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Welcome to The Sewing Place's Refashion and Repurpose Competition 2020

The aim of this contest is to repurpose something that has had a previous identity.
To take an item or items and create a completely new and different garment or accessory.

It may have come from a second hand shop. It may be something handed down to you, something you’ve had in a cupboard for ages in order to do something with and forgot about, something that fitted you or you liked once but not anymore.
The "original" item or items must be changed substantially to create a totally new article. The item can be of the same type (dress to dress) or something entirely different (tablecloth to tote bag). However, the new item must be distinctly different from the original (for example, embellishments alone do not qualify).

The Rules:-
A photograph of your ‘ingredients’ must be included in your entry along with a photograph of your completed article. Progress pics would nice for nosey people interested voters.

Your original items can be anything you want, but they must be transformed into garments or accessories to qualify as "new" items for this contest.

The new piece must be sewn.

More than one source item can be used to create the final product.

At least half of the new item must be made from repurposed items (notions such as zips or interfacing do not count in the total).

Keep in mind that the new item needs to be significantly different from the original source item(s). Hence the following examples would not comply with the rules:
- 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
Sewing starts on Thursday October 1st and ends on Saturday October 31st. You may do preparation work (gathering parts and pieces, ripping seams, cutting, disassembling, etc.) before the start date.

Photos should be up by Wednesday November 4th.


Previous sewalong entries / Plaids, tartans and checkered sewalong
« on: September 22, 2020, 15:57:22 PM »
Entry #1

Brenda P's entry

A dress for myself

Pattern used
A Franken-hack.  The top half is the princess bodice from "Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book" and the skirt is Simplicity 2449, view D/E

What  fabrics you used
A stretch jersey printed with the plaid design, quite heavy, almost Ponte but much stretchier.  It came as the biggest piece in a 10kg lucky dip bag from Immanuel's

A short description on how you made it/problems overcome/etc.
Pattern matching on stretch fabric is the work of the devil  :devil:
I managed the vertical seams including the back zip but the bodice had to be eased onto the skirt and it's a bit stretched out there.

Sewing on the overlocker was easy but the coverstitcher really didn't like the fabric and I ended up top stitching the neck with the regular machine.

In hindsight I think it might have been better to cut the neckline a little lower, omit the zip and facings and do a bound neck.
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It is a dark coloured fabric and definitely needs to be worn with a brightly coloured scarf!
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On the plus side there was enough fabric left to make a pair of winter leggings for Pilates.  I used KwikSew 3636 with my own adjustments including making the body longer to sit on the natural waistline which I find more comfortable.  Will normally be worn with a teeshirt outside.

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Embroidery and Embellishment / Art or embroidery?
« on: August 19, 2020, 21:51:49 PM »
I just found these and thought they were amazing!

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Me and colours again.
« on: August 01, 2020, 12:24:26 PM »
I'm going to do our resident rower a 'going away' blankie and I have decided on made up a pattern. It's going to look like a rowing track. Pretty sure that's what it's called.  :[
As usual my issue is colours. So far I have lots of versions of this in my basket with a few ripples batiks thrown in for good measure. The batiks have hints of greens and purples. The inspiration for my pattern came from this. I don't want to over-complicate it but what else do I need, if anything, to make it not dull.
Thank you for your bright ideas. :)

I found this while looking for something else...of course!
Any more for any more?

Technical Help / How'd you do that then?
« on: May 20, 2020, 12:41:29 PM »
Can someone please explain to me how @Greybird can get a whole sleeved jacket out of 1m and yet the sleeveless blouse that want to make requires at least 1m and up to 1.6m depending on the width of fabric. @Ploshkin can get and entire three piece suit out of a metre and a half! (Slight exaggeration but I'm pretty sure Ploshy got a cardy out of half a metre!).

How can this be? Where am I going wrong? The blouse in question is this one view E. No sleeves, no collars no nothin'!

Tech Know How / @ function
« on: March 01, 2020, 11:40:35 AM »
My @ notification function has stopped working. I noticed yesterday but Imi fixed it and it's just done it again when I tried to @ sewbusy.

@acorn! See?

I've made a start on two quilts for my spare room. I've chosen a very simple block as there will be millions of them so the pieces are straightforward but OMG the cutting! Squillions of pieces and every time I think I've finished....there's more.

The first time I'd finished I remembered that I needed two coloured bits per block and not one so I had to cut the same again. The second time I finished it occurred to me that I had only done enough for one quilt so I have even more of the same to do again!  8) :(

Then there's the background. Many many variations of black and white... Some will have more bits than others but my ocd demands that they are would like them distributed evenly across both quilts.

I haven't even come to the randomisation part of colours versus B&W.  :o

How do you do it? Do you do all the cutting first? Do you cut a bit and sew a bit? Do you lay the whole thing out on the floor/bed/design board?!?!??!

Life was simpler when I thought less.

