Makers for Grenfell: Raffle Winners Announced…!!!

Makers for Grenfell - Raffle WinnersVery quick post from me this morning as we are busy here packing to move house. (Did I mention we’re on the move?)

But, before I get cracking on that, we have the small matter of announcing the winners of the 31 amazing prizes (!) on offer in the Makers for Grenfell raffle. Over 700 tickets (!) were sold raising over £3.5k with the total raised having now surpassed our target of £5k.  The JustGiving page will remain open for donations until the end of August as will the Instagram destash account. (So if you have stuff to sell in aid of Makers for Grenfell, hurry, hurry , hurry!)

But without further ado here are the winning tickets (yep we did a proper draw and everything!):Makers for Grenfell - Raffle Winners

If you see your name in there, head over to the prize post, pick one (or two if you’re one of the lucky ones that had 2 tickets pulled out!) then email me as quick as you can on to let me know which one you want!  Prizes will  be allocated (ie winners will get to choose) on a first come, first serve basis. If after 7 days, no contact has been received, then another ticket will be drawn until all prizes have been allocated.

Thank you to everyone that supported the raffle. From providing prizes, to spreading the word, to buying tickets. What a community we have 🙂

I’ll be winding the fundraising up at the end of this month. Until then, here are a few ways we could add to our total:


Most of us have a few things in our stash that we will never use. So I have set up an Instagram account where anyone can go & post photos of their unwanted sewing/knitting/ craft related or handmade items. You then simply state how much you would like the “buyer” to donate to “purchase” the item. They donate directly to the dedicated Just Giving Page and you sort out postage etc between you. If you want to get involved and sell your unwanted stash, then DM me over on Instagram, either to @portialawrie or @makersforgrenfell and I’ll give you the login deets! But be quick as I will be closing this account at the end of the month.


Of course if you have nothing to sell but are in the market to buy sewing goodies, then make sure to follow @makersforgrenfell to stay up to date with new items being loaded. But be quick as items sell very quickly. So would recommend turning on post notifications for @makersforgrenfell on IG so you get notified as soon as someone posts. The goodies have not been hanging around for long. When you view the site, it may look full….but that is because posts will eventually get deleted once the transaction is complete. So don’t be fooled if you only see a handful of items 😉


Organise a craft jumble, a stitch and bitch coffee morning, a fabric swap, a raffle of your own, an auction. There are all manner of fundraising possibilities that you can organise independently, either online or in your local area and donate the proceeds to Makers for Grenfell. If you want to let me know about an event then email me at  or tag me in social media and I’ll do my best to help you spread the word


A couple of businesses have already designated a “Makers for Grenfell Day” where a percentage of all sales on that day has been donated to Makers for Grenfell. It needn’t be all sales. Maybe sales of a particular type of product would be a better fit. And please don’t worry that it may be viewed as opportunistic self promotion. I know some businesses worry about this. At the end of the day it’s a good cause. That’s really all that matters. If you want to let me know about an “Makers for Grenfell Day” or something else you have planned. then email me at  or tag me in social media and I’ll do my best to help you spread the word.

Massive thanks and well done you lot! Will keep you posted as to where the final amount will be donated to.

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The Refashioners 2017: Blogger line up revealed…!!!

Announcing The Refashioners 2017!!!

So this is it! The countdown has begun once again people!!! For the entire MONTH of September (launches Fri 1st Sept) this blog will again play host to an awesome line up of makers ready to take on The Refashioners challenge!! What’s more, you can take part too and be in with a chance of winning a FANTASTIC prize. Your part of this challenge runs from the start of September right through until the end of October! More deets on that and how to enter in a future post coming soon. So stay tuned for that!)

For those of you unfamiliar with the challenge, (this is the 5th series) participants are challenged to refashion a garment for your delight and inspiration,  basically to highlight how cool, creative and ecologically and ethically sound refashioning old garments actually is. The kicker is, they don’t get to decide what that garment is. (insert evil laugh here) This year we’re tackling old suits. Yep, The Refashioners is all about all those unloved and out of style suits (think 80’s double breasted and you’re there)  languishing in wardrobes and charity shops everywhere, and showcasing some inspirational ways to reuse, rework, and reimagine the classic 2 piece suit. You can take a little peak at what we hope to achieve this year over on our dedicated pinterest board.

