Project Run & Play Week 3: Repurposing

January 26, 2014

I’m so excited about this week’s challenge! I LOVE to refashion old clothes. I kind of hoard things that don’t fit me anymore…because I just know I’ll have a use for it one day. Right??! Well, it came in handy this week. I also find that with the limited selection of fabric we seem to have at Fabricland (that’s a Canadian fabric chain), upcycling old clothes is the way to go! I’ve actually used so many castoffs the last three weeks, and I plan to do the same for next week too!


So, let’s start with the originals…

This was a favorite dress of mine, a beautiful cotton with a little sheen. It’s a dress from Joe Fresh. I knew with the amount of fabric in that skirt I could make something! The color is a deep blue almost navy.


This is a grey knit dress from Target, also, a very comfy dress but too small – 2 kids will do that, and I’m ok with that – pretty good trade if you ask me! Also, making clothes for them out of my old clothes makes it all ok šŸ™‚


Then I have this Bluenotes shirt. It seems all of my old shirts have shrunk…up? Anyway, I love the color of coral, and knew that it was the look I was going for.


I usually start by cutting apart my old clothes on the side seams, armholes, and shoulder seams. I leave the bottom hem and sleeve hems intact because sometimes I use them as is, saving me a hemming job! Also, if there are any zippers, cuffs, bindings or buttons that I think I might use later, I save them. You just never know šŸ™‚

I started with the Izzy Top pattern by Climbing the Willow. She has so graciously made this pattern free! Score another point for a repurposing week! I didn’t have to buy a single solitary thing for any of these garments!

I love this simple little top pattern, and knew I wanted to make it into a dress. I cut the top bodice pieces from the blue dress, and went with the grey knit for the bottom.


Now, my little model was sleeping, so I eyeballed the extra length needed for a dress. When it was all said and done, it looked too short…boo! So I added a band on the bottom. Once she tried it on for me the next day, it was too long – so I serged off a couple inches šŸ™‚ Now it’s perfect!



The cardigan was made using the V-Neck Cardigan Pattern (*affiliate link) from the Peekaboo Pattern Shop. I’m not sure if I can count this one for the sewalong….I had my weeks mixed up and thought I would be doing this refashion and the sewalong together…oh well! I did some color-blocking and incorporated some cream (from another old t-shirt, not pictured) and some blue knit and stretch lace (also from an old t-shirt, not pictured –  I had scraps…). I love the classic look of it!



Then I decided to mix it up with some previously made garments, the lace skirt and refashioned sweater from week one!



This makes a totally versatile look that can be worn a couple different ways. I love having coordinating clothes that I can switch around šŸ™‚ The best thing about it all? Everything is made from my old cast-offs! Oh, except for the lace for the skirt; that was an old curtain panel left behind from when we moved into our house. Even the buttons were from my stash…which explains why they don’t match šŸ™‚

Are you ready for a slew of photos? Ha.


I mean, seriously. Isn’t she the cutest thing ever??



Up-and-coming avid reader!


She has mastered buttons, and loves to undo them, then do them up, then undo them…






Oh, you know, just a funny outtake šŸ™‚





DSC_0276Front of the Izzy Dress with white accent piping.


Back of the dress, with a little pop of coral button šŸ™‚ This dress is such a comfortable style, with no restrictive set-in sleeves or such. I’ll be making plenty more of this pattern!


Thanks for stopping by! Check out the rest of the Project Run & Play contestant and sewalong entries here!

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  1. I love it all! Fantastic colors. I love how well the pieces work together. And I think that band at the bottom of the dress is a great detail, so it was a very happy mistake to cut the skirt too short. Phenomenal job!

  2. I love when you can mix and match items. Love the character that the bottom band gives.
    Good thing you had such cute clothes so you could refashion them into cute kids clothes. I love the color scheme you have here. I love the mismatched buttons they are fun and playful. I just love all of this look.
    With Love,
    PS. She is a doll.

  3. Sarah, I am SO digging everything you make!! I’ve swooned on IG, but I just wanted to swoon here, too. The refashioning, the detail, the styling, the colors, the silhouettes, the photography. . . I’m completely in love with all you do. šŸ™‚

  4. I love this! You know I’m a big fan of refashioning and the mix of fabrics you chose is so spot on. It doesn’t hurt to have an adorable model for your fashions, right? I think she seems a little like my Hadley – I think they’d get along famously!

  5. I love your color combination!! The Izzy dress is a great combination of structure and drape. I love the color block on the cardi and the mix of the buttons. Amazing photos too!!

  6. That’s a really great refashion! I love the deep blues of the dress. I wish I had such a great stash of clothes to refashion!


    1. I confess, sometimes I even buy cute clothes at the thrift store for the sole purpose of refashioning…and sometimes I hold on to my old clothes for YEARS waiting for the perfect pattern to use šŸ™‚

  7. Another great entry–this is one of my favorite color combinations and l love how you used the color-blocking on the cardi and the piping to separate the bodice from the skirt portion of the dress. And…how did you happen to have a perfectly matching, adorable rocking chair to use??? So great, all of it šŸ™‚

    1. It started off as a Disney Princess garage sale find, then I spray painted it red and ran out of paint….then I painted it coral – with a brush, and called it done šŸ™‚ That was months ago…I still love the colour coral šŸ™‚ I usually forget about props, but remembered this just in time! It WAS perfect!

  8. This is so good Sarah! I love the izzy top and the band at the bottom is a cute touch even if it wasn’t originally planned. The sweater is super cute too. I love separates and these are great colors to have in her wardrobe.

  9. Your daughter is just about the cutest thing ever! I just love all her expressions. And the outfit … especially the color choices … is just perfect šŸ™‚

  10. Oh my goodness! Seriously the cutest dress ever!!! The little model is seriously adorable too šŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing about the free pattern, I’m so going to try it! And I have the cardigan pattern too, I see a new outfit in my girlie’s future! šŸ˜‰ (I pinned this as well, love it so much!)

  11. wow!!! I bet you win the sew-a-long this week. All the pieces to this are INCREDIBLE!!! LOVE the way the fabrics came together… I’m loving project Run and PLay! I also linked up this week, a recycled Sweater…Emily@nap-timecreations

  12. I’ve been wanting to use the Izzy top pattern since I first saw it. Now you made me want it even more… I am so in love with your dress. It is a great refashion, and all the pieces go so well together! I am so happy this season of PR&P made me discover your blog! =D

    1. It’s a great pattern to mix knit and woven: great structure but comfy drape šŸ™‚ I’m so glad I finally participated in PR&P this season! I just started blogging back in November…just in time for a bunch of great sewing opportunities!

  13. I just discovered your blog with this post from Pinterest! Amazing Work! Love it!
    Going to rethink that bag of clothes that were too small that are waiting for me to take them to the sallies!
    Laura xx

  14. I love the Izzy Top. I’ve already made it 4 times for my two girls (well, 8 times total!). I just made it into a dress for the first time for fall. I love the piping you added and I’ll probably try that next time. Makes it look so much more special. I also never thought about using knit for the skirt. The banding on yours makes it look like the bottom of a sweatshirt – in such a good way! Thanks for the inspiration.

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