The Refashioners 2015 – We Want YOU too!!

This August, in a little over a fortnight, will see an awesome line up of 20 bloggers take The Refashioners challenge right here on this blog. For your delight and inspiration. But this year is going to be a little different….this year we’re throwing the doors wideΒ open and inviting you to take the challenge too!!!

The Refashioners 2015 - we want you too

We want YOU to play along with us! That’s right! Β We want YOU to be a Refashioner and take part in this years challenge alongside the bloggers you’ll see here. This years theme is “Get Shirty” and we want you to share your awesome shirt refashions with us too. What’s more, there’ll be an AWESOME prize package for the best of the best at the end of the challenge!! (Watch this space for further deets on that!) Here’s how it works:

  • The community challenge will run from today and alongside the blogger challenge for the whole of August. You can start sharing now to enter!! Entry deadline for the prize package is 31st Aug 2015. Now extended to 27th September! Midnight GMT.
  • You can share your shirt refashions via Instagram using the hashtag #therefashioners2015 OR on our dedicated Pinterest board (you’ll need to follow the board and then request an invite from me to join in order to pin to it. You can email me at kitschycoo(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk with your email address or leave it in the comments below and I’ll add you to the board). UPDATE: It may be easier if you just let me know your pinterest username!! You do not need a blog to take part.
  • Throughout September we will select and share your best and most awesome shirt refashions right here and ask readers to give their views.
  • A winner will be selected by a panel of Refashioners (past & present) at the end of September
  • Refashions must predominantly involve a button down man’s shirt. What you do with it from there is entirely down to you!!
  • You can enter as many different refashions as you like

So what do you say? Fancy joining us and be in with a chance of winning a fantastic prize at the end of it?? Well get refashioning, pinning and sharing; and watch this space for an announcement regarding the AWESOME prize package we’re lining up for you!!!

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131 Comments

  1. Lauren July 13, 2015

    Oooh, I’m going to have organize a raid on Dads wardrobe. Please add me to the pinterest board; my email is sewingandmore(at)gmail(dot)com

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    • portia July 13, 2015

      Done πŸ™‚

      Reply
  2. Carissa July 13, 2015

    So excited! Does it have to be a new, never-posted refashion? Are multiple entries allowed?

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    • portia July 13, 2015

      Multiple entries are fine. Previous refashions are fine πŸ™‚ Have added you to the pinterest board…welcome aboard!

      Reply
  3. Noelle July 13, 2015

    my favorite source of printed rayon may be men’s shirts… Please sign me up! Noelle dot LaVoie at gmail dot com

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    • portia July 13, 2015

      Tis done Noelle πŸ™‚ Check your spam if you can’t see the email in your inbox πŸ™‚ Welcome!

      Reply
  4. Baye July 13, 2015

    Hi, love your blog and wanted to subscribe by email but the link for that in your follow list doesn’t work.

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    • portia July 13, 2015

      Ah, thanks Baye! Leave it with me…..will look into it. The site crashed last week and am still putting a few gremlins right! Will come back to you shortly πŸ™‚

      Reply
    • portia July 13, 2015

      Right….so I have removed the little email icon from the “follow” bar; and just underneath it I have put the “subscribe via email” box which had somehow mysteriously disappeared since last week’s shenanigans! Let me know if it works?? And thanks for the heads up!

      Reply
  5. Katie July 13, 2015

    Sign me up! I love a fun sewing challenge! katie (at) agirlnamedkatie.com

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  6. Kate July 14, 2015

    I am in! Super excited. Can you add me to your Pinterest list! Thanks x

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  7. Gemma July 14, 2015

    Yes please, never done a refashion before but can’t wait to try. Username is GemmaConnor87. Thanks!

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    • portia July 14, 2015

      I think you need to follow the board first Gemma….will try and invite you by email…but let me know!

