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Little Red Dress Contest WinnerBy DianeSev on 3/13/12 4:33 PM


Red dresses make a statement, don't they?

And the Contest Committee wanted PR members to make a statement about heart health to go along with the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women, a program that encourages women to become more knowledgeable about cardiovascular disease and the importance of a healthy heart. And so the Little Red Dress Contest was born.

According to the rules of this contest, PR members had to sew a dress that fits the spirit of the description, sew a dress in a color similar to red and write a review that includes at least two photos of the dress.

71 participants entered. And, wow, what dresses they made! And what a variety: full skirts, narrow skirts, boat necks, ruffled necks, V-necks, sleeved, strapped! And with patterns by so many different pattern companies! It must have been hard for voters to pick a favorite.

Although there was only one winner in this contest, everyone was a winner in the sponsor's eyes: StudioCherie awarded a pattern to each contestant.

Let's meet the winner now.

First Prize (By Member Vote):
Carolyn.S

First Prize Winner in PatternReview's 2012 Little Red Dress Contest Wearing Pictured at left: Carolyn.S wearing Vogue 1087 Misses' Dress


Carolyn.S had sewn this Vogue 1087 pattern previously but wasn't completely happy with the result (the dress kept falling off her shoulders). So when she sewed it for the Little Red Dress Contest, she resized the bodice to a smaller size. The resizing was difficult, because the pattern is complex and does not include a smaller size. She was happy that she was able to accomplish this change and with how well the finished dress fit.

She selected rayon jersey fabric for this garment, in red, of course.

The first time she made this pattern, she found it tricky. The instructions show the wrong side of the fabric in the front bodice overlap. In her second time around, she decided that the instructions are incorrect and changed the way the pieces overlap.

She saw no need for a zipper in this dress, so she cut her bodice and back neck facing on the center fold to eliminate the zipper and the back seam.

She also changed the position of the front pieces to the bodice so that they sit differently around the neckline.

She realized that finishing the edges with stitching would show through the skirt (which hugs the body), so she left the edges raw for a smoother look. Although she sewed the seams on her machine, she handsewed the bodice edges, the armhole edges and lower hems with invisible stitches.

She loves this pattern and loves the dress. And so does her husband!

Congratulations, Carolyn.S!


And congratulations to all our contestants for their Little Red Dress creations!

We thank StudioCherie for sponsoring this contest.
Studio Cherie: Sponsor of the PatternReview.com 2012 Little Red Dress Contest

We thank PR member Sew Ducky for managing this contest.

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JTink said...
Beautiful dress. Congratulations Carolyn
3/13/12 4:44 PM
marec said...
Carolyn, congratulations on a well deserved win!
3/13/12 6:06 PM
velosewer said...
Nice work Carolyn.
3/13/12 7:23 PM
margk said...
Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi! :D
3/13/12 7:36 PM
zoe said...
Very nice! You did a great job solving the challenges of this pattern too!
3/13/12 8:06 PM
MissLadyAudrey said...
I love the dress gallery / Beautiful! Congrations, Carolyn!
3/13/12 9:46 PM
Stacie Thinks said...
It is beautiful! Congratulations
3/13/12 10:12 PM
GloGlo said...
Congratulations Carolyn! A very beautiful accomplishment!
3/13/12 10:43 PM
Graca said...
Congratulations!
3/13/12 11:37 PM
mkiesel33 said...
beautiful
3/14/12 1:33 AM
Carolyn.S said...
Thank you so much everyone! To say I am thrilled is an understatement!!
3/14/12 1:50 AM
Carolyn.S said...
Margk, hehe! H
3/14/12 6:41 AM
Oceanpeg said...
Congratulations Carolyn. Your red dress really looks great.
3/14/12 9:35 AM
SavageCoco said...
Oh, Snap!
3/14/12 4:28 PM
wozaizhe said...
so beautiful the dress and ralph lauren clothes are good too
3/15/12 2:40 AM
KaSchu said...
Well done, Carolyn. Your work is always beautiful.
3/15/12 3:53 AM
sew4real said...
Great dress, you did a wonderful job, one of my favorites!
3/15/12 8:35 AM
MerryMaryAlice said...
Congratulations, beautiful dress. Love how you were able to accommodate the pattern to a perfect fit.
3/15/12 9:59 AM
Deepika said...
Congratulations on winning the Red Dress contest. Your dress is lovely!
3/15/12 12:02 PM
TJSEWS said...
Congratulations Carolyn! Beautiful dress. I am wondering who won 2nd place....
3/15/12 12:15 PM
StudioCherie said...
Congratulations Carolyn. Beautiful dress!
3/15/12 2:44 PM
Cowtown Karen said...
Fantastic! So beautiful!
3/15/12 3:20 PM
workinonit said...
Fabulous work Carolyn. You deserve to win with such a great piece of work! Well done!
3/15/12 7:58 PM
workinonit said...
Fabulous work Carolyn. You deserve to win with such a great piece of work! Well done!
3/15/12 8:57 PM
DianeSev said...
TJSews, you can see the voting results by going to the contest gallery and clicking on Sort by Votes.
3/16/12 11:18 AM
Sue Parrott said...
Very pretty! I love it and congratulations!
3/16/12 2:50 PM
barebear said...
What a lovely dress! Congrats to you and all participants! You all look lovely. :)
3/16/12 8:00 PM
quixoticpixels said...
Congratulations! this is an incredibly beautiful dress--for an incredibly beautiful lady. Way to go, Carolyn.
3/16/12 10:18 PM
lbreton said...
Congratulations!
3/17/12 7:00 PM
karen n said...
Wow, this is a great looking group of entries. There are a lot of favorites here!
3/19/12 3:36 PM
ArtAttack said...
Simply divine! Congratulations!
3/19/12 9:42 PM
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3/20/12 4:05 AM
GoodbyeValntino said...
Congratulations, Carolyn. I loved your dress from the moment I saw it!
3/20/12 6:20 PM
Leora said...
Very classy!
3/21/12 2:47 AM
leandam said...
This dress is just stunning! Congratulations on the comp. win....outstanding work. And can I agree with margk? Aussie Aussie Aussie :-)
3/22/12 3:41 AM
lorrwill said...
Looking sharp Ms. Carolyn. Congrats! But you are an awesome sewist and this is well deserved. I'm a little late to the party...this is what I get for not stalking your blog faithfully. :-)
3/23/12 9:28 PM
Sassy T said...
Lady in Red it looks fab.
3/29/12 5:31 PM
jjeanes said...
Congratulations Carolyn a stunning dress and well deserved win.
3/31/12 6:02 PM
salsera7 said...
Absolutely fabulous job and the dress looks wonderful on you. Best version to date. I've had this pattern for awhile and think I'll make mine with the same modifications as you. Absolute winner!
4/1/12 9:38 AM
meleliza said...
The dress looks amazing! Congrats!
4/8/12 7:27 AM

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