CraftSanity Podcast Episode 99: A Chat With Nancy Minsky Author of ‘Denim Revolution’

by jennifer

Thinking about reinventing yourself?

Great, you need to tune into this CraftSanity chat with Nancy Minsky — a fashion designer living in Brussels, Belgium, who is blurring the lines between high fashion and DIY craft.

A graduate of Parson’s School of Design and a former assistant to Calvin Klein, Nancy, 55, worked in the fast-paced fashion industry for years churning out new designs for her Paul Alexander line before “retiring” from fashion design to focus on her family.

On this episode, Nancy reassures us all that we will not lose our creativity if we take a break from our professions to parent or go another direction. In fact, Nancy, appears to be as creative as ever.

Her book, Denim Revolution: Dozens of Ways to Turn Denim Cast-offs into Fashion Must-haves, demystifies the art of transforming an old pair of jeans into a one-of-kind fashion statements.

She posts lovely fashion sketches and tutorials on her inspiring blog, 21st Century Dressmakers and is so very generous with her design knowledge. So grab your sketchbook and an old pair a jeans and settle in to hear Nancy tell her story.

Hanky Panky Apron Tutorial: Nancy kindly designed this Hanky Panky denim apron project for CraftSanity listeners and readers to try at home. (Thanks, Nancy!) Download the PDF and get to work!

I love the idea of turning a pair of jeans into an apron while maximizing use of those oh-so-convenient denim pockets. I plan to make one or two of these for myself. You can make a kid’s version, too. See photo

Win a copy of “Denim Revolution.” How do you reuse your old jeans? Post a comment and link to your projects below to get in the random drawing for a copy of Nancy’s fun book. (If you have not made a denim project, simply comment about what you want to make.) The deadline is July 5. Good luck everyone!

Episode 99 Sponsors
Thank you Starr at Aloha o ka aina, an online shop featuring  handmade, boutique women and children’s clothing that celebrates an endless-summer style at a family-friendly price. Mention Craftsanity at checkout for a free insulated coffee or tea cup cozie. Visit

And thanks to Laurie at Wool Pets for supporting this episode. Check out her needle felting kits and supplies and the blog (

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