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Announcing the Winners of the RTW/Designer Knockoff Contest! By DianeSev on 3/12/13 1:23 PM

Non-sewers think highest compliment they can give a sewer is to say, “It looks store-bought.”

They never take into account the inspiration and the perspiration in creating the garment, things like the fabulous fit (and the time spent getting it!).  And then there are the added dimensions of self-drafting and picking the right fabric and color.  Doing an RTW clone is a big task that non-sewers just can’t appreciate!

PR members do appreciate it, and that’s the reason for this contest.  73 ambitious sewers tackled the RTW project of their dreams, and look at the results!  Wow-wee!  The rules required that contestants include pictures of the garments that inspired them, so, lucky us, we get to see that too!   When we look at these originals, we admire their talent even more!

Let’s meet the winners.

First Prize (by Member Vote): kealoha for Vogue Patterns: 1314 Misses' Dress

RTW 2013 First Prize

kealoha only used the lining pattern pieces of Vogue 1314 in making her contest garment.  She made the dress 5 times, giving her plenty of practice! 

She says, “The first was the trial of the pattern in black acrylic sweater knit. When I adjusted for my narrow hips, swayback and armscye, I made another version in striped jersey. I then tried to adjust sleeves and armscye again and so made a 3rd version in another acrylic sweater knit (in polkadot).

“Since this dress was for my RTW contest piece, I then spliced up the pattern to replicate the original (dress that I was copying) and tested the drafted pattern pieces using old (but unused) t-shirts. When that seemed to work out, I then made my contest piece using 6 pieces of fabric: black interlock (for side seam pieces, neckline binding, piping cover and bias-tape), and then 4 knits: polka dot, 2 houndstooth, and zebra print.”

Practice makes perfect!

Her conclusion: “I would sew it again, as it's so easy! And so easy to modify (sleeve length, hem length, adding zippers). I haven't tried the ruching version but I'm sure it is just as flattering!  I would totally make this again many times (as I already have!).”

Congratulations, kealoha!


Second Prize (by Member Vote): Diahn for Simplicity: 2337 Misses' Dress

RTW 2013 Second Prize

Congratulations, Diahn!

And congratulations to all our contestants!


We thank Mood Designer Fabrics for sponsoring this contest.

Mood Designer Fabrics

We thank PR member Terri A for managing this contest.


Congratulate the winners and chat with other members about the RTW/Designer Knockoff Contest.

Look at all the RTW/Designer Knockoff Contest entries.

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9 Comments      Login to Add a Comment    
barb111 said... (3/24/13 8:23 AM) Reply
Congraulations ladies your garments look better than the originalsand thanks so much for the inspiration
Ashford said... (3/19/13 7:20 PM) Reply
Congratulations, Kealoha and Diahn. Your Knock Offs are real knockouts. Enjoy your well earned prizes. Thank you to all the contestants for showing us how to stretch our creativity.
mendospot said... (3/15/13 5:28 PM) Reply
Congratulations winners! And to everyone who entered, a big thank you from me for sharing your wonderful creations. Very inspiring indeed!
Jstarr4250 said... (3/12/13 9:17 PM) Reply
Congratulations to the winners. The level of creativity and skill exhibited in the entries for this contest were incredible.
Diahn said... (3/12/13 4:52 PM) Reply
Thank you all for your votes and your kind words. Thanks to PR for the contest, which was great incentive to finish the dress in a month; otherwise I'd still be here with a half-finished dress starting on a different project. Thanks again, everyone.
Terri A said... (3/12/13 4:01 PM) Reply
Sew Whatever said... (3/12/13 3:38 PM) Reply
Both of these, and alot of the other entries look much better on the new model!
Scheri said... (3/12/13 2:49 PM) Reply
Congratulations to both you ladies your entries were beautiful examples of just how far machines, fabrics, notions and home sewers have come. NOT home made but hand made with TLC!
kealoha said... (3/12/13 2:26 PM) Reply
Thank you all so much for your words of encouragement and inspiration! Thanks to all the amazing entries I'm inspired to knock-off even more beautiful pieces and I can't wait to see all of the other creations this year! xo Eleyna aka kealoha :)

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