Here we are – it’s week four of the Refashion Runway Competition! For this week’s theme I decided to make a boho-gypsy style tunic.
This refashion had actually been brewing in my brain for some time, but knowing how time-consuming it would be, I had put it off. Thanks to the competition I now had the perfect excuse to get it done!
I started with this men’s vintage, plaid shirt (snaps and all), and several other scraps and shirts from my refash stash.
I cut off the bottom of the shirt at the waistline, removed the sleeves, and then took in the sides.
I spent the next few hours disassembling the scraps and shirts, and cutting and draping the pieces onto the waist of the shirt I started with, using a dress form. Once I was happy with the drape of each piece I sewed everything together.
Unfortunately I decided I didn’t like the way the back pieces looked. So I started over and spent the next day redoing the back, using the same technique as I had before, but with different clothing pieces.
Once I was happy with the back, I decided I didn’t like the way the front center of the tunic draped, so I seam-ripped open the front, added a few more layers and was finally happy with how it all looked.
Now I was able to move to the next step.
Since I needed to redo the sleeves, I took them in and shortened them to my elbow. I then drafted a bell sleeve pattern. Using some plaid shirt scraps, and my new pattern, I cut out the bell sleeves, and sewed them all together.
To finish, I hand-stitched some navy-blue trim onto the waistline, around the sleeves, and onto the collar.
I’m very happy with my new tunic and can’t wait to see what my incredibly talented competitors have come up with this week!
Thank you for following me, for your votes, and for your encouraging comments during this competition. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to compete again this season.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the competition this week and see all the amazing creations my fellow competitors have come up with, and to vote for your favorite!
Enjoy your weekend!