Summer 2013: Choose Your Challenge: Refashioning or 1960's! ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Summer 2013: Choose Your Challenge: Refashioning or 1960's!

It's time for another Stitch Once, Rip Twice Challenge!  I'm excited to announce it, so here we go!  This one is going to be a funny one for a couple of reasons:

  1. We have two topics that tied twice in our poll!  It was between refashioning an existing garment and the Summer trend of 1960s.  In previous challenges, it's been pretty one-sided, so this was new!   I want everyone to be happy, so this time it's a choose your own challenge.  :)  In a twist, I mentioned that we should do both at the same time as a joke, and I think some of the members might just try that!  It's possible since they're not completely different, such as "Pastels" and "Black & White."
  2. We've had a pretty big influx of new people to the group, and I want everyone to have a chance to join in.  With two challenges to choose from, it's more likely that we'll have more participation!

The Rules
  1. Choose between one of the topics: (1) Refashioning a Garment, (2) The 1960's, (3) Do both (in the same garment) for extra brownie points!  Your garment can be for yourself or someone else, and there's no restriction to what type (i.e. dress, blouse, trousers, etc.).
  2. Share anything you would like on the Facebook page along the way.  That includes patterns, techniques, inspiration, project ideas, problems, and in-progress pictures.
  3. Have your finished project done by September 30th.  If you have a blog, feel free to post your finished garment!  If not, share on our Facebook page.  The week after the deadline, I'll put together a wrap-up post with everyone's finished garments so we can all see!
  4. If you have a blog, post the button so your readers can join along too! 

The Inspiration

For the Refashioning challenge, there isn't really a true inspiration, but check out Tiffany's pencil skirt for an example of how to refashion.  There are plenty of examples on Nay's blog as well!  For even more, just search on Google or Pinterest.

The 1960's trend certainly has tons of inspiration on the runways nowadays.  Check these out below!

1960s Vogue

According to Vogue, the runways were full of "Lots of mini-skirts, A-line dresses, graphic checks, patent Mary Janes and delicate motifs worked in bright colors. Pop pieces for a fresh, bold look."

-Collage (1960's)

On Elle's roundup, they describe the 1960's trend as this: "Marc Jacobs led the charge for this trend on both sides of the pond with swirling stripes, beehive ‘dos and swinging coats and short, short dresses. The Louis Vuitton checkerboard looks are the trend’s stand-out pieces."

In this description of the trend, they highlight a few main features:
• Sweet dresses in bright orange and light colors
• Short-hemmed dresses
• Chessboard prints and bands in a funk style
• Tweed clothes, leather fabrics
• Tunics

Overall, there isn't one exact feature, but that's what will make this fun!  As for me, I'm going to attempt both challenges and keep it on the more subtle side.  :)  I'll share my plans in an upcoming post!

As always, if you are interested in joining in on the challenge, please e-mail me or visit our Facebook page to request an invitation.  For more about the group, read here.

Let's get sewing!


  1. Great inspiration, Diane! i'm going to think about this new challenge theme, next days, while I'm relaxing on seaside ;)
    MammaNene @ SergerPepper

  2. Hello! I found your blog from House of Pinheiro's post about sewing mojo, and thought your group would be great to encourage mine! I've requested an invite on Facebook and am deliberating on 60s vs refashion as both sound v tempting :)

  3. Awesome! Invitation sent! :)

  4. Great! Maybe you can join the challenge. :)

  5. Yes i'd like it! I've just an idea!i love vintage!


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