The Refashioners 2015

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 1.04.42 PMThis month I am sewing along side 20 very talented bloggers who have been challenged to take a men’s dress shirt and refashion it. This year’s challenge dubbed “Get Shirty” has allowed other enthusiastic sewists to join in on the challenge from all over the world! The prizes are enough to drool over from fabric to patterns to little bags made from scraps leftover from the challenge. For more information about the Makery and the Refashioners 2015, here is a link to Portia’s blog.

_DSC0117I have never entered a sewing challenge before and I am both excited and nervous at the same time. I kind of “lucked” into the challenge if you will; I sewed up a dress for Bug from a different men’s button down and a fellow sewist asked if I was going to enter the challenge. What do you know, this year’s theme fit perfectly. It was fate!

IMG_2046I started the challenge off with a quick trip to my local thrift store. Luckily, I arrived during $2 day and decided to purchase two shirts (I will be submitting two entries!). Both are a men’s size L button down shirt. Bug thought I was crazy when I asked her if I could take a picture of her in this giant shirt and she couldn’t stop giggling!! I started by measuring Bug and playing around with ideas in my head until the perfect one clicked. A long, hand pleated skirt with waistband and suspenders. LOVE!

_DSC0106The shirt I chose is so dark and heavy, I decided to lighten it up with a bit of pink. I changed out the generic buttons and added baby pink buttons instead, adding a fourth at the bottom, closing up the bottom of the skirt. Then I dug into my supplies and saw that I had just enough of Michael Miller’s Wee Wander Woods leftover from the Loralie dress I made to squeeze out a few finishing touches. I used the rest of my Wee Wander Woods to add a waistband to the skirt, ruffles to the pockets, and…

_DSC0146…whipped up this side double knotted headband. Bug is known for her “fashion sense” and chose to wear her leg warmers I made for her as a baby on her arms. Forever pushing the boundaries of fashion, her dream is to be just like mommy one day.

_DSC0110 After pleating the skirt to her waist measurement (adjusting for easy on and off) and adding a band at the top, I attached the suspenders directly to the front of the skirt minding the right placement and crossed them in the back. The anchor fabric is leftover from the Haven pantaloons romper I sewed up in February. (Keep your scraps ladies! It beats dragging two kids to the d r e a d e d fabric store.) I had thought about adding in a side zipper and adjustable straps, but ended up 86ing the idea. The less “bells and whistles” for a 4 year old the better.

_DSC0125Viola! There you have it. One very unique, upcycled skirt with suspenders for one very unique little girl. The entire project cost me $3 ($2 for the men’s button down, $1 on the clearance rack for the fuschia tank top.)

_DSC0127I think we will have to do this more often! We both had fun putting ideas together and Bug always has fun during the photo shoots.

_DSC0179They are definitely her favorite part. I hope you enjoyed my post and that it inspires you to think outside the box and create on your own. And as always, happy sewing :)

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