My trench coat got me to the next round of the Fabricista Challenge, and I realized this morning that I did not do a good job of promoting the community challenge or letting you in on what the theme is this week. I was out of town in WY this weekend, and hotel “wifi” was quite the joke. No matter. It’s totally doable to finish this challenge quickly, so don’t fear just having until tomorrow.
We will be judging on a 1-10 scale (10 being the highest) using the following criteria:
Coordinate Wearability – Does each garment coordinate with the “need some love” garment? Do they help make it great for you and your wardrobe?
Fit – Do the two new garments proportionately fit you? No pulling in common fit-issue areas such as crotch, bust, shoulders, etc?
Craftsmanship – Did you put a lot of care into the construction? Top-stitching straight, seams match, careful overall construction, etc? The hemline is straight? The garments do not look messy or rushed?
Presentation – While we totally understand not everyone has a professional camera and the perfect backdrop for photographing their creations, (Me included!!) you are in front of a world of other sewers. Make yourself look presentable. Submit a photo of the front, back and side view of the garment. Detail photos are also requested so we can be better judges. So if you do some embellishing or a specific technique, zoom in and share with us! Not all the photos may be used in the blog post, but for judges reference.
Judges: This week’s judges are Penny Payne, Fabric & Notions Editor for the McCall Pattern Company and Gillian Conahan, Editor-in Chief for Vogue Patterns Magazine.
PENNY PAYNE is the Fabric & Notions Editor for the McCall Pattern Company, with primary responsibility for all Fabric/Notion/Trimming/Interfacing products as utilized by the company’s core brands – McCall’s, Butterick, Vogue Patterns and Kwik Sew, plus Vogue Patterns Magazine. Additionally, she researches and develops the twice yearly Color & Fabric Trend Presentation shared with McCall’s global partners with a special focus on photographing inspirational fabric details and color from Designer Collections, Textile Shows and Museum Exhibits.
Gillian Conahan is the Editor in Chief of Vogue Patterns magazine, dedicated to fashionable sewing, creative inspiration, and quality techniques. She has been sewing since she was six or seven years old, and divides her personal sewing time about equally between fashion and costumes. Her cosplay sewing book, The Hero’s Closet, is forthcoming from Abrams in spring 2017.
Due Date: All photos, text, etc is due on Tuesday, September 27th. The finished projects will be revealed for reader voting Sept 28-29 and the winner will be announced on Friday, September 30th.
Attention readers! Don’t forget to vote for your favorite piece! A link for voting will be provided on reveal day.
Prizes: This week’s prize is a 15 yard Fabric Bundle including some of the most gorgeous fabrics we have around right now!! It includes: 2.5 yds natural linen, 1.75 yards raspberry silk charmeuse, 1.5 yards blue linen, 2.5 yards purple herrinbone wool coating, 1.5 yards blue silk dupioni, 2.5 yards floral silk charmeuse and 3 yards red wool interlock knit.
This week’s challenge for reader’s is almost the same thing as the contestants! Post a photo of the your “Need Some Love” garment and ONE other garment that gives some love to the other piece on Facebook or Instagram using #FabricistaFabricMart by Sept 29. One winner will be chosen to win the prize pack shown below, including Kwik-Sew Patterns and notions.