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Notepads electronics bags and wallets and evening items Laura offers 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 techniues and encouragement t. If you have seen Project Runway season 3 you ll recall Laura Bennett as being the architect mother of 5 plus one on the way children who made structurally simple yet impeccably embellished articles of clothing Michael Kors marveled how her 5000 collection looked three times its value Her creations are definitely for sophisticates In this book she offers advice on how to purchase and work with difficult materials like leather seuins furs and feathers She advises to use the best uality materials but also suggests less expensive alternatives This is good advice for those who don t live in large cities and cannot easily access or afford the best Her sprinkling techniue for positioning rhinestones creates a spontaneous yet strategic flash of sparkle on an otherwise very plain garment The handling and construction steps are thorough One can probably find advice like this on several websites but this book conveniently offers it in one cohesive volume However the patterns for the purses and laptop case are too simple to be functional Purses need compartments and laptop cases need handles But if you like the look of luxe and want to DIY for a fraction of the cost then this book is worth a look

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Hey need to come up with variations and create their own signature piecesPacked with Laura's signature flair and finesse vibrant four color photos step by step drawings anda complete list of suggestions on where to purchase materials Handmade Chic is an accessible guideto at home crafting that is elegant enough for the most modern fashion savvy of wom. I was really hoping to find inspiration from this book but I did not I found it to be a little silly to be honest Most of the projects were things that could be purchased for far less than the cost of buying the materials to make them Some of the materials were not at all readily available and would take a great deal of searching or internet shopping in order to make them In most books I have found that there is at least one project that the average crafty person can scrounge up the materials around the house and give the book a try Not so with this one My biggest complaint though is the title When I read it my first reaction was um excuse me I find the title to be very degrading to crafters everywhere I m sorry but has Ms Bennett even looked at etsy or Craft Gawker or Pinterest or Ravelry or I could go on and on The work crafters are doing is edgy and cool Crocheted kleenex box holders are a thing of the very distant past Ms Bennett Please do not assume that we are all country bumpkins in need of you to save us from our gasp homespun projects with your over priced materials and recycled ideas A glasses case business card holder a number of clutches a laptop sleeve etc have all been done many times before With titles that weren t offensive Green dog trumpet and other stories variations and create their own signature piecesPacked with Laura's signature flair and finesse Identity vibrant four color photos step by step drawings anda complete list of suggestions on where to purchase materials Handmade Chic is an accessible guideto at home crafting that is elegant enough for the most modern fashion savvy of wom. I was really hoping to find inspiration from this book but I did not I found it to be a little silly to be honest Most of the projects were things that could be purchased for far less than the cost of buying the materials to make them Some of the materials were not at all readily available and would take a great deal of searching or internet shopping in order to make them In most books I have found that there is at least one project that the average crafty person can scrounge up the materials around the house and give the book a try Not so with this one My biggest complaint though is the title When I read it my first reaction was um excuse me I find the title to be Cenote very degrading to crafters everywhere I m sorry but has Ms Bennett even looked at etsy or Craft Gawker or Pinterest or Ravelry or I could go on and on The work crafters are doing is edgy and cool Crocheted kleenex box holders are a thing of the Sottomissione very distant past Ms Bennett Please do not assume that we are all country bumpkins in need of you to save us from our gasp homespun projects with your over priced materials and recycled ideas A glasses case business card holder a number of clutches a laptop sleeve etc have all been done many times before With titles that weren t offensive

Laura Bennett ä 2 Review

In Handmade Chic Fashionable Projects That Look High End Not Homespun Laura Bennett 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. This book has 40 projects to tackle The author describes them as upscale chic and urbane She is right This is not weaving potholders On the other hand all the projects can be done with little difficulty especially if one has any experience with sewing The author uses leather to make her projects but she lets the reader know they can be done with denim canvas corduroy or feltThere is great detail on how to do the projects Sewing terminology is explained well There is a list of materials and tools needed for each project Illustrations and patterns are provided The author lets the reader know that all the materials for each project can be found online This is helpful since she said most of the hardware can t be found in craft storesThe projects are divided into 4 categoriessmall luxuries examples would be a business card holder a key ring tab and beltsfashionably organized examples would be a book cover various laptop holders and ipad kindle coversbags and wallets examples would be a shopping tote a man s billfold and a day clutchevening extravagances examples would be embellished shoes a pullover and furry slippersWhen I skimmed through this book I thought that it looked too fancy As I read it I realized I could make any of these projects I could use whatever material I wanted and even modify the projects For example I could replace the hardware with Velcro buttons or snaps The author makes the reader comfortable with their own approach to the project I would recommend this book to anyone who is satisfied when they complete a project This book will get you from step one to the last step with easeI received a free copy of this e book from NetGalley for my honest review


10 thoughts on “Handmade Chic

  1. says:

    Despite the fact the subtitle is a bit insulting to handmade crafts I was curious Plus some people do not like handmade crafts so I was wondering if this would be the book for them Really all it is about is choosing higher end materials Makes sense since materials can make the difference in anything that you make HOWEVER I

  2. says:

    This book has 40 projects to tackle The author describes them as upscale chic and urbane She is right This is not weaving potholders On the other hand all the projects can be done with little difficulty especially if one has any experience with sewing The author uses leather to make her projects but she lets the reader know they can be done with denim canvas corduroy or feltThere is great detail on how to do the projects

  3. says:

    How can you make something hand made look high end? Is there something wrong with all the crafts people do that makes them fall short of commercial stuff? To be honest I've found the thing that counters this the creativity that goes into these projects I love crafting and I've found that you can almost always create something on par with commercial stuff if you know what you're doing Laura Bennett brings to the front that the star

  4. says:

    If you have seen Project Runway season 3 you’ll recall Laura Bennett as being the architect mother of 5 plus “one on the way” children who made structurally simple yet impeccably embellished articles of clothing Michael Kors marveled how her 5000 collection looked three times its value Her creations are definitely for sophisticates I

  5. says:

    There has been an explosion of books and blogs lately as a part of a DIY do it yourself movement Now with just a little money and time you can recreate designer looks at home without mortgaging it in the process Sometimes though even at the hands of highly skilled artisans the resulting items look a little too homespun and not like the things you see on current runways And that's fine for people who want that

  6. says:

    Very simple shapes combined with high end materials make these projects look luxurious and expensive The author

  7. says:

    I was really hoping to find inspiration from this book but I did not I found it to be a little silly to be honest Most of t

  8. says:

    This book has projects for those that want to create items that look high end up are actually homemade Brief in

  9. says:

    Laura Bennett is not going to apologize for her desire to elevate her handmade goods to the status of as good as or better than what you can b

  10. says:

    Perhaps the that look high end should have tipped me off that this book wouldn't be for me I am not nor have I ever been a high end kind of girl Not in what I like and certainly not in what I actually buy My main complaint about this book is that almost everything looks the same Perhaps that's becuase almost everything is leather or leather

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