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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780971702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780971704
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Geneva Vanderzeil has always had a passion for making and creating her own clothes. She is the founder of the popular DIY fashion website A Pair & A Spare (apairand-aspare.com), where she has shown millions of fashionistas how they can have a runway-ready wardrobe without breaking the bank. Geneva revels in making old items on-trend again using simple refashioning projects, and lives by the adage that if you love it, you can make it. Her projects regularly feature in fashion magazines and websites around the world, including Harper's Bazaar Australia.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Louise on 18 Nov 2012
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I am an avid reader of Geneva's blog and could not wait to get my hands on a copy of her debut book - DIY Fashionista. I was not disappointed. As with her blog, the book is beautifully presented, with 40 easy to follow projects on items that, if not in your wardrobe, are easily found in the local second hand shop. Even better is that the book identifies and clearly sets out all the skills, products and tips one needs to professionally DIY virtually anything! Have already organised numerous crafternoons to get my DIY on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grace on 23 May 2013
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DIY Fashionista encourages you to rejuvenate your wardrobe in new and cost-effective ways, through refashioning items you already own and making low-cost pieces look high-end. The variety of the 40 projects is brilliant there is everything from how to draft your own simple shorts pattern from scratch to updating an old pair of boots with fabric inserts. Throughout the instructions are very easy to follow and each project is given a time frame, so before you even start you'll know if it's something you can do quickly before you walk out the door or if it'll take a couple of evenings. However most of the projects should take under an hour to make, so are perfect for those with busy lives, Geneva even makes the great suggestion of inviting your friends round to a DIY fashion party!I've made two projects from this book already and can't wait to start on some more!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Signe Amalie Sandsør on 20 May 2013
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One day I just came over Geneva's blog "A pare & a spare", which inspired me a lot. She seemed like a girl who knew what she was doing, and her look was young, modern and laidback but still fantastic!
After a few months I took the chance of buying her book, and it fulfiled all my expectations!
"DIY Fashionista" is the perfect book for every young girl, who wants to update her wardrobe. By following Geneva Vanderzeils tips and easy understandable how-to pictures, you can get the hippest style in your neighbourhood! And the best is: it's eco-friendly!
This is the perfect book for recycling-loving fashionistas!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ali12 on 24 Feb 2013
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My niece absolutely loved this a great idea it was a great find for a christmas stocking pressie, thankyou Fashionista
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By Km on 19 Mar 2014
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The cover of this is a perfect image for the contents of the book. Simple and basic. The instructions aren't even that well planned out and they can be found on her website for free. Waste of money.
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By Fox_E on 27 Feb 2014
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This book is great for a start out novice dressmaker to customise clothes and shoes etc

A lot of the projects are freely available on line so unless you want something tangible in your hands its not a must have buy.

As a dressmaker I found the book lacking slightly but that's because of my skills I guess rather the book itself. I did find the book inspiring though, nice photos and a good read. It is just a shame we don't have the endless supply of thrift shops as in the UK charity shops are lacking in general!
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