DIY Thrift Flip: Sewing Techniques for Transforming Old Clothes Into Fun, Wearable Fashions

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Quarry Books
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8.27 X 10.94 X 0.32 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author
April Yang is a Southern California-based thrift flipper who has an associate's degree in fashion design from Palomar Community College and has built a substantial following on Instagram and YouTube, where she posts sewing tutorials and thrift flip process videos. Her flips include turning a thrift-store find into a chic maternity dress, a worn-out black dress into a chic evening dress with lace appliques, a blah gingham dress into a cute jumpsuit, and a graduation gown into a glamorous black cocktail dress. She started sewing in high school out of necessity, when she wanted to wear new clothes but couldn't afford them. As she began to post her clothing flips on YouTube under the name Coolirpa, she found a like-minded community who was inspired by her creativity, and her popularity on social media soon skyrocketed. She lives in San Diego, California. To see more of her work, visit, @coolirpaa on TikTok, and @coolirpa on YouTube and Instagram.

"[A] lovely debut...Yang's handy and inventive guidance is an excellent source of inspiration for eco-conscious sewers."

--Publishers Weekly

"A must-have. This amazing title will thrill readers who enjoy thrift-shopping for clothes they can upcycle. Bonus: readers can refer to this book for sustainable living and craftivism ideas."

--Library Journal STARRED Review

"Overall, this is a thorough guide that will be useful in makerspaces and public and school library collections."

--Booklist STARRED Review