Refashion Runway: Summer Dress Challenge

I'm just a summer kinda girl

Welcome to the final week of Refashion Runway:

Summer Dress Challenge.

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I can’t believe this will be over next Saturday when we announce the winner. Thank you  to our creative contestants for working so hard to give some of the saddest looking items a whole new life.  Well done! A big thank you to everyone who sewed along with us, there were some big surprises there, too! And thanks goes to everyone who voted, commented and supported this fun competition. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.

Ok, now on to the final challenge:

The Summer Dress.

Please remember to vote for your favorite using the poll at the bottom of this post. Voting will be open until Friday, July 5. 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. Everyone will go home with some great prizes. Remember, this is a “Friendly Sewing Competition”. 🙂

Let’s check in on Elizabeth from The Hungry Octopus:


“I found this week’s project in my grandmother’s barn last summer. It was a torn and
tattered pink (my least favorite color) vintage table cloth. It was faded, wrinkled,
and had a weird smell, but I HAD to have it. My grandmother looked at me like I was
nuts, but said it was mine if I wanted it. After taking it home and carefully
laundering it, I folded it neatly and placed it in a drawer where it sat for nearly
a year.

THO Before - Summer Dress - 28 June 2013

and after:

I’ve seen a lot of coral maxi dresses lately, and I decided my granny’s fugly pink
table cloth would make a lovely dress. Working around the tears was a little tricky,
but in the end it was well worth it! The detachable ruffle makes the dress versatile
and unique. You can wear it on the shoulders, off the shoulders, over one shoulder,
with a belt, without a belt, without the ruffle, etc. Definitely a new summer

THO After 1 - Summer Dress - 28 June 2013

I’m really pleased with how the dress turned out. It’s an awfully long way away from
the smelly barn relic it was!”

– Elizabeth

Miche from Buttons and Birdcages was busy this week:


“Anyone who has looked at my blog probably knows dress are my favorite thing
to wear. I took to a local thrift shop to find a dress to refashion for
this project and I came across this Coldwater Creek dress (with the tags
STILL on it – $69.99 – I got it for $3.99!). I’ll admit, I usually play it
safe with dresses I refashion (choosing ones that are somewhat close to my
size), so at a size 18 this would be the biggest refashion I have ever


and after:

I took it in in the back and on the sides, added darts to the bust
and hemmed it. It was cute – but still kind of plain. So I dug up a skirt I
wanted to refashion and cut the bottom off of it. I used the fabric from
the skirt to cover the buttons, and add trim to the bottom. The dress still
didn’t scream summer, so I added a cute heart cutout in the back and also
lined it with the floral fabric from the skirt!



So sad this is the last week :/ Thanks so much for doing this, it’s made my
June a really fun month!!”


Here’s Sally from Charity Shop Chic:

“I bought this dress when I fell in love with the stripes! It has navy, white and
mint green stripes, and the weave of the fabric also has an irregular shiny pattern
in it, it’s beautiful. All that was required to make it wearable were a few tweaks
including removing the elastic waist and the sleeves and cutting off 30cm of the
length. I had to cut all the way up the middle to overlap the front left and front
right more, so I could get rid of the modesty panel.


I was aiming for ‘Garden Party
Chic’ with this one, and I think the result is smart but relaxed enough for day
wear. Sadly the London weather is just not co-operating at the moment!”- Sally


Now, let’s check in on Mary from Thrifty Chic:

“I am not much for frilly, fussy, summer dresses but I have been admiring all of the
great maxi dresses out there and dying to have one myself. Enter this lovely
(cough, sputter) rectangle from “Goodwill” for the bargain price of $7.99.
That is expensive by thrift shop standards, but this is L.A. and there aren’t any
breaks here 😦 No matter, I could see the finished piece in my mind !


This dress required a lot more sewing than one might think. Cutting it in
two pieces, making a waistband, and bottom, belt loops, new zippper…Whew!


Here is a close up of the removeable belt bling I created with my bead
collection. I used a lobster clasp to make it come on and off the belt when I


Wow! This is going to be another hard week to choose a favorite. 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, July 3. Please score each other on a scale of 1-10 on each of the following areas: Following the challenge, originality, craftsmanship, design and presentation.

If you sewed along with us this week, send before and after photos of your summer dress to me at

Have a wonderful week everyone!

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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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55 Responses to Refashion Runway: Summer Dress Challenge

  1. Pingback: Refashion Runway Week 4: A Summer Dress | buttons and birdcages

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    I have really enjoyed seeing what all these clever ladies have made! Hard to choose today!

  3. Mother Deer says:

    Mary: I particularly liked your use of the striped fabric direction on the waistband and hem. That detail really made the entire design stand out 🙂

  4. Another amazing line-up! I love them all! 🙂

  5. Great job ladies! 🙂

  6. These ladies did such a great job!

  7. Sheri says:

    This was so fun to watch, loved all of the refashions and it was a fantastic idea to have this Refashion Runway! Thanks for all the ideas and inspirations.

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  10. Jill says:

    It’s over already? Oh, no! Maybe the next one you host should be for a few more weeks!

  11. Soley Sewing says:

    wow just wow all great but im in love with michelle’s refashion… just stunning!!! ps when is the next challenge?!? I would love to enter!! x

  12. cucicucicoo says:

    As always wonderful refashions! It’s so hard to choose a favorite! I hope you organize another of these friendly competitions! They’re so much fun for everyone! 🙂 Lisa

  13. Miche was just perfect.

  14. Summer is everyday, here in South East Asia… so this week vote is my favorite. Voted!

  15. Therese says:

    Wow! It is getting tougher and tougher to choose!

  16. Jo H. says:

    All so lovely and summery – and all so different!

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  18. Sirkku says:

    Great works by everyone!

  19. Jo says:

    I’m always amazed at how good an eye you ladies have. Very inspiring for a beginner like me. 😀

  20. Jennifer says:

    AAAUUUGGGH!!! Another week where it’s hard to pick – I like them all! Can I vote for all four? 🙂
    I still voted, but it was hard.

  21. Anonymous says:

    once again a great line up, but the most amazing change was scrungy tablecloth to multi way dress. Too Cool!
    Have lagged behind in my sewalong efforts, but I’ll put them up soon. Great job everyone – can’t wait to see who wins.

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  24. kittehluvs says:

    I’m also very inspired by all these wonderful submissions. The creativity here is unrivaled! Great job ladies!

  25. OK, I have a small sew-along project to share. Thanks for the inspiration!

  26. Beth falke says:

    Beautiful job aunt Mary pat!

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  28. jbsews says:

    This is a hard one to vote on! I want to pick all 4!

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