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Vote for the winner of the SewStylish Spring Fashion Challenge

The finalists for the SewStylish Spring Fashion Challenge have been chosen! 

To cast your vote to choose the winner, click here to go to the contest on CraftStylish.

There is only one vote per person and voting closes on June 16th, 11:59 pm. Winner will be announced on June 17th.

To learn more about the winners and their creations, scroll down to see images and descriptions from the designers themselves.

The winner will receive a Singer Esteem II sewing machine, Pattern Master Boutique pattern-drafting software from Wild Ginger, and Threads Industry Insider Techniques, Volumes I and II DVDs.

Butterfly Garden Dress by Little Rachel

Butterfly Dress Indoors      

I wanted to create a dress that loves the sun as much as I do.  I made the pattern “as is” because it provided the perfect canvas for my embroidery work. I altered a black-work design originally intended for linens. I filled it in with color change thread. I then used the scalloped border to create a matching hem line. Lastly, I added a flurry of butterflies, also in color change thread. Inside, it is a dramatic black and white creation. But, outside, it really comes to life!

Sassy Stripes by Gertie T


My dress was inspired by one of my favorite designers, Betsey Johnson. I love her fun use of prints and retro details, and I tried to incorporate some of that into this project.

I used the short sundress version of the pattern, made up in a striped stretch twill. I implemented a special layout to make the chevron design with the stripes. I made the front bodice one piece (instead of the overlapping wrap look), and made  collar-like bodice flaps in white. Three white buttons adorn the front. The straps are white elastic with a tricot edge, and they cross in the back to give great support. I also changed the length, shortening the pattern by a few inches for a summery look.

I used some special finishing techniques, including Hong Kong seams, a twin-needle stitched hem, and a built-in bra.

I hope my design incorporates all the things I love about Sew Stylish magazine DIY designer sewing, special techniques, and a fun spirit. I would love to win the contest, particularly because I have been coveting the Wild Ginger software for well over a year!


Origami Dress by AthenaWaves


I was inspired by this ‘Origami’ dress designed by Francisco Costa, senior designer with the Calvin Klein Co. for the Spring 2009 collection.




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    craftygirl | | #1

    I vote for the stripes. The other two really great designs. However, the embroidery only hints at vintage hankies and the origami dress looks more like a slip. Both are very creative but don't give me a strong sense of vintage time and place.

  2. moviegirl | | #2

    What a fantastic use of stripes! It's amazing. It has a great look that's timeless and hints at naval origins.

  3. LunaSee | | #3

    They are all very cute. I vote for the sassy stripes. It's a great rendition and looks good with her ink.
    I'd like to see someone wearing the butterfly dress. That had to be so much fun to make.
    The origami dress is too slip like in that fabric. I'd love to see it done in a batik or Asian fabric that mimics origami paper.
    Beautiful work ladies!

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    MessyONE | | #4

    I'd like to see the first one on a body rather than a jenny. I suspect that it's appeal lies more in the embellishment than the cut.

    It's disappointing to see the empire cut hanging on for so long. It flatters virtually no one, particularly in the stiff fabrics used in #2 and #3. Waists are back, kids, let's see some. I've been playing with REAL vintage patterns - far more interesting that what we see here.

  5. gingerlaw | | #5

    My vote is for the stripes! The butterflies were cute but hard to tell what the dress would look like on a real body.

    The third dress looked like a muslin mock up. Maybe if a different fabric was used?

  6. CarolDD | | #6

    All are nice, but I am voting for the BUTTERFLY DRESS. I like the way the border of the fabric was used ear the bodice instead of the hem. Each took time and talent but the plain white dressmaker, although creative, should have used a rainbow of colors to show the dress' unique design.

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    NinaC | | #7

    I like the Sassy Stripes dress the best!

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