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The Refashioners 2015 is now closed…

So that’s that! 2 months of shirt refashioning inspiration and posts and community challenge entries and general creative awesomeness….done! ¬†Will be announcing the winner on Friday so stay tuned for that (it’s gonna be seriously hard to choose!).

In the meantime…enjoy some more shirt refashioning creativity form our amazing sewing community…

Morna, I have no words!853402b5cd9f066556dbf2a065cc13a8

This is the first of Amelia’s entries. A colour blocked DELIGHT based on a Dear Creatures piece. She also squeezed in a second refashion just before the deadline!The Refashioners 2015 - your makes (2)

Love this combination of a thrifted and dyed shirt and fabric stash scrap by Amy.The Refashioners 2015 - your makes (2)

This lady is prolific with her shirt refashions for herself and her sister….and now her Mum too!The Refashioners 2015 - your makes (1)

I love the way Najah writes! You should really check out her post about what she calls the “gender reassignment” of this little number. Love it!22

Adorable little refash from @swissknitwitch on IG. Even has a matching reversible little jacket! Gah, look at those little ballet toes! ūüôāThe Refashioners 2015 - your makes (11)

Phenomenal work from Lisa!The Refashioners 2015 - your makes (3)

Really like the simplicity of this make by Angelina. Based on Deer & Doe’s Datura pattern. And of course…it’s grey…which I love, lol!The Refashioners 2015 - your makes (3)

I’ve been wanting to share this one since it first got pinned! Adorable matching Pendleton shirt refashions!!!!The Refashioners 2015 - your makes (13)

Another Datura based refash from CamillaThe Refashioners 2015 - your makes (1)

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The ever cool Gabby Young with this shirt refashion based on Lileth & Eve’s new ¬†LE101 Drapey Blouse pattern…think I may be sold on this pattern Gabby!The Refashioners 2015 - your makes (10)

 

And this picture just sums up for me how much our sewing community has embraced this challenge and how much fun it’s been! I wanna party with these ladies!e65014128bf4ca6e13077793ae7c2101

I’m so sorry we couldn’t feature everyone’s makes here, but there were just so many. THAT’S how awesome it’s been. Words cannot express how excited I am that you’ve all got so involved and how clever and creative you all are!

For now…I’m off to TRY and pick a winner…which is gonna take some doing…

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The Refashioners 2015 – Round Up & over to YOU!!!

Doesn’t seem like that long ago I was hitting “publish” on the first post in this series; and now here we are! At the end of the blogger element of The Refashioners 2015. August has been crazy behind the scenes here and to be honest I’m feeling a bit pooped. But in a very very happy way. Because man, just look at the inspiring ideas for shirt refashions these awesome ladies have come up with! Such ingenuity and variety here. (You can view each individual post via The Refashioners gallery in the menu bar)…THE REFASHIONERS 2015 - ROUND UP COLLAGE

So how about it? Are you feeling inspired to raid the charity shops or the wardrobes of your menfolk yet? Good. Because we are passing over the #getshirty baton to YOU now; and for the rest of September. And one lucky refashioner stands to win a HUGE prize package of sewing goodies now worth just under £700!!!!

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NOTE: To clear up some confusion and/or questions. The refashions above are not entered into the community challenge element. They are purely for your inspiration and the prize package is purely for the community challenge element. ie JUST. FOR. YOU. ūüôā

How will the final winner of said prize package be chosen? In the first instance we’ll be¬†scouring through your submissions on Instagram and Pinterest (we being myself and the bloggers above) and sharing our favourites here throughout September.¬†Taking into¬†account reader response to those we’ll select a winner after 27th Sept and share that with you here shortly afterwards. And then my friends, The Refashioners 2015 will close it’s doors for another year! (Full prize package deets here. Entry deets here)

But WAIT! Don’t cry yet! (Just me then? Sniff). There is so much to be done between now and then! YOU lot have got so much to share (I know because you’ve already started sharing and it looks AWESOME!). And ¬†I know increasing numbers of you have acquired your shirts and are ready to dive in (keep tagging me on IG peops I love seeing the progress shots too!). So, as a little bonus inspiration treat for you….. I’ll let you into a little secret….We had a secret pinterest board….The Refashioners 2015 - Getting Shirty Pinboard

It goes back to the early part of this year and it’s where myself and some of the other bloggers above pinned inspiration and ideas while WE were trying to work out what to do with OUR¬†shirts. I¬†thought you would¬†likey alot. Since all our refashions are now “out of the bag” I made it “un-secret” so you guys can take a look at some more awesome shirt refashioning inspiration all in one space. Well, apart from here of course…keep coming back here, lol ūüėČ

 

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The Refashioners 2015 – Me (gulp!)

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Aaaaand here we are! Unbelievably, at the end of an entire month of refashioning inspiration and…lets face it….more than¬†a little genius thrown in for good measure! Helloooo again everyone! Feel like I haven’t seen you for aaaaaages!!

