Loved it on the runway? Seen it in a magazine?
Find fashion you love and do it yourself! With a few simple supplies and a range of clever ideas, DIY expert Jenni Radosevich shows you how to make style your own. Transform your basics into designer fashions. Turn hardware store finds into statement necklaces or embellishments for a chic dress. Recreate red carpet-ready looks and add your personal touch.
Filled with 30 step-by-step projects inspired by celebrities, designer runways, and classic styles, as well as tips from fashion insiders such as Rachel Roy, Olivia Palermo, and Rebecca Minkoff, I Spy DIY Style has everything you need for easy-to-make looks that will up your style quotient without sacrificing your budget.
Full disclosure, I received a copy of this book to review on the blog. It'll be released for sale on April 17, 2012. If you follow Jenni Radosevich's blog, or are familiar with her work at Instyle, you'll already be familiar with her ability to take a RTW or runway look and replicate it for much, much less. The book takes her philosophy further, with a ton of fun projects and a lot of inspiration.
The project instructions are well-written and the photography is clear and helpful on the tutorials, and just plain fun everywhere else. The book is divided into sections: Red Carpet Ready, Right from the Runway, A Touch of Classic and Update your Basics. A few examples of projects: a grommet-threaded dress, rope belt, ribbon tank, embellished LBD, and many takes on necklaces, earrings and bags.
For someone interested in DIY, sewing or crafts, but who doesn't think she can do it, this might be the perfect book. It's clearly illustrated, well-explained and completely non-threatening. None of the projects are overly complicated, and I can see this book being a huge confidence booster for someone who finds out that she can, after all, make things herself.
From the tweaking and tinkering of DIY, it's just a few steps on the slippery slope and your non-sewing, non-crafting, non-creative friend will be asking you for advice on purchasing a sewing machine and wanting to go fabric shopping.
And with that in mind, I'm offering this book up as a giveaway. If you want it - for yourself or as a gift to add one more person to the ranks of creative DIYers/sewists out there, leave me a comment telling me who it's for, and why you think they need it. Entries will close on Sunday, April 15th, and I'll let Lily the Sewing Room Cat pick a winner.