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Thieves and Robbers!
« on: January 31, 2020, 08:01:04 AM »

I get home delivery from Asda and have been quite happy with it until last week. I pay £2.50 for delivery and someone else, who knows where things are and doesn't do impulse buying, tramps up and down the aisles and does the 20 mile round trip to set the stuff in my kitchen. Brilliant!


Listen up!!!

Last week my brand of coffee was on offer for £4 so I ordered 3. £12. I placed my order on Tuesday, authorised the payment for that and the rest (~£63) and waited for Friday.  :)

On Thursday I remembered something else I needed and also received an email from Asda telling me that it wasn't too late to amend my order. Brilliant! On I went.

As I was perusing my trolley (already ordered remember) I noticed that my coffee had returned to it's normal price of £7.49 taking my price up to £22.47.

I had no notification, I no longer get a printed statement of my order and payment from the delivery man and I no longer have to sign the little machine at time of delivery so there is no way on earth for me to know that that had happened unless I booted up my laptop as chappy stood tapping his toes waiting to get on to his next delivery!

How many times has this happened on a smaller scale and I haven't noticed? I am outraged!

I had authorised the Payment of ~£63 and sometime thereafter Asda had gone to my account and taken another £14.36. As it just so happens that would also have overdrawn that particular account by a few pence!

When did the price increase happen? Did it happen ten minutes after I'd ordered or ten minutes before my order was delivered? Where is the cut off, why wasn't I informed and how can they just pinch money out of my account for their poxy price rises?!?!?!

Well how do you?
My monochrome quilt is still sitting in kit form while I fanny about on Pinterest trying to decide on one.  :S
I'm doing two same-but-different quilts for my twin bedroom and I have my feature fabrics which will be scattered willy-nilly onto black and white combos to create something beautiful. That's the plan. I have everything ready to go except the final pattern and I just can't decide. Every one I see becomes the new best one.  :(
How do I pick? Are there picking criteria or do I stick a pin in?

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Did I tell you about my funny wee cabinet?
« on: September 06, 2019, 10:44:39 AM »
A couple of months ago an odd wee hand made, cobbled together cabinet turned up in my auction with a stereo system in it. It had drawers for singles (or maybe CDs), a bit for LPs and a space in the middle for your groovy sound system.
That's not what I saw. I saw the stereo system in the bin, fat quarters in the lil drawers, patterns and/or quilting rulers in the LP bit and my overlocker in the space in the middle! Oh yes.  :loveit:
What I wasn't reckoning on was Peter.  :devil:
Peter wanted the sound system! What I couldn't get him to understand was that since we both wanted different bits, it was madness to bid against each other. Just buy it cheap and split the goodies! Simpoles! But oh no. Peter wanted to bid and so we did. I let him have it and was a bit sad.  :(
However...the minute the hammer went down I was on him like a rat up a drainpipe! Gimme that cabinet! No! Gimme it!  :angry:  NO!  0_0
He wanted too much for it but I knew what he'd paid!  :ninja:
This dance went on for weeeeks! Three weeks ago he came over and offered me 'last chance'. He was going to sell it the following week without fail! 'Oh no he wasn't' I thought so I let him sweat it out a bit. I also noticed that he had forgotten how much he'd asked me for it and had come down to what I was willing to pay.  0_0
The following week we 'stepped outside' and shook and the cabinet was mine!
He brought it on Wednesday and here it is. The likelihood is I'll chop it's legs off and put it on top of my bookcase.
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Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Extreme FMQing
« on: September 06, 2019, 08:44:50 AM »
I put this on Zing and Bling but just in case you missed it...!  :o

Embroidery and Embellishment / A little bit different.
« on: September 06, 2019, 08:34:25 AM »
I found this just now while wandering the web.
I love it!  :loveit:

ETA WOW! Check out her gallery!

Technical Help / About interfacing.
« on: September 05, 2019, 14:08:31 PM »
I read here recently that interfacing isn't to stiffen fabric but I might want to do just that.
I'm going to make this top but in a sweatshirt fabric. They recommend medium weight wools, fleece, flannel with fusible interfacing. No weight given. (Is there more than one?).
If I use just run of the mill fusible interfacing will the collar support it's own weight?
Help! I'm clueless.

Technical Help / Types of fabric
« on: August 22, 2019, 19:51:59 PM »
I need some advice please.

I bought a pattern yesterday to use for some fabric that I have in stash. I fancy a pair of "bags" and these seem to fit the bill. The fabric is this.

Here's the thing. The fabric is described as mid to heavy weight but the pattern recommends things like gaberdine, cotton sateen and the like. It certainly isn't summer fabric but it's not duffle coat either. I'm going to do a toile (wearable I hope) in a lighter suiting weight stripe first for fitting and snagging.

What could go wrong? There may be some issues around the fly with lots of seams and things but are there other things to consider that I haven't thought of?

How heavy is too heavy?

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