The Refashioners 2013

Thank you all so much for your empathetic comments on my last post - you didn't judge me and you totally cheered me up with your own stories and tips on staying positive! I love how some of you have multiple, back-up sewing machines...what an awesome idea! You'll be pleased to hear that I should be getting my machine back on Tuesday, so not too long to go now.

Anywho, in my last post, I also alluded to an exciting challenge I've been invited to take part in...


Yep, the very talented Portia (of Miss P) is hosting The Refashioners 2013 - a brilliant idea she originally came up with in 2011. Portia is currently scouring her local charity shops for interesting items for her participants to re-fashion. I'm not going to lie, as well as being delighted to be in the gang, I'm also petrified. Compared to the insanely clever ladies whose company I'm in, I'm really no refashioner. In fact, I've literally only ever refashioned one thing and that was cheating as I just cut up a dress to use as fabric for a Pendrell. So, to put it mildly, I'm in deep and I just hope I don't embarrass myself. If you think I'm exaggerating, just check out this year's formidable participant list:

Dixie - Dixie DIY
Lauren - Lladybird
Portia - Miss P

And just in case The Refashioners passed you by the first time around (?!?), get a load of the very high standard that's been set:



So, if you fancy seeing how questionable charity shop finds can be turned into desirable makes, please do tune in to Portia's blog from 3 June!

Are you a fan of refashioning...and are you any good at it?

24 comments:

  1. Are you kidding me?! You'll be aMAZing! I have your garment now btw...mwah ha ha ha ha (evil laugh!)
    Px

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  2. I'm a mega fan of seeing how other people refashion clothes, but totally rubbish at it myself. I just don't seem to have any imagination when push comes to shove! I think you'll surprise yourself Marie - some of the touches you've given your handmade garments have been inspired, you just need to transfer your skills!
    Really looking forward to this series, especially Charity Shop Chic, her Chanel style jacket was truly a work of art. x

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    1. Jane you are such a sweetheart! Really glad you liked my jacket.

      I think you should give refashioning another try. (I'm biased, but...) it's really good fun! :)

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    2. I'm the same Jane...I lack vision and imagination, but fingers crossed ;o) And yes, I'm a huge fan of Sally!!!!

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  3. Don't worry Marie I'm sure you'll be great at refashioning! I'm sure you'll find it so much fun that you will want to refashion more things in future too.

    Really excited about this challenge!

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    1. Thanks Sally, I'm excited too!

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  4. Woop exciting stuff Marie, I can't wait to see what Miss P picks for you, and what you do with it! I've no doubt it will be fabulous (you know I heart your refashioned Pendrell!)

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  5. I love refashioning so I'm looking forward to these posts

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  6. I love the idea of refashioning but I don't do a lot of it myself. I really should do more. I love seeing what people can turn some questionable garments into. It's very inspiring!

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    1. It really is very inspiring...hope I can do the challenge justice ;o)

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  7. Refashioning seems such a no-brainer when you see it finished, but I find it hard to come up with definitive plans. Because every thrifted garment can be made in numerous ways into something else - there are just too many options!

    Well, today I committed myself to making a skirt out of a pair of pants - but not the usual way with a gigantic triangle in the center front and back.

    I am most thrilled to see what this challenge brings! Looking forward to June to see your projects.

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    1. Yeah, that's why the thought of it can seem daunting I guess. Good luck with your skirt ;o)

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  8. I can't wait to see what you make! So exciting!

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  9. Its so fun to watch other people refashion, but I always fail haha..
    looking forward to seeing some new ideas:)

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    1. I'm soooo hoping I don't fail ;o)

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  10. Hello :D Found your blog on pinterest (looking for tips on sewing jersey. oy). Good luck with your refashionings!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and for wishing me luck...I need it ;o) If I can help with any questions about sewing with jersey, feel free to drop me an email...

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  11. That sounds like so much fun Marie! I like a lot of the bloggers too! I used to do a LOT of refashioning but haven't done much lately. It will be nice to get some new inspiration.

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  12. Honey pie, you're a super talented visionary sewer, you'll do something wonderful I'm sure. xxx

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  13. yay! i'm excited about this and about seeing what you come up with!

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