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The Best Patterns Contest Winners By DianeSev on 6/7/12 12:56 PM

Every New Year brings more than the usual excitement to PatternReview... That's when members vote on the Best Patterns of the year from the top-reviewed patterns on PatternReview.

But things don't stop there. Members use the Best Patterns as a guide of what to add to their wardrobes. So...why not make a contest of it, right?

The 57 contestants participants in this contest could enter only garments sewn from the top 30 patterns identified as Best Patterns for 2009, 2010 and 2011. Contestants could submit multiple entries but only one entry per pattern.

The garments had to match the freestyling here...but alterations for fit, hem or sleeve length and other minor details were allowed. Contestants could also "chop down" or "lengthen" a pattern. For example, they could alter a pants pattern to shorts and a dress to a top, but they couldn't use a jacket pattern to make a cape or use a sleeve from another pattern. See more rules.

Tops, cardis, dresses, pants...all were represented! See the Contest Gallery for an overview.

Congratulations to all on their great garments!

Now let's meet the winners.

First Prize (By Member Vote): Lori V for McCall's: 5525 Trench Coat, a Best Pattern of 2009
First Prize Winner in PatternReview's 2012 Best Pattern Contest Pictured at left: Lori V's McCall's: 5525 Trench Coat

Lori V sewed McCall's: 5525 Trench Coat for her oldest daughter. For fabric, she used a leopard print cotton twill with splashes of metallic from Fabric Mart and a gold China silk lining from

She found the instructions quite good and the steps in a nice order. Many of the basic sewing steps were included and the instructions for the side front pockets were easy-to-follow with nice diagrams.

Her daughter is tall and has long arms, so she made her a size 10 and added 3 inches for the sleeves. She used the medium-length view to keep the sleeves in proportion, and she lowered the belt holders.

She loves this pattern classics and stylish lines and says that there are many design options you can use to make this coat your own.

She has sewn this coat twice before and will sew it again to make a coat for herself. Her conclusion: "One of the best garments I have made..."

Congratulations, Lori V!

Second Prize (By Member Vote): jenleeC for Vogue Patterns: 1247 Rachel Comey Top, a Best Pattern of 2011

Second Prize Winner in PatternReview's 2012 Best Pattern Contest Pictured at left: jenleeC's Vogue Patterns: 1247 Rachel Comey Top

Congratulations, jenleeC!


We thank PR member Sew Ducky for managing this contest.


Chat with other members about this contest.

Look at all the contest entries.

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

Check out the current contests.




Going on now: One Pattern, Many Looks ContestWhy not enter?

Plan ahead! Check out the 2012 contests.

10 Comments      Login to Add a Comment    
Mich23 said... (6/22/12 5:23 PM) Reply
Congratulations to the winners! And YAY - I got votes! Thank you, whoever you are... Loved entering my first contest, I'll definitely be back again.
DollyS said... (6/19/12 6:12 PM) Reply
Congratulations to the winners. Job well done!
sfgb said... (6/19/12 9:52 AM) Reply
"Sew" professional and beautiful looking! Congrats to both winners. The fabric choices really enhanced these patterns.
Sue Parrott said... (6/17/12 7:51 PM) Reply
Congrats winners! Well done!
Chris Kelly said... (6/14/12 2:44 AM) Reply
Scheri said... (6/13/12 1:58 AM) Reply
ASiverson said... (6/9/12 5:58 PM) Reply
Winners, garments are gorgeous. Great work, and congratulations!
PattyE said... (6/9/12 5:37 PM) Reply
Congratulations winners...your garments are fabulous.
TJSEWS said... (6/9/12 8:07 AM) Reply
Congratulations to both winners! Both of you have made beautiful garments.
CarolDIYSagain said... (6/8/12 4:45 PM) Reply
jenleeC, your white blouse is beautiful!

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