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 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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Me-Made-May ’14 – The MadMama Returns!

I can’t believe it’s been a month and a half since my last post. :/

A lot has happened over the last 45 days that has kept me from posting.

We’re still in the process of moving, and each week I spend half of my time at one house, and half at the other. With both houses being 3 hours apart, this means I’m also driving 6 hours (round trip) each week, and I feel like I’m never going to get settled. Despite, we’ll be at the new house for good at the beginning of June.

I should also mention that our daughter has dance class 3 days a week now, as she is gearing up for her upcoming recital in June.

No doubt can’t wait to finally be settled, and be able to spend more time sharing my refashions with you!

I thought a great way to get back into blogging would be to participate in this year’s Me-Made-May, hosted by Zoe from So, Zo… What do you know?

If you’re not familiar with Me-Made-May, here’s an explanation from Zoe herself:

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49-Cent Friday Refashion: Cashmere Sweater Scrap Hat

For today’s refashion, I wanted to make something quick and easy because let me tell ya’, this week has been nuts!

It all started last Friday, when the transmission went out on the Hubs’ van while he was driving 3 hours home from work. Luckily Miraculously, he somehow made it all the way home, but wound up leaving me car-less  all week.  We were planning on moving into our new house this weekend, but now I think we’ll end up spending it looking for another vehicle instead. 😦

To get my mind off my woes, I decided to refashion something.

My daughter wanted a cashmere hat, so she sorted through my cashmere sweater stash and found these:

Cashmere Hat Refashioned From Sweater Scraps | Diary of a MadMama

Can you believe I found this cashmere sweater (that she’s wearing) for 49-cents?!!?! Sooooo soft!

The first thing I did with them is cut a bunch of strips…

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49-Cent Friday Refashion: Fabulous Felted Wool Slippers

Ugh, I am so SICK of winter! I don’t think spring is ever going to get here!

This snow and cold stuff is really starting to get on my nerves!

I know I know, nobody likes a complainer… but nobody likes cold feet either, and that’s what I’ve had for months now!

When it’s freezing outside, I just want to lounge around the house in comfy clothes and slippers with a nice hot cup of cocoa (or a mocha) and snuggle up under a blanket.

The problem is, this winter has been so cold, I’ve worn out my slippers and my poor, cold feet have been paying the price.

I finally decided to do something about it and make myself a new, even cozier pair.

I drafted a pattern from a pair of my cousin’s slippers that she always lets me borrow when I come to visit.

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Paper bags make great pattern pieces!

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49-Cent Friday Refashion: Wrap Around Skirt to Infinity Scarf

When I saw this skirt at the thrift store I couldn’t pass it up.

Wrap Around Skirt to Infinity Scarf Refashion Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

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