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Little Green Dresses: 50 Original Patterns for Repurposed Dresses, Tops, Skirts, and More

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  57 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Never shop retail again with this chic and sweet collection of DIY patterns from a former host of DIY Network’s Stylelicious, Tina Sparkles. Joining the green movement was never so easy — and cost saving! With Sparkles’ stripped-down approach to patterning and sewing, the delightful dresses, tops, skirts, and pants in this fashion-forward project book will not only raise y ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Taunton Press
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Mandy
who exactly was this book written for? Slutty-fashionistas-who-care-about-the-environment-and-by-the-way-also-sew-really-well? How is that more than 15 people? There are maybe 3 dresses in this that are cool and the rest look like a curtain. A slutty curtain.
Haley Mathiot
Little Green Dresses is a very creative interesting craft book. The instructions are good, and Tina has step by step instructions for how to cut or create your own patterns, or make your own based on the ones in the book.

As far as the dresses themselves: They are all very unique. It's hard for me to visualize how I personally would wear some of them. Some are really cool. I like most of them. Some are just odd.

But then I was never much of a fashionista. My sister used to match my clothes for m
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Margie
Points (stars, whatever) for having lots of good information about sewing and pattern drafting.

However: although she mentions the importance of reusing and repurposing, most of the dresses require enough yardage that one wouldn't be able to make them out of existing thrift store-type purchases. So it ends up being a book that's more about pattern drafting and sewing specific dresses she's designed patterns for, than about repurposing clothes.

Also, none of the dresses were anything that I would
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Joanne
I love the idea of this book that explains about helping the environment while saving money and still being able to dress fashionably. 'Little Green Dresses' does a good job of explaining how to use old clothes, both from home and bought from charity shops, to refashion into more stylish items. It shows the techniques step by step, which as a novice I find helpful. Where the book slips up for me is with the designs as I can't see myself wearing most of them. They seem more suitable for the young ...more
Rosemarie
I wish I had this book years ago I would have been at my sewing machine all day long. Now don't get me wrong this is a book literally for any age.
"Little Green Dresses" promotes recycling of clothes that you either have saved for too many years or purchased from a second hand shop, we all have done it at least once. We see a dress we like at a recycle shop and say "it won't fit" so we buy it anyway and take it home to resize it or to add a belt from a different outfit. You may have found a very
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Cana Elene (http://placeofreeds.blogspot.com)
This book shows readers how to re-use/harvest cloth from old clothes, and how to refashion clothes. Chapter 1: Sewing introduction, with the 4 levels of sewing
Chapter 2: Using and Creating Patterns
Chapter 3: Tops (Patterns)
Chapter 4: Skirts (Patterns)
Chapter 5: Dresses (Patterns)
Chapter 6: Bottoms and Rompers (Patterns)

When I read this title, I was like, "Yay! Finally a way to re-use all those clothes that have become too big for me to wear!" Which, this book is good for giving ideas on how to r
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Christie Hagerman
Back in the days of living in a country with thrift stores on every corner, I was quite enamored with refashion--taking an ancient muumuu some granny deposited at Goodwill and making a little stitch here, a rip or two there, a button or some ribbon over there, and VOILA! Instant cute dress. Now that I'm living in ultimate conserve mode, it's even more appealing to me.

Enter this nicely designed book, Little Green Dresses, 50 Original Patterns for Repurposed Dresses, Tops, Skirts and More. The gi
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Becky
I love the idea behind this book--taking outdated and unwearable fashion and making it fresh, new, and wearable. Tina gives great advice in this book about how to create your own patterns, how to fit clothing to your body, as well as some truly eye-opening statistics about how much wearable clothing finds its way into landfills each year. This book is full of pictures and diagrams and chock-full of tips and techniques. That said, however, I really don't think I'd find myself using much from this ...more
Aja Marsh
I checked this out awhile ago from the library and just got it again as I really liked a couple of the ideas-- I'm generally, at this point anyway, more curious about how to fashionably alter existing articles of clothing into something actually wearable, or repurposing fabric in such a way that it can be used again. some of these ideas are a bit out there, but there are some definite winners, and she notes each of them by level number, the breakdown of which is based on having mastered certain ...more
Jodi
I love the idea behind this book, but was expecting something more along the lines of taking pre-existing clothing and refashioning it into something else. Instead it was aimed more at using the patterns from the book with the suggestion of using fabric from your old clothing or clothes purchased at a thrift store.

