Cool Couture Remake Dresses
ISBN 9784579112289
purchased from Pomadour’s Craft Cafe

So, I actually ordered two books with my last etsy order and this is the second one. ‘If you’re ordering one, you might as well get two’ is my motto for Japanese Dress Books.

I particularly like the dramatic black and white photography and styling for the first section of the book. It is quite a contrast to the younger girl posing with a cinnamon bun on her shoulder in the second section which is actually standard styling for these books.

I was really excited when I discovered this book which focuses on transforming sweatshirts, tshirts, men’s shirts and neckties into new garments and accessories. I love to cut up and remix old clothes or thrift store finds, so it’s great to get some fresh ideas. I usually just deconstruct one item, while this book shows how to use parts of one to four garments to create some cool looking clothing. I need to do a bit more studying to figure out which oneĀ  to try first – Tunic from Twin Tshirts (girl with hand on hip and stuffed bee in her hand) is a definite forerunner.


  • Wow. This is a gorgeous (and practical!) book. I would definitely do projects for myself and my kids from it!

    When are YOU going to start selling these books, or are you afraid that you’ll just hoard them all for yourself? :-)

  • I can’t wait to see what you create and re-style with these books Karyn!

  • that cinnamon bun make everything seem more whimsical. it’s hard not to fall in love with these books!

  • uh oh I see some serious book shopping going on this weekend! thanks, will go armed with those ISBN’s! perfect for our summer!

    love your post on the quilt show, I go to our little australian one next month….unfortunately we don’t get the big guns like amy & heather but wow to have dinner with them! how cool is that!


  • These are great! I usually find the garments featured in “re make” books to be either poorly finished or tacky, but the Cool Couture versions are so chic! I’m definitely trying a few of these out.

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