Last week I shared my sew along for Refashion Runaway. A friendly competition encouraging people to have a go at restyling former items of clothing. The theme this last week was metallic. It was a bit of a struggle to find anything in my local charity shops – I didn’t want to pay out and restyle a ball gown! I finally settled on a 1980’s handmade dress.
Its a shimmery slippery fabric from a manmade fibre. The skirt has a reasonable amount of fabric in it. The plan – to make a top which can be dressed up or down, great for an afternoon or evening out.
To make this refashioned top pattern free I used an existing top as a pattern.
I started by cutting along the waistband.
As the fabric pattern does not have an obvious right way up I could use keep the slip at the back of the skirt as the opening along the rear neckline.
I decided to add an additional layer to the front, with a shimmery transparent fabric.
This was tacked in place. Thw shimmery layer is stitched into the left hand side seam, the shoulder seams, and the front neckline. The hem of the main top I machine stitched, and then hand stitched the transparent fabric.
I made bias binding from the remaining fabric from the top. This was not easy as the fabric moved around so easily, but still no one is going to be coming up to measure and check the evenness of the neckline!
The shimmery top layer is gathered near the shoulder seam.
I love the fact I have tried lots of sewing techniques new to me – for me that is the point of the sew along. Having a go, trying something new, not worrying about it going wrong. Will I wear me new top?? I’m not sure.. does it still look 1980’s to you?
To see and vote for the contestants makes this week on the theme of metallic visit Renegade Seamstress here.
Are you a fan of the blog Renegade Seamstress? She regularly shares tutorials for refashioning garments of clothing. Each year she runs friendly refashioning competition plus sew a long. Last year I took part, although failed to keep up to the end. I made a skirt from a maxi dress which I love, particularly due to its bright pattern. Its a garment I would never have tried on in a clothes shop. I view the sew a long as an opportunity to push myself, to try and be creative with clothes, to try something new.
However it’s the school summer holidays here. I love having the children at home, catching up with friends and family, days at the beach, but consequently there is not much time for sewing.
This week we have been camping on the north Norfolk coast. I spotted the Refashion Runaway sew along on my phone with a rare moment of wifi access. A perfect excuse to visit Sheringham’s charity shops looking for velvet so I could take part – there was only one choice! Thankfully the black velvet skirt, although two sizes too small, did have plenty of fabric.
I decided to be realistic about my limited time, aiming for a quick refashion. My plan to shorten the skirt so that the waist band fitted my waist and add a ruching/gathering effect at the side or middle – somewhere!.
First step to cut off several inches and create a new elasticated waist band. Next – employ brother with camera..
After seeing looking at my photographed options I decided to take in the side seams to reduce the width of the skirt. Then I added a gathering to the side of the front of the skirt.
I have to admit this refashion definitely counts as having a go, trying something different as opposed to I am delighted with the results!
Searching through my wardrobe this was the most suitable top – maybe this coming week I will find something metallic to refashion to style with the skirt.
If you fancy sewing along with the contestants its fairly open ended but the posts must not have been shared previously on your blog. The challenges are:
Week One: Velvet
Week Two: Metallic
Week Three: Buttons
Week Four: Tunic
Week Five: Pantone Color of the Season: Riverside
To see and vote for the contestants makes this week on the theme of velvet visit Renegade Seamstress here.