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Announcing the Winners of the "Unconventional Materials" Contest By DianeSev on 8/30/11 12:51 PM

"PR Challenge - Unconventional Materials" Contest Winners

Do you feel constrained by the limits of fabric when you sew? Do you ever look at a dress in a store display and say to yourself, "You know that would look really good in aluminum foil?" If you have, you should have entered this contest!

The 12 participants in this contest really let their imaginations soar! Unfettered by fabric, they used the following items in their creations:

parcel ribbon
sweets wrappers
paper bags
bubble wrap
aluminum foil
tissue paper
kitchen trash bags
highway sand filter polypropylene
nylon webbing
plastic storage bags
vintage vinyl shower curtain

Doesn't sound like it would add up to much, does it? But look at their amazing creations in the Contest Gallery! Everyone had a lot of fun realizing their visions!

Congratulations, everyone, on a great job!

Now let's meet the winners.

First Prize (By Member Vote):
Hiyoko for Simplicity: 5006 Misses' Lingerie

Pictured: Simplicity: 5006 Misses' Lingerie

Hiyoko accepted the challenge of this contest with eagerness. Although she had been a PatternReview member for quite a few months, she hadn't yet entered a contest. She decided to make her debut with this one.

Instead of heading off to the fabric store, she went to the dollar store and spent a total of $10 for this contest. What unconventional material did she use, you ask? She bags! While she was "hanging out in the Dollarama", she saw some striking extra large purple damask gift bags. She envisioned them as being perfect for making a corset from Simplicity 5006.

In addition to the gift bags, she used 16 eyelets, thread, ribbon, and a glue gun to make the corset. Because she was not using fabric, she had to make some changes in her pattern steps. She didn't need to use boning, because the gift bags were very stiff. She added decorative ribbon and bows, and instead of using grommets, she used eyelets. And she didn't need to use fusible interfacing.

She found the pattern relatively easy, compared to Simplicity 2355, which she has also made but hasn't reviewed yet. She thinks that someone who has never tried making a corset before should start with this one.

She has one caveat, though. Although the corset is very pretty, it is very uncomfortable, especially in the hot weather.

Congratulations, Hiyoko!

Random Entry Prize:
lizziwhizz for No Pattern Used: Apron Shower Curtain/Paper Doily

Pictured: Apron - Shower Curtain/Paper Doily

lizziwhizz had a lot of fun with this project. She envisioned making a "frilly" apron out of doilies, then ran out of doilies!

For the base of her apron, she used a piece of vintage vinyl shower curtain that she purchased at a thrift store. She used most of it for other projects, like lining "ditty bags" for traveling.

She cut an apron-shaped piece of the vinyl curtain. She folded the doilies in half and overlapped them in rows, using a dot of glue to tack them temporarily. Then she flipped them open and stitched them to the vinyl near the fold. To keep the vinyl and paper doilies from tearing, she used the longest stitch length.

She used a leftover piece of seam tape for the apron tie.

She says that the apron is not really useful because the paper doilies would wear out pretty quickly. She does think that it would make a cute window display for a store that sells upcycled creations.

Congratulations, lizziwhizz!

And congratulations to all our contestants for their creative use of materials!

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We also thank PR member SheBear032 for managing this contest.

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1 Comments      Login to Add a Comment    
LauraJ said... (8/30/11 1:13 PM) Reply
Congrats! Absolutely loved the look of the bustier! And, the colors. Very creative ideas from all the others!

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