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The Refashioners 2017 – And the winner is….

So here we are! At the end of another series and about to announce the winner of The Refashioners 2017. Yet again it’s been jaw droppingly brilliant. So many great refashions. So much creativity and skill on display. So many suits given a new lease of life and hopefully….many more people discovering the rewards that come from reusing garments and seeing them as a source of fabric and potential.

The task of  establishing  a winner from the sea of awesome creativity that was the community challenge this year was, as you can imagine, a tough one! How on earth to choose from all those great makes ….?! (You can check out all the community entries on  instagram and facebook.)

I sought feedback from everyone involved in this years series. And in the end it was apparent that aside from an overall winner we just had to recognise a couple of other entries as well. But first….drum roll…

The winner of The Refashioners 2017  is…..

The Refashioners 2017 - ToyaIn the end we were so impressed with several elements of Toya’s make. The style and wearability. The versatility of each of the pieces to be worn separately or  in combination with eachother. The number of garments squeezed out of one suit is seriously impressive in itself and the overall quality of fit and finish…The Refashioners 2017 - ToyaThe Refashioners 2017 - Toya

There’s something here for  everyone to take inspiration from.  No matter what your sewing level at least one of these will be achievable.  More advanced sewers might tackle the jacket….but equally a pencil skirt is achievable at any skill level. There’s a  combination of complexity and simplicity between these three pieces that is truly inspiring no matter your sewing level. And in the end that is what The Refashioners is about. Inspiring as many people as possible to give refashioning a try.

Toya didn’t stop there though….she’s also responsible for this adorable mini collection all made from a single dyed linen suit that was covered in stains and had seen better days. Another stunning  and inspiring transformation…The Refashioners 2017 - community challenge entriesThe Refashioners 2017 - community challenge entries

 

So there’s our winner!! Thoroughly deserving I hope you agree!!

But there are 2 other entries that deserve recognition. Both very popular. Both clever and skilled and inspiring in different ways.

Firstly Liesl. Huge amount of work and detail has gone into this and a very close call for winning overall….The Refashioners 2017 - challenge entries

 

Secondly, Kate’s dress is such a clever and creative use of panelling and piecing and the shoulder details painstakingly assembled from tiny strips of fabric and piping are such an creative and subtly showstopping feature…The Refashioners 2017 - community challenge entries (3)

Both Liesl and Kate will receive a £50 voucher to spend at Minerva Crafts and £25 to spend with Fiskars.  Awesome job ladies!

Blown away once again by the creativity on display in our amazing sewing community.  I think I’ve really put people through the wringer with this year’s theme! if it’s any consolation….next year….might be slightly different…..and arguably much easier…probably  😉

For now, thank you to all the bloggers that kick started this series, to all the official and prize sponsors for the series, and most importantly, YOU! Another year. Another awesome series of The Refashioners. Nailed.

 

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The Refashioners 2017 – Stand by!

Just in case there was any doubt….the deadline for the community challenge element of The Refashioners 2017 has now passed. So no more official entries will be accepted but PLEASE do not let that stop you from sharing your makes using the official hasthtags. We still want to see them!

I now have the unenviable task of  establishing  a winner from the sea of awesome creativity that was the community challenge this year! How the heck….?! (You can check out all the blogger makes from this years series, our pinterest board, and all the community entries on  instagram and facebook.

The winner of The Refashioners 2017 will be announced Friday morning next week. But in the meantime. here’s  some more of the community challenge entries, to inspire and delight!! (Click the link below the image for more details. Some really great blog posts).

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So exciting right?! Blown away once again by the creativity on display in our amazing sewing community.  I think I’ve really put people through the wringer with this year’s theme! if it’s any consolation….next year….might be slightly different…..and arguably much easier…probably  😉

For now, thank you to all the bloggers that kick started this series, to all the official and prize sponsors for the series, and most importantly, YOU! Another year. Another awesome series of The Refashioners. Nailed.

Stay tuned for the winner. Announcement next week!!

 

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The Refashioners 2017 – 1 week to go!

Actually it’s a little under a week! The community challenge for The Refashioners 2017 closes for entries at midnight GMT/UK time on Tuesday 31st October. (Just check out that prize!!) It really isn’t too late to get your entry in. Just keep it simple! Often those are the best kind of refashions. Seriously!

If you’ve got your suit unpicked but struggling for direction and inspiration check out all the blogger makes from this years series, our pinterest board, instagram and facebook.

Here’s a few of the community challenge entries so far to inspire and delight!! (Click the link below the image for more details).

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So….If you fancy getting your entry in, chop chop!! There are loads of other intriguing WIPS appearing in my feed that I am itching to see final photos of!! Like seriously exciting ones. You are really refashioning up a storm out there guys!! So exciting! There is still time….

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….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!)

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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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The Refashioners 2017 – Over to You!

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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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