The Winner of the Statement Sleeve Challenge: Refashion Runway Season Five

Wow! What a week of voting.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for your favorite designer’s Statement Sleeves.

There were almost 4,000 votes this week and several very close races. So after combining the votes and the judges scores, here’s how it all shook down.

Tied for fourth place is Beki Biesterfelt and

Refashion Runway Statement Sleeve Challenge

Marisa Glied

Refashion Runway Statement Sleeve Challenge

and Sonya Blackstone

Tied for third place is KT and

Refashion Runway Statement Sleeve Challenge

Michelle Paganini

Tied for second place is Peggy Latta and

Refashion Runway Statement Sleeve Challenge

Julie Kong

Refashion Runway Statement Sleeve Challenge

And the first place winner is…… drumroll please……

Deana Budgell.

Refashion Runway Statement Sleeve Challenge

Thank you to all of these talented designers and thank you to all of you who voted and to our judges for taking the time to score everyone.


Now for the hard part….

We have to send two people “home” today. 😦

JP Choquette and Amy Minster. Thank you so much for joining us this season, I hope you had fun.

They will both receive a Gift Card from Joann Fabrics and Crafts.

Before we say good bye, though, let’s see what they did for their 70’s challenge this week.

JP Choquette

When I think, “1970s fashion” my mind goes straight to mini skirts and
discowear–not my favorite things to wear! I appreciated this challenge
because it helped me learn more about the decade’s style (I’d forgotten all
about romantic looks like the long, flowing dresses and bohemian layers
that are really very lovely).

I started with a three-quarter length jean jacket that I wore infrequently
because of the large number of sequins and “fake looking” embroidery on the
back. I liked the overall shape of the garment though and thought that with
some special tweaks, it could look very 70s.

I started with a blouse I’d thrifted years ago, replacing the jacket’s
sleeves with the shirt’s puffed ones. Next, I added vintage doilies along
the shoulders–I like how that gave it a little more structure and drew
attention to that area. I also added a third, larger doily to the back to
cover most of the embroidery and sparkly sequins.

Lastly, I created a torn ribbon and fabric strip fringe along the back.
This adds a little romance to the piece and is also in line with the
decade…what’s a good 70s jacket without fringe?


Amy Minster

When I looked over the submissions from last week with my daughter, she said I had better step up my game this week, and she was not wrong! Hopefully, you all think I’ve done that. When I do a refashion, I try to preserve some of the details of the original, but for this week, I wanted to try something I’ve never done – patchwork. I looked through my piles of potential refashion items and noticed I had a lot of blues and turquoises in the mix. A few things were items I had refashioned in the past that I didn’t end up wearing as much as I thought I would, and another was a summer dress that had a ton of fabric on the bottom but not nearly enough on the top! The dress fabric also had a great ’70s sort of pattern on it, so I decided to make that the main fabric of a patchwork kimono.

I spent a lot of time this week cutting, stitching, trying on, altering, and serging. I used almost all of the fabric from the dress, including the lining, and most of the top and the two skirts. I bought some coordinating ribbon for the front edges and some fringe for the bottom. I used the original printed hem of the dress for the cuffs of my sleeves. It was a lot of work, but I think it turned out well. It makes me think I might be ready to try a quilt next!

Thank you again JP and Amy. We’ll miss you. (Unless of course, you’d like to sew along with us. πŸ™‚ )

And once again, congratulations to Deana Budgell for winning the Statement Sleeve Challenge with this amazing transformation from a man’s suit.

Refashion Runway Statement Sleeve Challenge
Refashion Runway Statement Sleeve Challenge

To vote for your favorite designer in the 1970’s challenge, click here.

Happy Sewing!


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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11 Responses to The Winner of the Statement Sleeve Challenge: Refashion Runway Season Five

  1. Marci says:

    Amy’s kimono is beautiful – actually my favorite for the week.

  2. kathy hurwitz says:

    Hi there
    Have to disagree with you regarding the winner. Yes she is extremely talented and her finished outfit was extraordinary. However she would have achieved the same look with a piece of purchased fabric. The same applies to using the fabric off the couch for the second challenge.

    The reason I follow these challenges and blogs is to see how they make the changes, not to find something that has a huge amount of fabric and then apply a pattern.

    I think that part of the previous design must still be seen in the finished item.

    So while she is talented, she is not refashioning, but reusing fabric.

    Those are my thoughts.
    Thank you

    Sent from my iPad

    • Hi Kat,
      Thank you for your comment. I’m so glad that I don’t have to decide who the winner is. I leave that up to everyone who votes and the judges to decide. I usually have a favorite or two but they don’t always come in first.

  3. Kat says:

    Great work by all however the winner, although doing stunning work, could have worked off a purchased piece of fabric. This was not a refashion but a work from scratch. The same applies to taking fabric off a couch. I am more interested in seeing refashions, and not an accomplished sewer using big pieces of fabric. Thank you

  4. J.P. Choquette says:

    Thanks so much for this opportunity–it was a lot of fun and stretched my muscles (working from someone else’s ideas is a different kind of challenge and it helped me get out of my comfort box). I loved seeing everyone’s creations and will continue to follow along and vote for my favorites. Thanks again–it was thrilling to be part of my first Refashion Runway and I wish all the other contestants lots of luck and creative energy.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic! I love seeing all these talented people refashion pieces! It always makes me view clothes differently when I go thrifting. Mari

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