Refashion Runway Season Four: All Stars – Week Five: Pantone Blue: Riverside Challenge

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.

Refashion Runway Season Four: All Stars - Week Five: Pantone Blue: Riverside | Diary of a MadMama

By the way, check out this beauty I was lucky enough to find at my neighbor’s yard sale last weekend. Continue reading

Refashion Runway Season Four: All Stars – Week Four: Tunic Challenge

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.
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I cut off the bottom of the shirt at the waistline, removed the sleeves, and then took in the sides.

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

It’s button week!

Refashion Runway Season Four: All Stars - Week Three: Buttons | Diary of a MadMama

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.

First of all, I decided to use a couple of curtains that I was given a while ago, but never had the right sized windows to use them on.

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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.


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Blogiversary and Giveaway!

One year ago today I published the very first post on this little blog…I can hardly believe it!

I’m so thankful for all of you who read and follow Diary of a MadMama.

Every time someone comments on, likes, refers, pins, and shares one of my posts; it completely makes my day.

I’m especially grateful for those who decide to feature my blog on their websites. For example, being invited to be one of the competitors on the first season of the Refashion Runway Competition was definitely a huge highlight of the first year…thanks Beth!

But most of all, It has been amazing to meet, connect and share encouragement with readers and fellow bloggers who, although I’ve not met them in person, feel like close friends.

To give you a recap of this past year, here are highlights from some of the most popular posts each month, followed by a celebratory giveaway:



How To Make an Infinity Scarf in Less Than 30 Minutes

Infinity Scarf Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama


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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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