So without further ado and with mucho excitement, I am chuffed to pieces to  announce this years STELLAR line up!!!!


Beth Wood: Knitter. Dressmaker. Pattern designer. Art Director & Graphic Designer.  Blogger. I was fortunate to have the opportunity of hanging out with Beth when she was over in the UK last summer. A nicer lady you could not meet. You can find Beth on Instagram or via her site

Liz Bryson: Prolific and long time refashioner, stitcher and blogger. Liz’s blog is one of the very first I discovered back in the day and her refashions are always inspiring and always stylish. I think she must’ve finally forgiven me for the pair of leather trousers I made her refashion for our 2013 series (!) and she’s back again this year! Whoop! You can find Liz on Instagram and via her site

Joost de Cock: If you followed last year’s series then you were likely as blown away by Joost’s contribution as the rest of us. This guy is a bona fide genius. Stitcher. Shoemaker. Designer & coding genius behind (soon to be Fierce admiration for this guy. You can find Joost on Instagram or via his site.


Gabby Young: Stitcher. Knitter. Vlogger and Singer. My goodness what a voice too. (Seriously). On top of that the most infectiously upbeat and uplifting person you are likely to meet. Fact. You can find Gabby on Instagram or via her channel or music site

Elena Rosa Brown: Stalked this lady quietly for a while on IG, exchanging likes and the odd comment on each other’s posts. I love Elena’s pared back, laid back style and mindful approach to making. You can find Elena on Instagram or via her blog.

Sasha Werner: Knitter. Dressmaker. Pattern designer. Weaver. Photographer. Blogger. Basically, endlessly creative and talented. And did I mention stylish?? Like….ridiculously stylish.  Like….even in pyjamas. You can find Sasha on Instagram or via her site.


Heather Lou: Prolific designer, maker, educator and founder of Closet Case Patterns. Probably single handedly responsible for making us all realise we CAN actually sew our own jeans. Dog Lover. Currently washing her dishes in her bathtub while she renovates her kitchen. And learns French. And runs her business.   You can find Heather Lou on Instagram or via her site

Emily Tan: Dressmaker. Pattern hacker. Blogger. Dentist. (yep, dentist). Pink hair dabbler and winner of Simplicity’s Sewing Challenge Best Blogger 2016  You can find Emily on Instagram or via her site.

Laura Huhta: One half of the Uber stylish Finnish clothing and pattern line, along with her sister Saara. Named clothing have been  long time supporters of The Refashioners behind the scenes.  This year Laura (on the right)  is taking up the challenge herself! So excited! You can find Laura (& Saara) on Instagram or via their site


Claire Louise Hardie: Costume designer, teacher, sewing producer on The Great British Sewing Bee and author of The Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric. And as well as running her busy North London studio, currently undertaking her Masters Degree at The London College of Fashion. Phew!   You can find Claire-Louise on Instagram or via her site

Allie Olsen: Pattern designer and founder of indie pattern marketplace Indiesew. (Love the concept and community element behind Indiesew) Dog lover. Edible gardener. DIY enthusiast.  You can find Allie on Instagram or via her site

Rachel Pinheiro: What can I say about this lady. Tall. Brazillian. Gorgeous. Prolific (and highly skilled)  sewer. Bundle of joyful enthusiasm and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.  You can find Rachel on Instagram or via her blog


Jasika Nicole: Actor, artist, maker. Peanut butter obsessive (oh I hear ya!) Honestly, stitching aside (also awesome), you HAVE to check out this artwork. LOVE.  You can find Jasika on Instagram or via her blog.

Rachel Walker: One half of sewing community hub The Fold Line.  Along with partner in crime Kate, they bring you news and views on all things sewing from all across the online sewing community. If it’s happening, they know about it. You can find Rachel (and Kate) on instagram or via their site.

