49-Cent Friday: Refashion Runway Sew Along: Week Five – Halloween!

Happy Friday ya’all!

Can you believe there’s less than a week until Halloween? Yikes!

Unfortunately, my kids won’t be able to go trick-or-treating this year, because my daughter has dance class.

She does, however, get to dress up for her class, as long as her costume doesn’t hinder her from dancing.

We chose this costume that I scored for 49-cents several years ago from Mel Trotter (that she had since outgrown)…

Zombie Ballerina Halloween Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Hmm, this will do!

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49-Cent Friday: Refashion Runway Sew Along: Week Four – Leather!

Monday was my beautiful daughter’s 10th birthday!

She is growing up so fast, I can hardly believe it’s been 10 years since she first blessed us with her presence!

In honor of her birthday, I decided to fix my failed refashion from last week by making something awesome for my daughter.

Last Friday I tried (in vain) to refashion a too-tight pair of leather pants into a (or what was supposed to have been) pencil skirt.

Unfortunately, this is what it looked like when I realized I was in way over my head and decided to give up (or at least take a break for a while)…

Leather Shoulder Patch Refashion | Diary of a MadMama


Yeah, that ended up nothing like I had envisioned!
After taking several days off, I decided to go an easier route.
I started with this long-sleeved gray t-shirt that had shrunk and was now too tight for me. Continue reading

49-Cent FAIL!!!

I was so excited to find out that there was going to be a leather-themed refashion for Season Two’s Refashion Runway Competition.
I’ve never sewn with leather before, but I was lucky enough to have found a pair of leather pants for 49-cents at Mel Trotter (my favorite local thrift shop), several weeks before even knowing there was going to be a leather theme.
Leather refashion fail | Diary of a MadMama

Now, after getting home from the thrift shop, my 14-year-old decided to be helpful and take all of the clothing we had just purchased down to the laundry room and wash them right away for me. (What a sweetheart, right?)
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49-Cent Friday: Refashion Runway Sew Along: Week Three – Peplum!

For this third week of Season Two’s Refashion Runway Competition, the theme is peplum and I had the perfect thing to use…

Purple Peplum Shirt Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Oh dear!

Um, yeah.

So this thing is a bit large, but I really like love the fabric. I love the floral print and the fact that this fabric doesn’t wrinkle. (Did I mention how much I hate ironing?)

I decided to make a mullet shirt with an added peplum.

To accomplish this, I used the same technique as I did in my high-low dress refashion.

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