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Loving our Project of the Week today? Comment to win your very own copy of ReSew!

Jenny Wilding Cardon’s Sugar Stripe Dress is so sweet we all want one at BurdaStyle. And we love the book even more because it’s all about turning thrift store finds into fabulous designs. We had no idea you could make such sassy numbers from vintage printed bed sheets!







If you love refashioning, love to scour vintage shops for fun sewing materials, or you’re ready to take the plunge into the world of upcycling— then this book is for you. ReSew was published by Martingale & Company, publisher of many more sewing and quilting titles you may love.

What have you refashioned? Leave your comment by 930am EST on Monday, April 11th for your chance to be eligible. This contest is open to all BurdaStyle members worldwide.

Good luck!

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    Dec 28, 2011, 04.17 PMby Delena Rorrer

    Great designs. I have always loved wearing tees. They are the best clothing one can wear and feel comfortable. I remember when I bought my first vintage t-shirt. It was the happiest day of my life ah! memories.

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    Apr 20, 2011, 09.05 PMby Crystal Fashionsbycj Jordan

    Please pick me ….. I love to rdo clothes…PIcK ME PICK ME PICk ME : )

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    Apr 6, 2011, 05.22 AMby mismis777

    I upcycle all the time, repurposing clothes and making skirts and tops for my mom and me.

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    Apr 5, 2011, 02.39 AMby bard

    I’ve never upcycled, but it looks so inspiring from these pictures! Seems like a nice way to keep and renew old favourites.

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    Apr 4, 2011, 01.11 AMby Christi Woglemuth

    I have taken a Hawaiian shirt and turned it into a dress. I take clothes that I get at Goodwill or from my local thrift store and make them fit me or I take off the sleeves because I did not like them.

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    Apr 3, 2011, 05.36 AMby paintedlady89

    I love altering everything! I must admit though, I have only recycled pillowcases and sheets into backpacks for the child crisis center. I am looking forward to this new and interesting hobby. I plan to make tops, skirts and accessories! Thanks for helping me broaden my talents!

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    Apr 3, 2011, 02.43 AMby mekei

    i made a great cuff with a beautiful flower out of an old pair of pajama pants! that’s one of my latest! skeime (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Apr 2, 2011, 06.48 PMby bluewillow

    Can hardly wait to see more ideas from your book. I’ve been resewing since I was a teen including denim skirts, pants and bags. My creativity has been stalled these days and I need some inspirations.

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    Apr 2, 2011, 11.26 AMby juliefrance

    perfect.. I’ve just takne up sewing, going to sewing classes but we live in a town where there is no longer a shop selling dressmaking materials.. the nearest being almost an hour’s drive away.. There are a few charity shops, and of course our old clothes :) so this book will be perfect. Thank you.

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    Apr 2, 2011, 05.12 AMby doyaski

    I’ve remade several vintage prom-type dresses into blouses, skirts and even throw pillows and wall art pieces. While the styles are usually dated, the fabrics can be so scrumptious! Paying $5 or $10 for several yards of a decadent fabric like silk makes this one of my favorite sewing “cheap” projects.

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    Apr 2, 2011, 04.16 AMby Samantha Basquez Hill

    When grandpa passed away, we made teddy bears from his button tshirts and gave one to all the grandkids.

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    Apr 2, 2011, 02.41 AMby TheCreativeMissW

    I have a whole load of mens dress shirts I got from the charity shop which I;m planning to upcycle as dresses and cushion covers.I hate throwing things away and always try to find another for things. I’m always refashioning something. I’d love this book .It looks like it would be fantastic inpiration for those days when you’re just a bit stuck.

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    Apr 1, 2011, 08.53 PMby kdschafer

    My daughter and I have made purses from old jeans, doll clothes from worn out clothes, and throw pillows from just about everything.

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    Apr 1, 2011, 05.53 PMby quiltedkitten

    I often make doll clothes out of my daughter’s favorite outfits when they are outgrown so that she can “save” them. Sometimes I go to the thrift store to find awesome fabrics for costumes. Those tacky old prom dresses often make fabulous princess costumes. At a Renaissance fair last year my daughter spilled her drink down her front and the vendor said “Don’t worry mom, they’ll dry clean it when you turn it in” When I told him I made it, his eyes grew wide and he just handed me all the napkins on the counter. My daughter turned her favorite sweater into a pillow for her grandmother for Christmas this year. Guess I’m passing the habit on. I’d love to see an entire book of new ideas. _

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    Apr 1, 2011, 02.10 PMby peopleshootinghat

    I love making quilts out of my favorite old shirts. That way I don’t have to let them go!!!

