Refashion Runway - Week #2 - Gingham / Checks

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Here is my week #2 submission for the Refashion Runway Challenge Hosted by The Renegade Seamstress.  See all of the week 2 submissions and vote here!

Refashion Runway Week #2
This little dress started life as a duvet.  When I found it at Goodwill I HAD to have it (never mind that I didn't know what I would do with it).

This twin size duvet was enough fabric to make TWO dresses!  If I had used a pattern (instead of winging it) I would have wasted less material, but I got 2 size 16 dresses, so it all worked out!

Because I was more or less winging it, I cut the back WAY too small.  Short on fabric I improvised and made a shirred panel in the back so that the dress would fit.

Shirred back panel - Thank you elastic thread!
I blogged about these 2 dresses a couple of weeks ago.  You can see the step by step tutorial, PLUS a tutorial on shirring here.

This dress was SO MUCH fun to make and is even more fun to wear.  She's moved past her days as a boring bedspread and now she's fully out in the world!

The necklace and earrings featured here were handmade by LeJewells by Karmin (my very talented cousin)!!

Photo credit - me with a selfie stick. (I gave up on my surly 10 year old - apparently my dress making, this contest and picture taking in general are not as interesting as minecraft)

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  1. I can't believe you made this from a duvet, Kathy! This is really pretty :)

  2. I loved your gingham dress. Especially how you fixed the too big back with shirring. So pretty. Great job.