The Refashioners 2017 – Allie

Whenever I set the theme for a series of The Refashioners, I have pictures in my head of the kind of source garments that will crop up. Teal coloured suede suits? Didn’t see that one coming!The Refashioners 2017 - Allie

The Refashioners 2017 - Allie


But that’s exactly what Allie managed to lay her hands on. A vintage teal suede skirt suit with interesting applique details…The Refashioners 2017 - Allie

The Refashioners 2017 - Allie

She’s made very clever use of the existing darts and details to create a completely one of a kind pair of high waisted culottes. The fit on these is A1.  Seriously good! I’ve never sewn with suede before have you?

If you want to see the source garment (it’s a corker!) & Allie’s take on the challenge,  plus some more pics full details are over on her blog. 

Stay tuned. We have a whole month of refashioning inspiration coming your way courtesy of a phenomenal line up of stitchers.

If you fancy getting your refashion on, but are in two minds about whether to enter this year’s community challenge;

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

….If you haven’t familiarised yourself with what the actual challenge is yet, essentially we want you to refashion an old, unworn or unloved suit! Simple as that! What counts as a suit you say? Definition here!

The Refashioners 2017 - Prize Package

Man’s suit. Ladies suit. Doesn’t matter.  Interpret how you see fit. If you’re breathing new life into a suit that would otherwise go unworn or be thrown away, THAT’S what counts.

BUT, if you want to be in with a chance of winning one of these amazing prize packages you’ll need to SHARE that refashion with us in one of the following ways:

  • On Instagram: Share a pic using the hashtags #therefashioners2017  and #suitsyou
  • On Facebook: There is a community board here where you can post your makes (You will need to request an invite to join)

Only entries shared via the above 2 methods will be entered into the competition. Closing date for entries is 31st October 2017 Midnight GMT.

Good luck!!! Get refashioning.

Oh and by the way…The Refashioners is going on the road this November!! If you fancy attending our very first “in person” workshop in London on 4th November….full deets here!!


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  1. Gemma September 5, 2017



  2. Samantha Schofield September 5, 2017

    How creative and so modern! Looking forward to seeing more upcycled ideas!


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