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Fluid Fabrics: A Challenge for the Pros

Marcury RisingDesigner: Judy Gross
Chiffon/Beaded Tulle DressDesigner: Ann Vidovic
Smokey Grey: DetailDesigner: Angela Wolf
Marcury RisingDesigner: Judy Gross

Marcury Rising
Designer: Judy Gross

Photo: Judy Gross

Every year Threads sponsors a design challenge to the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals. The 2008 winners were announced in the April/May 2009 issue (#142) with photographs and descriptions of the designs the judges deemed best. Here are photographs of some of the finalists. We asked the designers to demonstrate their mastery of fluid fabrics, such as charmeuse, chiffon, and silk knits.

Flowing Colors with a Signature    Oceans Green
Flowing Colors with a Signature
Designer: Anca Balinisteanu
  Oceans Green 
Designer: Robin Bolton
 Black Trim and Animal Print (detail)    Black Trim and Animal Print
Black Trim and Animal Print: Detail
  Black Trim and Animal Print
Designer: Beki Biesterfelt
 Spiral Pinwheel    Spiral Pinwheel
Spiral Pinwheel: Detail
  Spiral Pinwheel
Designer: Julianne Bramson
 Spiral Dress—In Contrast    Spiral Dress—In Contrast
Spiral Dress—In Contrast
Designer: Melanie Carrico
  Erté Je T'aime
Designer: Rae Cumbie
Mercury Rising   Mercury Rising
 Mercury Rising
Designer: Judy Gross
Shooting Star Trails   Shooting Star Trails
Shooting Star Trails
Designer: Susan Landerking
   Shooting Star Trails: Detail
Bias Swirl   Peace, Love, and Blessing
Bias Swirl
Designer: Denise Severson
  Peace, Love, and Blessing
Designer: Janie Stidham
Smokey Grey   Smokey Grey

Smokey Grey: Detail


 Smokey Grey
Designer: Angela Wolf

Chiffon/Beaded Tulle Dress    
Chiffon/Beaded Tulle Dress
Designer: Ann Vidovic

Runway photos: James Keller; other photos by the designers



Comments (10)

user-4170341 user-4170341 writes: I really liked Smokey Grey with the strips. How did these strips sewn by hand?
Posted: 2:18 am on February 10th

livestosew livestosew writes: love "Mercury Rising!"
Posted: 7:06 am on April 13th

lou19 lou19 writes: Well done "smokey blue"
Clever the way the way the woven strips are pulled to shape the bust.
Beautiful jacket which goes so well with the peplem of the top.
Gorgeous colours.
All dresses amazing ........but I'll just mention "Erte je T'aime", "Shooting star trail" and "bias swirl"

Posted: 5:00 pm on March 26th

Muria Muria writes: Mercury Rising looks great from the front, but I'm not as excited about the gathers/ruching on the back. I would have said a clean back would accentuate the gorgeous front better.

Oceans Green appeals to me, too, but I suspect it's at least as much the choice of colors as the design, and spiral pinwheel looks like a great dress for actually wearing somewhere (as much as I like mercury rising, it's far too fancy for anywhere I go. I agree with soxfan that it should be on the red carpet).
Posted: 10:21 am on March 26th

Viennasews Viennasews writes: Mercury Rising is gorgeous and reminded me of the other magnifiscent dress from the collection at westernCostume Company in the last page od Threads Magazine issue 142.
Love also the text under Up Close....could you please kindly tell me were is this text taken from? its so appropiated for exquisite and gorgeous Mercury Rising as well as the dress from the Western Costume Collection shown in this issue.

Congratulations to all the designers, each and everyone of the creations are special and must be aplauded for its creativity.

Posted: 5:35 pm on March 10th

CarolBee CarolBee writes: Looking at all the beautiful designs is an inspiration, but Mercury Rising is stunning. It has a moonlight etheral look that is something else!
Posted: 8:59 am on March 10th

Cindy_in_Florida Cindy_in_Florida writes: These are absolutely beautiful. I would like to see a front photo of Janie Stidham's dress. Gosh it would be nice if the photos were higher resolution. It would be nice to be able to see realy clear details. Thanks for all the hard work that went into this.
Posted: 10:32 am on March 8th

soxfan999 soxfan999 writes: Mercury Rising is absolutely stunning, almost other wordly. This gown should be on the red carpet but it would surely outshine the wearer.
Posted: 9:15 pm on March 7th

barbbie barbbie writes: I agree with Mary, that dress is wonderful, the simple elegance in that fabric is a perfect match Barb
Posted: 12:35 pm on March 7th

MaryinColorado MaryinColorado writes: Mercury Rising is the most elegant gown I have ever seen! It appears to be spun of liquid silver! I cannot imagine a more lovely perfect example of fluid fabric artistry! Mary
Posted: 10:37 pm on March 5th

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