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Project Run & Play Week 3: Repurposing

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??



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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!


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