Welcome to Season Two of Refashion Runway!
We’ve started this season with a trend we’ve been seeing on the fashion runways lately, Plaid. I know you will truly be wowed by what these ladies were able to create in just one week.
Please remember to vote for your favorite at the bottom of this post. Voting will be open until Friday, September 27. 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 refashion with the lowest score will be “going home”, but we won’t send her home without some great prizes, I promise! Remember, this is a “Friendly Sewing Competition”.
So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy the show!
First, let’s check in on Desarae from Gladness of Heart:
“I love plaid.
I did not, however, love this outfit.
When I first saw this poor ensemble in our local thrift store, I fell in love with
the colors. Rich, deep tones are my favorite. But the fit and style were terrible-
so I left it alone.
For several months it languished alone and unwanted on the rack…then I learned how
to sew! I quickly snatched that baby up (at a bag sale no less!) amid a few
questioning looks. In my mind, this was too pretty a fabric to simply start hacking
away at, so I laid it aside until the day arrived that I could bring out the
beautiful potential lurking in those folds.
When I found out this week’s refashion theme was plaid, I knew that day had come!
Like I said, I love plaid, but I have to admit there was just a little too much
plaid going on. So I decided to use a deep blue, tank top to break things up. It
had some lovely princess seams which made it perfect for a dress bodice.
Both the skirt and tank were too small. The skirt was an easy fix, I simply removed
the waist band and readjusted the pleats.
As for the top, I cut some panels from the
plaid shirt and inserted them at the sides of the tank top. From there, I attached
the skirt, made a long sash to tie at the waist, and added some flutter sleeves to
the straps of the tank! And voila! I am in love with my new dress! It even has the
Now let’s go to Portugal and see what Magda from House of Estrela has been sewing for us:
“I started by cutting the shorts pieces. I used a self drafted pattern. For this I
only used the bottom of the pants, I still had quite enough left to make the vest.
Let’s focus on the shorts, this one has a waist band with a fly at the front. It
closes up with a (showing) big black button (which matches the big buttons from the
vest, though it is a bit smaller than the other 3), and two little snaps that are
hidden when it’s closed. I also added an adjustable waist elastic. I used the pants
original waistband for the shorts. I only had to cut a bit of this out, and adjust
the side loops. For the side pockets and decoratice cuffs, I used a small scrap from
a fabric. I used leftovers from a white sheet for the linning.
I traced the vest from an exisiting one. I added a front pocket with the scraps. I
was going to make it plain but it was a bit yellow(ish) and as to cover it, I chose
to add a bow to the pocket. I used 3 big black buttons on the front, that match the
shorts button, and at the back I used a buckle that I had saved from an old bag I
dismissed long ago. It allows me to adjust the vest fit too.
For more details visit my blog House of Estrela.”-Magda
Joelle from The Eco Wardrobe Warrior has been busy this week.
“I got these lovely high waisted plaid trousers with turn ups as part of a
wool suit for £3. I did consider just using the existing waist of the
trousers, but I find wool itchy against my skin. Instead I unpicked them
and managed to squeeze out a straight skirt utilising the existing front zip
fastening and pockets. I cut a curved waistband on the cross for added
interest, and to be able to get it out of the remaining fabric. I had
recently been given some pure silk satin off cuts by Stella and Alf which
made a luxurious lining (even if it did require an extra seam or two). I
finished it off with a button fastening at the front. I am looking forward
to wearing it for my 1st day at University on Monday. For more details and
photos pop over to my blog.”-Joelle
Instead of basking on the beaches of Hawaii, Trisha from Feeling Kinda Thrifty has been busy sewing for us this week.
“Luckily I snagged this beautiful red plaid skirt from Goodwill just in time
for our first refashion. I had originally planned to make it into a
strapless dress, using the top of another refashioned piece as a pattern.
