I seriously cannot overstate just HOW difficult it has been to arrive at this decision! There has been so much creativity and ingenuity that I wish I had a multitude of prize packages to give away! There is a caveat to this. Which you’ll come to further down. But for now…without further ado…meet this years winner of The Refashioners 2015 “Get Shirty” Community Challenge….
When I first saw these trousers my jaw literally dropped. When you have lots of fabric to work with there’s a degree of flexibility in what you can do. Margin for error too. But to eek a pair of trousers out of a shirt; with all the fitting nuances we all know are involved? Well that requires gutsy vision, precision and a whole different kind of creativity…
The way in which Mirjam has retained the original essence of this shirt and her use of practically every last piece in details like the ankle cuffs (the original shirt cuffs) and the matching braces and button tabs is super clever. But it’s subtle too. What’s more, I get the sense that this really is a reflection of her style and personal aesthetic; which surely is one of the best kinds of motivation for refashioning and sewing our own clothes!
This was Mirjam’s first make for The Refashioners. Again, clever but subtle reuse of the cuffs at the waistband. And here’s the kicker…Mirjam is a beginner sewer! Having taken up sewing little more than a year ago Mirjam says she has discovered her passion. So much so that she has given up a career as a qualified teacher (!) to work part time in sales so she can attend the Swiss College of Textiles where she started a month ago and will be training for the next two years. All of which ramps up just how impressive this is and for me, is indicative of someone who has a natural talent for creative sewing that should surely be encouraged. She has pretty much promised me that she is going to start a blog in the not too distant future (I for one shall be following that with interest! One to watch I’d say. You know when you get the sense you could be witnessing the start of something awesome? That’s what my gut tells me about this lady!) But in the meantime…you can keep up with Mirjam here 🙂
And now for that caveat!
Lisa blogs over at Pattern & Branch and for a long time I literally could not decide between these two. This make by Lisa is SERIOUSLY awesome, involved a lot of work on her part and is deserving of some recognition. You should go check out the process. Seriously!
I promoted this community challenge as having one prize package and one winner. And I felt I should honour that. But had I had two prize packages to award, this would have been it. So with Mirjam’s permission I peeled off a little something from that immense prize package for Lisa; and she will be receiving the trio of Megan Nielsen patterns. Seriously. Awesome. Skills.
So that’s that. All of these awesome prizes (bar the caveat above) will be winging their way to Mirjam very shortly…..
And that rounds up this years series of The Refashioners. It’s been so amazing. The blogger challenge was phenomenal and just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, in comes the community challenge and blows us all away again! The community challenge will now become a permanent element of The Refashioners series, and yes, I’m already putting together the bones of next year’s series! ( we’re gonna need more prize packages). I think it’s fair to say that men’s wardrobes/closets are a little less safe today than they were a few weeks ago…sorry chaps! (Not!) Please please please keep refashioning and looking at the fabric that you have at your fingertips before consigning it to landfill or abandonment 😉 Until next year people, this is The Refashioners 2015….signing off.
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!
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!
Love this combination of a thrifted and dyed shirt and fabric stash scrap by Amy.
This lady is prolific with her shirt refashions for herself and her sister….and now her Mum too!
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!
Adorable little refash from @swissknitwitch on IG. Even has a matching reversible little jacket! Gah, look at those little ballet toes! 🙂
Phenomenal work from Lisa!
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!
I’ve been wanting to share this one since it first got pinned! Adorable matching Pendleton shirt refashions!!!!
Another Datura based refash from Camilla…
Adorable refashion of a vintage shirt right?!
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!
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!
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…
Aaargh! We have a matter of hours (midnight GMT tonight) before The Refashioners 2015 closes for entries to the community challenge and that awesome prize package; and I am SERIOUSLY struggling to keep up with you guys as awesome shirt refashions are coming in thick and fast today from all corners of the globe! How AWESOME!!
Crazy clever wrap configuration from Aneta!
Way to feminise a shirt Juliette!
Love this refashion based on Megan Nielsen’s Darling ranges (blouse version)…(Jenny…I want!!)
Great reworking of the collar here!
Angela making ingenious use of sleeves and plackets for a baby/toddler set!
Thumblenina has been at it again! This time, not only a dress but also another playsuit for her Sis!
Love Deepti’s batik shirt refash. Simple but it so works!
Squeezing 2 gorgeous separates from one shirt??? That takes some skill Edina!
Love Carissa’s addition of lace to this make 🙂
Natalie made this gorgeous vintage style halter. Epic right?
Sue’s quilted (reversible!) jacket from shirts is an epic undertaking!! Wow!
Great little apron and I’m also seeing a cropped halter tie top variation in there!!
Marianna keeps it simple and classy with this princess seamed creation where the sleeve/shoulder detail is the subtle star of the show…
There are still MORE amazing refashions to share….but you only have a few hours left to submit yours!! Hurry hurry hurry!!
The deadline is looming people! You have until midnight GMT on the 27th of September to submit your shirt refashions for a chance to win that AMAZING prize package. (Yep that’s 4 days left!) In the meantime….if you’re after some last minute inspiration….
This refashion by CSews went through several evolutions before she wound up with this final incarnation using several elements from the Stylish Remakes book. If you hop over to her blog she’s reviewed and is running a giveaway for a copy of the book too! You’re welcome 😉
Kate has sure embraced The Refashioners. This is her 3rd shirt refashion for the series!
From a rain soaked pavement to a sun drenched beach! Love Sarah’s shirt turned romper!
The inimitable CarmentcitaB! Winner of the French version of GBSB I have recently discovered! You can see why when you look at this matching dress and bralet combo made from 2 Liberty print shirts she cannily found on sale at Costco!
Love these recycled (shirt) bags by @janavalach….available to purchase too!
Gemma landed this awesome plaid shirt and had some fun styling up her refashion by the looks of it! Gemma you like a fun lady to be around 😉
Katie made great use of the Aster pattern for this make. Love the shade of this linen shirt and really MUST check that pattern out…it really does look like a perfect template for shirt refashions!
I was blown away by the ingenuity of these trousers and braces!! How clever right? Great plaid again too!
So impressed by this little combo too…
I am running to keep up with you guys and am seriously chuffed with how much everyone has got on board and embraced this year’s challenge! There’ll likely be another round up of your makes before The Refashioners is done as there are still so many to share. In the meantime, keep getting shirty! 4 days left to get your entries in!