Refashion Runway Challenge 2: Gingham

This weeks challenge was to refash something using Gingham pattern. I was very excited for this challenge because I love this pattern! I love this classic pattern, it reminds me of the 1950’s, picnics and most importantly this image from Invashion of the Body Snatchers…

 Everytime I watch this movie I think to myself ‘I love this dress! I should make one!’ Now thanks to this challenge I had the opportunity (and motivation) to make something similar!

 I started with this pretty white dress (which I actually liked as is, and felt bad cutting it up) and some gingham pajama pants that were 4x too big for me.  

And this white strapless top.

   I removed the seams from the pajama pants.
  Removed the ruffle from the top.

  Sewed the pants into a skirt.
  Made my own bias tape because apparently JoAnns does not sell red gingham bias tape…which I think is very silly and HIGHLY inconvenient!

  Used a little scrape of material to sew onto the front of my top.
  Pinned and sewed my newly made bias tape and scrap of material to the top.

  Sadly cut the poufy tulle from the dress.
  Measured some elastic to fit my waist.

  Pinned and sewed a new casing for my elastic.
  Pinned and sewed my top to my new bottom.

  Sewed the front of my dress into a v. You’ll see why soon…
  Hemmed my new dress!

  Added awesome square buttons!!!
  Added hook and eyes to my tulle skirt….

  Here we are! My picnic ready gingham dress!! Compelete with a thrifted vintage purse!!

Just enjoying another day at the boat!

Happy Refashioning!!!!

If you loved my dress vote for it or one of the other contestants creations at:


13 thoughts on “Refashion Runway Challenge 2: Gingham

  1. I love your style, Marisa! This is so amazing… you should’ve included some “during” pictures for the #RefashionRunway3 challenge post, though. A LOT of craftsmanship went into this and people should see your hard work 🙂 (just a friendly suggestion for the next challenge…cuz you’ll totally make it!) 🙂

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  2. So darn cute!! I must admit, you had me stumped with your three beginning items. I couldn’t imagine how you were going to combine those into the most amazingly cute dress! You get my vote!

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