Refashion Runway – SEW ALONG

Things are slammin’ busy around here but somehow I’m managing to get I some sewing time—-and sewing for myself! How does that happen?? JUST SQUEEEEEEEZING in a few minutes here in there…..Like the fact that I’m throwing together this post before dinner?

Anyhoo, if you haven’t checked out Refashion Runway on The Renegade Seamstress you can find week 1 HERE. I am NOT a competitor, but I’m giving it a try the next time around, so for now I’m sewing along!

The first weeks challenge was :STRIPES

Oh stripes how I love thee!!!

So this is what I picked up from my local thrift shop:

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Too big of course! But I loved the BIG stripes—-I KNEW right away what this would turn into!
Hello frumpy top! Yes again WAYYY too big! BUT I loved the color and the mini stripes.
Hello frumpy top! Yes again WAYYY too big! BUT I loved the color and the mini stripes.
As soon as I found this I was like WHOAAAA! It's a Banana Republic dress----oh sooooo soft and slinky----but too small----and not so forgiving around the middle.
As soon as I found this I was like WHOAAAA! It’s a Banana Republic dress—-oh sooooo soft and slinky—-but too small—-and not so forgiving around the middle.

I did pick up a few more fun items for some other refashions. But I’ll save those for another time. 🙂 I never make enough clothes for myself so this is a goal of mine now. I’m overwhelmed with clothes that don’t fit and it’s time to refashion them!

So this is what I made—-yes it’s actually 2 refashions! Here is the first.

Woo-hoo! LOVE this tank! I feel ready for summer!
Woo-hoo! LOVE this tank! I feel ready for summer!

I cut the shirt down to fit my size, scooped out the neckline, and then cut a few of the navy stripes to use for the arm and neck binding. Its sooo comfy!!!

So then I took the dress and cut off the entire top part from the arms up. I placed the “dress” over a pair of yoga pants to get the right fit.

DSC02102I cut up the tank to make my waist band, and measured how much I would need to finish the top half of my skirt. The diagonal band was a last minute idea when I discovered a small hole in the side seam of the dress. Of course I could have just repaired the seam, but this looks SEW much better don’t ya think?

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I LOVE THIS SKIRT!!!!!!! I used the mini striped tank and that fabulous (not so well fitting) dress. I know that stripes are generally NOT very forgiving on the hips. YES, they may make me look a TAD bit wider, but in reality the cut of this skirt slims back in around my knees and gives more of an hourglass shape/ mermaid style. I really love it more than I thought I would!

Next weeks challenge: Denim! <<<<Lucky gal this one is! This is MY challenge! wahahahaha!

Are you sewing along???

PS: Please forgive the pics of me in the mirror—-I have not yet figured out how to model my own clothes! My kids are not very good at snapping pictures yet! Another challenge on the way for me….:)

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