Review & Giveaway: ReSew by Jenny Wilding Cardon

The winner of this giveaway is commenter #82, Kim, who said:  “I already love to sew & recycle/repurpose, & this book appears to have some fresh new ideas I could really sink my needles into! Thanks for a great giveaway – & for some great new ideas!”  Congratulations, Kim!

In ReSew: Turn Thrift Store Finds Into Fabulous Designs, Jenny Wilding Cardon shows just how easy it is to transform rather ordinary or out-of-date garments into something new and exciting.

The 20 projects in the book use only basic sewing skills, which means that even beginning sewists can create these looks.    Those with more advanced skills will be able to complete them quickly or find ways to customize or add their own touch.

She makes use of existing details like button plackets and hems to keep the projects simple and easy to create.  Many of the projects use the print or texture of the fabric to create interesting design elements.  For example, striped fabrics are often cut and appliqued to create neat patterns.  Or soft edges of sweatshirt fabric create additional texture on an applique design.

And while some projects start and end as the same type of garment (a reshaped shirt, for instance), many others transform the material entirely.  For example, a striped sheet can become a sundress, or old denim jeans can become a rag rug.

In addition to clothes, projects also include bags, scarves, hats, and even a quilt.  Each project includes step by step instructions with plenty of illustrations.  The garments or linens that she uses are all readily available at thrift stores and rummage sales (or perhaps your own closet).

My favorite projects include:

Cuffed Skirt, which takes two pairs of men’s dress pants and makes a full gathered skirt.  The alternating stripes of suiting material is a neat design element, though for my full hips I’d probably make this a drop-waist skirt.  It makes use of existing hems, which means I can of my least favorite steps in sewing.


Diner Dress, which creates a vintage-inspired dress from one women’s button down shirt and three men’s dress shirts.  The waistband is cleverly created from a button placket from one of the shirts.  I love the interplay of the patterns on the shirting!



Newsboy Hat and Scarf Set, made from a sweater.  Dressing for winter always gives the blahs – all those layers!  While a striped sweater is kind of ho-hum, a striped sweater hat and scarf set is pretty fabulous.




You can see more photos from inside the book in her video sneak peek.

Now for the givewaway! I’ve got a copy of ReSew for one lucky Craft Gossip reader.  Could it be you? To enter, leave a comment here telling me why you’d like to try your hand at the projects in this book.   I’ll choose one commenter at random to receive the book.

Deadline is Thursday, March 10, 2011.


  1. Lynne says

    Recycling, upcycling, re-sewing the bags and bags of children’s and adults’ clothes in my house would be an awesome way to use them up. I can only make so many ‘memory’ items from our old clothes!

  2. says

    Wow! I have already made 2 cleavage covers to fit in to decollete type blouses from thrift store finds. I would love to see what I can rework using these ideas in the book.

    Thanks! onethess29 at yahoo dot com

  3. Sunshine-Spigot says

    I have this book saved in my Wish List on Amazon!! I just haven’t taken the time to order it, and now, I have a chance to win it!! This would be too too awesome! I love to repurpose old thing! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Marjorie says

    I love thrifting and repurposing clothing and linens. I would love to win this book!


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