Flowers and Geometry?
What do they have to do with each other? One seems so random and colorful and the other so linear and black and white. What was she thinking when she made this one of the challenges?!
But flowers are examples of sacred geometry in it’s finest form.
Can you see it?
My good friend Linda, an avid gardener and lover of all things botanical would start spouting off the names of each of these beautiful flowers. She’d lovingly tell you where they grow and where to plant them in your garden.
My good friend Judy, an engineer and lover of all things math, would look at these flowers and actually get excited about the angles and start using words like geometry, mathematical ratios, proportions, and harmonics.
This challenge is dedicated to my two good friends, Judy and Linda. Both girls so different, they live thousands of miles away from each other and they’ve never even met. But I know when I do get these two girls together, something wonderful will happen.
Just like what happened when these eight creative women combined florals with geometric or stripes this week. I love how they all interpreted this challenge and I know you will, too.
Be sure to vote for your favorite at the bottom of this post. The voting will be open until Friday, July 31 at midnight.
Let’s start with Sarah from Life is Beautiful:
“Hello readers of The Renegade Seamstress! My name is Sarah Tyau and I am so
honored to be in this challenge this week along with the other talented
seamstresses! I don’t consider myself an advanced seamstress but a between
a beginner to an intermediate level so I was a little intimidated but I
took on this challenge so that I can motivate myself to sew a project every
week and to hopefully stretch my skills a little further. Let’s get right
to the project!
A XXL women’s shirt into a little girls dress w/ tulip pockets
my son refused to move away so a picture with him it is! I’ve learned to
choose my battles and also think to myself, “Will this matter in the end on
my deathbed?” That is how I survive motherhood. 🙂
Right when I saw this XXL women’s shirt at a thrift store for $5(it still
had the tags on, don’t you love when that happens?), I had an image pop
automatically in my head and and started on the project hoping it would
execute just the way I imagined.
Since the theme is stripes & floral, I thought it’d be cute to add tulip
design pockets for the floral. And guess who decided to join in on the
photo shoot again?
Go to my blog post for a full tutorial on how to turn a XXL shirt into a
little girls dress
Thank you for having me for the week 1 challenge and I hope to see you
again for next week’s challenge!”
Next up, Marisa from The Refash Stash:
“I took a cute dress and removed the original white top and switched it with a
I also added 3 pink floral buttons for extra detail.
Lastly I added
black bias tape at the bottom to tie in the top to the bottom of my new dress.”
Now Kara from While Camden Sleeps:
“This dress is actually a nightgown. Since I’m always trying to get away
with wearing pajamas in public anyway, I knew it was a match made in
I wanted to accentuate the embroidery since part of the challenge
is incorporating floral. I originally planned to go over it by hand with
black thread, but then lazy/efficient Kara had an epiphany–Sharpie. Yep,
I basically colored over the original thread with permanent marker and it
made it look just like it had been done in black. Awesome. I also removed
the netting pieces, and the center of the original collar.
The dress needed a more flattering shape, and I needed more length after an
over-ambitious chop. The solution? The thick waistband in the center. It
gathers the fabric at the waist, visually narrowing my frame, while also
adding about an inch and a half of length. Please note that the waistband
is sewn to the bodice and the skirt separately, as I had previously cut
Finally, to add the geometric/stripe aspect of the challenge, I used some
old bias tape to create eye-catching stripes at the bottom in a
coordinating black color that tied the ensemble together.
And just like that, I was done.”
Next, Gema from Sequins and Slippers:
“I was so stunned to find out I was in this series, completely floored!
And given the talent that is here this year, I’m both grateful – and
inspired… Stripes and florals had me scratching my head (don’t even get
me started on geometrics!) – but whatever happens, I’m pleased I’ve ended
up with something I’ll actually wear. Excited to see everyone else’s!!
One stripy dress, plus one floral dress, both from my stash, made from
stretchy lycra mix fabric, looked like the could fit the bill for this
I used the bottom half of the stripy dress for the top, using
the black side panels to make trim to edge the top, and create a bow (which
can also be tied behind the neck). The floral dress converted into a skirt
with a little shaping, and an added elasticated waist. Now all I need is
the right weather to wear it!! The Great British Summer, as unpredictable
Here’s what Sylvia from Her Kitschy Majesty created:
“I have a rule about mixing patterns: if one of the patterns is busy and
bright, keep the other simple and subtle. The t-shirt which I had for years
and never really liked has a busy striped pattern so it found a great
companionship with a thrifted cotton skirt donning a subtle floral pattern
and loose waistband whose elastic has gone rogue.
The end result is a comfortable and dignified summer dress that has 90s
vibe written all over it, so dress the part I did. I’m really loving how
cute this turned out!”
Now, Laura from Accidental Seamstress:
“I started off with an oversized floral
shirt that I got for .99 cents. I cut off the sleeves, collar, and band and used the
rest of the material to make 4″ long strips. I used purple floral scraps from an
unfinished refashion and also cut those into 4″ strips. I basically quilted the
white and purple floral strips together into one big piece of fabric. I cut THAT
fabric into various different angles and sewed them together in different directions
to create a geometric pattern. With the help of my homemade dressform I sewed it all
together to create a completely asymmetric tunic.”
Next, Kathy from Household How To:
“Never, never, never in a million years would I have combined stripes and flowers.
It’s just not who I imagine myself to be! But alas, I’m in this challenge and I
want to win and so I gave it a shot!
I was torn between this prairie dress and a basic black and white flower skirt. I
figure “in you’re going to challenge yourself really do it!” So I chose the dress
that I liked the least and decided to turn it into something I could love and wear.
I’m thrilled with how she turned out! Dusty Rose (my name for her) has truly
And last, but certainly not least, Irene from Give the Cat a Name:
Wow, so now is your chance to vote for your favorite. The winner of the Floral and Geometric or Stripes challenge will be announced next Saturday.
Use the poll below to vote for your favorite Floral and Geometric or Stripes Refashion:
A big thank you to all of these creative women and to all of you who have volunteered to be prize sponsors. If you’d still like to sponsor a prize for this season, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to have you!
If you are new to The Renegade Seamstress, here is a link to my refashion tutorials: