As I’ve been doing a lot of refashions lately, I started looking at other refashioners out there, and found The Renegade Seamstress and her wonderful Refashion Runway contest! Each week, the contestants have a themed to sew to, and all their fabric has to come from refashion stock! So cool! Right now is the fourth year of competition, and I went back and binge-read all the previous years, and then voted for my favorite from this week’s velvet challenge.
I also found out that the Renegade Seamstress encourages readers to sew along with the challenges, and I figured: why not? The upcoming challenge is metallic, which is perfect, because I had this dress in my refashion stash:It’s a maxi dress I made several years ago, when I had a lot less sewing experience. The bodice really doesn’t fit at all, hence it being pinned closed. And I didn’t have quite enough fabric, so I left it unhemmed and tried to convince myself it was long enough. It really wasn’t. I wore it once or twice and then hung it in my closet to sigh at whenever I noticed it.
But I still liked the striped fabric, especially the light grey bands, which are subtly metallic!
Very hard to photograph, but there’s a bit of sparkle!
I also enjoy the color combination of burgundy and grey. At first I thought of reworking the bodice, which was possible because it was too big, rather than too small, and then shortening the dress. But I have quite a few dresses, and am rather lacking in the shirt department.
So I took a pattern for a cowl front top that I drafted a while back for this project. But I wanted to incorporate the burgundy, so I took in the sides of the pattern a bit, and then added an inset to each side. I also lined the armholes and the back of the neck in the burgundy so it peeks out ever so slightly when I move my arms.
So now I have a sporty new top that I can even wear to work! Much better than a too big, too short, unworn maxi dress!
Next week’s challenge on the Refashion Runway is buttons! Not sure if I’ll be sewing along, but I have caught myself going through my button stash a few times, as well as looking at historic and modern pictures of Pearlies…