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Choose the Winner in the Fancy Fabric Contest

One lucky winner could take home a 3-in-1 Craft Lamp from OttLite.

Choosing between all of the amazing entries in the Fancy Fabric Contest was a difficult task, but the Threads magazine editors were able to narrow the list down to five finalists. Now you pick the winner. Choose your favorite in the poll below by Thursday January 14th. Winner will be announced on Friday, January 15th.

The five finalists in no particular order are:

Scintillating – An amalgamation of past and present
by EvaDress


High Glam in Turquoise and Fuschia
by itsmarkmitchell

Mad Men inspired Holiday Suit
by Laura_Mae

Emaual Ungaro Teal Velvet jacket
by appleanniefabrics



Traditional Silk Christening Gown
by Sewista




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    mcshanta | | #1

    Though not my favorite color combinations..I can appreciate the difficulty in working with so many different 'fancy' fabrics. The final outcome is magnificent.

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    MrsMarmalade | | #2

    Really classic and very glamorous design.

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    Kate_W | | #3

    Congratulations to the final five on gorgeous work. Wow!

    I enjoyed seeing all the entries, was in awe of all of the details (especially on slippery fabrics), creative design and construction excellence. It is truly inspiring (as in, I'll do better work on my own daily wear ... ) Thank you Threads.

  4. dangarlington | | #4

    The fit on 'High Glam' is really remarkable, and the sheer & tulle cape (and matching hat) is very nice work. And is that more turquoise tulle peeking out of the bottom edge of the dress? There's something very Leigh Bowery about it, and I love it. Bravo!

  5. djeltoro | | #5

    That fishtail makes some of the other fitted garments look positively voluminous. And those colors make me dizzy—in a good way!

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    ghis | | #6

    Holyday suit by Laura-Mae has my vote because it is a suit that you can actually wear and like on my comment about that ensemble,it is as nice and perfectly done on both side.All the other entrys are very nice ,the scintilating is fabulous,but I could not see myself in that dress ,the ungaro vest is super nice,Iwould wear this easely on a little black dress,the high glam must have been a lot of work and is beautifly fitted,the christening gown is "darling" for the new baby!! So good lock Laura-Mae ,to me you deserve to win.Ghis

  7. sunnyc | | #7

    Wow - wonderful entries. Congrats to each and everyone who participated, and especially to whoever wins!

  8. vb01 | | #8

    Beautiful work by all -- I'll always go for the simple, but elegant look. Go Evadress!

  9. RobinDee | | #9

    Love Mad Men and Ungaro.

  10. onewomansstash | | #10

    Just imagine having the figure to enter a room in the scintilatting gown by EvaDress. The fabric is a challenge to work with and the color is fetching. Gets my vote. Best of luck!

  11. elizabethdee | | #11

    All five finalists have done amazing work. How is a person supposed to vote? Difficulty of fabric, difficulty of techniques involved, originality of design as well as the usual criteria (execution, suitability of fabric for pattern, etc.)? Personal taste? It's wonderful to get to see such a range of entries; on the other hand, it's hard to know how to compare one entry with another. Threads, I hope you run this contest again, and maybe next time, suggest a few guidelines? In the meantime, thanks for giving a showcase to these beautifully made clothes.

  12. coachgrazina | | #12

    I absolutely love Scintillating - An amalgamation of past and present by EvaDress. I admire its simplicity and I know how easy it is to go from "simple" to "boring, nothing special". This dress is classy and sophisticated, and the fabric choice is great - gorgeous colour and texture/pattern.
    My vote goes to EvaDress :o)

  13. SewImaginative | | #13

    The Ungaro teal jacket inspires mind-spinning combinations with tops, skirts, pants,etc to create a costume suitable for any and every occasion from the splendid to the mundane! What more could one ask in a garment design?

  14. manella | | #14

    I chose that Evadress creation. Simple lines, and oh so elegant. I also see that it's one of those gowns where your very own body and your personality really makes it happen. This is definitely not for every figure. It looks absolutely stunning on the dress form. Yet, I love it.

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    SydneyGal | | #15

    Part of me enjoys using great skill and exacting techniques...and then the is the side of me which loves colours and styles which are way out there...thanks itsmarkmitchell I adore High Glam !

  16. yvonne16 | | #16

    I love Ungaros jacket, the style and color is very flattering.

  17. fashion_conscious | | #17

    I really like the first two entries but I'll give the edge to 'High Glam' for fit and glamor.

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    NovaScotiaNancy | | #18

    The Eva dress is so elegant and so very classic. I wore something similar to a cocktail party 3 days after my last son was born over 30 years ago. But not nearly so understated but impressive.

  19. msbyrdt | | #19

    It was difficult to choose since the fabrics, themselves, were in their own individual catagories(in my opinion), even though they were all "fancy". I went with the one, that the fabric and design was what I'd wear, if I had the body for it. ;0 I picked the "Scintillating" dress, especially because of the fabric.

  20. aneja | | #20

    I can c why the judges had a hard time selecting the best dressed project, i am 2 having a hard and good time selecting the best project. but i really like the velvet jacket, that would make my wastline look nice and slim, come on ladies we all like a slim mid-section!!!!!!!. AMEN!!!!!

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    Deana | | #21

    Thanks for all of your comments. If you're not sure how to decide between the finalists garments, my suggestion would be to vote for your favorite garment. You may also consider the criteria we used to narrow down the finalists:

    --the mastery of construction techniques shown (as seen in the photographs)
    --the design that best accentuates the fabric being used

    Good luck to all of the finalists!

  22. emmyt | | #22

    The work that went into the construction of this dress is what impressed me. I would not necessarily choose those colors but it definatly makes an impression. Great job

  23. rkr4cds1 | | #23

    I wish all of that gathered tulle cape weren't covering up the bodice of the fuschia dress...the fitted skirt and fish-tail flounce are the only things to judge it on. It looks as though there's a bow detail across the bustline, and the bottom of the skirt has a few layers of fuschia fabric unattractively looped around that area - or it could just be the pose - - or the photography...
    We just cannot see the detail in that dress well enough to compare it to the rest of the pieces.

  24. irishwings | | #24

    I think the Teal Velvet Jacket is stylish and very flexible to wear.Beautiful tailored design and color.Would enjoy wearing this myself.

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