ReSew: turn thrift-store finds into fabulous designs :: Review

Posted on February 23rd, by Amy in review. 84 comments

I am honored to be included in another great blog tour going on right now, for ReSew!

Author and friend Jenny Wilding Cardon has pooled all her thrifting and re-fashioning knowledge into one fabulous book!  Her introduction gives you a glimpse into her fun personality, and why she likes to ReSew.

Jenny shares her personal methods for thrift shopping — like keeping a running list, and open mind while shopping.  The best part about ReSewing is – when you ReSew, your creation is always one-of-a-kind, and perfectly suited for you!  Jenny also has “Design Diversions” for each project, to encourage your personal creativity.

Jenny’s projects are simple yet detailed, and the instructions are flawless.  A new sewist will be equally excited by these projects, as someone more experienced as well.  Take a look :

The dress above she shows you how to take a sheet and men’s shirts and make a fun dress.  With the men’s shirts, there’s no need to sew buttons or buttonholes into your garment!

Each of the projects, has a list of Jenny’s fiber facts, the number of pieces needed, and what you should look for while shopping, including fiber content and recommended sizes.  Also included, many “Retip” sections within the patterns to teach you sewing basics like, making casings, inserting elastic, making your piece a custom fit, sewing with wool and dealing with imperfect pieces, really too many to list!

This tote is made from men’s pants, and embellished with buttons.

Jenny has taken refashioning to a whole new level!  She has 20 projects including shirts, skirts, dresses, bags, scarf and hat set, a quilt, rug and even a child’s toy!  There is something for everyone in this book, and it will definitely get you thinking creatively about your wardrobe.  I really love how useful this book is – I need to look through my own closet for items to ReSew!  I think this is a great book for many of you that already quilt, and would love to learn to sew garments!

You can purchase ReSew on Amazon right now, or make sure that you are following my blog, and comment to be entered to win a copy, right here!  I will announce one winner Monday, February 28.

Good Luck -


84 thoughts on “ReSew: turn thrift-store finds into fabulous designs :: Review

  1. I saw a similar book recently, but love these designs you posted even more. Hmmmm just what I need, another excuse to hit the thrift stores!

  2. Now THAT’S my kind of book! I have oodles of thrifted clothes all washed and ready to turn into something different!

    Great giveaway!

  3. This book would be PERFECT for me!!! We go Thrift Store shopping ALL the time!! Thank you for sharing this book with us and thank you for the chance to win a copy :)

  4. Great job on the book. I love to freecycle and shop at thrift stores as well as yard saleing. So I could use this book to know what items to find and buy.

  5. what a cool idea for a book! I am always at a loss for how to repurpose clothes I don’t wear anymore, so this would be a great reference to have near my closet when I’m cleaning out. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Resew sounds fun! I love recycling fabrics into new things & have always wanted to try making clothes. Sounds like a great buy and definitely one for today’s thrifty thinking. Judith xo

  7. Resew sounds fun! I love recycling fabrics, great to have some new ideas, especially making clothes. A great book for today’s thrifty thinking. Judith xo

  8. Following you on google reader. That book looks fantastic, I’d love to share it with my craft group.

  9. I have repurposed for years. I am glad it now fashionable. I would love to have new ideas. Thank you.

  10. I am on my way over!!! I am having fun on your blog tour :). Hoping my luck hasn’t run out…I just won a copy of ReSew this week over at her Wildcards blog and I couldn’t be more excited!!
    Happy Wednesday!

  11. This is such a great idea! I have been enjoying sewing some clothes for me, and this is a much cheaper alternative to buying new fabric!

  12. I am thrift shopper and am always looking for things that can be re-purposed. This book looks awesome. I am a follower of your blog :-) Thanks!

  13. What a neat book! And so appropriate in this time of our lives. Would love to win this. Thanks.

  14. This book looks wonderful and I’d love to win. We’ve been a family of recyclers before it was fun so we appreciate the idea of making something nice to wear or use. Thanks.

