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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Doing & Learning
Fashion Forms

Fashion Forms

Fall 2012 Doing & Learning
Ages: 8 & Up
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 9780545449359
Hardcover Price: $24.99

For emerging fashionistas, April Chorba has created a new craft obsession: miniature couture. Bringing the world of design into three dimensions, this kit contains everything you need to construct dozens of dresses, ball gowns, and matching accessories.

Double-sided paper offers a variety of chic paisley, floral and geometric prints, along with coordinating solid colors. The crispness of these paper "fabrics" is contrasted with sheets of colored tissue, which can be used to add softness to your design.

Plastic templates serve as cutting guides for shapes that will be assembled with glue to form bodices, sleeves, collars, and skirts. Make the outfits pictured in the step-by-step instruction book, or mix-and-match to create your own unique styles. As fans have come to expect from Klutz, additional items such as sequins and satin ribbons add that special touch. Once finished, your paper fashions can be displayed on the included translucent dress stands for all to admire.

Although Klutz recommends this kit for ages 8 and up, assembling miniature fashions does take a degree of dexterity, skill, and patience that may be more typically found in kids ages 10 to 12. If needed, assistance from a crafty adult will make the experience rewarding and fun for all.

Pamela Pease   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Pamela Pease is a designer, author, educator, and founder of Paintbox Press. She has created pop-up books about Macy's Parade and the Tour de France, as well as award-winning series of books on architecture and design for kids.

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