Chic on a Shoestring by Mary Jane Baxter

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10 Critic Reviews

a fabulous book that I can’t quite put down! Far removed from my normal fare, this is a craft book called ‘Chic on a Shoestring’. Being a lover of all things thrifty and chic, it had me at ‘hello’!
-Vintage Life

Synopsis

Chic on a Shoestring is your entrée into the world of high fashion that will inspire you to create your own covetable clothes and accessories. Learn to transform ornate trims and vintage buttons into spectacular brooches, craft a favorite silk scarf into a chic top, or rework flea market shoes into fashionable showstoppers.

With more than 40 unique and stylish ideas—including quick and easy no-sew projects—Chic on a Shoestring will inspire first-time and experienced crafters alike.


 

About Mary Jane Baxter

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Mary Jane Baxter is a writer and craft expert. She worked as a BBC journalist for 12 years before leaving her job as a reporter to train as a couture hat maker. She runs textile and millinery courses across Europe and writes and reports on fashion, craft, and creativity for the BBC, Guardian (UK), Sew magazine, and Cloth.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by TarcherPerigee. 160 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Chic on a Shoestring
All: 10 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 1

Story Circle Book Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Juliet Porton on Jun 26 2012

Some of the projects require a level of "chic" beyond me, but those were fun to look at

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Emily Fredrix on May 02 2012

Beautiful and inexpensive accessories abound if you know how to transform the everyday into the chic.

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Vintage Life

Excellent
Reviewed by Hazel Young on Jul 20 2012

a fabulous book that I can’t quite put down! Far removed from my normal fare, this is a craft book called ‘Chic on a Shoestring’. Being a lover of all things thrifty and chic, it had me at ‘hello’!

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Confessions of a Psychotic Housewife

Good
May 24 2012

If you're on the hunt for some ideas yourself, or you'd like to keep a teenage girl very occupied this summer break, add Chic On A Shoestring to your to-buy or borrow from the library list

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Mommy's Memorandum

Good
May 19 2012

One of the best things about Chic On a Shoe String is that it teaches how to recycle and repurpose so many things from old clothes to broken necklaces. A ribbon becomes a belt, shoe laces a charismatic choker and a silk scarf a summer top. It’s a fun way to learn to sew and build a wardrobe.

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I knit and Sew What?

Good
Reviewed by Popbabe7 on Aug 19 2012

The photos are amazingly inspirational, the illustration are very cute and with simple ideas Mary Jane shows us how to unleash our creativity and make simple but highly stylish projects look oh-so-special.

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My Sentiment ExactLee

Good
Reviewed by Erika on Jul 19 2012

Chic on a Shoestring is a very comprehensive book with easy to follow instructions for creating an entirely new article of clothing or accessory to jazzing up your oldy but goodies

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Half-Pint House

Good
Reviewed by Megan on Apr 30 2012

there is something about having all the projects together in a lovely book that makes me want to do them more than when I have to hunt them down somewhere online.

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Snowflakes

Good
Reviewed by Snowflake on Apr 18 2012

one of the best and most creative books I have come across

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Handmade Jane

Good
Reviewed by Jane on Sep 05 2011

Chic on a Shoestring is a lovely book. Well written with clear instructions and packed full of beautiful, easy-to-make projects, it's definitely one for the sewing room bookshelf.

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