  15. Interesting ideas , its so easy to get wraped up in life and forget about all the fabrics with already have around us and to look at the thrift store

  16. I always thought my sister invented this concept! She will buy a man’s suit at the Goodwill and turn it into a sharp little outfit to wear to a wedding reception. Or she will take her old prom dress and turn it into a bathing suit cover up! Love this idea and I would love this book. The closest thing I’ve come to remaking an outfit is when I took an old bridesmaid dress and made bathroom curtains from the lace.

  17. This is great! I follow your blog, and look forward to seeing what this book has to offer! I really like re-purposed and sewing… what’s better than combining them? Re-sew = great!

  18. That looks like a great book with very useful information!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    From the Netherlands

  19. This would be the perfect book for my 16 year old who just came to me last night and said, “Mom, can we turn this sweater into a skirt?” Thanks for the chance!

  20. Thrift stores are my shopping mall! This looks like such a great book; lots of super ideas for my bargain finds! Hope I win….thanks for having a giveaway!

  21. I love these ideas!! I have always been a thriftstore treasure seeker…lately I have really been into the vintage sheets and I have been wanting to make pillow case dresses for Africa,,,,would love to have this book…thanks for the chance!!

  22. What a great little book! I’d love a little help to get clothes that fit me well. Definitely going to add to my birthday wish-list!

  23. I am always trying to find ways to re-thrift everything. Not just in sewing. I think this would be a great book to own! (Of Course, I would love to win this book!)

  24. Love the concept– Just what I was looking for and my granddaughter would love it too!! So fun and a good way to learn>

  25. WoW! I am always so impressed at the creativity needed for ReSewing. Not only does she have that but the ability to have it turn out just the way you want! Brilliant!

  26. Amy, thank you for such a kind post about the book. I’m so thrilled to hear that everyone is liking the idea behind it. It’s so fun to read these comments! Good luck to all of your entrants and congrats in advance to the winner–I hope she enjoys it!

  27. I already do some ReSewing and have a denim skirt waiting for me to change into something nice. However, I need some inspiration and this book sounds like it could give it to me.

  28. Wow, That is creative thinking. This book is going on my shopping list (unless of course I win it).

  29. You just know there is so much potential at Thrift Stores (or Op Shops as we call them in Australia)… but sometimes it’s hard to know what to do. Some ideas would be great. Thanks for the giveaway.

  30. I have really loved shopping at the thrift shops lately! I would love to have this book to help me out!

  31. Neat book – I’d love to have a copy. I love to go to thrift stores – I never know what I’m going to find. One time there are lots of treasures & the next time there isn’t much.

    Of course I’m a follower. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  33. This looks like such a neat idea! I would have never even imagined doing something like this and with the increase in cotton prices this might be something I will have to take a hard look at. Reusing thrift store finds is a wonderful idea.

  34. I wasn’t sure I really was interested in this book, but after reading around the blog tour and seeing the pictures I am putting the book on my wish list at Amazon in case I don’t win one. I’m really feeling the sheet dress, and have just the vintage sheet to make it with!

  35. Oooohhhh…I’d love to have a copy of your book! I’m not very creative, and your book would be such a blessing to have! I am now a follower…thanks! :o)

  36. I am new to the world of refashioning. Like I just started, this last week. Who knew all the neat things that you can do? Not this girl, I need someone to show me ;)

  37. Amy, I’ve enjoyed re-cycling sewing for a long time now. I’d love to win the book and garner some new ideas! Thanks for offering us the chance at it.
    Tina in San Diego

  38. Wow! That looks fantastic!! What a great idea. I love sewing but am not always so good with coming with the ideas, so books like this are perfect. Thanks for sharing :)

  39. I always see things at the thrift store and wonder, how can I go about making that wearable?

    I’d love to see some of the projects in this book :)

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  40. This looks like such a neat book! So many people writing awesome books these days. And who doesn’t like to save money!

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