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Announcing the Winners of the Refashion Contest!By DianeSev on 12/3/12 2:55 PM

We love recycling!  We feel like good environmental citizens when we do it and thrifty too!  

The contestants in this contest were all of the above.  And they made so many wonderful things! And they re-used 69 yards of material doing it! 

The "original" item or items had to be changed substantially to create a new garment.  For example, a tablecloth could become a dress, and a dress could become a dress, but the new item had to be distinctly different from the original (you couldn’t just embellish it).  At least half of the new item had to be made from reconstructed or recycled items (notions and interfacing didn’t count).  See more rules.

 As you can imagine, there were lots of self-drafted and no pattern used entries here, including that of our First Prize Winner.

As usual, we bet it was hard to choose winners, but you did, and here they are…

First Prize (by Member Vote): lbrundage for No Pattern Used: Mixed Media Jacket

First Prize Winner of Refashion Recycle Contest

lbrundage sewed up this Mixed Media Jacket because she loves “upcycling, re-designing, making something wonderful from something cast-off.”  To make this beauty, she found a size 12 Ann Taylor jacket, a fur collar and a ribbed knit sweater at the thrift store and added about a half yard of purchased faux leather.

She put her seam ripper to good use and deconstructed the jacket.  She serged inserts of faux leather in the sides, the center back and the front centers, added sleeves from the ribbed turtleneck and topped the piece off with the fur collar.

The result?  A jacket she is crazy about that cost her about $20.

Congratulations, lbrundage!

Second Prize (by Member Vote): sunnysewer for Simplicity: 2152 Misses Skirt

Second Prize for Refashion Recycle Contest

Congratulations, sunnysewer!

And congratulations to all our contestants!


We thank Threads for sponsoring this contest.

We thank Threads for sponsoring this contest.


We thank PR member Courtney Ostaff for managing this contest.


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chenille said...
Congrats to the winners and great job by all participants!
12/3/12 4:54 PM
barebear said...
Congrats to the winners! It was a tough choice, and some great pieces won! Great job everyone. :D
12/3/12 11:55 PM
nancy2001 said...
Congratulations to lbrundage, sunnysewer, and everyone else who entered!
12/4/12 2:49 AM
Quickie said...
Congrats! You both deserved it!
12/4/12 3:35 AM
ggf2005 said...
Congratulations, I love your "new" jacket!
12/4/12 8:31 AM
Scheri said...
Congratulations to the winners
12/4/12 12:24 PM
Sherril Miller said...
I loved lbrundage's sweater jacket. I'm searching the thrift stores to make one for myself. Congratulations!
12/4/12 12:48 PM
Leslie Bonner said...
Really nice jacket. Looks very upscale.
12/4/12 7:23 PM
Mahogany Stylist said...
Congratulations ladies! Job well done.
12/5/12 2:18 PM
Tina Rathbone said...
Loved the inspiration and finally being in a contest. Next thing I'm doing is "down-grading" my bio from "Intermediate" back to "Advanced Beginner." These gals are Serious! :)
12/6/12 4:34 AM
M. Antoinette said...
Awesome interview!! I love her take on vintage. she's definitely an inspiration
12/9/12 1:49 AM

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