Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sewing for Competition, Semi-Finalist: Karyn Heidenreich

Continuing with the IPCA PLARS garment entries, this week begins the Semi-Finalist. When sewing for competition, all other things being equal, the one thing that will set your project above all others will be adding in special details and the quality of sewing. With this group, as you will soon see, all were beyond average.  This weeks entry is a skirt made by Karyn Heidenreich using the Sew Chic Spin Skirt pattern, #LN1209. She has sewn for many years, learning the skill first in high school. She enjoys making ladies apparel and sewing for her family. The following is what she wanted to share with you about her entry:

Semi-Finalist: Karyn Heidenreich

I bought the fabric because of the colors and print pattern was something I know my daughter-in-law would like.
 There was just about 5 yds in the clearance area of the store.
The main scroll motif was not centered and side patterns did not match.
I had to do some creative piecing to get the motifs to be situated properly.
I had just enough fabric to center the motifs on each panel the way I wanted.
 I knew I wanted to make a gathered tiered skirt of some kind.
I'm glad I saw an ad for the various pattern companies in a sewing magazine.

Ideally, wanted to make the yoke with a coordinating fabric, but couldn't find any that worked.
I wanted to do the ribbon trim with two cotton twill tapes.
I couldn't find any in the colors I needed, so I had to use synthetic grosgrain and satin ribbon.
I used the satin ribbon shiny side down.
I wasn't happy with the texture of those two ribbons, but did the best I could.
I used the lines on the underskirt pattern as a guide for ribbon lengths.
 Believe it or not, I used 3 needles to make the skirt.  That ribbon was really hard on the needles.
 I made an attached petticoat modified from the underskirt pattern and modified the ruffle pattern for the tulle.

I added purchased gathered trim to one petticoat layer and a purchased flower trim to the other.

I went back and forth about entering the skirt in the contest, because of time issues.
I got the pattern the end of March and only had 2 weekends to work on it to make the deadline.

In general, I'm glad I did.
If I get judging comments back, those will be very useful for future projects.
I am going to make another skirt with the same pattern in an above the knee length for my daughter in an Alexander Henry fabric.  No deadline for it this time! I'm going to take the time to  get just the right yoke fabric and cotton twill for it.

I'm glad she entered too! Here is the pattern she used:
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Honorable Mention: Karen Emmons

Continuing with the IPCA garment entries begun last week, I want to share with you the inspiring work of Karen Emmons, also an "honorable mention." Karen has been sewing since childhood, and used the Sew Chic Fantasia, #LN9005 for her entry. She loves Halloween and is enamored with the "Gothic" look and lifestyle, which became her garment inspiration. The following is what she wanted to share with you about her entry:

Honorable Mention: Karen Emmons

"I decided to enter the contest for several reasons. 1) I love to sew. 2) I wanted to win the Baby Lock Serger, so I could give my best friend my old Baby Lock Serger. I’ve always been fascinated by the Gothic Lifestyle and looks. I actually got my inspiration from an ad I saw in a Goth Magazine. When I saw the Fantasia pattern, I knew that was the one I wanted to adapt for my contest entry. I already had the black crepe like fabric, the baby blue satin and tulle were purchased at Joann’s. I also purchased a few items on the internet. A lot if the bit and pieces were from my unbelievable stash of fabric and misc. sewing items. I didn’t want the blue satin to be bright, so I covered everything in black tulle to tone it down and give it a dusky effect. The ravens were stenciled on the fishtail with black matte fabric paint. The sleeves were made long. The back inset, sleeves and corset were covered in black ribbon in a crisscross pattern. I also made a matching choker for the dress using the same beads and braid I used on the bodice front."


Her entry was based on this pattern:
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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Honorable Mention: Stephanie Ghidossi

The "Party Like a Rock Star" was the name of the sewing and design challenge this year hosted by the Independent Pattern Company Alliance, sponsored by these nine pattern companies:

Voting through the IPCA facebook page for the "People's Choice" award for each company has just closed. Winners will be announced in just a few days, on June 10. Winners will receive $100 in product from their sponsoring company, and go on to compete for grand prizes donated by Coats, Reliable, and Babylock. 

I received a total of 5 entries for this contest. I was impressed with the quality and creativity of the entries, but only 2 photos were required, and that doesn't always tell the whole story. Because it was a very manageable number, I asked all contestants to send me their garments. Only 3 could become semi-finalists, but I knew that every entry deserved our attention, so I spent an afternoon taking photos so that I could show you the workmanship and detail in a uniform way. For the next month I'm going to share these entries with you, along with any comments that the contestant may have given me to share.  

Honorable Mention: Stephanie Ghidossi

Stephanie did a beautiful job re-inventing the Valentine Slip view B,  #LN1207. She said that "Burning Man" was her inspiration. Stephanie paired three different fabrics, pleather, charmeuse, and chiffon to create this completely reversible design. She did a great job of incorporating the peacock design of the fabric, and invented a really clever way of lacing the ribbon. I didn't dare untie it for fear I would not be able to put it back. Stephanie has been sewing for only 3 years! Enjoy!

 Her design was based on this pattern:
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sewing Indie Month- Enter to Win!

Tomorrow (June 4) the last day to post your creations and enter to win a whole boat load of prizes. If you have completed a Sew Chic pattern (or from any of the sponsoring designers) this month (May 1-June 4), all you need do is post the project photo somewhere on the web- in a blog post (of your own, or even a friend!), on patternreview, or Kollabora (maybe pinterest and photobucket don't count?). Align it with one of these categories and link your project back to the post of the category leader:

Dressed to the Nines (Formal wear)
Laura of Lilacs and Lace

Everyday Casual (Casual wear)
Jenny of Cashmerette

An indie Love Affair (two or more patterns combined)
Wanett of Sown Brooklyn 

Patternhacking (reworking a single pattern)
Rhonda of Rhonda's Creative Life

Click the links above to see the entries so far. Dressed to the Nines and Indie Love Affair have the fewest entries (11 and 8). It's disappointing that there are no entries to represent Sew Chic, but I'll keep my fingers crossed. There is still time!