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'PR Challenge: Ready To Wear Knockoff' Contest Winners By DianeSev on 7/26/10 11:55 AM

'PR Challenge: Ready To Wear Knockoff' Contest Winners

Many of us are influenced in our sewing by ready-to-wear clothing. But how many of us of take that extra step and realize the inspiration in fabric and thread? The 25 participants had a scant two weeks to do just this, make their RTW inspiration a reality.

The challenge in this contest was to copy or create a garment inspired by RTW or a designer collection, to be worn by either a child or an adult. Entrants had to include a picture of the inspiration piece and could start their garment with a commercial or self-drafted pattern.

Voters had to consider how close the sewist came to achieving the original goal, how the garment was constructed, how well it was documented and photographed, and how fabric and trims suited the finished object.

Take a look and judge for yourself how the contestants measured up.

Now let's meet the winning entries.

First Prize (by Member Vote): treefrog For Self Drafted Pattern: 125587-1002

treefrog is an avid hiker and skier, and for 5 years now, she's been yearning for a pair of pants that would provide all the features she's looking for. Inspired by the Patagonia lightweight guide pants, she decided to make her own.

Her fabric of choice was Gore-Tex, a waterproof fabric that breathes. She found a lightweight 3-ply Gore-Tex that feels like fine kid leather and has a protective backing fused into the waterproof membrane.

She added some features of her own to the RTW-inspired piece. She wanted a fully waterproof garment, so she sealed all the seams and constructed the garment so that the zippers were waterproofed. This construction included covers for zipper pulls that protect the last open bit of zipper from the elements. She also added a crotch gusset for better movement and back waist darts for a better fit.

She drafted the pattern from scratch, a first for her. Although the project was difficult and she was blazing new trails in its creation, she feels that the effort was worth it. She expects these pants to last longer than the 10 to 15 years her other Gore-Tex garments have lasted.

Congratulations, treefrog!

Random Entry Prize:
PittyPat For Simplicity: 8739 Coordinates

PittyPat had a hard choice ahead of her: which of the 3 RTW dresses that she loved should she use as inspiration? She finally chose an Ann Taylor dress and used OOP Simplicity 8739 as a starting point to make the garment.

She converted the blouse to a sleeveless bodice with facings and cut her own skirt pattern. One of her goals was to use fabric from her stash, so she used a fuschia floral print linen blend. Instead of lining the dress, she used interfacing. She lengthened the dress and added fullness to the skirt. The Ann Taylor dress has a soft tie belt, but she finds that they tend to crumple. She made a modification of this belt with a twist closing and added a separate soft tie belt tied into a bow to give it a look similar to the original.

She loves the result and feels it echoes the look of the original. She will wear it for many summers to come.

Congratulations, PittyPat!

And congratulations to all our contestants for great-looking outfits!

We thank PR member michellep74 for managing this contest.


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2 Comments      Login to Add a Comment    
CynthiaSue said... (7/26/10 11:41 PM) Reply
Everyone did an outstanding job. I am so happy for pitty pat!!!!!
Deepika said... (7/26/10 5:17 PM) Reply
Congratulations to the winners! You all did such a great job. This is one of the most inspiring contests on PatternReview.

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