The Refashioners 2016: And the winners are….

This is a really exciting decision to reveal! But HARD. Man this was hard! This years challenge, I think it’s fair to say, has captivated people’s imagination, creativity and ingenuity more than any series before it. Maybe it’s because we ALL have old pairs of jeans that we keep meaning to “do something with” and this challenge has given us the impetus to actually get on and do it.  Maybe it’s because denim is such an awesome, versatile and timeless fabric. Maybe it’s because jeans themselves throw up so many challenges that the only option is to take the ingenuity up a gear in order to overcome them. Maybe the inspiring makes that have been appearing all over this blog & the various social media channels has opened our eyes to the potential in old pairs of jeans. That jeans refashioning is NOT inevitably going to end up looking all “Becky home Ecky” (unless you want it to which is equally fine of course!). Maybe, just maybe, it’s a combination of all of those things. This years challenge has achieved everything I wanted it to….and then some!! I have been FLOORED by the amount of time, thought and creative energy that has gone into everyone’s makes.  Which of course has made it all the harder to arrive at this decision. But arrive at a decision we must. So without further ado…

1st-prize

 

This dress by Messy Essy had me (well, all of us) floored from the moment we saw it. The sheer AMOUNT of work that went into this is almost enough on it’s own. That intricate central panel of  quilt pieced cubes itself took days of painstaking work. When I first saw that on it’s own (before it became a dress!) it occurred to me that you could frame it and put it on a wall as a piece of art in it’s own right. Add to that the careful thought and placement of the various hues of blue to achieve not only a 3d cube effect, but an ombre 3d cube effect!!! Hello!! Then, add to that the way it sits perfectly as part of the overall design of the dress, brilliantly executed and perfectly suited to the wearer. The simple elegance of this dress when worn, belies the intricacy and skill needed to make it. All of this making “the cuboid dress” a worthy winner of the first prize.The Refashioners 2016 - Your Makes - Vol I

You can read more about Essy’s process and thoughts on the challenge here.

 

special-recognition

Our special recognition prize goes to Selmin for this awesome denim sweatshirt. The general consensus is that it was just so well executed, so wearable. Edgy, bang up to date, makes clever use of the original seams. The colour blocking is so well considered and the subtle sashiko detailing acts to tie all of those blue hues together even further. I’ve heard it said that many people prefer their refashions not to look like they were made from jeans. I don’t think this does, but it does subtly nod to the garment’s original incarnation, and denim’s workwear history; and plays a little homage to the way clothes used to be repaired rather than thrown away. Yet it does all this whilst looking modern and, more importantly, really reflecting the wearers individual style. And I just love it for all of those reasons. (And actually would like to steal it for myself!!)The Refashioners 2016 - Your Makes - Vol 2

You can read more about Selmin’s process and thoughts on the challenge here.

 

It has honestly been astounding, and at times quite emotional (I know I’m a sop) each time a new entry popped up.  And to read all of your blog posts and hear what you have gained from this challenge. That it was hard, but you were glad you did it. That it made you realise that if you push yourself out of your comfort zone, you realise how much more you are capable of. In many instances that this refashioned garment is your proudest make to date. That you will never look at a pair of old jeans in the same way again. That you’ve caught the refashioning bug despite having never really considered it before. Seeing all of those makes and hearing all of your thoughts on this challenge, has made me so proud. Proud that I set the ball rolling on this challenge. But the truth is, I am not responsible for all of this. You all are.  I just set the scene and lit the touch paper. And just LOOK where our sewing community took it. THAT I am proud to be a part of.

Thank you to everyone who lent their energy to this years challenge. And while you may not have won “the big prize”, you have inspired me. And you have inspired your fellow sewers. And you have proven yet again how amazing our sewing community is. Hopefully you will have taken new things from this challenge that you never knew about yourself and about refashioning. And those are all wins. Bigger ones in my book. So thank you.

Question is……what the hell do I come up with to top this next year????!!!!

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The Refashioners 2016: Your Makes – Vol III

So this will be the last round up of your makes before the winners are revealed on Friday. Eeeeep! It’s not been possible to share everyone’s makes here on the blog but you can see them all by perusing the Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook posts that people have been submitting for the past couple of months. There are LOADS and there has been so much creativity and ingenuity out there. This challenge seems to have really captured the imagination!!

