Hot! The “half a challenge” dress


The Facts

Fabric: Red cotton sateen & cotton (recycled men’s business shirt)
Pattern: Bodice: Burdastyle #101, Skirt: Colette Macaron, & Collar: self-drafted
Year: Contemporary
Notions: 1 invisible zip (recycled)
Time to complete: 4 hours (I ACTUALLY TIMED MYSELF!!!)
First worn: At my society’s launch day
Wear again? You bet your red-lovin’ booty
Total price: $40

Ok so I know the kind of people who participate in Sew Weekly; talented and creative. I’m sure that with this refashion challenge there’ll be boots manipulated into corsets and old shirts morphed into mind-blowing ball gowns.

If that’s what you’re expecting… Please look away!


I’m involved in a society and we were required to wear red on our launch day. Being too late for the Valentine’s challenge, owning nothing red, unable to find anything red refashion worthy, or even red dye (Brisbane WTF?!) I decided to go with refashioned details. That’s a thing… right? So I hacked up one of the business shirts I’d inherited from my boyfriend, added an invisible orange zip I’d salvaged from a dress forever ago and voila! You’ve got yourself a candy-striped, semi-refashioned dress.



This dress is a total frankenstein of patterns and my first ever self-drafted collar! If you’re too scared to try it yourself please just watch Gertie’s video and follow the steps. I promise you’ll have a delicious peter pan collar within an afternoon. The only thing that can make it sweeter? …Candy stripes.



Reana Louise

Reana Louise is an Art History student who began sewing in 2011. Somewhere along that path she got obsessed.


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  1. Looks great! I have also inherited a red and white striped shirt from my husband and have been trying to refashion it into something for at least a year. I like your idea of using it for details and trim. :D Perhaps candy-cane piping is in my future?

  2. I’m always in the mood for red….your dress hits the spot! I may have to find some interesting shirts of my formerly chubby husband’s to repurpose as linings. Oh, and thanks for the link to the Gertie tutorial. Been meaning to try Mr. Pan’s collar for a while now.

  3. I love this. The stripes underneath and in the pockets add that little something extra that makes it super special. Adorable and it looks great on you!

  4. You are adorable! That red is friggin fantastic as are the pinstripe details!

  5. I am still adjusting to the idea that you don’t need to use the same fabrics for facings and pockets. I enjoy the little something extra that doing so does. That’s one sweet dress.

    • It’s a nice way to add in novelty fabrics if you’re not brave enough to wear an entire garment made out of them. For example I think I’d look like a giant boiled lolly if it was all red & white stripe!

  6. I agree with Jen. That’s a unique and creative element to do the under-collar and pocket details with a different fabric. You don’t see that in retail. Red looks very nice on you.

  7. That dress looks fantabulous, the fit is great and the red just pops on you.

  8. So cute! The candy-striped details are so deliciously fun I almost wish there were more of them – like candy striped piping around the collar, or a little candy striped belt. But it is absolutely scrummy as it is.

  9. Hi Reana, absolutely stunning dress in red. Love the collage of photos that feature how you incorporated to stripes fabric as accents. Reminds of the designer Jeffrey Beene!

  10. Smashing! Sometimes simple refashions are the key. You + red = divine.

  11. Too cute – especially the collar.

  12. woohoo.. right up my alley.. beautiful dress.. i wonder why i don’t own any red dresses, and red is one of my favorite colors? i must do something about that

  13. Loving your combination of patterns!
    I’m a sucker for red dresses and yours is a stunner. :)

  14. I love your dress! The pocket and collar lining is so perfect!

  15. What a gorgeous dress! The candy stripes make it all the sweeter.