Sunday, October 21, 2012

Re-Fashion Contest

Ah yes, another contest.  It's not like I've no other sewing to do . . . . !  So when I saw this contest come up on Pattern Review, I knew that I had to enter.

These are the rules:

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.

My plan is to cut up a pair of perfectly good corduroy trousers (oh boy, I love corduroy) into a skirt.  The reason being is that I have a flat butt and despite what I think, they have never fitted particularly well.  The excess fabric hangs under my butt looking distinctly unattractive - but the waist fits perfectly, so I think that a skirt will be just the ticket!  There are a number of fabulous suggestions/lessons on the intertubes such as here, here, and here.

Here are my 'befores:

And the back view showing the pockets.  And the small specs of white in between the middle and the right belt loops?  Well, they are the stitches that held the card label on the pants.  Embarassing.  So I have finally cut them off!

And what I did not realize until I got these out to photograph - there is a button missing on the waistband and the buttonholes need tidying up as they are unravelling.  This challenge is coming at just the right time!

 I intend making mine a straight skirt - possibly lined . . . . and the whole deconstruction/re-style will have to be completed in two weeks . . . . so the countdown begins.  November 1st is the start date.


  1. What a fun idea! I'm planning to take part in this too, starting with thrifted men's coats. See u on PR!

  2. I have been following your blog so I look forward to seeing what you do!

  3. Great contest idea by PR isn't it? Good luck!


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