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Announcing the Winter Wear Contest Winners!By DianeSev on 1/11/11 4:39 PM

Winter Wear Contest Winners

Sewing winter wear warms you twice, once when you're cutting and sewing the garment and once when you're wearing it. No...wait... That's what they say about firewood. But actually, you can say that about sewing winter wear too!

Winter wear in this contest is classified as something that you'd put away for summer months and that you wouldn't wear in spring, summer or autumn.

According to the rules, contestants were allowed to enter sewn, knit, and crocheted items. They could enter multiple items but were reminded that they'd be competing against themselves! Both sets (scarf and hat, for example) and individual items were also allowed.

The 44 participants in this contest did some cozy winter sewing. Look at the great winter wear they created! Just looking at these entries warms us too!

Now let's meet the winning contestants.

First Prize (by Member Vote):
JanaL for Self Drafted Women's Peacoat



JanaL decided that she really wanted to take her time on this project and enjoy every step it took to finish it.

She started off by self-drafting this pattern, using a peacoat from J. Crew as inspiration. It took her more than a month to draft and tweak this beauty. On the way, she consulted a variety of wonderful old (30+ years) pattern-drafting books at her local university library.

She made the jacket of felted wool coating that she got on sale and silk lining that she purchased in NYC.

She went all out on tailoring: padstitched collar and lapels, taped roll lines, bound buttonholes, welt pockets and a lot of hand stitching. She even edged her shoulder pads with horsehair braid, a technique she believes she saw in Kenneth King's Cool Couture.

DH suggested she add the flower (good fashion sense, DH!). She's pretty happy with the end result. And she finished it just in time for more snow!

Congratulations, JanaL!

Random Entry Prize:
Rhonda in Montreal for Kwik Sew: 3806 Fleece Accessories



Rhonda in Montreal sewed up a storm with Kwik Sew 3806!

She made several pieces from this pattern: a hood (pictured above), a gaiter, mittens, fingerless gloves, socks and a wrist wallet.

She found the instructions easy to follow. Although the pattern called for a heavyweight stretch knit for this project, she decided to use polarfleece.

On the first piece she made, she used a combination of straight sewing and lots and lots of serging. On later pieces, she used a wide zig-zag between the folded edges and the main part. She thinks the technique gives the pieces a much nicer, felted look.

She highly recommends the hood for winter wear, because you can tuck it in closer around your ears and the hood's "collar" can be rolled up on your face to help you brave the cold wind!

Congratulations, Rhonda in Montreal!


And congratulations to all our contestants for their great winter wear!

We thank

for sponsoring this contest.

We also thank PR member bellelass for managing this contest.

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