Refashioning with Jenniffer Taylor

A few weeks ago we were joined by Great British Sewing Bee Series 3 star Jenniffer Taylor for a fantastic refashioning workshop at the Crafty Sew&So shop.

Taking inspiration from alteration challenge on the Great British Sewing Bee attendees were invited to bring their old, used and worn garments to transform into a dress, a bag, or top, anything goes! Jenniffer took on the challenge and guided us through our upcycled projects.

Stacey transformed her old, tired and rather snug, but much loved, denim shirt dress by replacing the ripped button placket with a panel of ditsy printed cotton from another much loved and worn pair of summer trousers and she also added a fab contrast panel of the same floral cotton into the back of the dress to making it a little more roomy and contemporary.

Stacey particularly enjoyed the empowering feeling of ripping up her old clothes to create the strips!


Selina bought in 2 fabulous ethnic printed tablecloths picked up at a car boot for just 50p each! Jenni helped her to create a paper pattern using her body measurements…


and she transformed these into an amazing tunic!

And Janet, as always, was dressed to impress…


Check out those fabulous shoes! 

… and was very excited about the prospect of refashioning with a Sewing Bee star!

She took an old reversible tee-shirt, a pleather skirt and a length of fabric and with a bit of draping on the stand…


Created a couture gown to be proud of!


To find out more about #loveyourclothes and #sewingrevolution events go to

If you fancy taking on an upcycling challenge then check out our monthly Sew Sociable meet up. At the Next event on Friday 21st October. working in teams, we’re going to be taking on the challenge to make a Halloween costume for a child. Hope you can come and join the fun! 


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