The trouble with organising an event like this is that, as the host, there’s an inevitable weight of expectation. Real or imagined. Actual or self imposed. Playing alongside this line up of talent is mildly intimidating. I can’t lie! But “comparison is the thief of joy” so let’s be real and stay true to ourselves. I’m not a couture technique kind of gal. ¬†Never will be. I like simplicity. Both in terms of process and the finished garment. If I churned out something amazingly clever that just wasn’t me and I would never wear, you guys would know in an instant. ¬†Trying to be something I’m not is not really my bag. So true to form, here’s a simple but oh so effective little refashion for you…..(secret squirell…..shhhh…..I actually really love this….just because it’s easy…don’t mean it doesn’t count, ha ha!)PORTIA LAWRIE - THE REFASHIONERS 2015 (2)

Ever noticed how an oversized man’s shirt, when worn, has the perfect armhole size, dropped shoulder and wide sleeve configuration for a kimono jacket??! That was my starting point….

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This shirt had been sat in my stash for months. Even before my first email went out about this series. I think it was originally intended for a magazine article. But I ended up taking a different direction so it sat there. What I loved about this shirt was it’s size. Lots of fabric to work with. It’s colour. I love a versatile neutral. and last but not least, the fabric. Not easy to photograph, but it’s medium weight and drapey with a very slight sheen.

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I started by removing the pocket. Often the biggest obstacle in a shirt refashion is having a pocket when you absolutely don’t want one. Luckily I managed to all but vanish the stitch marks using this technique.

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Next, cut all around the button bands and collar to remove…

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Stay stitch the neckline so it doesn’t distort as you work. If you’re like me and do lots of trying on and test pinning as you work out what you’re going to do (I tend to work things out on the fly rather than have a plan) then stabilising that neckline curve is a 2 minute job that’s well worth doing…THE REFASHIONERS 2015 - PORTIA LAWRIE (1)

Here’s how it looked at this stage. (I actually quite like this shape too!) But I continued…

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Fold up your shirt along the length, lining up the shoulders and armhole curves…

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This enables you to cut both sleeves equally in one go. I cut mine just below the elbow…

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I reviewed the shape and proportions at this stage and decided on my next steps…

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Lop off the shaped hem to shorten and create a boxier hemline…

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Take a line from the shoulder point/neckline curve right down to the hem….it’s a gentle diagonal in this pic…but you could also go straight down at right angles. Either will work.

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Mark a cutting line on both sides (eyeball if you’re brave…but I had a rep to protect on this occasion, lol!)…

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And there you have your basic kimono shape. Just the neckline, hem and sleeves to finish…

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Enter “donor” shirt number two! I had a moment of panic here. The stuff that I had planned to use for the kimono bands didn’t work out ( it was the remnants of this top and the combo really worked but in truth I bodged it!!) and I had nothing left in my stash that worked. So I nipped out to the local charity shop 10 minutes down the road and bought this one!

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I pieced a band from the sleeves, interfacing the pieces before I joined them….you’ll want the finished band to be about an inch shorter than the neckline/opening or your jacket so measure accordingly…if you want a less structured, more fluid lapel, you could try skipping the interfacing. Which I may try next time.

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Folded in half , RS together, the ends sewn, then turned through and pressed. (use a point turner or knitting needle to get those corners crisp) I had my neckline band…

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Two important steps before applying the band. First press up the raw edge of the bottom hem by about half an inch.THE REFASHIONERS 2015 - PORTIA LAWRIE (15)

And notch into that neckline curve…up to but not through the stay stitching.

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Baste or pin the band all the way around the RS of the neckline and opening like so. It’ll need a little bit of easing on around that notched neckline curve…

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When you get to the hem part flip it over like so.  The WS of the hem flips over to the RS and encloses the bottom of the neckline band like so. (Ignore the extra seam allowance of the shirt fabric on the right. I was just playing with the placement a bit)

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Sew right to the end of your hem fold like so and backstitch to secure…(I know this looks a bit odd if you’ve never used this technique before…but bear with me. It will make sense in a moment)

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I trimmed and bound my raw edges at this stage. I didn’t take the bias tape all the way down to the end. Because we’re going to turn that through in a minute and I didn’t want the extra bulk preventing a nice sharp corner….

