856269810
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 94,217

Product description

Why throw out your old clothes when they can be transformed for very little money? With an eye for all things 'stylishly vintage', Mary Jane takes throwaway items and illustrates how they can be used to create a host of covetable clothes and accessories. An old tie can be turned into a purse, knitting needle holder, cute corsage and a belt. Silk scarves can make a return as a sexy top or skirt, and T-shirts as funky 40s-style turbans. Chic on a Shoestring will take you through - step-by-step - all you need to know to create fabulous accessories you actually want to wear, and provide you with lots of variations and inspiration to foster your own style. And with advice on how to find useful treasures at markets, charity shops and vintage stores, you will be making your own creations in no time.

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Author information

Mary Jane Baxter is a writer and craft expert. She worked as a BBC journalist for 12 years before leaving her job as a foreign reporter and producer to train as a couture hat maker. She worked with milliner to the stars Stephen Jones in London, did a stint with Marc Jacobs in Paris, and sold her first collection to the Harvey Nichols flagship store in Knightsbridge. She runs textile and millinery courses across Europe and writes and reports on fashion, craft and creativity for BBC television,, Sew magazine, Cloth and Selvedge.

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'Is packed with innovative ideas for sewing vintage-style accessories without breaking the bank.' SEW Magazine 'With their timeless beauty and classic colours it's hard not to walk past silk scarves in the thrift stores. Mary Jane Baxter shows you how to transform your squares into a beautiful silk top.' Mollie Makes 'This handy book is jam-packed with ideas for customising clothes and making vintage-style jewellery and accessories from fabric straps, acrylic stones, shoelaces and trinkets.' Make Jewellery