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Jean Therapy: Denim Deconstruction for the Conscientious Crafter Hardcover-spiral – Apr 1 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books; Pck Spi edition (April 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592533884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592533886
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 2.5 x 27 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #503,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Scatha G. Allison (San Francisco, CA) is an artist and designer with a background in painting, installation, and mixed-media work, and is known in the San Francisco design community for her distinct cutting, draping, and patterning skills, specializing in couture techniques and reconstruction. Her clothing line, Miss Velvet Cream, is currently available in San Francisco boutiques Venus Superstar and Queen of the Meadow, Show Pony in LA, and La Rouge in Portland.


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If you enjoy doing your own thing - wearing clothes or accessories that are outside the traditional box - well, if you do, this book is for you.
First, hardcovered spiral - opens flat - nice paper stock - includes some patterns (on regular tissue type paper - not my kind of working patterns, but nice that they're included) - well, a great start.
Next, this book includes information on needed tools and techniques (basic things like sceissors and seam ripper, etc - but also heavyweight steel pins, type of thread, and hand/machine needle requirements), as well as detailed information on measuring, including an ease chart and an international size chart (USA: size 6 = UK: size 8 = Europe: size 36 = Japan: size 9).
Their patterns are sized small (US 6-8), medium (US 10-12), large (US 14-16) - won't fit everyone, but they do include info on adjusting patterns to fit. If you have a little experience, you should not have any problem altering these patterns to your size.
Many techniques for altering the denim fabric are included (bleaching, dyeing, applique, beading, distressing, adding other fabrics, and so on). There is an entire section called "Denim Butchery" - lots of fun.
There are a wide range of projects, including: necklace, wrist cuffs, tank top, bustier, halter top, a tote and a purse, several skirts (you can't make just one), a hooded vest, a kimono jacket, and more.
Tips are interspersed throughout (for instance: "The chemical structure of the indogo dye"... - talking about the wearing process, and "cutting open a double-fold seam"..., and "If a seam is too bulky to place under the presser foot,"...).
A stitch Glossary is included, each with an illustration (applique stitch, satin stitch, chain stitch, Lazy Daisy stitch, and more).
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Great book for new ideas to use denim. Fashionista style with lots of practical ways to reconstruct denim clothing. You would need some sewing experience and good machine and you'll have fun.
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Thought this was just a little old fashioned for the times, Would have liked to have seen a more updated version of the denim
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Sooo many great projects, clear instructions and deeply inspiring. There are at least ten project I want to do tomorrow! Buy this book!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f69efe4) out of 5 stars 26 reviews
53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dff5a20) out of 5 stars Beautifully Unconventional ~ Wonderfully Outside the Box July 4 2008
By brrejy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover-spiral
If you enjoy doing your own thing - wearing clothes or accessories that are outside the traditional box - well, if you do, this book is for you.
First, hardcovered spiral - opens flat - nice paper stock - includes some patterns (on regular tissue type paper - not my kind of working patterns, but nice that they're included) - well, a great start.
Next, this book includes information on needed tools and techniques (basic things like sceissors and seam ripper, etc - but also heavyweight steel pins, type of thread, and hand/machine needle requirements), as well as detailed information on measuring, including an ease chart and an international size chart (USA: size 6 = UK: size 8 = Europe: size 36 = Japan: size 9).
Their patterns are sized small (US 6-8), medium (US 10-12), large (US 14-16) - won't fit everyone, but they do include info on adjusting patterns to fit. If you have a little experience, you should not have any problem altering these patterns to your size.
Many techniques for altering the denim fabric are included (bleaching, dyeing, applique, beading, distressing, adding other fabrics, and so on). There is an entire section called "Denim Butchery" - lots of fun.
