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Beginner Contest Winners By Deepika on 9/28/09 5:05 PM

Announcing the winners of the Beginner and the Advanced Beginner Sewing Contests!
In both contests, the first place was chosen by the judges and second place winners were chosen by membership vote.
Beginner Contest
The challenge for beginners entering the Beginner Contest was to make any sewn item, such as a garment, an accessory or a home decorating project. Look at these outfits. Let's meet the creators of the winning beginner projects:

First Prize: Peter in NYC For Butterick: 4712 Robert L. Green (70's vintage)

Peter in NYC began sewing in June 2009 upon purchasing his first sewing machine. After sewing some smaller projects, he decided to tackle this vintage 70s pattern he bought on Ebay. A novice sewer, he relied on advice from PR members and the Islander shirtmaking DVD to guide him through the project. He used material from a cotton/poly vintage fitted twin bedsheet to create the garment. The shirt has a slim fit. He cut most of the seam allowances down to 1/4 inch (on the pattern) as recommended in the Islander Method DVD and eliminated the buttoned epaulets and patch pockets. He narrowed the collar a little to give it an updated look.
Second Prize: RachelEsq For McCall: 5845 Lined Dress and belt

Although she had previously sewn home decor projects, RachelEsq just started sewing apparel a few months ago. This is her third dress, but the second time she has made this pattern. Inspired by a Trina Turk dress, she used a thick, stretch cotton pique and lined the dress in a pale yellow polyester fabric. Being familiar with the pattern, she felt free to make some adjustments, including adding an invisible zipper for a more polished look and lowering the neckline (using a plate to draw the curve). She made muslin copies of the pattern pieces so that she could more easily match the print. The only reservations she has about the dress are the low back, requiring a special bra, and the 28 darts which make sewing it relatively time-consuming. These 2 dresses turned out so well that she is now thoroughly addicted to apparel sewing! And, she stresses, obsessed!


All Beginner Contest Entries

Advanced Beginner Contest
The challenge for the advanced beginners was to make a garment incorporating at least one technique that was new to them.

Check out all the entries for this contest! Now meet the creators of the winning outfits:

First Prize: Miss33 For Patrones Magazine: 272- 09-2008 Coat Sinequanone 41

Miss33 got the pattern for this double-breasted lined cotton duck coat with cuffed 3/4-length sleeves, rounded neckline, belt and pockets from a Spanish magazine. Since she didn't read Spanish, she used her own method for putting together the pieces. Although she liked the cuffs in the original pattern, she felt that the fabric was too thick to support this design, so she eliminated the cuffs. She also decided not to include the wide front pockets, which didn't flatter her petite frame. She particularly liked the rounded neckline and curved front hem because they make the coat lighter and allow the large buttons on the double-breasted front. The cotton duck was too thick for her to fashion belt loops, so she used satin bands instead. She finished the garment off with a nacre belt buckle adorning a fabric cotton duck belt, the first one she ever made.
Second Prize: BeautifulRune For BurdaStyle: Dots Invasion Dress

BeautifulRune doesn't generally like maxi dresses, but when she saw the polyester knit fabric she used and the pattern, she knew it was a dress she had to make. It's a dress constructed from many pieces. She left off the zipper (because she didn't need it with the knit fabric)and shortened the length by 3 inches. She used fusible woven interfacing on the straps and fusible knit interfacing on the under bust band to compensate for the weight of the skirt. It was her first time sewing with a knit. She enjoyed the experience and figures that when maxis are no longer fashionable, she'll extend the life of the dress by shortening the skirt to knee length.


All Advanced Beginner Contest Entries

We thank PR member Annette1 for managing both contests. And our beginner contest judges for patiently looking through all the wonderful entries and deciding the winners.

Contests were judged by:

Mahogany Stylist and Elaray


Both the contest winners get a choice of Online Class on PatternReview and a 1 year complimentary Friends of PR membership. The runner ups get a Pattern of their choice and a PR button.

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