“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it.
If you can dream it, you can become it.”
William Arthur Ward
Welcome to Week Two of Refashion Runway!
Our competitors have, once again, stepped up to the plate and created some amazing refashions this week.
Please remember to vote for your favorite using the poll at the bottom of this post. Voting will be open until Friday, June 21. Your public votes and the competitor’s score of each other will be combined to determine a winner. We will announce the winner of this week’s challenge next Saturday. Also, the two refashions with the lowest scores will be “going home”, but we won’t send them home without some great prizes, I promise! Remember, this is a “Friendly Sewing Competition”.
Let’s start with Miche from Buttons and Birdcages:
“I’ve been reading a lot lately about how overalls are making a comeback so
when I saw denim was the week 2 challenge I figured I should get with the
times. I’ve never sewn on denim before (this became apparent when I
immediately snapped the denim needle on my sewing machine – helpful hint
– lengthen your stitch length!). I cut the sides out of them to bring them
in, shortened them, raised the crotch, shortened the straps and made the
bib thinner. And so, over the course of 48 hours, three and a half cups of
coffee, and two denim needles, what started out as a men’s extra-large was
transformed into a pair of (hopefully) cute “short-er-alls” that I don’t
feel embarrassed wearing around my hometown.”-Miche
Take a look at Elizabeth from The Hungry Octopus:
” I found this dress for $1 at my favorite local thrift store. It reminded me of the
dresses my elementary school teachers used to wear, with its bright embroidered
flowers and floor-length hem. But I knew it could be something more. After a week of
hacking, sewing, unstitching, bleaching, more sewing, and dyeing, it was finally
finished. I had never done an asymmetrical cut before, but I’m very happy with the
finished dress, especially the detailing around the back zipper. I can’t wait to see
what everyone else has done!”-Elizabeth
Here’s Katrina from Offsquare:
“I really hate wearing denim jackets. Hate it. They are so boxy,
heavy and shapeless, I actually feel lost in them! So this week I wanted to
challenge myself a little and create one I would love.
I’m already enjoying my new cropped jacket and know I’ll be wearing this a lot in
the years ahead. It’s tailored, feminine and light. Perfect with dresses and most
importantly, I feel great in it. It’s been good to try something different and
discover that my dislike for denim jackets was only because of the cut and style
available. There’s nothing like a cute crop jacket to flatter your figure and offset
Here’s Jen from Diary of a Madmama:
“I had this really cool jean jacket I scored for a mere 49-cents, and
even wore it in our last family photos. Ever since wearing it for our photo
session, however, I can’t find the darn thing anywhere! I’ve been pretty
frustrated about losing it too, because it would’ve looked great on
several of my recent dress refashions. Rather than continuing to whine about my
loss, I decided to try and make a new one from a pair of jeans I had that
weren’t the most flattering from the back view (if you know what I mean).
My daughter suggested adding the removable flower pin so that I could
wear the collar different ways. I also like that I can wear the jacket with the
zipper in front or in back, but I personally like it better with the zip
in back. What do you think?”
And now, here’s Sally from Charity Shop Chic:
“There isn’t much wrong with this pair of jeans, except they don’t fit! I chose a
pair with a nice, dark, even colour to cut up. I came up with a design for a pencil
skirt with a small peplum detail at the side. After drafting my pattern, there
wasn’t enough denim for all the pieces, so I used some African wax print fabric in a
co-ordinating colour for the side panels and peplum facing. I love the result! It’s
a great, versatile summer skirt that fits beautifully and flatters my figure. There
is a full tutorial for how to draft the pattern for the skirt over at
Here’s Mary from Thrifty Chic:
“Can you say “Spinster School Marm” This was a very heavy denim
dress with velvet collar a and cuffs. The prior owner never even removed the tags.
They must have known this dress was just wrong!”
“After cutting away tons of fabric and fitting, fitting, fitting, a real
dress finally has emerged!
The tab cuff on the sleeve was made of the hem from bottom of the dress. I sewed it
on the armhole and kept the original topstitching.”-Mary
And now, here’s Barbara from Zibergirl Sews:
“This was certainly challenging! I had to just jump right in, go with an
idea, and hope that it worked out. So, here you have it. I took an old pair
of my jeans and hacked them off just below the pockets. I straightened out
the curvy part of the front and back seams by picking them open and
re-topstitching. Then I laid out a thrifted curtain topper and designed
the bottom of a skirt. I pinned it on, tried it on, and didn’t like it. It
was half white and half blue and didn’t really seem to flow together very
well. I decided that it needed to be all one solid color, so I dyed it. Now
I think it works. What do you think? I have more pics and how-to’s on my
blog <http://zibergirl.wordpress.com>, so come on over!”-Barbara
Well, there you are! Another tough decision. Please use the poll below to cast your vote for your favorite refashion this week.
Just a note to the competitors:
Please send your scores to me by Wednesday, June 19. Please score each other on a scale of 1-10 on each of the following areas: Following the challenge, originality, creativity, craftsmanship, design and presentation.
If you are “sewing along”, send your photos to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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