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Book review: 'Chic Girl's Guide' to modest, fashionable wardrobe is full of creative DIY projects

"THE CHIC GIRL'S GUIDE TO A ONE-OF-A-KIND WARDROBE," by Kristina Clemens, Front Tables Books, $19.99, 152 pages (nf)

Kristina Clemens' book, "The Chic Girl's Guide to a One-of-a-Kind Wardrobe," may be the solution to save that almost-perfect garment — like a too-short skirt or a lovely top that's bit too low cut — and add some spice to your wardrobe.

Based on the blog "Clothed Much," which Clemens contributed to, this book is the ultimate do-it-yourself guidebook for women who value both fashion and modesty. While some projects, such as the sequin-crush neckline, are simple enough for any skill level, most projects require some sewing familiarity to complete, though being an expert isn't necessary. Projects include adding shape, length, layers and more to tops, skirts and dresses in novel ways.

Each project includes step-by-step photos and at least one photo of the completed garment. Also scattered throughout the book are useful "chic girl tips," such as how to determine whether a garment is fixable or is better left on the rack. Clemens allows her personality to shine through on every page, making it seem like you are working with a friend rather than reading through a textbook.

Clemens built her first garment at the age of 10 and has been creating and embellishing ever since. She is also the author of "After Nathaniel."

A graduate of Brigham Young University, Angela Carter is a writer and editor. She blogs at