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      • Gemma July 15, 2015

        I think it has worked, thank you

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        • portia July 15, 2015

          Great πŸ™‚

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  8. Sonia July 17, 2015

    Hi Portia, I have passed on the info to the french sewing bloggers through my blog πŸ˜‰ you can check out the article there, english translation for you at the end πŸ˜‰ https://uneanneedecouture.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/the-refashioners/
    Thanks for that great idea!

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    • portia July 18, 2015

      Thank you SOOOO much Sonia!Really appreciate you spreading the word like this πŸ™‚

      Reply
  9. Etemi Otubu July 17, 2015

    Hi Portia,
    I have started following the board on Pinterest. My Pinterest name is The Secret Costumier and my email is etemiotubu dot gmail dot com, and I would love to join the challenge! Many thanks!

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    • portia July 18, 2015

      Done Etemi! Welcome!!

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  10. Isabel July 17, 2015

    I want to participate. It is an interesting challenge. Can you add me to your Pinterest list! Thanks. My English is not very good, I’m Spanish

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    • portia July 18, 2015

      Your English is much better than my Spanish Isabel πŸ™‚ Hablo solo un poquito de Espanol, pero me encanta la Espanol y Espana! πŸ˜‰ I have added you to the Pinterest board πŸ™‚

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  11. Alexa July 17, 2015

    Please can you add me to the pinterest group. My email is Alexa.c.duff@gmail.com.

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    • portia July 18, 2015

      Tis done Alexa πŸ™‚ Welcome!!

      Reply
  12. Henriette July 19, 2015

    Please add me to the pinterest board! (Henriette Furze). Thank you! Super challenge πŸ™‚

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    • portia July 19, 2015

      Tis Done! Welcome!!

      Reply
  13. Please add me to the Pinterest board. My Pinterest user name is Sue @ A Colourful Canvas. Thanks!

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  14. Γ…sa Maria July 20, 2015

    Greate challenge! I have never refashioned before and would like to try. Please add me to the Pinterest board πŸ™‚ Thanks! aamborg at gmail dot com

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    • portia July 20, 2015

      Done Asa Maria!! Welcome!

      Reply
  15. Victoria B. July 20, 2015

    I’ve been on the fence about this, but the last few posts have intrigued me. I’m following the board–could you please add username victorialynne to it? Thank you!!

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    • portia July 20, 2015

      Yay! Glad you got off the fence Victoria! πŸ˜‰

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  16. sewing princess July 20, 2015

    Great idea! Great Line Up! have so many shirts in my stash! Could you add me? I am sewingprincess on Pinterest

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    • portia July 20, 2015

      Hello lovely!! I know who you are of course πŸ™‚ Are you gonna play along on IG too?? Just use #therefashioners2015 on any posts πŸ˜‰

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  17. Heather July 22, 2015

    Hello! This sounds exciting! I would like to join the Pinterest board. My username is heatherwhatton. Thank you!

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    • portia July 22, 2015

      Done! Yay Heather! Px

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  18. Hi – I would like to be added to the contributors list. My pintrest user name is Upcycled Design Lab

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    • portia July 22, 2015

      Tis done Cindy!! Welcome!

      Reply
  19. Nicky B July 25, 2015

    Great idea! I’ve followed your board? @nickybroom

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    • portia July 25, 2015

      invited you!!

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  20. Ruth July 25, 2015

    Awesome! Please sign me up on the Pinterest board! Username is ruthmack23

    Also, just to clarify, should the refashion start as a shirt or ends as a shirt? Or either?

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    • portia July 26, 2015

      Consider it done Ruth πŸ™‚ Start with a shirt. End wherever your imagine takes you! πŸ˜‰

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  21. Sara July 27, 2015

    I am Sara Mayo on Pinterest and my first project is ready to upload. Please add me.

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    • Sara July 27, 2015

      Never mind, I see I am already there! Thanks.

      Reply
  22. Vicky Myers July 28, 2015

    This sounds fab, there is going to be so much inspiration! Please can you add me @vickymcreations – I’m off to pull out the contents of my ready to refashion stash of clothes from the cupboard! Can I check I am presuming the shirt needs to end up as an item of clothing?