Selmin Ermis-Krohs: Runner up in last year’s community challenge. I’m still a little (a lot) in love with that denim sweatshirt!  You can find Selmin on Instagram or via her blog


Wendy Ward: Prolific author, teacher and pattern designer. Dog lover. Trumpet player. I often call Wendy “the angel on my shoulder” when it comes to doing things properly! You can find Wendy on Instagram or via her website

Estelle Alty:   Who can forget last year’s winner Estelle?! Yep, that’s the dress there that won it. Blown. Away. Can’t wait to see her flex that awesome creativity on this year’s challenge! You can find Estelle on Instagram or over on her blog

Andre Myles: Hairdresser, tap dancing teacher and self taught stitcher. He may have only started sewing in 2014, but here’s a natural talent if ever I saw one! You can find Andrew on Instagram or via his blog


Elisalex de Castro Peake: Designer and Co-founder of the By Hand London pattern line and all round gorgeous and talented individual. You can find Elisalex: via you tube, Instagram or via

Ute Strampfer: Lover of all things linen. Knitter. Stitcher. All round creative. Berlin dweller. Daily walk enthusiast. Soon to be Etsy seller I hear? Keep an eye on Ute on Instagram and Kollabora.

Me:   Hiya! This is me! Stitcher. Blogger. Coffee drinker. Creator of this here little series. You can find me on Instagram or here on my blog.

So what say you? September & October are gonna be pretty awesome right??!!! Get rummaging through your wardrobes and local charity shops.  Have your old suits at the ready. This is gonna  be SERIOUSLY good!

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Announcing The Refashioners 2017!!!

Announcing The Refashioners 2017!!!

I know some of you have been wondering where the dickens this years series of The Refashioners has got to, right? I mean, right about now we’re usually just days away from launching into  a month of inspiration from some amazing sewing bloggers before the community challenge gets underway after that.

Well, this year we’re doing things a little differently. And while there are quite a few exciting bits of info I need to share with you, I’ve had to break it up into little chunks so I can handle it all with out blowing a circuit in my brain. (There’s ALOT going on this year). So for now, let’s start with the dates and the theme:

  • The theme this year is …….(mimes drumroll)….

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Yep! SUITS! Think fugly out of style suits from the 80s that you wouldn’t be seen dead in….and you’re there! It’s our most challenging one yet! But before you pass out from fear (or is that just me?) take a look at the dedicated pinterest board I’ve set up to help you get your creative brains whirring with ideas! (Full rules etc to follow. Just start wrapping your head around the basic idea for now!)

But wait….before that…you’re gonna have the blogger element of the series providing you with loads of inspiration, tutorials  and tips to get you going! So mark these dates in your diary (and make sure you’re following me either here or on IG to stay updated):

  • Blogger Element: Running from 1st Sept to 30th Sept this year. Why? Firstly, summer is a crazy time and we all get less time to sew because of all the lovely stuff going on. Secondly, this theme….suits…just felt more Autumnal to me. Simple as!
  • Community Challenge: This will run right from 1st Sept to 31st October. There will be the usual phenomenal prize package for our winner(s) at the end.
  • Hasthtags: Do love a good punny hashtag to go with this series. So this year we have #suitsyou and #therefashioners2017 (not so punny….but very necessary if you want me to find your entry on social media once we get to that stage!)

So yeah, I’m just gonna drop this little tantalising morsel of info on you, buggar off to Greece for a few days, and I’ll be back next week to reveal the “Oh my freakin’ goodness” blogger line up we have for you this year 😉

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Raffle Update – ***new prize added!***

If you haven’t purchased a Makers for Grenfell raffle ticket yet, perhaps this will tempt you!

H Class 100Q_3

HUSQVARNA VIKING® have seen our fundraiser, been in touch and very generously added this The new H|CLASS™ 100Q sewing machine to the prize package! Whoop!

  • Computerised Sewing Machine – Computer functions save time and make sewing easy. The ideal stitch settings are set automatically and can be adjusted for special techniques.
  • Compact and Lightweight – 7kg (15 lbs). Perfect for taking to classes and for travel.
  • 20 quilting, utility and decorative stitches, including two one-step buttonholes for all your creative projects. Adjust stitch width up to 7mm.
  • Start / Stop Button, slide speed control, needle up / down postition selection
  • Top loading bobbin. Hard cover.

You can find more about the machine here and how to purchase tickets at the end of this post.

NB: Due to warranty restrictions this prize is for UK residents only

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