Handmade Chic

Handmade Chic

Fashionable Projects That Look High-end, Not Homespun

Book - 2011
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"From Project Runway finalist and fashion designer Laura Bennett comes a sophisticated collection of craft projects that are anything but homespun. In Handmade Chic, Laura shares simple strategies for creating 40 small luxuries and high-fashion accessories, from a smart leather iPad portfolio to a feather-embellished evening bag. With sections organized in skill-building order and based on type of accessory small leather goods, agendas and notepads, electronics, bags and wallets, and evening items--Lauraoffers patterns, easy-to-follow diagrams, and detailed instructions for fabricating each glamorous project, whether it involves sewing from scratch or embellishing a prepurchased garment. While showcasing her own creative designs, she provides readers with the basic techniques and encouragement they need to come up with variations and create their own signature pieces. Packed with Laura's signature flair and finesse, vibrant four-color photos, step-by-step drawings, and a complete list of suggestions on where to purchase materials, Handmade Chic is an accessible guide to at-home crafting that is elegant enough for the most modern, fashion-savvy of women"--
Publisher: Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale : Distributed by Macmillan, c2011
Description: viii, 200 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781609613006
1609613007
Branch Call Number: 646.48 Ben

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nerowolfgal
Dec 20, 2016

The one thing in the book that IS good is the websites and addresses of some really interesting fabric, bead, and feather feather supply stores. BUT there is nothing in the book I would either make or wear. Feathered purses? Bedazzled stiletto heels? A dress that is bedazzled and beaded around the waist, only wearable if you are a size 6, not to mention the weight. Cutting up old fur stoles to make slippers? And just why would you make a leather card holder that is just two pieces of leather sewn around three sides?

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Bright_Orange
Nov 27, 2014

Easy to make leather accessories that look really good for both women and men. The instructions are straight forward and adaptable for your own creativity. I'm not crazy about the feathered goods, but that's just me. (The majority of the projects are done in leather.) It's always good to read about someone who has a dream and runs with it.

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