What is Refashion Runway Anyway? A Look Back Through the Seasons


Well, it’s happening this Saturday, January 11, the contestants and challenges for Season Five of Refashion Runway will be announced.

Sheesh Ka Bob!  All of the entries are so impressive, I just don’t know how I’m going to choose only 8 contestants.

Looking at the fun before and after pictures of each applicant reminded me of how excited I would get when opening emails to see how each contestant interprets the challenge. I have actually been known to squeal in delight a time or two (or three or four) 🙂

Michelle Paganini, from Paganoonoo, suggested I do a retrospective post that links all of the previous seasons. so just in case you haven’t been in on this before you can get an idea of what this is all about. Great idea Michelle!

As a refresher, Refashion Runway is a friendly sewing competition.

Here’s how it works:

Much like Project Runway and The Great British Sewing Bee, we’ll choose eight refashion seamstresses (or seamsters) to compete in weekly challenges. The contestants will send in before and after videos or photos. I will post all of the before and after photos and/or videos so you can vote for your favorite. The refashions will then be scored by judges and open to a popular vote. The scores will be combined to find a weekly winner and one competitor will be out (not without a prize for participating though). At the end of the series, whoever is left will not only receive a nice prize but will be crowned the winner of Refashion Runway Season Five!!

It’s such a great way to meet new people who love to do the same thing we do.

Here’s a recap with links to each post so you can see everyone’s work (I just included the winners in this post):

 

Season One June and July 2013:

The Challenges:

Week One: Stripes

Week Two: Denim

Week Three: Copy Cat from a magazine, catalog or celebrity

Week Four: Summer Dress

The Winners:

Winner of the Stripes Challenge

Sally from Charity Shop Chic

Before:

After:

Winner of the Denim Challenge

Sally from Charity Shop Chic

Before:

After:

Winner of the Copycat Challenge

Mary from Thrifty Chic

Before:

After:

Winner of the Summer Dress Challenge:

Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

Before:

After:

 

Season Two: September October 2013

The challenges:

Week One: Plaid
Week Two: Pantone 2013 Color Emerald Green
Week Three: Peplum
Week Four: Leather
Week Five: Halloween
Week Six: Winter White

The winners:

Winner of the Plaid Challenge:

Trish from Feeling Kinda Thrifty

Winner of the Emerald Green Challenge:

There was a tie between Carissa from Carissa Knits

Before:

After:

and Trish from Feeling Kinda Thrifty

Before:

After:

Winner of the Peplum Challenge

Carissa from Carissa Knits

Before:

After:

The winner of the Leather Challenge

Carissa from Carissa Knits

Before:

After:

The Winner of the Halloween Challenge:

Susan from Second Chances By Susan

Before:

After:

The winner of the Winter White Challenge:

Before:

After:

 

Season Three: July and August 2015

The Challenges:

Week 1: Combine Floral and Geometric or Stripes
Week 2: Gingham
Week 3: Handbag, Tote bag or Clutch
Week 4: Maxi Skirt or Dress
Week 5: Boho Chic
Week 6: Asymmetrical

The Winners

The winner of the Combine Floral and Geometric or Stripes Challenge

Kara from While Camden Sleeps

Before:

After:

Winner of the Gingham Challenge:

A three way tie between:

Sarah from Life is Beautiful

Before:

After:

and Marissa from The Refash Stash

and Gema from Sequins and Slippers

Winner of the Handbag, Tote or Clutch Challenge:

Gema from Sequins and Slippers

Winner of the Maxi Skirt or Dress Challenge

Sarah from Life is Beautiful

Winner of the Boho Chic Challenge

Sarah from Life is Beautiful

Winner of the Asymmetrical Challenge:

Sarah from Life is Beautiful

Season Four: All Stars Version July and August 2016

The Challenges:

Week One: Velvet

Week Two: Metallic

Week Three: Buttons

Week Four: Tunic

Week Five: Pantone Color of the Season: Riverside

The Winners:

Winner of the Velvet Challenge

Susan from Second Chances by Susan

Winners of the Metallic Challenge

Carissa from Carisa Knits

Before:

After:

Susan from Second Chances by Susan:

and Jen from Diary of a Mad Mama

Before:

After:

Winners of the Button Challenge

Carissa from Carissa Knits

Before:

After:

and

Susan from Second Chances by Susan

Before:

Winner of the Tunic Challenge:

Carissa from Carissa Knits

Before:

After:

A reversible Tunic:

Winner of the Pantone Color Riverside Challenge

Susan from Second Chances by Susan

There you have it, Refashion Runway in a nutshell. Remember to click on the links for the different challenges if you’d like to see all of the entries for each challenge.

Stay Tuned:

The Season Five competitors and challenges will be announced on Saturday, January 11, 2020!!

About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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10 Responses to What is Refashion Runway Anyway? A Look Back Through the Seasons

  1. Yay! it’s my favorite time of year — bring ’em on!

  2. Jule Raith says:

    Thanks for the great ideas from clever ladies

    On Mon, Jan 6, 2020, 1:39 PM The Renegade Seamstress wrote:

    > The Renegade Seamstress posted: “Well, it’s happening this Saturday, > January 11, the contestants and challenges for Season Five of Refashion > Runway will be announced. Sheesh Ka Bob! All of the entries are so > impressive, I just don’t know how I’m going to choose only 8 contestants. > Loo” >

  3. rabbitstylenews says:

    I love this! My main 2020 goal is to get out from under the darkness, as I named it, and one facet of my multi-pronged approach is getting back into sewing: quilting, sewing garments from scratch, and yes, refashioning. I have a few Goodwill items in my sewing room closet and now is the time.

  4. Bya Berger says:

    I don’t think this way…the remakes seem a miracle! Such clever, stylish women!

    Sent from my iPad

    >

  5. Bya Berger says:

    I don’t think the way these amazing talents do so I think it a miracle the beautiful redesigns. I LOVE that you do this!!!!!!!!!!

    Sent from my iPad

    >

  6. dragonflyzia says:

    Looking forward to the great refashions💕

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