Learn how to construct and embellish a stylish jacket from a comfy sweatshirt so it fits perfectly and looks fabulous! Londa shows you how fun it is to blend your favorite fabrics and trims with her basic patterns to create your own personal designs-choose a pattern that fits your sewing skill level. Whether you're into casual hoodies or classic coats, you'll never look at a sweatshirt the same way again!
• Explore 2 construction methods-use the whole sweatshirt intact or cut it up for yardage
• Ruffles and ruching, slashes of denim, trim collars, wide cuffs…what is your signature touch?
• Includes full-size patterns on tissue, designed for all sizes from S to XXL
Review examiner.com - October 1, 2012
This book offers some unique and creative ideas for creating new garments from sweatshirts. There are designs ranging from stylish jackets to hoodies, and sewers of all skill levels will find the perfect project to suit their taste and sewing expertise.A generic sweatshirt can be embellished with a number of trims, including ruffles, denim, or ruching. The basic designs can be altered by two construction methods- either the whole sweatshirt can be used, or it can be cut up and reconstructed.Sweatshirt Transformations includes full-size tissue patterns, designed for sizes from S to XXL. Use your creative imagination to transform an everyday sweatshirt into a personalized work of art!
Review socrafty.com - November 16, 2012
With a little bit of help, a sweatshirt can become a totally different piece of clothing.Londa Rohlfing’s latest book, Sweatshirt Transformations: Sew Jackets, Vests, Hoodies — 8 Projects from Cozy to Elegant, provides the instruction needed to give a sweatshirt new life.Readers will learn how to create new pieces through two methods — either leaving the sweatshirt whole or through cutting it up. The book also “Includes full-size patterns on tissue, designed for all sizes from S to XXL,” according to her website, Londa’s Creative Threads.Her sweatshirts are always popular, she states on her site: “The compliment I hear over and over is ‘I can’t BELIEVE that is a sweatshirt!’ To me – a sweatshirt is nothing but fabric and matching ribbing – and very comfy fabric at that!Would you love to transform your sweatshirts?
Review Notions - by the American Sewing Guild - November 1, 2012
Love the wearing ease of a sweatshirt but crave something more sophisticated? Here's Londa to the rescue with eight great ideas, including six jackets, one hoodie, and a vest ... all with signature touches. For the embellishment details, full-size patterns (size S to XXL) are included.
Review Australian Homespun - January 1, 2013
There have been a number of books on transforming sweatshirts published over the years. This latest is, we believe, one of the best. Although we challenge anyone to achieve Londa's promise of making an "elegant" jacket from a sweatshirt, the techniques and projects in this book certainly lift sweatshirts from the humdrum into something eye-catching and unique. Londa has been an avid seamstress for 46 years and made about 300 jackets in the past decade. That wealth of experience informs the instructions she's provided. Her aim is to encourage even novices to develop their creativity as they learn to design, fit and embellish jackets made with sweatshirt bases. She makes the point that you don't have to start with a sweatshirt either - she's explored a range of alternatives. Comprehensive technique descriptions, detailed instructions and lots of step-by-step photographs make this an excellent manual. Full size patterns for sizes S to XXL are included in a packet inside the back cover.