Castaway to Couture 2016

May is National Sewing Month and to celebrate we once again bring you...

The idea is simple –

  • Buy a garment (or a few) at any Op Shop, or raid your wardrobe, and snap a ‘before’ pic  
  • Use your awesome sewing skills to refashion it into something new (click here for FAQs about what is and what is not allowed)
  • Enter your refashion here 
  • Ask your friends to vote for you and vote for your favourite refashions.

Fire up your sewing machines and your creative genius.  This is your chance to win a
Sewing & Embroidery machine

The competition opens 15th January 2016 and closes at 11.00pm 31st May 2016.  A registration form must be completed on Facebook at
Click the Castaway to Couture menu option at the top of the page to register and post your entries.
(You will need to be on a computer / laptop rather than a mobile device)

Don't use Facebook?  That's OK - just contact us at  We'll help you with the registration process and tell you what information you need to send.

There will be four prize packs awarded.   Two will be awarded to the judge’s choice and two will be awarded to viewers’ choice.
Judges will pick eight (8) finalists, based on pictures submitted.  Finalists will be asked to post their entry to the address provided.  All garments will be returned at no additional cost to the entrant.
Viewers' choice will be based solely on pictures submitted and determined by number of votes.

Before and After Pics

Getting a great picture will help show your work at its finest! We have a photo guide that helps you get a wonderful shot, whether you are using a camera or a phone, just click here to read. We do require that you submit a before and after pic as one image. Some of you will have access to Photoshop or other great photo editing software but there is no need to panic if you don’t! There are a tonne of free photo editing or collaging options out there. If you have one you already use, just go with that but if photo collaging is new to you, we have some suggestions: is a free online service that allows you to collage. Here’s a tutorial on how to do it.
Framatic is a free iPhone app that also allows collaging. Here’s a tutorial on how to do it.
We wish you happy snapping and collaging!  If you really get into trouble, shoot an email off to and we will try to give you a hand.

Re-fashioning Hints & Tips

There really can be no right or wrong when it comes to creative vision. But if you are in need of a little inspiration there are some fabulous refashioning blogs out there.  Here are just a few:

Blog Buttons & Images to help get those votes!

Of course you'll want to get as many votes as you can!  The easiest way to get the word out is to use social media to your advantage.  We have created some images, free for you to use, to help you get people voting. 

For use on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and anything else you might use.  Hashtag #castawaytocouture


And if you blog, here are some buttons for your sidebar.

Still got a question?  Our friendly team are always happy to help, just send an email to As you can imagine, we are spinning our bobbins pretty fast right now but someone will have your question all stitched up within 48 hours!