Refashion Runway: What you didn’t see….

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As most of you know, we are right in the middle of the First Ever Refashion Runway. It’s been so exciting to see what each of our clever contestants have been creating each week. In addition to our competitors, there has been so much support from the audience with Sewalongs, comments, and votes. I hope this has been as much fun for you as it has been for me.

As with any first time venture, there are bound to be some things that need to be changed. One of the things I’d like to do differently next time is make sure and show you the refashion of the person who had to go home. Even though they won’t be included in the voting, they have worked hard and I’d like to showcase their creations, too.

So to honor our former competitors, here are their amazing refashions from the week they had to go home.

Zhenya’s Denim Refashion:

“I started with 2 different pant legs from 2 different pairs of jeans that I
got on Freecycle. My idea was to make a dual sided top, that you could wear
backwards, well it actually doesn’t have front or back, both sides are
equal. I traced a top I already had to make sure I got the size right. Then
I crocheted a piece for one of the sides out of hemp like cotton yarn, and
the other was going to have an exposed zipper.
And here is how I styled it. As you can see it can be worn both ways and
makes a very unique addition to almost any outfit!”- Zhenya



and after:

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We miss you Zhenya and hope your are enjoying your new house!!

Here is Barbara’s refashion from the Copycat challenge:

“This week was fun, fun, fun! The challenge was to copy a fashion look from a magazine or catalogue. I did some preliminary research online specifically on two main sites, Fashion Magazine, and Vogue. Both had a tremendous amount of looks for every season and for several different years. As I sifted through articles, and runway slideshows, I saved a few interesting, and possibly makeable looks to my desktop. After narrowing it down based on what I might find at a thrift shop, I consulted my husband on the look that he liked the best. We both agreed that the yellow skirt with coordinating top, was the cutest and probably the easiest to find supplies for.


At the Goodwill, I searched for just the right colors and weave of several women’s knit tops, and paid a measly $13.00 dollars. I used acrylic paint for the design on the front of the top. Painting the design similar to the original, took longer than sewing the whole outfit! It was a slow process as I had to mask the places where I didn’t want paint, mask painted colors, so that the new colors didn’t bleed into them, let them dry, and repeat the process. I did a test on a scrap of fabric to see if I could laundry the item, and yes, it can be done! I’m very pleased with the way it turned out. What do you think?


For details and the whole DIY instructions, visit me at
Thanks for looking!”




We miss you Barbara and hope you are enjoying your retirement!!!

The both did a fantastic job on their refashions and it seemed a shame not to show them to you. Hopefully, you have visited their sites and subscribed so you can see what fun things they have in store for you.

If you haven’t had a chance to vote for your favorite Copycat, there is still time. Go here to vote. The voting will be open until Friday, June 28 at midnight.

Stay tuned for Saturday, June 29, when the winner of the Copycat challenge will be announced and you’ll have a chance to vote on your favorite Summer Dress Refashion.

Thanks for participating in this fun and friendly sewing competition!

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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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17 Responses to Refashion Runway: What you didn’t see….

  1. Jaye says:

    I am so enjoying your Refashion Runaway! It’s so exciting to see what new stuff these talented women are come up with. Thanks for doing this and I hope it becomes a regular feature to your blog!

  2. Ingrid says:

    This has been so much fun watching all these talented ladies. I can’t wait for Saturdays to see who won and what the new challenges look like. I think it is great that you showcase the ones going home because you are right, they worked hard on their outfits. Both of these are lovely.

  3. LadyD says:

    Thank you so much for posting the ‘homers’ projects! I was a little bummed when I realized mid way through the first week of competition that one person would be making a project for the weekly challenge that wouldn’t know they had been illiminated until *after* they had put in all that work. I was wondering what they had made…thank you for showing us! I love the crochet back panel on Zhenya’s project, and the spot on hand painted design by Barbara! They both did a great job!

    • I realized that also. So next time I will always show their refashions, too!! Even though I know they were posting them on their own blogs, I really thought everyone here should see what they created, too. Live and learn….

  4. Barbara’s is particularly darling–love the subtle color changes in the skirt. Hmm…what can I do for the summer dress challenge?

  5. Jo H. says:

    I’m so glad you posted these refashions, too – they are wonderfully creative.

    It’s really hard to vote for JUST ONE of the wonderful creations we are shown. It’s not a case of not liking the rest, it’s that we have to choose only one. Sometimes it is the slightest thing that sways the decision. But personally I have liked everything – and I mean EVERYTHING – so far …

  6. Mother Deer says:

    Barbara: I would HAVE to vote for you on this copycat refashion! Brilliant 🙂

  7. aquarianunicorn says:

    i love love your blog. i’m so inspired –

  8. Those are some spectacular refashions – I am constantly amazed at the work!

  9. Lauren says:

    Oh such a shame!! They did such great jobs but there can only be one winner 😦

    Check out my awesome refashion blog!

    Or click on my name for my blog!

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