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Vote for the Winner of the 2013 Fancy Fabrics Challenge

One lucky winner could take home a Catona #50 Mini Thread Chest by Madeira.

The 2013 Fancy Fabrics Challenge sponsored by Madeira and Britex Fabrics has come to a close, and the finalists have been chosen. Selecting just five garments out of all the amazing entries proved to be challenging for the editors at Threads. However, after much dileberation we’ve come up with this year’s finalists.

Now you pick the winner. Click on the photos below to see the original entries, and vote for your favorite in the poll below before 11:59 p.m. ET, January 28.

The contestant with the most votes will win a Catona #50 Mini Thread Chest by Madeira and a $150 gift certificate to Britex Fabrics.

The five finalists in no particular order are:

Charmeuse Evening Gown

Gold Tailored Gown

McQueen Inspired Top

Exquisite Prom Dress

Lady in Red


Vote for the Fancy Fabrics Challenge Winner

Voting Closes January 28, 2014 at midnight!


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  1. depotbay | | #1

    This dress is soft and rich looking at the same time. The Style is unique as well for a young woman.

  2. jbreit01 | | #2

    Beautifully made though the hem looks a bit heavy.

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    ToniWI | | #3

    I love the color and the pintucks are wonderful.

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    jbnelson41 | | #4

    I love the way this dress is and was made. Awesome job.
    It shows in models face. Excellent job. To other challenges great job! The next challenge I hope to stand with you girls.

  5. lssinvest | | #5

    Another top-notch 4-Her ..... Congrats! Lovely - you did a great job!

  6. marijke1 | | #6

    All are beautiful and the makers of each can rightfully be very proud of their accomplishments. That said, I am partial to the McQueen-inspired top. It looks to have a very nicely placed lace overlay, which just strikes me as rather unique. I also love the clean lines on the corset-top on the gold dress. The other dresses are beautiful as well. It's hard to choose!

  7. cliftonsummer | | #7

    wonderful techniques, sumptuous looking dress, stylish and classy. Well done

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    MissPat | | #8

    All the entries are lovely but I have to lean toward the 4-H dress. Beautiful, inside and out and what a show-stopper! Congratulations to all the finalists.

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    akvaughn | | #9

    I love the beautiful deep red color. I am so happy to see the 4-H is still making amazing young people with so much talent.

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    sunshinegal | | #10

    I chose the beautiful red dress made in a 4H situation. I was lucky enough to teach young seamstresses via 4H and it was a most wonderful experience for me. This red gown is very beautifully done and the seamstress has loads of patience to do all that fine work. And it certainly shows.

  11. SandyYH | | #11

    Beautiful entries one and all - the thought and work that went into each one is impressive.

  12. mutti | | #12

    Hard to choose but I love this one the best. Congratulations and good luck.

  13. user-963630 | | #13

    The overall look is lovely and the colour is fabulous. Well done.

  14. UrbanStyle | | #14

    It was so very hard to choice between this gown and the Red gown. I chose this one because the finished garment was so beautiful, the workmanship was incredible and the photo was so clear that I was able to see in detail what had been accomplished. The red dress was a winner also, but the photo was out of focus at the bottom and did not allow me to see the work that had been accomplished.

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    ustabahippie | | #15

    It was a very difficult choice among the McQueen top, the Lady in Red and the Exquisite Prom Dress. I had to finally choose the prom dress, because it was a beautiful example of both expertise and a labor of love.

  16. MargieW | | #16

    All the garments are lovely and well made. I was drawn to the Lady in Red, the Prom dress, and the Tucked gown. It was a difficult choice but all those tucks are so beautifully sewn and matched that I had to choose that gown! Congratulations to all the winners, well done! I really love the prom gown too!

  17. Concordiabelle | | #17

    All of the contestants are to be congratulated! There is beautiful workmanship in all of the garments. My favorite was chosen because of the attention to detail and understated elegance of the design. I wish all of them well in their future projects.

  18. user-2284671 | | #18

    Congratulations to call the dressmakers. Each garment is exquisite. I voted for the McQueen Inspired Top as I am currently having a love affair with lace after spending last August in Europe and seeing so many beautiful inspiring outfits using lace. I also saw the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress in the Ballroom of Buckingham Palace. It was exquisite; show piecing the versatility and adaptability of lace. So feminine. I also love the neckline of this top; very flattering.

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    Sewista | | #19

    Congratulations to all the makers of these beautiful garments. I made my choice based on its elegant simplicity and command of technique, beautiful work by all!

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