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Announcing the Knock-Off Contest Winners! By DianeSev on 6/13/11 5:02 PM

"Knock-Off Contest - 2011" Winners

Most people can envy a fashion garment, but sewers can do more than that...they can knock it off!

The 37 members who entered this contest sewed tops, pants, dresses, name it...they copied it, 42 items in all. The most exclusive design pieces and practical everyday wear got the full PatternReview treatment!

The purpose of this contest was to create a garment inspired by one that the contestants had seen. The inspiration item could come from a Ready-To-Wear line, from the runway, or any other garment.

Voters had to determine:

    Did the garment resemble the inspiration piece in some clear way?
    Did the changes made by the entrant work (both fabric selection and style modifications)?
    Taking into consideration the stated skill level of the entrant, was it well constructed and well fitted?
    Was the review clear and well documented?

The garment had to clearly be inspired by the original piece. It did not have to be, but could be, an exact copy.

Whew! It was a tough job for contestants and voters! Take a look at the entries the voters had to review here.

Now let's meet the winners.

First Prize (By Member Vote):
fattyboomboom for Dress of a Thousand Petals.

Pictured: Dress of a Thousand Petals

fattyboomboom's niece found this dress in a magazine and decided that she absolutely needed to wear it to an upcoming wedding, so she cajoled Auntie into making it for her.

fattyboomboom used Simplicity 3878 from the Jessica McClintock Collection as a starting point. She only used the top half of this pattern for the bodice.

For fabric, she used polyester peau de soie for the dress and polyester crinkle chiffon for the overlay and petals. She went this route of using polyester instead of silk because she reasoned that they were on a strict budget and she had little hope that the dress would be wearable.

She used Susan Khalje's Bridal Couture for instructions on encasing the boning.

For the skirt, she used McCall's 5753 OOP. To decorate it, she drew a petal shape and proceeded to cut out 900 petals from the chiffon...listening to jazz to make the time pass pleasantly. After abandoning handsewing the petals, she stitched them by sewing machine and discovered that she needed to cut 100 more petals.

After much "fun" fitting her niece who lives 4 states away, she worked up to an hour before the wedding and was still attaching petals as DN walked out the door! She felt like a Project Runway contestant.

Her conclusion: Never, ever, ever agree to sew a fitted garment for someone who is not nearby.

And: Love can make you do things you never thought possible.

Congratulations, fattyboomboom!

Random Entry Prize:
auntie bellums for her Professional Bowling Shirt.

Pictured: Professional Bowling Shirt

auntie bellums was inspired by the flame style professional bowling shirts on several sport shirt websites. She used McCall's 3405 OOP as a pattern.

Although the pattern is supposed to be unisex, she realized that the cut was more suited to a man's body. She found that the sizing runs a little large and was able to make the shirt one size smaller than DS usually takes.

The material she used is polyester woven print that was similar to a shirt her DS found on the Internet. She feels that you can even get great results with a 100% cotton fabric.

The shirt looks exactly like the pattern picture and is exactly what DS wanted: "A Charlie Sheen style shirt." She found the instructions easy to follow and even suitable for a beginner with a few projects under her belt.

She loves this pattern and gives it 5 stars.

Congratulations, auntie bellums!

And congratulations to all our contestants for their great knock-offs!

Thanks to our sponsor:

We also thank PR member Imaan for managing this contest.

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Look at all the contest entries

Never entered a contest before? It's easy! Our contest tutorial will show you how to enter.

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