Refashion Runway All Stars: The Winner of the Tunic Challenge

Congratulations to Carissa from Carissa Knits!

She won the Tunic Challenge with her clever, adorable, and flattering reversible tunic refashion.

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And good news!!

Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr have graciously given a copy of their new book The Tunic Bible  to the winner of this week’s challenge. (In which I have a cameo appearance) 🙂

The Tunic Bible

Thanks Sarah and Julie!!


Now on to the hard part. 😦

I’m so sorry to have to say good bye to Jen from Diary of a MadMama

But we’re not going to say good bye without some nice prizes for all of her hard work and her inspirational refashions this season.

Barbara Carlon from Lekala Sewing Patterns is giving Jen 25 free custom sewing patterns.


Annie’s is giving Jen a free online class of her choice.

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And Laura Hargrove from Accidental Seamstress is giving Jen some amazing Mary Kay products.


Let’s see what Jen had in store for us this week:

“I can’t believe we’ve made it to the fifth and final week of the Refashion
Runway Challenge. This season has been so much fun and also incredibly

I was lucky enough to find a king-sized sheet set at a dollar-a-pound
Goodwill in the very color I needed! While at the Goodwill, I had googled
an image of the Pantone Blue: Riverside shade and was able to make sure the
colors matched up.

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I decided to turn my sheet into a maxi dress. After figuring out my
measurements, I cut out two triangle-like shapes.

I got these shapes by adding 2 inches to my waist measurement and then
dividing that in half to find out the width. I then measured from my waist
to the floor to figure out the length. Then I added 6 inches on either side
of the bottom of my rectangle and angled up to make my front and back skirt
shapes. After I figured out all of my measurements, I cut out my pieces,
and sewed them together on the sides, and then hemmed the bottom.
I decided I wanted to add pockets, so I traced my hand, drafted a pocket
pattern and then cut out 4 pocket shapes.

I then figured out where the placement of my pockets should go and pinned
them in place and then seam-ripped the side seams where my pockets would be
attached, and then sewed them on.

Next I needed to create the top for my dress.

I found this XL floral shirt at my local Goodwill and it perfectly matched
the blue in my sheet.

I chopped the shirt in half, and then removed the sleeves and collar, and
took off the excess material at the sides.

I then sewed the sides closed and hemmed the neckline and reattached the

After sewing the top to the skirt, I decided I wanted a bow belt, so I cut
off the top of the sheet, folded it in half width-wise, and sewed it

And now I have a breezy maxi dress.

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Love those beach shots, Jen!! Thanks soooooo much for being a part of Refashion Runway: All Stars. You are definitely an All-Star in our book!

Next up:

Your chance to vote for your favorite Pantone: Riverside Challenge

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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12 Responses to Refashion Runway All Stars: The Winner of the Tunic Challenge

  1. Oh no Jen! So hard to see you go 😦 I was always excited to see what you would create next! It was a pleasure competing with you!

  2. Aw, thanks so much, everyone! And thanks to Sarah and Julie – I look forward to perusing your book!

    So sorry to see you go, Jen! I’ve really enjoyed seeing what you came up with each week!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Carissa’s tunic was such a deserving winner with that reversible tunic – LOVE it! But sad to see Jen go… That maxi is just beautiful, and the pics too…so romantic!

  4. Gema says:

    Just LOVED Carissa’s reversible tunic, what a deserving winner! But sad to see Jen go…what a gorgeous maxi, and the shoot is so romantic too, in the waves…💕

  5. Susan Luke says:

    Congrats Carissa on the win! What a clever idea to make your tunic reversible. How fun getting a copy of the book, it should be a good read! Jen, sorry to see you go, you always had such a fun take on each challenge. I, too, thought your maxi dress looked gorgeous on you and loved the photo shoot. Happy refashioning in the future!

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