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Monday, 25 May 2015

Castaway to Couture. And the winners are............


 
We can't believe Castaway to Couture has come to an end! We have been thrilled and excited day after day to see what amazing things people have made! The transformation, thrift and shear genius has kept us up late a at night talking and marveling.

Finally we have our winners by popular vote, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! WINNERS!!!! Thank you to all who entered you are an inspiration to all who sew or aspire to!  We are listing all of the amazing entries below so your fabulous creations can be seen by all. Please enter again next year and make sure you get everyone you know to vote!! That's how it works! And thank you to those to shared the competition or came by to vote.

Importantly, the ASG thanks Red Cross for its wonderful collaboration. Two great Australian icons coming together to raise awareness of how refashioning can benefit everyone involved both financially and with personal reward.

Please take some time to scroll through all the wonderful entries, you'll find the name of the entrant and what they had to say about their entry below the photo they sent in. The entries are listed in no particular order.
Elizabeth Craggs - From a simple party dress to a glamorous evening top - not a bad transformation for only a couple of $ and a little bit of time. Basically everything is made from the original dress except for the floral back insert.

Dianne Jensen - Two men's shirts plus one from the rag bag were turned into a blouse for my daughter.

Lucianne Lewin - dull dowdy coat to trendy trench dress

Elizabeth Napper - Redesigned by Liz

Abi Salomen -Pretty in print - an oversized dress, now a stylish tulip pencil skirt!

Julie Livingstone - Issey Miyake does Business

Helen Dalton - Skirt to dress and hat

Anita Smith - Amazing what you can do with leftovers - Marcy Tilton puzzle vest Vogue 8954

Anita Smith - Old fashioned dress to wearable tops and necklace

Anita Smith - From yuck mustard to wearable update.

Courtney Clark

Carol Pegum - Buy one skirt, chop it up and make a shirt. Sew matching beads to the side seam of a pair of pants and bingo a new outfit for $19 !

Kylie Hay - Boxy pinafore and man's shirt into vest and pencil skirt - strike a pose!

Kylie Hay - From Frumpy to fabulous, maternity top and dated skirt into cowl neck top and curve loving pencil skirt

Christine Watts -Retro jacket from two old jumpers

Wendy Hawthorne - Six Shirts and a dress

Kirsty Mackenzie - A Perfect Little Librarian outfit

Gail Lyle - It looks like I just cut the skirt off the dress but I actually cut four panels and four yoke pieces which I rematched to make this lined skirt to fit me (Size 14 Vogue pattern) from a voluminous size 16 dress. It was a quality garment and lovely fabric to sew with.

Lyn Mateer - Halter neck dress to smart after 5 skirt

Helen Noakes - Oversized 80's to boiled and restyled

Kirsty MacKenzie -Funking up some Class

Mandy Bradley - Old denim and halter top becomes a ruffle party dress.

Louise Sparrow -Over-sized jacket turned into a skirt with personality

Gabriele Bell -Two items from one

Gabriele Bell - From frump to sass
Wendy McKinnon - Take one red mens suit & make a handbag from lapels, mixed with another navy/red check suit for contrast, plus a second smaller bag from one sleeve.  Add fringing from purchased fabric selvedge, 2nd hand buttons, lining from suits and pockets from inside & outside suit!
Helen Dalton - Helen Dalton

How creative are these contestants! It just makes you want to nip out to a Red Cross Shop and see what fires up your creativity. In fact click here for a list of Red Cross Shops near you. Thank you again to everyone who partcipated by sending in an entry, sharing a paper flyer or sharing online and all those who voted. It's been so much fun!

Friday, 22 May 2015

Sewing MAYhem High Tea and Fashion - South Australia 2015






The food was great! The creativity was wonderful! The company excellent! The bubbles were ok too!
Jane Clarke, Adelaide Hills Region, organized the High Tea and Fashion in 2014 Hahndorf way, which was a wonderful success, so it was decided to offer the opportunity again this year at a venue more central to members. Once again, Jane was fabulous and the afternoon could not have been better! Nine South Australian neighbourhood groups were represented and reluctant to leave! The High Tea commenced at 2:00pm to finish at 4:00pm, but most remained close to 5:00pm. Conversation, laughter and the ambience of the afternoon luring us to stay on.





A photographer (Andrew) was there to snap some awesome photos. The camera shy were beguiled to present for photographing in inconspicuous shots so their fabulous creations were not to be left out. Even those who are less than enamored with photos of themselves were pleasantly surprised. As the afternoon progressed, it was discovered Andrew (the photographer) sewed as well and shared some of his creative experiences. How good is that?









