Friday, 17 July 2015

Refashion Friday: Announcing The Refashioners 2015


It's an exciting time for fans of refashioning! Portia of Makery (formerly Miss P) is currently hosting another round of The Refashioners, a group based challenge where she invites a selection of sewing bloggers to attempt a refashion, and shares their methods on her blog in a bid to encourage more members of the sewing community to have a go at refashioning. Well, this year she has amped it right up! 2015's challenge is more refined (this year it's focussing solely on shirts), she has amassed an amazing array of 20 talented and sewing bloggers (you can see the line-up here), AND she's encouraging other sewers to take part with the chance to win some amazing sewing-related prizes.  


Personally, I was lucky enough to be asked to take part in 2011 and 2013. AND I'm taking part again this year! I'm really excited as it's soooo much fun to be involved in! And preaching the gospel of refashioning is something that is very close to my heart, as Portia knows. Because The Refashioners has grown so much, Portia is no longer sending out the raw materials herself (that would be insane-expensive), so instead most of us are taking part in a swap to provide each other with the shirts. I bought a shirt and sent it to Elisalex from By Hand London, and Sally from Charity Shop Chic (who I interviewed here a couple of years ago) sent me the bias cut gingham dress shirt pictured above. 

Our deadline is the end of July, and at the time of writing, all I've done is stick it through the wash! However, I just made four sample garments in eight days whilst Dolores was napping or after she'd gone to bed, so I'm not worried that I won't get it done in time! I've got heaps of ideas of what direction to take that I keep tossing about in my head. I can't wait to see what the other sewing bloggers and the other sewers come up with! So, what about you? Are you going to have a crack at a shirt refashion?

15 comments:

Portia Lawrie said...

This is gonna be sooooo awesome Zoe!! Thanks for sharing :) Px

Almost a Hippy said...

Yes, I'm definitely joining. I love this challenge and can't wait for all the shirt inspiration.

Mother of Reinvention said...

I would love to join this but I think that using only one shirt would not be enough fabric. Will be following this to see what everyone makes. Xx

Linda said...

Can't wait to see what you all make! I might have a go once I see the ideas everyone comes up with, love the idea of refashioning, but I am not good at thinking up ideas.

Birgit said...

I have a couple thrifted shirts in my stash to refashion, so I should participate, but I still don't know what I want to do with them...
Can't wait to see what you do with yours! Maybe when all the results are shown, I will know what I want to do with mine :D

Louise Perry said...

love refashioning, have fun.

vintagerockchick said...

I have three (men's) shirts in my wardrobe that never get worn, so I'm really looking forward to getting some ideas on how to refashion them into something I WILL wear x

Ronja said...

So I ADORE my flannel shirts, but I know that they aren't business appropriate. I am trying to figure out if I can use men's XXL shirts to make flannel shirt dresses that would be more business chick. Refashions ftw!

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