Gingham shirt, so versatile

Refashion Runway Week 2: Gingham

family pictures with gingham
My favorite part: my baby’s awesome pose.

It was so fun to see everyone’s incredible refashions last week,  I kept checking over and over again until the post was up.  I get so excited to see the creativity. This is such a great competition!

I went to 4 thrift stores until I finally found this gingham t-shirt dress to refashion.  I was relieved to finally find something that was gingham and workable; it was way harder than I thought it would be.
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Great refashion/sewing blog.
My vision was to create a cute button up.  Since the buttons didn’t go all the way down, I was limited on how far I could take the side seams in.  I decided to use shirring for the first time.  It was so much easier than expected and made the top look fitted, while still allowing me to pull it over my head.  I also removed the sleeves so I could take up the underarm, as well as the sleeves.  This helped to tailor the top to my body.
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Great refashion/sewing blog.
I wanted to do something a little more creative, so I used the excess fabric to make three bow ties, a standard tie-on for my husband, a clip-on for my oldest, and a sewn-on  for my baby.  This was a lot harder than I expected, but I loved how it turned out!
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diy bowties for men of all ages and sizes
For my husband’s bowtie, I used this tutorial.
For the clip-on, I used one of my old tutorials.
And for the baby’s, see the gif below.

Great refashion/sewing blog. family pics with gingham
To sum it up:
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Shirt: Originally from Savers, $6
Skirt: Similar
Shoes: Similar 
Necklace: RocksBox, (use code camdensleepsxoxo for a free month, no strings attached!)
I also made this short video to show the before and after in 3D just for kicks.

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  1. Oh Kara, I can’t stress enough how good it is to have someone as creative as you on the contest!

    I’m really loving how you scaled up the assignment to a family-size refashion! Your three boys look perfect with these cute bow-ties. You are such a lovely family, bless you all!

    • Kara Metta

      Syliva! Thanks for your kind words! I appreciate it so much. You peplum refashion this week is amazing! I would totally buy that!

  2. Congratulations on your Floral/Stripes win. This refashion is just as cute, Kara. Love the bowties. :)

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  4. I do have a newfound love for gingham and our contestants this week have really stepped up to the plate and given us some really creative solutions to this challenge. I m sorry, but you re gonna have a hard time voting again, believe you me!

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