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|Little Red Dress Contest Winner||By 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): |
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!
And congratulations to all our contestants for their Little Red Dress creations!
We thank StudioCherie for sponsoring this contest.
We thank PR member Sew Ducky for managing this contest.
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