Handmade Chic

Fashionable Projects That Look High End, Not Homespun
by Laura Bennett


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 look, but there is a void in the market for chic diy books.


Laura Bennett’s latest book fills that void. Best known for her sleek, elegant designs on season 3 of Project Runway, Bennett has compiled a collection of accessories that are easy to make and incredibly stylish. What I loved most about it is the inclusion of materials that many shy away from: leather, fur (faux or real), feathers, and beads. Her instructions for buying and using them definitely take the intimidation factor away. The 40 projects include covers for electronics (e-readers, iPads, etc.), wallets, purses, and much more, including embellishing ready-to-wear garments.


This book is a valuable addition to any sewing and craft book library, especially my extensive one!

Denim Skirt (re-fashion)

These jeans are now a skirt, finally.

They were cropped jeans, so the final length was right above my ankles. Not a good look.

So I shortened it to a more flattering length.

I’m new to the picture taking thing. I will try to work on better lighting in the future!