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I Can't Believe It's a Sweatshirt!


 
I Can't Believe It's a Sweatshirt!
   
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Sixteen different ways to re-create a sweatshirt.

Oh, no, not another sweatshirt book! It seems like everyone who has ever written any type of sewing manual, eventually gets around to writing a book about modifying sweatshirts. Well, I guess it's my turn now. Over the past eighteen years, I have created many, many sweatshirt modifications. I've sewed them up, cut them off, chopped them up, slit them, zippered them, appliqued them, gathered them, ruffled them, buttoned them, decorated them, embroidered them, cut-worked them, and now . . . I am putting the best of them into this first book.

How in the world did I come up with the name of this book . . . you guessed it! When people see the garments, the one thing they always say is . . . "I can't believe it's a sweatshirt!"

Within the pages, you will find many new and innovative ways to redefine the sweatshirt. They have been turned into all kinds of jackets and cardigans, a crop top and sweatshirt shawl that will keep you warm on those cold nights at the football games. You will find many new types of embellishment ideas and techniques without one "Becky Homecky" style. There is just the right project for you or your next gift idea! If the first reviews are any indication of the versatility of the garments, all age groups will love them. Get yours today.

SAMPLES
 

 

Introduction

3

 

Acknowledgements

4

Let’s Talk About

I Can’t Believe It’s a Sweatshirt!

5

Getting Started With

Supplies

6 – 9

Getting Started With

About Sweatshirts

10

Getting Started With

Stabilizers

11

Getting Started With

Hooping Technique

12

Basic Instructions

Ribbon Facing

13 – 14

Basic Instructions

Zipper Closures

15 – 16

Basic Instructions

Boiled Wool & Bias Binding

17 – 18

Basic Instructions

Preparing the Neckline

19

 

Machine Setup

20

 

Color Pictures

21 – 24

 

Embroidered Victorian Cardigan

25 – 26

 

Op-Art Cardigan

27 – 28

 

Spring Fling Cardigan

29 – 30

 

Sweatshirt Shawl

31 – 32

 

Chinese Harvest

33

 

Nautical Mayhem

34 – 37

 

Primitive Color

38 – 39

 

Flower Box Cardigan

40 – 42

 

Summer Harvest

43 – 44

 

Snow Leopard Jacket

45 – 46

 

Woodland Bear

47

 

Ribbon Window Crop Top

48

 

African Safari

49 – 50

 

Rosebuds ‘N’ Patchwork

51 – 52

 

Rose Opulence

53 – 54

 

Cheetah Designer Jacket

55

 

Suppliers Section

56

 

A message from Me

57

 

Other Publications

58

 

Patterns

59 – 84

Lets talk about …I Can’t Believe it’s a Sweatshirt!…

Oh no, not another sweatshirt book!  It seems like everyone who has ever written any type of sewing manual, eventually gets around to writing a book about modifying sweatshirts.  Well, I guess it’s my turn now.

Over the past eighteen years, I have created many, many sweatshirt modifications.  I’ve sewed them up, cut them off, chopped them up, slit them, zippered them, appliquéd them, gathered them, ruffled them, buttoned them, decorated them, embroidered them, cut-worked them, and now...I am putting the best of them into this first book. 

How in the world did I come up with the name of this book...You guessed it!  When people see the garments I have made...the one thing they always say is… “I can’t believe it’s a sweatshirt!” 

As I have been traveling the country teaching seminars, so many of you have asked me to write a book about my methods for modifying sweatshirts.  Even I thought…“There’s so many on the market, would another one really find a home among all the others?”  So many of you have issued a resounding, “Yes!”  As I’ve given some sneak peaks at the growing amount of projects from this book, I have to say that I believe you.  I have never seen so much excitement generated by sample garments.   So...I am happy to be able to bring you my methods.

Within these pages, you will find many new and innovative ways to redefine the sweatshirt.  They have been turned into all kinds of jackets and cardigans, a crop top, and a sweatshirt shawl that will keep you warm on those cold nights at the football games.  You will find many new types of embellishment ideas and techniques.  I’m sure there is just the right project for you or your next gift idea!  If my sneak peaks are an indication of the versatility of the garments, all age groups will love them.

Let’s get started...