There are a wide range of projects, including: necklace, wrist cuffs, tank top, bustier, halter top, a tote and a purse, several skirts (you can't make just one), a hooded vest, a kimono jacket, and more.
Tips are interspersed throughout (for instance: "The chemical structure of the indogo dye"... - talking about the wearing process, and "cutting open a double-fold seam"..., and "If a seam is too bulky to place under the presser foot,"...).
A stitch Glossary is included, each with an illustration (applique stitch, satin stitch, chain stitch, Lazy Daisy stitch, and more).
Finally, what is my overal impression of this book... Well, eye-candy at first glance, then inspiration takes over, then pure satisfaction for having made this purchase. I've re-purpossed jeans from my own imagination for several years, so was very excited to find myself wonderfully impressed - this book takes it to another level.
Yes, this is beautifully unconventional and wonderfully outside the box, and not for the meek or timid - these projects are meant to be seen.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dff5a74) out of 5 stars Full of interesting ideas Sept. 3 2009
By Christie C - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book because I am working on making a denim and lace wedding dress that is a two piece. I thought that I would beable to come up with at least one idea from this book. Never did I think I would come up with a lot more than that. As one reviewer mentions some of the paterns are "out there" but if you have an imagination (which is why you would be reconstructing denim in the first place I would hope) Most of these patterns can be made to function even for a 20 to 30 something person (not just "jr high, high school kids"-previous reviewer). I have so many ideas now that I want to make more outfits for me.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dff5d50) out of 5 stars Serious Fashion Chops Dec 22 2011
By Meg McGuire - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover-spiral
I admit a book about turning old jeans into stuff is a turn off for me. The mode of using old denim rarely looks fresh. Admittedly lovely nostalgic photos do come to mind... long-haired beauties in pieced denim capes and petticoats (taken in Haight-Ashbury no doubt). But a lot of colorful textiles were usually mixed in for these visuals. These days re-purposed jeans make for a tattered and washed-out visual that doesn't look good on the current fashion landscape. Scatha Allison, aka Miss Velvet Cream, slams into the denim modality like any good re-purposing fashion artist would... but better. Turns out Allison has strong historic fashion skills and a really good eye for draping and fitting her literally rough-edged look. I bought this with no intention of using old jeans for the projects (sorry!). However, Allison gives excellent food for thought for those who like rougher edged "trash to treasure" style and her work can be applied in any textile. It's a very SF-Bay look but she knows her stuff and inspires well. The Pencil Skirt and the Mermaid Skirt are interesting. The Ruffled Halter Top and the Sleeveless Bustle are a fantastic designs just to have on hand for an eye catching party shirt or a costume piece. There are some basic design ideas that come through in these shirts that will be appealing to the auto-didactic sewers among us. The Kimono Jacket and the Hooded Vest are fashion heavies in the book (even if they would look better NOT in denim... I'm planning to use an old suit jacket). There are some fantastic items in the gallery for inspiration as well (that I'm a bit sad to have to figure out myself!). The Swashbuckling Sash, Victorian Denim Wrap Coat, and the Hooded Jazz Jacket are standouts that more experienced sewers might want to figure out themselves.

Old denim is pretty "over" but this girl has skills! This book is mostly on bargain tables now... but it is a giant among many of the lesser "re-purpose" craft books that have made it to the book shelves these days. If you like some edgy fashion ideas check her out!
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dff9288) out of 5 stars you must get this book! Aug. 26 2008
By Susan Groetchen - Published on Amazon.com
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This well illustrated book is perfect for all those who have a garage of jeans that don't fit anymore. Many wonderful ideas abound and patterns. Highly recommended for the "green" set". So recycle those jeans and buy this book!.
HASH(0x9dff5b34) out of 5 stars Not my idea of recycling....... other than the book maybe! Aug. 29 2012
By S. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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I love making useful items out of old used stuff! however, this book goes beyond "out there". i thought this would be a fun book for my granddaughter who loves "designing" clothes. this isn't what i had in mind! and rather than waste time and effort to return, i will recycle it in the garbage bin!


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