Enjoy the photos! The photos come courtesy of Skewed Vision Photography. If your group or region has been up to something for National Sewing Month (Sewing MAYhem) just send your pics and write up to marketing@aussew.org.au! There's still plenty of time to show us your celebrations!
 

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Refashion Tips: Fix a dropped shoulder on shirts




Recently we unveiled Castaway to Couture an an exciting, national refashioning competition, open to the public, ASG members & Red Cross people too! Castaway to Couture is brought to you by the Australian Sewing Guild Inc. in collaboration with Red Cross Shops. Entries are open and we have our resident refashioning genie, Judith Turner here, with the eleventh in a series of tips. Take it away Judith.........


Wouldn’t it be great if you could buy clothes that fit perfectly off the rack? Thinking about what issues people have with garments, another bit problem is what I called the Dropped Shoulder issue. Some manufacturers think we are quarter backs, with broad shoulders. Not!

When you come across a shirt with a dropped shoulder, the first step is to place a row of pins around your shoulder at the point you want the sleeve to sit at. Top left pic.


Next do a line drawing of the armhole, with a line at the top on an angle for the shoulder seam. On the right of the shoulder seam write F for front and on the left hand side of the shoulder seam write B for back.

Now measure the pins from the existing armhole working around the front down to the armhole then from the shoulder seam around the back to the underarm.


Unpick the armhole. In most cases leave a small section at the underarm. However if there is a lot to raise it by you may want to unpick the whole sleeve. If this is the case, place a piece of white fabric with R on it and pin to the right sleeve. Do the same with the left sleeve. This will ensure the right sleeves are pinned to the correct armhole. Middle Left line drawing.

Mark around the sleeve cap. I usually put a dot for the new length and another dot for the seam allowance. Cut on the seam allowance line. Bottom left pic.

The sleeve should not have been touched, however it may require a gathering stitch around the top with a slight ease in it so that the sleeve sits correctly.

Pin the sleeve back on with the pins inserted into the sleeve (not the shoulder) and if more easing is required do it at the sides of the armhole. Bottom middle pic

Overlock off any excess and it is finished. Bottom right pic.

Alterations like this one may seem like a big job, but if you get into the habit of doing an alteration, working backwards from how it was put together, you will become quick and proficient at altering.

Happy altering

Judith Turner a.k.a  genie

Keep an eye on this blog for more hints, tips and ideas! We want to keep you buzzing with ideas, so not only will you hear from Judith, we will have some inspirational blogs to check out. This week, we suggest checking out Refashionista, So, Zo and The Pineneedle Collective. Have a great week, we can't wait to see your entries!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Refashion Tips: Embellish a plain tee at the neckline



Recently we unveiled Castaway to Couture an an exciting, national refashioning competition, open to the public, ASG members & Red Cross people too! Castaway to Couture is brought to you by the Australian Sewing Guild Inc. in collaboration with Red Cross Shops. Entries are open and we have our resident refashioning genie, Judith Turner here, with the tenth in a series of tips. Take it away Judith.........


If you would like to make a quick change to a tee in under an hour, try one of these two alterations. The first is a plain orange tee. Tee 1 Orange

The necklace cost $2 and the tee around the same. You will need pliers to cut the end of the chain off. Tee 1a orange

It only requires hand stitching. Pin the neckline to the front section of the tee. Tee 1b orange. Allow the ribbing to stretch slightly as you pin, so that when it goes on over your head it will be stretched like it would without the necklace.

Hand stitch each link. I started from the center and worked out to one side, then back to the centre and out to the other side. Finished embellished tee Tee 1c orange.


The second tee was a plain black. I have so many of these in my wardrobe, but you might pick up a plain tee at Red Cross Shops and think; “I could embellish that”. Tee 2 Black

The lace I found in my stash which had been there for years. You will notice in the photo that it almost looks like it is gathered around the top edge. But when I have it on it sits flat with no gather. Best to pin whilst it is on your body so you get the right length from shoulder to shoulder. Tee 2a Black

I hand stitched it onto the ribbing. I also hand stitched the row below the top row. Tee 2b Black

And finally I used my hot fix glue gun and put black crystals around the neckline.

Happy altering

Judith Turner a.k.a genie

Keep an eye on this blog for more hints, tips and ideas! We want to keep you buzzing with ideas, so not only will you hear from Judith, we will have some inspirational blogs to check out. This week, we suggest checking out Refashionista, So, Zo and The Pineneedle Collective. Have a great week, we can't wait to see your entries!