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All Natural! Who Won the Contest? By DianeSev on 6/11/13 3:57 PM

Natural fibers…we love to sew them and wear them.  When we do, we feel so…ecologically correct!

86 members were on board with this feeling for the Natural Fabrics Contest.

Contestants had to follow these simple rules: make an item using only 100% natural fibers- silk, wool, cotton, linen, hemp, leather or suede (not faux). For this contest, blends were not allowed. The fiber used must be 100% ONE fiber, i.e., 100% silk NOT 50% silk/50% cotton.

Any wearable garment was an acceptable entry: a skirt, top, dress, pants, PJs, or a jacket or coat for a woman, man or child.  However, home dec and accessories were not allowed in this contest.  See more rules.

All of us natural fabric lovers are drooling over the entries in the Contest Gallery.

How hard it must have been to stick to just 5 votes for this one!

Let’s meet the winners.

First Prize: clothingengineer for StyleArc: Stella Coat

 First Prize

clothingengineer chose the StyleArc Stella Coat to fill in the “spring coat gap” in her wardrobe.  She also wanted to practice her tailoring skills on this fitted coat before trying out something more complicated. 

She found that the directions for the coat were not that easy to follow, but she did her best on her own and used online tutorials to learn how to bag the lining. 

For fabric, she used an Italian double-faced cotton twill from Mood.  For the lining, she used nylon taffeta from Fabric Mart, and for the interfacings, she used Pro-Weft Light, Pro-Weft Medium, Pro-Sheer Elegance Light, Pro-Sheer Elegance Medium, and fusible hair canvas, all from Fashion Sewing Supply.  The lining and fashion fabric cost her less than $30.

One thing she liked about the StyleArc pattern is the fact that StyleArc provides the lining pieces.  She’s been hesitant to make a Burda jacket or coat because she found that Burda expects you to draft your own lining.

She didn’t need to make any pattern alterations, other than adding topstitching to the back yoke.  She did make a number of fitting adjustments, though. 

This is the first tailored coat that she has ever made.  It took her a week to execute all the steps involved.

Would she sew it again?  She says, “Yes! I think it is a great first coat project because of the mandarin collar and lack of closures, plus there's not huge amount of ease. It let me finally cross off 'structured coat' off my sewing bucket list."  She is already planning Version 2 of this coat in a navy twill she has sitting in her stash.

Congratulations, clothingengineer!

Second Prize: nicegirl for BurdaStyle Magazine: 06-2013-102 Pleated Flowing Gatsby Dress

Second Prize Natural Fabrics

Congratulations, nicegirl!

And congratulations to all our contestants!


Thanks to Schmetz Needles for sponsoring this contest.

Schmetz Needles

Thanks to  arianamaniacs for managing this contest.

See all the entries for this contest.

See the Contest Report and Rules.

Read the “behind the scenes” contestant talk.

11 Comments      Login to Add a Comment    
Amanda.Claire said... (6/18/13 10:52 AM) Reply
Great outfits! Congrats Clothing Engineer and Slapdash Sewist!!
Heatherrique said... (6/14/13 2:34 PM) Reply
Congratulations to the Clothing Engineer and Slapdash Sewist for your gorgeous garments!
jennygolightly1 said... (6/14/13 3:41 AM) Reply
Y'all are inspirations to me!
Jstarr4250 said... (6/12/13 7:46 PM) Reply
Congratulations on well deserved wins to each of you. Your entries are stellar!
ryan's mom said... (6/12/13 6:32 PM) Reply
Congratulations to the winners! Amazing work!! Congratulations to the winners! What amazing work!!
caper81 said... (6/12/13 5:41 PM) Reply
Great-looking coat and dress! :)
sewhappygrams said... (6/12/13 3:30 PM) Reply
Congrats!!!! These garments are excellent!
Ashford said... (6/12/13 2:42 PM) Reply
Congratulations, ClothingEngineer and NiceGirl. The tailoring in your garments are amazing. Thank you to all the contestants for inspiring me to use the natural fiber fabrics. I will put your ideas in my notebook.
SometimesSewist said... (6/12/13 12:38 PM) Reply
Two well deserved wins. These garments are amazing!
Sue Parrott said... (6/11/13 9:11 PM) Reply
Excellent work ladies! Great clothing items!
HDWen said... (6/11/13 4:49 PM) Reply
way to go ClothingEngineer and NiceGirl! great job everyone

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