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Bargainista Fashionista Contest WinnersBy AlexisW on 5/12/14 3:03 PM

Love a great deal? The Bargainista Fashionista Contest asked contestants to recreate a garment inspired by runway or retail fashion seen from a magazine, online, or store. 63 participants were up for the challenge!

Submissions included a comparison calculation of the percentage saved on designing the lookalike outfit versus purchasing the inspiration piece.

Who had the most thrifty entry? Let’s find out!


First Prize Winner: Jstarr4250 for Vogue Patterns: 8815 (Misses Top)

Wonderful top, Jstarr4250!

Jstarr4250 says, "67 pattern reviewers can't be wrong...this is a versatile and fun top to put your own spin on. I will be sewing up more of these as alternatives to basic T shirts for the summer."

Retail cost of garment: $98.00
Cost to sew: $7.99
Percentage of savings: 91.85%


Second Prize Winner: arianamaniacs for No Pattern Used: Lena Hoschek (Ribbon Skirt)

Congrats, arianamaniacs!

arianamaniacs says, "I might consider making another one of these if I run across some ribbons that don't cost a million! I've gotten a ton of compliments on this already and everyone assumes it's one from the designer :)"

Retail cost of garment: 390 Euro
Cost to sew: 96 Euro
Percentage of savings: 75%


Congratulations to all who participated in the Bargainista Fashionista Contest!

We'd like to give our special thanks to the Contest Manager, michellep74. is the proud Sponsor of the Bargainista Fashionista Contest. Thank you!

Read the behind-the-scenes Contestant Discussion.

Review the submissions in the Contestant Gallery.

See the Contest Report and Rules.


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15 Comments      Login to Add a Comment
Quickie said... (5/18/14 10:27 AM) Reply
congrats to the winners
beanchor said... (5/14/14 4:58 PM) Reply
Congratulations to the winners! Such great entries!
sunnysewing said... (5/13/14 10:33 PM) Reply
congrats winners! Beautiful work :)
SewLuva said... (5/13/14 4:01 PM) Reply
Congratulations ladies!
MNBarb said... (5/13/14 12:14 PM) Reply
What excellent craftsmanship. Handmade clothing that doesn't look "homemade" is always the goal. Congratulations to both of you on your beautiful work and money saving.
kushami said... (5/13/14 8:54 AM) Reply
Congratulations to the winners and all the participants. I spent a fascinating hour reading through everyone's entries. I found myself unable to vote on this one, as every entry had its own interesting back story and a great result.
tlc246 said... (5/13/14 8:35 AM) Reply
annem54 said... (5/13/14 8:06 AM) Reply
Congratulations. Terrific outfits.
MrsCharisma said... (5/13/14 7:35 AM) Reply
Congrats ladies!! Loved both of your entries!!
supizoo said... (5/13/14 5:57 AM) Reply
Congratulations Jstarr4250 and Arianamaniacs! Thanks to all participants for putting on such an inspiring show!
Danvillegirl said... (5/13/14 5:16 AM) Reply
Great job by everyone, congrats to both winners.
Mrs.Butts said... (5/12/14 10:08 PM) Reply
Great job ladies
Lori V said... (5/12/14 8:07 PM) Reply
annakeeton said... (5/12/14 6:23 PM) Reply
Congrats Jstarr4250 and arianamaniacs! And congrats to everyone who entered items- it was difficult to vote.
Jstarr4250 said... (5/12/14 5:32 PM) Reply
Wow! I just received Alexis's email with the great news. Thank you to everyone, especially Michellep74 for doing such an admirable job managing the contest, the other entrants, Schmetz for their sponsorship and everyone who voted. The level of creativity and sewing skill exhibited in this contest was amazing. Way to go, everyone!!

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