However, it didn’t quite work out as I had planned. I remembered that I
had recently refashioned the full black skirt into a tight pencil skirt
that ended up being way too tight to walk in (oops). I flipped the black
skirt upside down on my dress form and created a sleeveless top. I then
attached the strapless portion of the plaid to the new top. I took out the
side zipper and trimmed up the bottom of the plaid skirt. Next, I sewed
the two pieces together in the middle with a long strip of the black skirt,
creating a belt. Lastly, I added a zipper down the back. These two frumpy
skirts were transformed into a stylish color block dress. To give it an
edge, I added metal brads around the collar. I love how it turned out!”-Trisha
Deanna from Wedding Dress Blue chose a cute little model for us this week.
“Plaid challenge meant starting with a man’s shirt, good color but way too large, at
least when the refasion model is a baby. The open button back of the dress (used to
be the front) gives a fun flair and shows off the matching diaper cover. The former
yoke became the bodice and the center back the front skirt. Using all possible
existing design elements, like the hem, button holes and already-interfaced yoke,
makes even a drastic refashion go much faster than sewing from scratch. And, when
you start with a free hand-me-down shirt, the price is right, too.”-Deanna
Let’s see what Carissa from Carissa Knits has been busy sewing this week:
“This project started with a basic button-down shirt from the back of my
husband’s closet. Having never seen him wear it in the fourteen years we’ve
known each other, and being the super nice wife I am, I offered to help him
find a better use for it.
First, I removed the sleeves and collar. I turned the whole thing around –
cutting my front out of the back and my back from its front – and added
bust darts and waist darts. The raw armhole edges were finished with strips
of fabric from the original sleeves. The final product features a drapey,
cowl-like neckline and the original buttons down the back.
I’ll have more photos of the entire process at CarissaKnits.com!”-Carissa
Although shaken by the turmoil in her home town of Washington DC this week, Lauren from The Adventures of Lauren was still able to refashion a plaid dress for us.
“I found this DIY (there were no tags! And sewn probably from
a pattern) school teacher plaid dress. I loved the plaid colors but hated the bib
with the really long arm holes… the big pockets… and that long skirt. I decided
to use the long arm holes to my advantage and use it in my decision. The front and
back parts of the bib were actually double sided of the same material. I took them
apart and used both back parts to make the main part of the bodice. The back part of
the bib had better coverage material-wise. I used the arm hole for the 2 shoulder
top part and used the neckline for the arm hole. I filled in the fabric holes by
using my dress form and the front part of the bib was the side part to complete a
full bodice. Next was tackling the skirt. I wanted something different so after I
cut the length off, I used the leftover fabric to make these sort of overlays- they
reminded me of flower petals for some reason. Cut them,
hemmed, and lastly I attached all 3 together to form the dress and added an
invisible zipper to complete it! I added a blue belt that I have previously
refashion from another project and my dress was done! I turned a bad plaid
schoolteacher dress to a one shoulder petal dress. 🙂
Best part was when my boyfriend got home and I was wearing it, he stopped and said
wow that looks great on! :)”-Lauren
And finally, let’s see what Susan from Second Chances has created this week:
“I started with four men’s shirts (although, the fourth was added after the “before”
picture.) I used one shirt for the bodice, turning it around so the dress would
button up the back. The other three shirts were cut into 3 1/2″ strips, sewn
together, pleated, then attached to the bodice. The scoop neck was trimmed from
some of the plaid fabric. I replaced the buttons in the back with dressier buttons.
It was a fun challenge….I hope you like it!”-Susan
There you have it, fun and inspiring plaid refashions from around the world.
So now it’s your turn. Please use the poll below and click to vote for your favorite. (I’ve left it secret so everyone will be surprised next Saturday.)
The winner will be announced next Saturday, September 28th.
The competitors will be scoring each other on five areas: following the challenge, originality, craftsmanship, design, and presentation.
The challenge for Week Two: Pantone 2013 Color Emerald Green
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