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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: Enter to WIN!!!!

The Refashioners 2016 - huge prize package

 

Ok, with one day to go until the official launch of The Refashioners 2016 I am skidding and screeching up to the line with this post! I MEANT to post this over a week ago, but tech and family issues have had me hostage for the past week or so and put me very behind with the “digital workload” of The Refashioners. No matter! We are here! And this my friends, is the biggest prize package yet! *Total prizes (all sewing goodies!!!) combined are worth over £1300 and this year is split into two separate prizes. A 1st prize worth over £1000 and, because last years standard was so high, a seperate “special recognition award” worth over £300. This Challenge is open internationally and I’ll share all the ways you can enter at the end of this post. In the meantime, here’s a breakdown of what you could win if you want to take part!!!

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

 

 

The Refashioners 2016 - huge prize package

Your choice of pdf pattern from Closet Case Patterns

The Refashioners 2016 - huge prize package

3 patterns of your choice from Named (paper of pdf)….

The Refashioners 2016 - huge prize package

A copy of the Sudley and Axel patterns from Megan Nielsen (Paper or pdf)…

The Refashioners 2016 - huge prize package

2 x patterns of your choice from the Tessuti range (paper or pdf)…

The Refashioners 2016 - huge prize package

A copy each (pdf) of the Lou Box Top, Baseball Skirt & Nita Wrap Skirt patterns from Sew DiY

The Refashioners 2016 - huge prize package

Copy of the Anya bag pattern (pdf) from So Zo

The Refashioners 2016 - huge prize package

PDF pattern of your choice from MIY Collection

The Refashioners 2016 - huge prize package3 x pdf patterns of your choice from By Hand London….designer stitch

5 x patterns of your choice from Designer Stitch (pdf)….

paprika patterns

1 x pattern of your choice from Paprika Patterns

 

£230 worth of fabric/fabric shopping as follows…

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize

Mystery fabric bundle worth £100 from Minerva Crafts

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize

£25 to spend at The Splendid Stitch

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize

£25 to spend at The Village Haberdashery

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize

£30 to spend at Fabric Godmother….

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize

£20 to spend at Remnant Kings

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize

£30 to spend at Sewbox

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize

1 year subscription to Simply Sewing Magazine

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize

Courtesy of Quadrille Craft, copies of these 3 titles…

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize

Courtesy of Practical Publishing, copies of these 3 titles…

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

Courtesy of Sew Crafty, 3 new journals( dressmaking/craft/knitting and crochet), 1 original sewing journal,  A Sew Crafty shift dress pattern, A Quick Gifts to Sew book, A full set of Sew Crafty Enamel Pin Badges, A set of Sew Crafty Pencils, 1 pair of Fiskars Servocut scissors and a £50 e-voucher for Sew Crafty Online.

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

Dominique skirt sewing kit from courtesy of Dragonfly Fabrics

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

Set of dressmakers shears and stork embroidery scissors courtesy of Ernest Wright & Son

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

1 x roll of Swedish Tracing Paper and a Maker’s Workbook courtesy of Creative Industry (formerly The Swedish Tracing Paper Co.)

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

 

Fabric and pattern bundle courtesy of Girl Charlee

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

Mettler thread pack courtesy of Sew Essential

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

Your choice of class from a huge selection at Craftsy

So how about that then? Pretty good right?  But we’re not done yet. Oh no no no! Last year, if you recall, the standard was so high that we ended up with a second smaller prize. Well, this year, that prize is bigger too. Enter the Special Recognition Award….

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

5 x pdf patterns courtesy of Burdastyle UKThe Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

3 x pdf patterns courtesy of Designer Stitch

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

2 x Patterns (paper or pdf) courtesy of Tilly & The Buttons

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

Copy of the brand new Rosie Dress pattern (paper) courtesy of Sew Over It

The Refashioners 2016 - huge prize package

Your choice of pattern (pdf) courtesy of By Hand London

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

6 month subscription courtesy of Seamwork Magazine

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

Copies of these 3 titles courtesy of Laurence King Publishing (including No Patterns Needed…the brand new book by our lovely Refashioner Rosie Martin!)

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize

Mystery fabric bundle worth £100 courtesy of Minerva Crafts

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

£25 to spend at Elephant in my Handbag….

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize

£20 to spend at Sewbox

And there you have it. That concludes the summary of the prize package for The Refashioners 2016. So tell me….does that make you want to dig out your old jeans and make something amazing out of them?? Read on…..!

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 some jeans! Simple as that! (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
  • 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 GMT.

Good luck!!! Get refashioning. And I’ll see you tomorrow at the LAUNCH of The Refashioners 2016 for a whole month of inspiration to get you started! Sooooo freakin’ excited!!

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