PR&P challenge number 3: Refashion

*Edited: resubmitting this one for this season’s Project Run and Play!

Over at Project Run and Play the third challenge is in full swing. This one is near and dear to my heart: Refashioning!

This comes so naturally to me. With a child who has growth issues, I have to alter clothing all the time. Her sister hands things down, but they are waaaay too big, so instead of holding on to them for another 6+ years when they would fit, I make them into things she can wear now.

I am also part of our local Buy Nothing Project, and love when things come up that appeal to me, Jim, or the girls (FOR FREE). Sometimes they just don’t fit the way I want. In steps…refashioning!

Anyhow, today I made a sweet tunic and leggings for Falafel.


The tunic was made from a Woman’s Medium fleece sweatshirt (self drafted pattern). I kept the collar with the hand-stitched details on the bottom and the sleeve cuffs.


She can wear the collar standing up…


Or down.


Or in between.


I also wanted a little contrasting pop of color in a not-so-obvious way. So I added yellow pockets. I was watching Kung Fu Panda (don’t judge) at the time I came up with this outfit, which explains the color inspiration. That movie is so visually vibrant.


I love the vented sides.


The leggings I made using two t-shirts (and the Go To Sew leggings pattern).


I added a button tab made from a sheet that I dyed yellow (the same sheet I used for the pockets).


I kept the seams exposed and used yellow thread to tie it all together.


I know this outfit will get lots of wear!


Tunic and leggings are just what the weather here calls for!


OK. Just one more.


What have YOU refashioned today??

Oh yes…R is for REFASHION!

36 Thoughts on “PR&P challenge number 3: Refashion

  1. beautiful tunic!! I love the yellow pockets and the neckline ;o) I love this week’s challenge. I also linked up;o) a recycled sweater!

  2. Love it! It looks so warm and comfy! I bet she loves it too.

  3. Nice Michelle! I love the color, the shape, and the neckline. Very cute.

  4. I LOVE everything about this tunic dress…the shape, color, pocket, the collar and the hand-stitch details!! And it looks so comfy! The leggings are unique and beautifully made too!

  5. so impressed with all the blanket stitching on the edges.

  6. Kristi Andres on January 30, 2014 at 8:34 am said:

    I love this! It looks so comfy and cute! I think the color blocking on the leggings is really fun. I might have to try that. Hmmm… I think the only upcycling I’ve done this week was turning a t-shirt into a pair of underwear for Becka. Does that count? :)

  7. ha ha! I LOVE Kung Fu Panda! Love all the details you were able to keep too! In case you haven’t been told lately too, your girls are just gorgeous. I just love their personalities you can see in all of your photo’s!

  8. Aww, I love how cozy most of your designs are! You did a great job working with the features of your refashion target and transforming them into a really cute dress! I love the leggings – more interesting than simply color blocked with those tabs.

    • Thanks so much Jenn! I restrained myself from making another kinono-esque dress (cause they are the comfiest!),
      but I am pretty content with how this one turned out. It helps when you start with good bones (fabric), right?

  9. This rocks, Michelle! Like many of the things you make, I want one for my very own.

  10. This looks so warm, and I love the neck detail and the hand stitching detail.

  11. Super cute, and oh so comfy!!! I’d want to wear that every day … if I were her…

  12. Michelle I just LOVE that tunic! It’s so cute and it really suits her…. love the leggings too – my Aunty was a talented pattern maker when we were little and used to sew us all sorts of things – this reminds me of some of the creations she made me. Way ahead of her time 😉

  13. LOVE IT! REally I like th color, shape, everything! A win!

  14. wonderfully put together – the pattern, cute model, the yellow pockets, the finishing at the hem and neck (is it called the blanket stitch?) and your photography. Loved it. Thanks, Preethi.

  15. I love the whole outfit! That color looks beautiful on her and she rocks those cute pigtails!

  16. One of my all-time favorite things you have made 😉

  17. Love how warm and cozy she seems. And I love that there are pockets. Great job

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