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    • portia July 28, 2015

      Yay Vicky! You’re in!

      Reply
  23. Angela July 28, 2015

    Can’t wait to see all the shirt refashions! I would love to join, my Pinterest link is https://www.pinterest.com/sewnbyangela/
    (sewnbyangela)

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  24. Angela July 28, 2015

    I’m sewnbyangela on Pinterest, & would love an invite πŸ™‚ https://www.pinterest.com/sewnbyangela/

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    • portia July 28, 2015

      Tis Done Angela πŸ™‚ Welcome!

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      • Angela July 29, 2015

        Thank you for adding me. Apologies for the double comment, my enthusiasm got the better of me πŸ˜‰ Feel free to delete.

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        • portia July 29, 2015

          Ha ha! Don’t worry Angela! We Want enthusiasm, lol!
          Px

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  25. Stacie Madden July 28, 2015

    brightonsewingbee@hotmail.com.. Please add me x

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    • portia July 29, 2015

      Tis Done Stacie!

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  26. cerian July 30, 2015

    Can I join please? Pinterest is @cerianblue.
    I’m very much an amateur but life’s all about challenging yourself right?!

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    • portia July 31, 2015

      Tis done Cerian! Apologies for the delay!!

      Reply
    • portia July 31, 2015

      And yes! Challenge is the mother of creativity!!

      Reply
  27. Isabel July 30, 2015

    My project is ready. You can see in my blog:
    http://issabelacolor.blogspot.com.es/2015/07/refashioners-2015-reciclar-una-camisa.html

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  28. Vicky @ ShabbyShe July 30, 2015

    This sounds like fun! Count me in, I’ll be Instagramming my refashions πŸ™‚

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    • portia July 30, 2015

      Woohoo! Welcome aboard Vicky!

      Reply
  29. BuxSen August 2, 2015

    Hey Portia!
    Great challenge!
    I follow the board, can you put me in please?
    My user name is buxsen.
    Greetings,
    Jenny

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    • portia August 2, 2015

      You’re in! πŸ™‚

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  30. Hannah August 2, 2015

    Hi there, can you add me too? I’ve followed the board, I’m @babsarama. Now to put my thinking cap on, love a good challenge and this is all new to me!

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    • portia August 2, 2015

      It’s so much fun too!! Added you to the board Hannah!

      Reply
  31. Tracey August 2, 2015

    Could you please add me to the Pinterest board? @tracethiele

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    • portia August 2, 2015

      Done Tracey! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  32. Begum Sen August 2, 2015

    Yay! I think this sewalong will be the great motivation for me to refashion more than 10 shirts of my husband for myself πŸ™‚ Please count me in, so exciting!

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    • portia August 2, 2015

      Have invited you to the pinterest board πŸ™‚

      Reply
  33. Jayne August 2, 2015

    My Pinterest obsession is empireroom. I would love to join in. What fun!

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    • portia August 3, 2015

      Invited!

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  34. SJ Kurtz August 2, 2015

    Me! Waves hand in air! Pick me! I’m ErnieK Designs on Pinterest

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    • portia August 3, 2015

      Done!!

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  35. Belinda Craft August 3, 2015

    I would love to join your challenge. This would be my first.

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    • portia August 3, 2015

      Done Belinda!

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  36. Susan August 3, 2015

    Hi! This looks like so much fun! I would love to join! My Pinterest user name is susannorwood.
    Thank you!!

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    • portia August 3, 2015

      Done Susan!

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  37. Ann Marshall August 4, 2015

    Hi Portia, I would love to join in. My Pinterest user name is annmarshalluk.
    Thank you.

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    • portia August 4, 2015

      Done!

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  38. dott August 4, 2015

    Sounds like a lot of fun. Please could you add me to the pinterest board?