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So here’s where we are at. This is the outside of the jacket. Looks a bit odd I know…

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But look what happens when you turn that corner RS out ūüôā Creates a lovely clean finish.¬†THE REFASHIONERS 2015 - PORTIA LAWRIE (22)

Here it is from the outside. Simply hem along that line where the pin is, and up to the seam where the band is joined to secure the hem allowance.THE REFASHIONERS 2015 - PORTIA LAWRIE (4)THE REFASHIONERS 2015 - PORTIA LAWRIE (23)

Here’s where we’re at…

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Measure the sleeve opening….THE REFASHIONERS 2015 - PORTIA LAWRIE (25)

Create matching cuffs!THE REFASHIONERS 2015 - PORTIA LAWRIE (26)

Baste/apply…THE REFASHIONERS 2015 - PORTIA LAWRIE (27)

trim, bind, turn through, press everything…alot…

And you’re done!! Simples!PORTIA LAWRIE - THE REFASHIONERS 2015 (2)PORTIA LAWRIE - THE REFASHIONERS 2015 (1)PORTIA LAWRIE - THE REFASHIONERS 2015 (3)

And that’s it! Our job is done for another year and now it’s over to YOU!! Grab a shirt, get refashioning, share it, and be in with a chance of winning that awesome prize. Now worth just under ¬£700!! Jaw dropping right?! We’ll be sharing a selection of your refashions right here throughout Sept and there’ll be inspiration posts to give you even more ideas and directions in which to go with your shirt refashioning. You have until 27th Sept to submit yours.¬†

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the talented stitchers who shared their ideas with us this August. I for one, have a much longer sewing queue than I did at the start of August; there are so many ideas I want to try out!! Love and hugs and much gratitude to everyone involved. Phew…that’s it…we are done!

What now?

Over to YOU….show us what ya got!

 

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The Refashioners 2015 – Erin

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Hello everyone, and a huge thanks to Portia for inviting me to take part in¬†The Refashioners! First things first, I have to preface this by saying that I am a complete sewing novice who was absolutely terrified and intimidated by this project! But when Portia asked me if I’d be interested in participating, I knew it was just the kick in the butt that I needed to venture out and try something new. So I dove right in, scissors first, and completely destroyed my first “dummy” shirt. I suppose in retrospect that I could have drafted up some sort of pattern using butcher paper, but hindsight is 20/20, my friends. And it’s all a part of the learning process. So when it came to tackling my second try, I knew immediately that I was going to have to do something that maintained as much of the integrity of the original shirt as possible while still transforming it into something more wearable for me.THE REFASHIONERS 2015 - ERIN - CALIVINTAGE

Making this simple shirt took only a few little snips and stitches to complete. I tried it on to determine the length that I wanted to crop it up to, then used the excess fabric at the bottom of the shirt to fashion the ties for my wrap. Then I simply cut out the new neckline, sewed everything up, and added the wrap ties. Most wrap tops and dresses have a hole in one side to thread the tie, but because my ties were at the very bottom, I skipped that step entirely. In retrospect, I think I will probably add that little slit into the side, but it is still perfectly functional as is.THE REFASHIONERS 2015 - ERIN - CALIVINTAGE

I like the way the back of the shoulders is now a front yoke detail, and that it has a slightly oversized fit, but doesn’t leave me completely swimming in the garment.¬†THE REFASHIONERS 2015 - ERIN - CALIVINTAGE

1. I started with a really nice vintage men’s shirt made in a textured cotton linen blend. I had actually bought it prior to the challenge thinking it might just hem it into a crop top and wear it with an oversized fit. At this point in the photo, I’d already removed the front pocket and inner tags using a seam ripper. The back of the shirt will eventually become the front, but don’t worry about the seam across the back! This will become the front bib of your new wrap top.

2. I tried on the shirt and marked where to cut the new hem, leaving a bit of sewing allowance. Then I simply chopped off the bottom of the shirt using the grid pattern on the shirt as a guide. If it had been a solid, I probably would have used a straight edge to help myself along. The remaining pieces of the shirt will later become the ties for the wrap!
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3. After cutting the shirt, I simply ironed the new hem in place and took it for a pass through the sewing machine.
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4. Since I don’t have a dress form, I just went ahead and put the shirt on again to mark the new neckline and wrap back with a few pins. To cut, I folded the shirt in half lengthwise to try and get both sides to mirror one another. Then I simply ironed the new hems and sewed them up!
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5. The last step isn’t pictured, but all I did was cut the remaining fabric in half lengthwise and then sewed them into two simple fabric ties to affix to the ends of the wrap on the shirt.¬†If you’d like your wrap to be a bit more secure, you can cut a hole along one side seam of the shirt to thread your belt through, but since I have them affixed to the very bottom of the shirt, it also works just fine like this.
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¬†And that’s a wrap! (See what I did there?)¬†It may not be the trickiest of ideas, but it works for me. The best part is that it’s something that I will genuinely wear and I’ve learned so much in the process!

 

Just goes to show, that even if you consider yourself a novice sewer, if you keep it simple you can still totally transform your shirt! I love this Erin . Thanks so much for leaping in and trying something new! ¬†The yoke front and the fact that the wrap is at the back is an edgier twist on a classic wrap blouse. And of course, as ever, wonderful styling ūüôā

You can find Erin¬†here and here.¬†And don‚Äôt forget¬†amazing prizes to be won as part of The Refashioners 2015 Community Challenge. Including a little something handmade from Erin! So get involved for a chance to win!!! Grab a shirt and get refashioning! You have until Sunday 27th Sept to enter! Tomorrow is the last of the blogger inspiration posts and then it’s over to you!!!

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