The Refashioners 2017 – Over to You!

The Refashioners 2017


I’m usually alot quicker in getting this post up. (Shattered!Ugh!) And aside from the usual “wowee! didn’t we do well!” kinda vibe (I mean…just look at that collage of awesomeness!)….there’s some important bits and bobs of info I need to share with you.

It’s been 10 days since we concluded the blogger element of The Refashioners 2017.  BUT, there is still the not so small matter of the community challenge element which is still running!! That is running until midnight GMT 31st October 2017.  And if you enter…you could be in with a change of winning an awesome prize package worth over £1500. Not least the Pfaff Passport 3.0…The Refashioners 2017 prize - Passport 3.0


Designed to give you all the functionality you need and the portability to take it with you wherever you go! The rest of the prize package is equally awesome. (Link at the end of this post) Go check it out!The Refashioners 2017 prize - Passport 3.0The Refashioners 2017 prize - Passport 3.0



Thanks to the lovely peops at Oxfam we also have an exclusive online discount code for you.  Apparently they really love what we’re doing and want to support and encourage as many people as possible to refashion their charity shop finds! Whoop! So if you’re not able to find a suit to refashion in your local charity shop, then hop over to check them out.  But hurry. Expires 15th October. So do it now!oxfam refashioners discount

And while we’re talking about getting hold of a suit, let me clarify. (And please do spread the word about this part as I think it’s put some people off). Since it’s become apparent that matching suits are not as universally easy to track down as the plentiful supply in my own area led me to believe….I think it’s only fair to loosen the parameters a little to include refashions of jackets on their own, if that’s all you can  find. I’d rather have you join in than be a fun sponge and suck the joy out of the whole thing with overly inflexible rules. So go forth and find your jacket/suit. It matters not as long as you turn it into something you love and will use!

Before we get onto the “how to enter” malarkey which (to be fair) you will have got the gist of by now if you’ve been following the series, I realised the other day that I haven’t really given proper mention to the  first ever Refashioners workshop!

There are limited tickets left but it would be awesome to see you there! (And for a few glasses of prosecco afterwards!)

Hosted by myself and the wonderful Elisalex de Castro Peake of By Hand London. It’s a 4 hour workshop is focussed around last year’s #jeanius theme of denim. So if you fancy getting some in person inspiration and guidance, then come along with your old, unwanted and unloved jeans and let Elisalex  and I help you lavish some love on them and turn them into something fabulous again!

We have a whole bunch of brand new Pfaff Quilt Ambition 2.0 machines for you to play with too. I have been in love with this machine ever since I bought one last year . I am a pfaffophile.  So you can imagine how excited I was when Pfaff agreed to come on board and support  The Refashioners. IMHO….this machine rocks!


So….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! (See also previous comments!)

The Refashioners 2017 - Prize Package

Man’s suit. Ladies suit. Suit jacket on it’s own. Doesn’t matter.  Interpret how you see fit. If you’re breathing new life into something “suity” 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. PsychicSewerKathleen October 10, 2017

    I’ve been following most of the bloggers you’ve featured here in the collage and have been AMAZED at the makes. Although you described these suits in the recent podcast with Helen and Caroline as, “unloved”, I had to disagree. My take on donated clothing in general is that they were once VERY loved. These “precious” suits could no longer be enjoyed by the owner for whatever reason but they loved it enough to donate it so someone else could catch a break with a suit that had served them well in whatever capacity. I am so impressed with the work you are doing with refashioning inspiration! For young people wanting to flex their sewing muscle, for the environment and just in the spirit of creativity! Thank you 🙂 from a gushy fan.

    • Portia Lawrie October 10, 2017

      I like your take too! So glad you’re enjoying it all!! And thank you for such kind words 🤗 Px

  2. Deepika October 11, 2017

    I found your blog on Pinterest and fell in love with your work. I love all of your refashion tips and tricks. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. Keep going.

    • Portia Lawrie October 18, 2017

      Ah thank you so much Deepika!


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