Refashion Runway Season Four: All Stars – Week Three: Buttons Challenge

It’s button week!

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As you can see I have a decent stash of buttons.

For this week’s Refashion Runway challenge, I wanted to make an entire outfit that fit the button theme.

To start out, I grabbed a plain black t-shirt, an image I found online, some iron-on adhesive, and a plethora of buttons. Continue reading

Refashion Runway Season Four: All Stars – Week Two: Metallic Challenge

I’m so excited for you to see what I’ve been working on for this week’s Refashion Runway Challenge.

Ever since I found out all of the themes for this season, I’ve been looking most forward to this week because of the metallic theme.  Continue reading

Refashion Runway Season Four: All Stars – Week One: Velvet Challenge

I was so excited when I found out Beth (The Renegade Seamstress) was hosting another season of Refashion Runway, and ecstatic when she asked me to participate as a competitor. I mean, how could I say no?

Velvet is this week’s theme and I found two velvet garments to work with.

As you can see neither one was really doing anything for me – they’re not very flattering to say the least!

I started out by cutting off the top of the gigantic velvet dress.


At first I was thinking about having a maxi length dress, but then decided Continue reading

Refashion Runway Season Four: Meet the All Stars and Challenges Announced

I’m so excited about this season! Can’t wait!

The Renegade Seamstress


And what an adventure it will be!

Refashion Runway Season Four: All Stars has officially begun. (Cue in the trumpets)

Here’s your line up of creative All Stars for this season. I’m so honored that they will be sharing all of their inspired expertise with us again.

Welcome to Gema, from Sequins and Slippers. She will be joining us again from across the pond in England. She wowed us with her amazing refashions last season and I’m so glad she included the cool bag she made from a hat in her picture. (And her cute dog, Rod.🙂 )

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Carissa from Carissa Knits comes back to us with all of her inspired sewing tricks from the second season of Refashion Runway. As you can see she’s one talented girl!

Carissa collage

The adorable Marisa from The Refash Stash will be amazing us with her creative takes on each challenge again from last season.

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We are so lucky…

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Pattern Hack – Everyday Tank Blog Tour

Everyday Tank "Hack" - Blog Tour / Diary of a MadMama

Remember the Everyday Tank pattern I reviewed, back in September?

Everyday Tank (Top & Dresses) Review | Diary of a MadMama

Well Irene from Serger Pepper, the lady who designed the pattern, kindly invited me to be a part of her blog tour.

I decided for the tour I’d like to “hack” the pattern a bit. Continue reading

Pattern Review: Everyday Tank (Top and Dresses)

Today I want to share with you a recent pattern I had the opportunity to test, from Serger Pepper.

The Everyday Tank: Top and Dresses

This pattern is incredibly versatile, it’s available in sizes 3 – 14 with three length options: tank, midi (knee-length dress), and maxi (ankle-length dress).

(My daughter wanted me to make the midi size.)

It has the option to add pockets (which I did!)

Banded or regular hemline options.

Instructions for multiple binding methods.

Made for knits.

Great for upcycles! (Woohoo!)

My daughter (whom I made this for) wanted a dress with anchors on it. I happened to have some old knit material in my huge material stash (I had no idea what I originally bought it for) that happened to have anchors (and smiley faces) on it. I showed it to her and she thought it would make a swell dress. So I decided to use it and found a boring old black, knit dress to refashion for the side panels.
Everyday Tank (Top & Dresses) Review | Diary of a MadMama

Parts of the long dress she’s wearing are going to be refashioned into the side panels of the Everyday Tank (midi). I also cut the binding from the dress she’s wearing.

She was thrilled with the finished result and wants me to make her the tank top and maxi length as well!

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Me-Made-May ’14 – Month in Review

Now that May has come to a close, I thought it would be a good idea to do a review of the Me-Made-May ’14 challenge.

My awesome son put together this little month in review collage for your viewing pleasure.
Each picture links back to it’s own post. (Cool huh?)





I’ve really enjoyed being able to Continue reading