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    Mar 31, 2011, 10.21 PMby Justine of Sew Country Chick

    I always try to figure out how to redo thrift shop stuff. I have four kids, two teenagers and not much mulatto so please pick me!

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    Mar 31, 2011, 03.22 PMby hoorayforever

    Recently I smashed the parts of two sweaters together to make one new and much more wearable sweater! Sleeves of one to the body of another. And new buttons.

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    Mar 31, 2011, 02.50 PMby elisabetsy

    So far I’ve made a tank blouse out of a too-big vintage top (see my projects) and a swing dress out of a long skirt. I am collecting scraps and old clothes to cut up and crochet into a rug—I’ve read about this idea several times now and think it is a great re-use of materials!

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    Mar 31, 2011, 01.27 PMby mrelia

    I have a stack of Hawaiian shirts that I’m plotting to cut and quilt. But I can’t decided, sundress with mixed panels of prints, quilted winter jacket or warm ‘n’ toasty blanket? Decisions, decisions….

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    Mar 31, 2011, 01.16 PMby liyaanne

    I do refashion my old cloths.i have refashion tshirts and skirts.i take ideas from the net.i need directions to do a garment as im still learning and this book is a perfect one for me.

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    Mar 31, 2011, 07.31 AMby flowergirl22

    strange,, I just found a great skirt to make into a waistcoat….

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    Mar 31, 2011, 05.13 AMby anneeza

    Mostly our cloths turns to our kids cloths. I support green :)

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    Mar 31, 2011, 01.25 AMby kharris

    I have so many things I never wear, but don’t have the heart to part with cause I might like the fabric, or the style but it no longer fits. This book would be Ideal.

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    Mar 30, 2011, 11.06 PMby lanamarie6

    i love finding thift store goodies to turn into something of my own. :)

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    Mar 30, 2011, 06.59 PMby SweenyBov

    As with everyone at the moment, money is tight. My little girl is sooooo into dresses, flower, pink, frills……. you get the picture. Being a novice I havnt wanted to by expensive material just incase I mess up. I have scoured the charity shops and car bootsales to pick up large mens shirts, oversized ladies tops/shirts and even bedding. There are some beautiful material out there! Someone elses trash really is my treasure. And with lots of fun, flowerly, frilly dresses on the go, I’m the best Mum in the world!!!!!

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    Mar 30, 2011, 06.36 PMby tspoon-1

    this looks like a great book! although I’ve been refashioning for years, I love to see other perspectives! Thanks for the giveaway… :)

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    Mar 30, 2011, 04.42 PMby liffythe

    Oh I Iove upcycling. My boyfriend’s mother recently “commissioned” me to redesign her (large) collection of CF fundraiser t-shirts into “grown up” tops (these aren’t really t-shirt wearing folks, except on fundraising day) – it was really fun, and she shared them with her sisters. One of my simplest tricks is to take weird old bedcovers (bright pink tapestry anyone?) and use them as wall hangings – easier to put up and down than paint or wallpaper on boring white walls, and I can stick hanging hardware through it for pictures and photos. It took some forearm strength, but I cut a pair of jeans into “yarn” and with a giant crotchet hook made a small (tough) rug. I’m so excited that the thrift-to-chic diy idea-store has grown far beyond just pillowcase skirts. Congratulations Jenny!

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    Mar 30, 2011, 04.37 PMby gimmeonekiss

    …what have i refashioned? almost everything! From Nanny’s Cardigans to curtains, from tablecloth to my sister’s pants… i’m always looking to offer a new life at something old and uggly!!!

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    Mar 30, 2011, 04.28 PMby elaineren

    It is so much fun to go thrifting, even more fun when you keep repurposing those potential treasures in mind!

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    Mar 30, 2011, 02.42 PMby bitterbunny

    i have a bag of older clothes that would be great to use with the projects in this book! woohoo!

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