Carrie Blaydes, a 2002 graduate of Transylvania University, is now a freelance writer and vintage clothing collector in New York. She has coauthored her first book—Fashion DIY: 30 Ways to Craft Your Own Style. Carrie majored in English and French at Transylvania and received several writing awards. Sewing since kindergarten, she began altering and embellishing vintage clothing in grade school and branched out into original designs while at Transy. The Lexington Herald-Leader ran this feature article on Carrie in its June 21, 2007 issue.