Refashion Runway: Tunic Sew Along

A big thank you to everyone who has been sewing along with Refashion Runway this week!!


Molly from Molly Made It has three fantastic sew alongs to share with us today.

“When I saw this dress, I knew it would be the basis for my tunic.

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I needed extra fabric for sleeves, so I found a 3XL scrub top which matched the royal blue in the dress.


I took the neckline and cut some sleeves from the scrub top, made the body of the tunic from the dress, and trimmed the sleeves with dress fabric as well. Mid-stage, here is what it looked like …. sleeves too big and body too wide and too long to be flattering!!!

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After taking in the sleeves, taking in the body, and bringing up the horizontal piece at the hem, I think it fits me much better, and is more flattering on my figure.


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Looking forward to seeing more tunics !!!

Molly Lucien”


And now on to Molly’s button sew alongs:

“First is a t-shirt. I added a seam down the center front, where I placed the buttons. I also took the sides in just a bit under the armpits. I even made some button earrings to match.

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The second repurpose was a skirt made from a dress, then buttons added to accent the metallic circles.

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Molly Lucien”


Kristin K made a super comfortable looking tunic sew along.

“I love wearing tunics to travel in- they are so comfortable and keep you
nice and covered up too. I had this kid’s XL t-shirt and this light pink
cotton shirt that unfortunately had a large stain on the back.

I harvested the sleeves and the middle of the shirt to create a color
blocking effect, and then took the bottom hem to act as the new neck band
for extra contrast. I scalloped the bottom edges of the tunic and left them
open at the sides for ease of movement.”



Claudia from Sew Lil Time made a fun piecework tunic, something I’ve been wanting to try.

“This week, I am SOOOO Excited ! I LOVE tunics ! They are the most comfortable,
flattering and easy-to-wear pieces of clothing for women in my opinion. And they can
be as funky or as straight-laced as desired. I also have been sewing tunics for the
Fashion show I am entering. More details on my blog. So on to the tunic.
The original materials were some funky (and not always pretty…) crepe-chiffon
skirts and a blouse (80’s to 90’s styles…). I have been collecting them forever
because I like the flow of the fabric. So after having sewed one type of tunic with
a pattern, I was left with a lot of scraps, that I decided to piece. And to make
things easier and change the look, I used exposed serging. So I hope you like the
result !”


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You can see more on the process on my blog:


Charlotte from New Zealand is going to stay toasty warm in her refashioned tunic.

“As it’s still winter here and I wanted something warm and bright. I like
the warmth of a poncho but you don’t have freedom to move your arms , so
now I have something warm, bright and pretty for the coming spring .”

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Stine  has joined us again from Denmark and has been busy sewing two sew alongs.

“I bought this red and black plaid shirt tunic recently, when I was on holiday. It fit
fine in my upper body, but was too narrow in the hips. No problem, that could easily be fixed. I cut the serged sideseams off up to the waist and added to triangles made from
black jersey. And now it fits great. A black and white checked viscose (rayon) tunic. Most tunics don’t look good on me. Therefore my usual tactics, when I get my hands on
tunics, is too lengthen them into dresses. Thus also this one. I had a strip of black sateen in my stash from a previous refashion. Because the sateen strip came from a skirt, it already had the arc to match the bottom of the tunic. So all I had to do, was to stitch the sateen strip to the bottom of the tunic. Which I did. And zigzagged the edge. And
cut threads. And then I really can’t find any more to say. This is one
of the fastest and simplest refashions, I have ever done. And it makes
this garment completely different from the starting point.

My blogpost about these refashions:




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It was fun to have Irene back from Refashion Runway: Season 3. Her blog is filled with beautiful refashions and I hope you check it out!

Irene from Give the Cat a Name

“I took this dress and gave it a dye bath and a trim for a little freshening
up. Plus a tunic just calls for a pair of boots so I refashioned those too!





And a big welcome back to Mary from Thrifty Chic !!

“I just love it when I find a maxi dress that I would never wear as it is, but with a gorgeous print. Being the border print junkie that I am, I like to let the print do the talking and not get too fussy with the details. I simply put my sleeveless tunic pattern to work and cut down that size 4 maxi into a wearable tunic.

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Here is the finished product. Simply done, but so effortlessly elegant too! I get so many compliments every time I wear it.”

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Thanks so much for sewing along with us this week everyone.

Stay tuned for the winner of last week’s Tunic Challenge and for your chance to vote on this week’s Pantone: Riverside Blue 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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6 Responses to Refashion Runway: Tunic Sew Along

  1. Once again beautiful sew alongs! They are all so creative! Amazing job ladies! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Sew Re-purposed says:

    Thanks Beth for sharing these amazing re-fashions. These ladies give me so much inspirationa! I particularly liked Claudia’s piecework tunic. I would love to make one like that.

  3. My goodness! What gorgeous work and I especially liked the last one – I would totally wear that! 🙂

  4. Nancy says:

    So many great ideas here! Thanks to everyone for submitting them

  5. Caroline Daems says:

    All the ladies had good ideas !

  6. thestepmomma says:

    You visionaries! Gosh i wish i could look at a t shirt and see a skirt like some of you. how cool. keep it up!

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