So without further ado, check out these beauties….the refashioners 2016 - your makes - vol 3

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The next time you hear from me on here, it will be to announce the winners of The Refashioners 2016. How on earth we arrive at that decision I don’t know! So feel free to chime in in the comments with your favourites!

See you Friday!!

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The Refashioners 2016: Competition now CLOSED!

That!s right. Tis done! Midnight on Friday 30th September saw The Refashioners 2016 draw to a close. Sniff! Can you believe it’s been 2 months of non stop jean refashioning inspiration?!!

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We’re not quite done yet obviously. There’s the small matter of choosing the winners. And that my friends, is going to be a mammoth task! The sheer number and quality of this year’s entries has been overwhelming. Not to mention the surge in last minute entries has left me with a ton of  blog reading to do! I still want to share some of those entries with you. So here’s the plan:

  • Winners will be announced on Friday 14th October
  • Between now and then, I’ll be sharing even more entries

 

Why the “delay”? I read every blog post/social media post because I want to give proper consideration to each and every entry. You lot have put your heart and soul into it this year (in a way I haven’t seen in previous series) and THAT deserves to be reciprocated by me. But it’s a big task. I also have some private stuff going on at the moment that is eating up my time like you wouldn’t imagine. So I would beg your patience until 14th Oct, ‘cos it’s just little ole me steering this big hairy mammoth that this years series has become. (But boy, that’s a great problem to have, right?!)

Thank you in advance for that….and thank you a million times over to all the bloggers who shared their creativity and time in August……and to all of you who have done the same.

Ah-Ma-Zing!

Stay tuned 😉

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The Refashioners 2016 – Your Makes – Vol II

Welcome to Vol II of your makes. And maaaan! They just keep coming! So SO good. As a reminder (or a kick up the backside if you prefer it that way) there are 10 days left until the deadline! (30th September. Midnight. BST/UK) So if you want to enter to be in with a chance of winning that amazing prize, then get moving! I’d also like to clarify that not appearing in one of these round ups does NOT mean your entry is out of the running. It simply means that I couldn’t use your images for reasons of size/resolution/quality etc. So make sure there are plenty of large size images knocking around for me to use. Either on one of the sharing groups (detailed below) or on your blog. Because I want to share as many as possible on here!

So…what’s been coming in? Wellllll…….The Refashioners 2016 - Your Makes - Vol 2

Big love for this fab sweatshirt from Selmin of Tweed & Greet. The subtle little sashiko detail is so perfect!

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Although I don’t wear dresses, I could be tempted by this. Right up my style strata!  If I wore dresses then this dress by Stitch Remedy would be in my wardrobe for sure. Love it.

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Vicki’s briliantly executed refashion has yielded a supremely wearable wardrobe staple. More deets and images in her facebook post here.

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What a difference some dye makes!  Looks like 2 completely different jackets right. Also intrigued by the back yoke of Linda’s jacket. Are those the original crotch curves I wonder??

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Proving that denim isn’t all blue is this awesome floral bomber from Trish.

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I didn’t realise I needed a relaxing neck pillow until I saw this from Sewing a la Carte! Complete with Refashioners 2016 embroidered on one of the loops!

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This bag by Vicky Myers is the perfect combo of denim and sashiko. Full details/tutorial here.

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This dress from Helen is a brilliant feat of engineering. You MUST hop over to her blog post and check out the insides of this too!

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Great waistcoat from Debra. The pocket details and original patches of wear/pocket shadows really caught my eye on this one.

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I’ll leave you with this beautiful face and a real one of a kind jacket from Falafel and Bee.  More beautiful photographs and detail here.

Inspired now?

You can see all last month’s awesome inspiration posts here. And if you’re inspired to get your refashion on and enter the Community Challenge and be in with a chance of winning some epic prizes…DO IT! Like….NOW!  Deadline for entries is 30th Sept. Midnight GMT (BST/UK).

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

….I think you’ve got the idea now right? Essentially we want you to refashion some jeans! (You can find the full details/small print of the brief here). BUT, if you want to be in with a chance of winning one of these amazing prize packages you need to SHARE that refashion with us in one of the following ways:

  • On Instagram: Share a pic using the hashtags #therefashioners2016  and #jeanius (using any other variation of the hashtag may result in me missing your entry)
  • On Pinterest: There is a community board here where you can pin your makes. (You will need to request an invite to join)
  • 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 3 methods will be entered into the competition. Closing date for entries is 30th September 2016 Midnight BST/UK. Good luck!!

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