Wow! Talk about some well dressed women!
Such creative contestants this week! I can’t wait for you to see all of the skirt and dress refashions. I promise, you are going to love them. Really amazing transformations here. But, before we take a look, I just need to clarify something.
When the weekly challenges are created, I intend for them to be quite open for interpretation. I always hope they will be open enough to allow for the contestants to be as creative as possible. This challenge was no exception.
I didn’t realize at the time but, I worded this challenge in such a way that it could’ve been interpreted in a couple of different ways. I worded it “Maxi Skirt or Dress” so one could’ve interpreted that as being a maxi skirt or a maxi dress. Or, one could’ve interpreted that as a maxi skirt or a regular dress.
So, with that being said, be sure when you vote this week, that you vote for your favorite “Maxi Skirt or Dress” because that is how I worded it. Don’t limit yourself to only maxi. So whether it’s a maxi or a regular dress, pick your favorite one and vote for that one.
Now on to the fun part…
Let’s start with Marisa from The Refash Stash
“I started with 3 men’s polo shirts! My idea was to sew them together to make the
skirt portion of my maxi dress.
Awesome golfer print!
I used a plain t-shirt that I added blue bias tape to the neckline and sleeves.
Mini golf that is!!!! :)”
Now let’s see what Laura from Accidental Seamstress has been up to this week.
“For this week’s challenge I refashioned a maxi dress…from a
maxi dress. I was drawn to the gorgeous gold metallic netting overlay and I had to
I cut the dress at the waist and separated the netting from the black
I serged the raw edge where the black lining was cut and made a casing for
There was so much of the gold netting, that I made a kimono from the
I still had the top scrap of the dress leftover and I decided to get a
little adventurous… I removed the gold netting from the lining, along with the
collar and other embellishments. I gave all the raw edges a clean hem (not an easy
task since the material was SO thin and stretchy!).
What I ended up with was a 3
piece transformation: A Maxi skirt, a crop top, and kimono; 3 pieces that can be
worn together or separately for only .99 cents. I’ll call that a win! 🙂
Now let’s see the transformation Sarah from Life is Beautiful has created for us this week.
“Okay guys, I’m so embarrassed that I thought the challenge meant a maxi
skirt or a dress, and not a maxi skirt or a maxi dress. Can we blame it on
how English isn’t my first language and I moved here from Korea when I was
10 years old so I’m practically a F.O.B(fresh off the boat)? Haha, does
that work? If so, yes! Count it! Nevertheless, thank you so so much for
your understanding and being flexible, you guys are truly awesome!
Hello Refashion Runway readers! Thrifted dresses are one of my favorite items to refashion so I was really excited about this challenge!
I got this really outdated, oversized, faded yellow dress suit from a thrift store. I am still in love with peplum design clothes, I think peplums are so flattering on many body types as it accentuates the waist-to hips ratio and by helping to make your waist look slimmer. After debating whether to dye this dress to a mint color or red, I decided to go with red since I’ve always wanted a red peplum dress.
You guys, what is this face? I mean, seriously, what is this FACE!!!??? In my head I was trying to look all cute like a sad little puppy face with a pout but no, this doesn’t have an ounce of cuteness in it. I literally am giggling right now and laughing at myself as I am posting this picture. I know many people would just not post this but it’s just so funny to me. HAHAHAHAHA okay, moving on….
The first thing I did was dye the faded yellow dress suit.
I was on a time crunch(the story of my life) so I didn’t take step by step pictures along the way.
Do you want to know how to put full make-up on in under 5 seconds? You don’t! You put an over sized sunglasses on!
The camera and the lighting picked up more of a pink, fuchsia hue but in real life it’s a classic cherry red color. The two slits on the bottom of the peplum is the same slits as the jacket. I cut off the sleeves from the jacket and added it onto the sleeveless dress, altered the dress smaller and form fitting, cut the lining of the dress shorter so it wouldn’t show,
What you’ll need:
-A dress suit
-Big bowl or a bucket
Estimated time: 3-4 hrs.
Skill level: A confident intermediate to advanced
Let’s check in on Kara from While Camden Sleeps and see what she has created for us this week.
“This dress was homemade,
which I quickly discovered as I began disassembling it. I kind of love
that, knowing that someone else worked hard with the same fabric I’m
After I was almost finished with this dress, I put it on backwards and
realized that I loved it even more that way! So I created a panel of lace
from another dress I refashioned. The lace just happened to be the same
exact color as the dress. (link to that dress here:
I’m excited to see what everyone came up with!”
Let’s check in on Gema from Sequins and Slippers to see what she made this week.
To say I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s maxi dresses this week is
an understatement!! Can’t. Wait.
I had a bit of difficulty with this project – my machine was not wanting to
cooperate, the thread kept on breaking and feeding the fabric through into
the feed dog… Not good. By the by, I fiddled around, cleaned out the lint,
changed the needle, and rewound the bobbin – which seemed to do the trick!
I took an old sofa cover…
Used my friend Dolly to try some different looks by draping…
I created armholes, by cutting out – and then realised the weight of the
fabric was making the dress drape too low (for decency at any rate).
So I then hitched up the dress by the scruff of it’s neck, thereby taking
up the armholes, and made that permanent by sewing up the back (making sure
to pattern match the back pattern). It created a racer back effect.
I then stabilised the holes by attaching bias binding…
I then played (for far too long) with the different looks, wrap around,
centre parting (!), flaps in, flaps out… before deciding on centre seam,
I removed all the lace trim, cut a new hem, and reattached the trim around
the new hemline.
I made all the seams ‘French seams’ (not only would it be stronger, but
also look better on the inside). I added darts through the bodice, and a
‘pinch’ to the neckline, before sewing up, to give it a bit more shape.
The dress flaps (folded in on the inside) are wide enough to hide underwear
at the front (!) – but I also wore shorts for the photos (and will in
future) so as not to give anyone a nasty surprise from behind..! I’ve left
out these bits so I can get straight to the ‘After’ pics…
What do you think?
Funny to think it started life in the back bedroom…
Now all we need is some sunshine so I can wear it out, properly, for the
whole day – and not between rain showers!! J”
Wow! Aren’t they all amazing!
Now it’s your turn to vote for your favorite maxi or dress refashion.
Be sure to click on the vote button at the bottom of the poll after you select your favorite so your vote will be counted.