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    • portia August 5, 2015

      Just invited you Dott πŸ™‚

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      • dott August 5, 2015

        Thanks πŸ™‚

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      • dott August 20, 2015

        Done! All I need to do is iron it again, and then get photos done… That may take a while πŸ™‚

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  39. sonja August 6, 2015

    Hello Portia, What a great idea. I love refashions. Here is my contribution. http://www.sewingalacarte.nl/refashion/when-two-becomes-one-or-the-marriage-of-two-discarded-clothes-2/
    My pinterest name is sewing a la carte: https://www.pinterest.com/sonjafavourites/

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    • portia August 6, 2015

      That’s a super refashion Sonja! Although the theme of the challenge is using mens shirts as a starting point. Would love to see your shirt refashions and have sent you a pinterest invite to the board! Px

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      • sonja September 10, 2015

        Hello Portia, Can you resend me an invitation. I’ve received one form you sent and I’ve clicked the accept button, but it’s seems to fail. I can’t pin anything. Thank you. My pinterest name sewing a la carte.

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        • sonja September 13, 2015

          Hello Portia, Thank you for sending me an other invitation. It’s working and just pinned my refashion. Kind regards, Sonja

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  40. Abby Lockhart August 8, 2015

    Please add me to the Pinterest board. My user name is Abby Lockhart.
    Thank you!!

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  41. Tran Nguyen August 8, 2015

    Can you add me to the Pinterest board? My pinterest username is “thinktran”. Thanks!
    I’m really excited to try my hand at refashioning a men’s shirt.. I’ve never done it before!

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    • portia August 8, 2015

      Ah you’ll love it! Invite sent!

      Reply
  42. Elizabeth August 9, 2015

    Are previously posted refashions ok? My user name is elizabethap, excited to play along!!

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    • portia August 9, 2015

      Yes they are FINE Elizabeth! Have sent you an invite πŸ˜‰

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  43. Michele August 9, 2015

    Hi, can you include me on the pinterest page so I can upload some images for the getshirty challenge please.
    Thank you
    Michele

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  44. Ari August 10, 2015

    My pinterest username is ariellaphant. Could you please add me to the board?

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  45. Jane August 12, 2015

    Hello!
    Yes please, I’d love to join your shirt refashion if I may?
    On Pinterest I’m stitchinfrance and I have followed your board.
    I’m just going to dig that shirt of my husband’s out of the bag destined for the charity shop……..
    Jane

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  46. Cat August 15, 2015

    My Pinterest username is Cat – my pic is jellyfish with a black background πŸ™‚

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  47. Renee Gibson August 18, 2015

    Please add me to your Shirt Refashion 2015 Project. I am a Follower on the board and my Pinterest name is Renee. My project is complete and I have photos ready to post!
    Thanks!

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    • portia August 20, 2015

      Hi Renee! Ohh can’t wait to see! Have sent you an invite! Px

      Reply
  48. Gill August 18, 2015

    Please count me in! I’ve posted my refashion on my blog, and followed your board.
    Thanks for organising this great challenge, Gill x

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  49. Nina August 19, 2015

    Hi Portia! I’m excited to do my first full-on refashion – my boyfriend’s wardrobe will never be safe again πŸ™‚ Would love to be added to the pinterest board – my username is ninaechang. Thanks so much! x

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    • portia August 20, 2015

      Hi Nina! Yay! Excited to see it! Invite sent πŸ™‚

      Reply
  50. juliette andre August 19, 2015

    Hi ! Could you add me to the board ? my pinterest username is juliettandre and i’ve followed the board πŸ™‚ thanks

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  51. Alyssa W. August 19, 2015

    Can you add me to the pinterest board? My username is averelladavina.

    Reply
  52. Ty August 21, 2015

    Oh wow! I would like to try my hand at a refashion. Please add me to the Pinterest board. My email is yteesmile@yahoo.com.

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    • portia August 21, 2015

      Tis done Ty! Looking forward to seeing yours!

      Reply
  53. Joanne Roberts August 23, 2015

    Hi I would love to join in, I have a checked green shirt waiting for some motivation to do something with it. Could you invite me to the board please. Jo x

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    • portia August 24, 2015

      Consider yourself invited Jo! πŸ˜‰

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  54. Juliana August 24, 2015

    Please add me to your Pinterest board. My username is jubx2.

    Many thanks!

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  55. Lara August 25, 2015

    Oo I love refashioning. Please could you add me to the pinterest board, my pinterest username is laracrj x

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    • portia August 25, 2015

      Done Lara πŸ˜‰

      Reply
  56. Christine Chin August 25, 2015

    Can you add me to the board? My pinterest name is dalachin. Thanks!

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  57. Kristy August 28, 2015

    ooo can you add me to the board please? I am hoping I have time to complete this my username on pinterest is @scientificsewin
    I hopefully will find sometime to take part as this has looked so much fun!

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  58. erin August 29, 2015

    Can you add me please username on pinterest is erincrad31

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    • portia August 30, 2015

      Tis done Erin! Looking forward to seeing what you make!

      Reply
    • portia August 30, 2015

      Done Erin!

      Reply
  59. Heather September 1, 2015

    Hi,I’ve followed the group on pinterest,can you add more to it also? My username is heatherybean. Thanks!This is a very exciting challenge!

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  60. Christine Chin September 1, 2015

    Thanks for adding me! I was curious how the community challenge was going to be judged– is it randomly selected, voted, or chosen by judges? Thanks!

    Reply
  61. Chuleenan September 2, 2015

    Hi – I’ve been having fun adjusting a shirt. I just followed your board. My Pinterest user name is @csews – please add me. Thank you!

    Reply
  62. Alyssa W. September 9, 2015

    Hey, can you resend me an invite? you sent me one and I clicked the accept button, but it won’t let me pin anything to the board! my pinterest name is averelladavina

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  63. zoe September 16, 2015

    Such brilliant refashions… I love mens’ shirts and I’ve made a first project (many more in my head though!). Please could you add me to your pinterest board? My pinterest name is hair shirt. My e-mail is quickzoe@hotmail.com. Many thanks!

    Reply
  64. Mary Cordell September 17, 2015

    Hi,
    I just saw your color block on Refashion Co-op. I would love it if you would post the shirt community challenge info on the Refashion Co-op. I imagine some of our group would like to join in.

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    • portia September 18, 2015

      Hi Mary. Thanks so much! I did actually post a couple of times on Refashion Coop about the series. So I think readers are aware. I’ll put together another post to let them know again πŸ™‚

      Reply
  65. Angelina September 22, 2015

    Can you please invite me to pin to the pinterest board? My pinterest name is figure8angel and email is figure8angel@gmail.com. Thank you!

    Reply
    • portia September 22, 2015

      Done!

      Reply
  66. Tia M.M. Hegstad September 23, 2015

    Hi.

    I managed to work out how to post photos on Pinterest, and get them onto the Refashioners Board, but I’ve no idea how to get one “before and after” photo, so I’ve posted 2 photos. πŸ™‚

    Reply
    • portia September 23, 2015

      Looks great lady!!

      Reply
  67. Suzie September 25, 2015

    Hi there would like to do the challenge can you link me to your Pinterest board.
    I am suzand on Pinterest. Email address above!

    Reply
  68. Camille September 25, 2015

    Hi, could you please add me to the board please ?

    Reply
    • portia September 25, 2015

      Done!

      Reply
  69. Julia September 26, 2015

    Hi, can you please add me to the Pinterest board? My username is Kungfoocougar!

    Reply
    • portia September 27, 2015

      Done!

      Reply
  70. Frau Du September 27, 2015

    Hi there,
    I just took my final picture and I would love to pin my dress to your board. My username is “Caro line” and you can find my picture right here https://www.pinterest.com/pin/318207529900525038/
    Sadly it’s not completely finished (the buttons are missing), but I would love to show it nonetheless.
    I really love the submissions so far, so much inspiration πŸ™‚
    Regards,
    Caroline

    Reply

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