Saturday, August 20, 2016

Refashion Runway: The Button Challenge

First off, thanks to everyone following along, sewing along, and voting!  And, a big thanks to Beth for hosting this friendly sewing competition!

This week on Refashion Runway, the theme is buttons.  Of all the buttons to choose from, I went with basic white buttons.  But its what was needed to achieve the look I was going for.






I used a men's polo shirt, and an oversized pair of elastic waist pants to make a nautical inspired outfit.  I also made a self-drafted tote bag from a pillowcase, belt, jute rope, and fabric scraps.




THE SKIRT






After pinning to fit, stitch new seams and cut away excess.


If you're unfamiliar with sewing a kick pleat, Threads Magazine has a great how-to.  You can click on the image below to see the tutorial.








Continue adding buttons and button holes to the original pockets.




THE TOP





Don't worry about cutting across the existing front placket, it will be cutaway when you cut for a new v-neck.


Attach the original sleeve ribbing to your new v-neck.  If you are unfamiliar with the process, Beth, The Renegade Seamstress, has a great tutorial on ehow.






THE TOTE



I also cut the same pattern from the lining and heavyweight stabilizer.
I basted the stabilizer to the outside fabric.













I also stitched 1 1/2" up along the bottom edge of the pockets, 
just like the outside pockets.
Pin the lining pieces, right sides together and stitch around the sides and bottom, 
leaving an opening for turning.




Once turned right side out, press the seams well.  Close the opening in the lining with some hand stitching.   Attach large eyelets around the top curve of the tote.  Attach the jute rope handles.


I'm ready for a fun day at sea!  If only I had a yacht!


Be sure to check out all of the creative button ideas on Refashion Runway 
and be sure to vote for your favorite!

I like to link to these great parties!


15 comments:

  1. You did an awesome job of refashioning your out fit but I especially love your tote bag! I have made purses from old clothing from thrift shops and it is such a feeling of accomplishment when you see the finished project!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Pam! It's always a good thing when the final project comes out the way you see it in your mind! :)

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  2. You did an awesome job of refashioning your out fit but I especially love your tote bag! I have made purses from old clothing from thrift shops and it is such a feeling of accomplishment when you see the finished project!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  3. You have the best style of any re-style sewing sites I have seen!

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  4. I love all of this... You've given everything such a wonderful mariner feel!! If you hang around marinas long enough, I'm sure someone will invite you aboard their yacht! :)
    Beautiful work x

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    1. Thanks Gema! I really liked your dress this week also....simply beautiful!

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  5. I love this whole outfit, Susan, but the bag is the standout piece. Who would ever know it was once a pillowcase. Featured today.

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  6. Your craftsmanship is truly amazing. You inspire me to be a better seamstress! Great job on this and all your challenges so far in the competition.

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  7. Your sewing skills and sense of style are off the charts! Absolutely love the nautical theme, little button details, and that bag!

    Miche <3

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Thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate the feedback and always look forward to reading what you have to say! Susan

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