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design challange

Tess | Posted in General Discussion on

I LIKE the parameters of the design challenge – ie, design a one day outfit that can be quickly changed into a more formal outfit.

Whenever I have traveled, I have needed to go from “DRESSED UP” to comfort / casual. This premise is a plausible scenario that many of us can adapt for our own needs.

Challengers can, and have in the past, died and painted or embellished etc, outfits to wear to a variety of events for the design challenge.

The design challange is an example of people being creative. Imagination is stimulated by constrictions. The parameters seem to me to be both practical and useful.

But I wish Threads would give us more details and close-ups from all the people who have participated. Maybe do it online. Extras like that would make people want to read/buy the magazine.

and …perhaps ,,,, In the magazine, there should be more variety of articles about dye, paint, emellishment, or combining interests in weaving, embroidery, knitting, knotting, historical costumes, or something like the other interesting articles in the early Threads magazines. I have been, and will continue to be, a subscriber since issue 8 or 9. My opinion is that you should offer variety of articles.

My wish about the design challange articles is that you all would show us more close-up pictures of the winners’ work or even others who did not win but have interesting ideas. Post pictures online of other people. What we see now is not very detailed. And likely there are a lot of non-“winners” who have made some very nice creations or interesting work.


  1. suesew | | #1

    Actually there are not other non-winners. There are only three competent seamstresses chosen who are given the challenge.
    I have been able to be in Minneapolis to see the revealing of the new challenges each year, and I,too, would like to see some changes. I would like to see clothing that is actually wearable. While people can be very creative, I think they have been going over the edge lately (with the possible exception of Sandra Betzina's) and coming up with garments that actually wouldn't be worn anywhere. I do agree that the challenge could be covered better in the magazine.

    1. marijke | | #2

      I thought Trheads invites the 3 Challenge participants -- it's not really a contest, right?

      On the most recent one:  I actually didn't think Sandra Betzina's garments were all that flattering.  I liked Mary Ray's outfit better, although that jacket with the 20 gathered strips reminded me of old-fashioned "bed jackets."  I think that green color didn't help.  The idea was cute, though.

      Guess we all like different things!


    2. Tess | | #3

      Yes, sorry, I was confusing the other contest with the design challange. Or I'm combining the 2 in my mind. The one has "rules" to follow and the other is too wide open. Neither one is covered very well either online nor in the magazine with details. I usally skip those articles because they seem dumb to me. But they may have some potential... sorry

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