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Date: 10/15/12 11:24 AM

Hi! I'm happy to volunteer as your Contest Coordinator this year! I hope to answer all your questions in a timely fashion.

Here are the rules for this year's contest:
Refashion Contest
November 1, 2012 - November 15, 2012

Refashioning, reconstructing, recycling or upcycling -- whatever you call it, this is the contest for it.

Objective: Take an item or items and create a new and different garment.

Requirements: A photo of your "material" (the initial item or items) and another photo of the final garment must be included in your review. Additional pictures may also be included.

Your original items can be anything you want, but they may only be turned into garments or accessories to qualify as "new" items for this contest. The garment must be sewn. Self drafted patterns or commercial patterns may be used; they may be previously used or new.

The "original" item or items must be changed substantially to create a new garment. The item can be of the same type (dress to dress) or something entirely different (tablecloth to dress). However, the new item must be distinctly different from the original (for example, embellishments only do not qualify).
At least half of the new item must be made from reconstructed / recycled items (notions such as zippers or interfacing do not count in the total).

Examples that qualify for the contest:

Making a skirt from pants. Making a fitted top from a tunic. Making a hat from a sweater.

Examples that do not qualify for the contest:

Hemming an old bridesmaid dress to make it a short cocktail dress. Taking the sleeves off a blouse to make it a sleeveless blouse. Resizing a t-shirt to a smaller t-shirt.

Suggestions for reviews & to help with voting:

For entrants: Include in your review a description of the original article, and what steps you took to make the new garment. You may also want to explain why you chose the original article to reconstruct or recycle. This can help inspire others to do something similar.

For voters: How different is the final item from the original item or items? How functional is the final garment?

Prizes!
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First Prize:
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Second Prize
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Date: 10/15/12 2:18 PM

Courtney, thank you for managing this contest. It looks like it's going to be a lot of fun. As luck would have it, I have project on my to-do list that would be perfect for the Refashion/Repurpose Contest.

A few months ago, I bought a used and bargain priced, handmade, vintage circle skirt on ebay. The skirt was made of black genuine Ultra Suede, and I bought it to use as yardage for other projects. In fact, I recently made a belt out of it.

For this contest, I'd like to sew a hobo handbag similar to one I made before with a self drafted pattern. This time I'd make the bag out of the black recycled Ultra Suede and trim it with a bit of the same type of black faux snakeskin I used on the belt.

I already have all the notions, zippers and handbag hardware I need in my stash, and these are all brand new. Would the handbag lining be considered a notion or fabric. That is, would it be counted in the recycled fabric percentage tally or not?

I've been meaning to make this handbag for months but never got around to it. This contest can give me the just the push I need to get it started and completed.




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Date: 10/15/12 2:50 PM

I've got some old Navy dungarees that have been taking up space in a carved wooden chest I brought home from a Lajes, Azores visit while on deployment in Rota, Spain some years back. I planned to reconstruct them into something useful for an ASG Annual Meeting last year, but got caught up making favors for the meeting instead, just before they were needed. I never started the project so this is just the reason to resurect the ideas and get cracking!
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Date: 10/15/12 3:54 PM

Oh neat! I have made many things with table cloths and sheets, but never from one piece of clothing to another. Good challenge.

I have a long brown denim skirt that I NEVER wear (and my husband hates). It's great fabric, been trying to decide what I could make it into. Thought about shorts, but now that winter is coming, that seems silly.

A bag? Not a bad idea. Might be very cute, to use the topstitched seams in an interesting way on a handbag. I don't have many bag patterns, will have to see if there is a pattern sale soon, and check my pattern stash, too.

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Date: 10/15/12 6:21 PM

I'm so in for this one and I don't even have any idea what I'll do yet. I just know I have more than a few items that haven't seen the outside of a closet, bag, or box for way too long. This was one of the two contests I took part in last year. I LOVE this contest..it's...it's....so....green!

I'll post plans once I do some rummaging.

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Date: 10/15/12 8:06 PM

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Would the handbag lining be considered a notion or fabric. That is, would it be counted in the recycled fabric percentage tally or not?

I think it would be counted as a fabric, since you're not using it for underlining or interfacing, and the rule I have to go by is:

"notions such as zippers or interfacing do not count"

Does that make sense?
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Date: 10/15/12 10:48 PM

Edit: re-read the rules, answer is already there. Item or items, so we can use multiple upcycle items to make our single entry. Thanks!

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Date: 10/15/12 10:48 PM

Hola All from the beach in La Paz!
And to Courtney!
Thank you for taking on this project. I look forward to getting to know you and the other PR sewists that will be taking part in this contest.

During the mini-wardrobe contest we had two hurricanes sending us bad weather, black outs and thunder storms and we also had a 6.2 earthquake!
Today I joined the Refashion/Repurpose contest and a dissipating tropical storm named Paul, solidified into a category 3 hurricane.
It looks like it will stay on the Pacific side of the Baja, but we will have wind and rain. I am married to a scientist, and we have a good friend that is a hurricane specialist, I know there is no connection...right?

Well my project is to take a lovely 600 thread count Egyptian cotton top sheet that has a Greek Key design on its hem and turn it into a tunic and pants for lounging in the evening during the cooler winter months.

When we tossed the worn out and torn bottom sheet, my Beloved asked what he should do with the top sheet. I said to put it in my studio, I would make a caftan or robe out of it.

Back in the 60's I cut up my black and white herring bone large checked sheets to make a jumpsuit that looked and felt great. My mother was scandalized that I wore a bed sheet out in public! Mom as you look down from heaven, I am at it again!
What a perfect contest! I may have enough fabric to make more than the two pieces.
I will post photos of the sheet and start a blog post tomorrow.
This will be such fun!

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Date: 10/16/12 0:46 AM

Oh, this is perfect! I have two thrifted coats (one leather and one wool) that I want to convert into this Burda jacket! I've been planning this since I first saw the pattern, and I've just started trying to trace out the pattern from the magazine (oh my goodness it's a nightmare). This is perfect motivation to keep trying to get the pattern worked out (and then actually sew the pattern)!

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Date: 10/16/12 3:22 AM

Thanks for volunteering Courtney! I love refashion, and just hope I have time to get an entry done this time. My first idea is very WW2, make do and mend. There's a good, worn once, pair of men's trousers which DH has slimmed out of, never to return he says. I've been told I can make something with them.

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