The other thing that bothered me were the "pattern pieces" in the book. Sorry, but instead of trying to use a two-inch pattern included on the page of a book to draw my own, it would b
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Ruth
A fabulous idea for a book. A very practical way to contribute to the environment. The directions are step by step and are easy to follow. The author did a wonderful job of writing something that is logical and easy to understand for beginners as well as experienced seamstresses.

The designs though I found to be a little interesting. I have never been much of a fashionista, but I have difficulty visualizing myself wearing most of the designs shown. Although, the thought of reusing old material fr
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Teresa
I thought that the Introduction and the first 2 chapters were very helpful in terms of explaining fabrics and pattern creation (some stuff was review for me and some were new info). However, it all went downhill once I looked at the projects. There is no way in hades that I, at the age of 47 (soon to be 47 anyway), would be caught out in public wearing any of these creations. I don't think I could have pulled them off even in my late teens, given my vertically-challenged stature, let alone as a ...more
Sarah
This is an interesting book and I enjoyed reading it. It is clearly aimed at someone much younger than me, the styles seem to be for teenagers and my teenage years are well behind me! However, there are useful sections of techniques both for sewing and designing patterns. It gave me lots of ideas for sewing projects, I was especially interested in the patterns involving redesigning an existing item of clothing. I look forward to using some of these ideas to create my own outfits.
Isa Lavinia
Dec 06, 2011 Isa Lavinia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sewing beginners
Shelves: netgalley, read-2011, arc
I'm a beginner, so take that into account when reading this review, but this book was a life saver! I finally found a pencil skirt tutorial that made sense!
All the steps are clear and there are a lot of fun and imaginative patterns in the book.

I only have one tiny thing to point: the order of the pictures and instructions. It would be much easier to follow if the finished piece always preceded the patterns and instructions. It was still easy to understand, though.
Miss Dandy
I sew. A lot. I love working with vintage clothing to repurpose into new designs so I thought this would be a perfect book for me. I borrowed it from my library to see if it would be worth purchasing but was ultimately disappointed with Tina Sparkle's designs. I've read several reviews here about the awful styling and I have to agree - kind of trashy and not flattering. It's too bad because I really, really wanted to like this book!
Tracey
Adult nonfiction; sewing clothes. [reviewed from e-galley.] Most of these creations look like something somebody made, and not in a good way, though there are a couple of cute designs in here and plenty of fodder for experimentation, if that happens to be your style. I didn't have the patterns and so can't judge the clarity of the instructions, but the sewing technique tips at the front of the book looked helpful (for beginners, at least).
Alex
An excellent stepping stone for those wanting to repurpose clothing, but looking beyond the Generation T-type books. Provides lots of instruction for measuring, constructing garments & gives lots of ideas for personalization & veering from the given pattern.
Contrary to the name, there are patterns for tops, skirts & dresses to mix-and-match into different pieces.
Terryann
solid sewing sense and instruction with really great patterns. i loved looking at the pictures in this book. it was easy to read and understand. each pattern is pictured and leveled and has lots of instructions. i am dying to try out a few of the dresses and skirts. now, if i can just get over my fear of my mother's sewing machine...
Michelle
I really liked the book and thought the ideas for skirts were very cute. Not all the fashion suggestions are ones I'd wear, but definitely the pencil skirts--it has me thinking about different items I have in my closet in a new way. The instructions were pretty clear to me and I'd love to take some of the patterns and try them.
Mo Tipton
This book has awesome instructions for taking apart old clothes and repurposing the fabric, and there are lots of tips for DIY patterns, but the outfits look like they were stolen from an escort service in the 80s. I can't imagine wearing any of them unless I'd been cast for Pretty Woman 2.
Tamara
The photo styling for this book was really off-putting. Almost trashy looking, and not in a fashionable way. And there was very little detail or explanation of the original clothes they used for repurposing.

The only two creations I liked were on page 83 and page 152.
Susan
I'll have to try out the projects before I give a rating, but I love the ideas and the instructions for creating/modifying patterns seem pretty clear! Which isn't always the case with cute sewing books...
Shannon
Love the idea; don't love the dresses. Maybe in different fabrics? Nevertheless, this book is a good source of inspiration for breaking free from traditional styles and dressmaking techniques.
Julie
There's some weird and very homemade looking things in this book. It's a good exercise in DIY and imagination, though. Brainstorm for what's possible.
Kat (Kindred Dreamheart)
There was a couple of looks in here I really liked. The instructions for generating the patterns was easy to follow also.
Flitterkit
I like the concept of this book, but none of the patterns are things I would want to wear!
Laroy Viviane
Great book with easy indication to make your own pattern.
Teresa Vaughn
Teresa Vaughn marked it as to-read
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