Saturday, February 15, 2020

Refashion Runway Season 5: Small to Large

Sorry I couldn't model the main piece of this refashion but it was too teeny (that's the point, right?)

The coral polo shirt was way too small for me, I planned to use the material form the larger patterned shirt and the sequined skirt was too snug around the waist.
The Shirt:
I removed the collar, removed the bands around the sleeves and cut it straight up the middle.

I cut a large section from the patterned shirt and pinned it to the coral shirt. I used black bias tape in between the 2 layers for extra detail. This panel wasn't enough to make my shirt large enough so I repeated this process and added a panel to the back as well.
I was lucky enough to save the original neckline from the patterned shirt so I stitched that onto my new shirt to tie it all together.
The skirt:

My fun sequined skirt was just a tad bit snug in the waist but lucky for me it had an elastic waistband. I unpicked the top seam and added 2 inches to the original elastic.

Now for my favorite part: pockets! I used a piece of scrap fabric to make 2 squares. I unpicked the side seams of the skirt and stitched the pockets in.

I used 2 small scraps that were leftover from the patterned shirt and stitched them together to make a large piece, which I wore as a headband! (small to large)

Happy Refashioning!!!
Don't forget to vote on this week's challenge: Small to Large!


Monday, February 10, 2020

Refashion Runway, Michelle Paganini, Faux Fur

Hello, I am Michelle Paganini. 

Lucky me! I juried into Refashion Runway hosted by Beth Huntington a.k.a. "The Renegade Seamstress. It is an online 6 week challenge to refashion with the emphasis for each week selected in advance, much like Project Runway. There is winner each week, based on votes (like yours) 50%, and 50% judges choice.  You can vote for your favorites once a day, every day, Sat - Friday.
This weeks challenge is "Faux Fur"
I had never worked with faux fur before, so felt a bit intimidated. I selected a faux lambs wool coat to transform. It is very well made and was a steal for $35 at in Los Gatos, CA where I volunteer.

Vests are also more wearable  in our temperate northern California climate, so a vest transformation was my plan.

The before pictures were taken in bright sunlight, which makes the "fur" look a completely different color than the after shots. My photographer (husband George) advised open shade for the remainder of photos, right as always - thanks honey.  

The coat is a classic shape, with nice in-seam pockets. Liking the simplicity of the cut I decided to maintain the basic silhouette.  
I removed the sleeves, removed the shoulder padding, detached the armhole lining, and sculpted out vest shaped armholes.  I also tightened the armhole by taking in the side seam and shoulder seams a bit.
After turning under the raw fur edges and stitching them in place by hand I tackled the lining.  In order to curve the lining shy of the armhole opening I clipped it all the way around, turned it under, and hand stitched it in place.

I considered adding embellishments. Tassels would have been fun but limited the wearing options (for me).  I found ribbon that was a perfect match but looked awkward sitting on top of the textured fur.
I opted for straight up simple and classic. I'm loving the result.  It is a very wearable vest, much more so than the jacket.  Paired with a thrifted linen blouse, thrifted jeans, and gifted earrings it looks great.

I wore my vest over to to the Happy Dragon to show the ladies the transformation (which they loved) and ran into my doppleganger!  Marley is an adorable 5 year old Labradoodle from Scotts Valley, CA.  His human graciously agreed he could appear here for your viewing pleasure. 
I hope you love the results too and vote for me here. 

What's coming in the next weeks? If I stay in the contest then... 4) Small to Large, 5) Southwest, and 6) Kentucky Derby Hats.

Previous weeks:
We started two weeks ago with 15 contestants.  

In challenge #1, "statement sleeves", I tied for 3rd!  See full details on my sleeve refashion entry on this blog post, and all the contestant entries here.
In chNallenge #2, "1970's", I was inspired by one of my favorite 1970's sewing patterns!  See full details on my blog post, and all the contestant entries here.

P.S.  Find out more about Michelle and shop Paganoonoo upcycle sewing tutorials at 

Saturday, February 08, 2020

Refashion Runway Season 5: Faux Fur

My thought on faux fur is a little bit goes a long way. This is why I decided against making a full faux fur dress hahaha! Anyway, scrolling through Pinterest I saw a jean jacket with faux fur accents (which I fell in love with), which was the basis of my inspiration for this challenge.
I started with a jean dress that I outgrew and a faux fur stole I scored at the Salvation Army.

This time I am going to start with the accessory: Shoes!
I recently thrifted these babies! I actually really liked the mirror heel, but alas it was time for them to go!

From the fur stole, I cut a small square and hot glued it securely around the heel.

So furry! I love it!
The Dress:
I cut the dress in half so that I would have enough material to make the bottom into a skirt and the top portion into a cropped jacket.

I folded over the top of the skirt portion and sewed all along the top until the last 1 inch. I left that open so I could thread the elastic for the waist band.

Threading the elastic.

I stitched up the elastic, overlapping by 2 inches.

\The Cropped Jacket:

I folded up the bottom of the jacket.

I wanted to line the bottom with the faux fur from the stole. I cut a long strip of fur.

I stitched the fur around the hem of the cropped jacket.

I traced the collar of the jacket and cut out a fur piece. Then stitched the fur onto the collar.

I repeated the same tracing and stitched process for the cuffs. I left the ends unstitched so that I could still button the sleeves but the buttons would be unseen.

The Shirt:
Obviously, I need a shirt now that my jean dress is now in 2 pieces. I had this old black turtleneck that was in need of some help.

I removed the sleeves and unpicked the seam from 1 side of the turtleneck so that it would lay open.

The sleeves holes got a new hem. (I'm a rebel, I freehanded this!)

Once the sleeves and neck got stitched up, it was time to put this faux fur outfit together!

A close-up!

Faux Fur meets Real Fur!

My baby Ian was so sweet to help me with my pictures! Such a good boy!

Glamour shot of my furry heels!

Happy Refashioning!!!

Check out my stash of refashions on my blog!

Don't forget to vote on this week's challenge!