I can’t believe we’ve made it to the fifth and final week of the Refashion Runway Challenge. This season has been so much fun and has also been incredibly challenging.
For this week’s refashion I was lucky enough to find a king-sized sheet set at a dollar-a-pound Goodwill in the very color I needed! Woot! While at the Goodwill I Googled an image of the Pantone Blue: Riverside shade, and was able to make sure the colors matched up.
By the way, check out this beauty I was lucky enough to find at my neighbor’s yard sale last weekend.
This is a 1938 Singer that actually works great! I used it to make this week’s refashion.
I decided to turn my sheet into a maxi dress. After figuring out my measurements, I cut out two shapes like this:
I got these shapes by adding 2 inches to my waist measurement and then dividing that in half to find out the width. I then measured from my waist to the floor to figure out the length. Then I added 6 inches on either side of the bottom of my rectangle and angled up to make my front and back skirt shapes.
After I figured out all of my measurements, I cut out my pieces and sewed them together on the sides, and then hemmed the bottom.
I decided I wanted to add pockets, so I traced my hand, drafted a pocket pattern and then cut out 4 pocket shapes.
I then figured out where the placement of the pockets should go and pinned them in place and seam-ripped the side seams where the pockets would be attached.
The next part is kind of confusing to explain, but I found this nifty pocket tutorial that is very helpful for showing how to add hidden side pockets.
After I sewed my pockets in, I needed to find a top for my dress.
I found this XL floral shirt at my local Goodwill and it perfectly matched the blue in my sheet.
I chopped the shirt in half, removed the sleeves and collar, and took off the excess material at the sides.
I then sewed the sides closed, hemmed the neckline, and reattached the sleeves.
After sewing the top to the skirt, I decided I wanted a bow belt, so I cut off the top of the sheet, folded it in half width-wise, and sewed it together.
And now I have a breezy maxi dress.
And there you have it.
Thanks so much for following along this season and for your votes and comments. I can’t wait to see how my fellow competitors refashioned their blue garments.
Check out The Renegade Seamstress blog to see all of the refashions this week and vote for your favorite!
11 thoughts on “Refashion Runway Season Four: All Stars – Week Five: Pantone Blue: Riverside Challenge”
Thanks, Naomi! 🙂
So cute 😊
Thank you! 🙂
Nicely done! I love the way the reset sleeve, due to the extra fabric, is gathered. It’s a nice touch. You look adorable. I’m glad you’re having fun.
Thanks, Alys! 🙂
You’re welcome. Will you continue to blog after this? I’ve missed you.
Thanks! I’m planning on it! 🙂
I’m so happy to hear.
Nice work! Looks lovely!
Thanks, Linda! 🙂