The Grand Prize Winner is…

on September 6 | in Contests & Giveaways | by | with 19 Comments

sosm_bannerIt’s time to announce the Grand Prize Winner in our Super Online Sewing Match. We started with ten amazing competitors with solid sewing and design skills, and they all came ready to win. Our thanks go out to these talented sewists for their participation in the Super Online Sewing Match: Melissa from Scavenger Hunt, Irene from Froo & Boo, Charise from Charise Creates, Kelli from True Bias, Ashley from Ashley Lotecki Illustration & Design, Nicole from Nicole at Home, Lori from Girls in the Garden, Ngoc on Flickr and Pinterest, Mary from Young, Broke, and Fabulous, Sue from A Colourful Canvas.

We’d like to thank our illustrious judges too, for their hard work in selecting winning entries based on both technique and artistry. Each of our judges are talented individuals we admire. Rochelle from Lucky Lucille, Julia from Julia Bobbin, Florence of Flossie Teacakes and Andrea from Four Square Walls were selected because we value their knowledge and opinions. They all dedicated significant time and care as judges and elevated this contest by really looking for quality home sewing, with a keen eye for all of those hems, seams and other details. A huge thank you also goes out to the pattern designers who all contributed copies of their patterns to the contestants and to the community match, as well as writing helpful information about their patterns (see below for a list.)

We believe home sewing allows us to express our creativity, skills, personality and sense of style, and our final three contestants demonstrated this throughout the contest. There was something consistent in the work of the final three contestants that made their pieces uniquely theirs, but appealing to everyone who can appreciate a gorgeous, well-made garment. Charise, Melissa and Kelli did a fabulous job in the final challenge and all the others (see below for a full list.) There can only be one winner of the Grand Prize Janome Horizon MC8900 and the Winner is….

Kelli from True Bias!

Join us in congratulating Kelli, who wowed our judges (and us) with her skills and style throughout the contest. Here’s what some of our judges had to say about Kelli’s final Cambie:

Andrea writes,

“I have seen dozens of finished Cambie dresses, but none like Kelli’s. She stayed true to the pattern’s silhouette but modified it in clever ways to better suit her body type and modern style. She turned a sweet picnic dress pattern into something a bit more edgy and unexpected, which I appreciate. All throughout this competition, Kelli has stayed true to her aesthetic and has created some memorable projects that show a lot of care and hard work. She has demonstrated great skill in working with different types of fabric, and I could even say I’ve seen her improve and push herself more with each challenge. She has shown that simplicity, combined with quality fabrics and careful construction, is beautiful and interesting. I admire Kelli’s talent and wish her the best with her future journey in sewing!”

Julia writes,

“Kelli really is a talent. Throughout the competition Kelli has consistently given us excellence. Her construction is immaculate, her design is always so pleasing and never over-designed and she has an advanced ability to get the perfect fit which is so important. What really pushes Kelli forward into the limelight, which is evident in her final dress, is her ability to take a pattern and alter it to work to her advantage. She states in her blog post that the dress style was not a natural choice for her body shape. Yet Kelli was able to analyze how the pattern could be altered to fit her shape and it was a real success. The front paneling for a slimmer waist, the lighter fabric for a more figure fitting skirt, the right choice of colors and the looser sleeves to flatter a broader shoulder; all of these slight changes show that Kelli is not just a home sewer with great ability, but a designer in her own right. I’m so excited to see what Kelli comes up with in the future.”

Rochelle writes,

“Kelli’s final garment really stands alone as far as thinking outside the box. She took all of the things that make her self-conscious about her figure and created such a gorgeous dress as a result. Being able to do that is such a beautiful thing, and it’s truly the best reason to stop shopping and start sewing! Kelli’s inspiration for her dress is not unique– all women strive to flatter their figure– but boy does she have one unique dress as a result. It’s a stunning garment (inside and out!), and Kelli looks stunning in it.”

We really hope you’ve enjoyed following along with this contest. We know we were certainly inspired to improve our skills and learn new ones. We’d like to thank Kelli and and all the other contestants for their inspiring work.

Don’t forget: There’s still time to enter to win our COMMUNITY Match prizes. Now go sew something!


EDITED: Looking for all the challenges? Here they are!

Challenge 1: The A-Line Skirt from Deborah Moebes’ Craftsy Class

Challenge 2: The Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress

Challenge 3: The U-Handbag It’s a Cinch! Tote

Challenge 4: The Colette Negroni Shirt

Challenge 5: The Sewaholic Cambie Dress

Looking for help of inspiration with a pattern? All of the pattern designers contributed helpful information or tutorials about their patterns:

In Seam Pockets with French Seams by Deborah Moebes

Roller Skate Dress Inspiration by Liesl Gibson

Quick Key Clip with Clip-On Pouch by Lisa Lam

9 Fabric Ideas for Men’s Shirts by Sarai Mitnick

Button-Front Cambie Dress Tutorial by Tasia Pona

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19 Responses to The Grand Prize Winner is…

  1. Ginger says:

    Congrats, Kelli!!! This has been so much fun to watch– the contestants were all so talented, and it was so fun to see what they came up with for each challenge!

  2. Erin says:

    What a great series! I really enjoyed following along! Congrats to Kelli!

  3. Melwyk says:

    Congrats to Kelli, what a gorgeous final dress. I’ve enjoyed each week and seeing each of the contestants take on each challenge and put their own stamp on each one. So inspirational. What a great series!

  4. nancy mcmahan says:

    Congratulations, Kelli

  5. Wahoo and Congratulations Kelli! Well done!

  6. Amy says:

    Oh! I just saw the edit!

  7. Amy says:

    Yay! Congratulations Kelli! Well done, and well earned!

    PS I wish there was a way to see all of her creations in one post. Is there any easy link?

  8. julie says:

    I loved this series. It was so inspiring to see how all of the very talented contestants took the basic patterns and made them theirs through fabric choices, details, and modifications. Bravo to all of contestants!

    Kelli’s Cambie dress is truly stunning! Congratulations!

  9. Katherine says:

    Congratulations, Kelli!

    Many thanks to all the talented contestants, the sponsors, the judges and Sew, Mama, Sew for a enjoyable contest. I will miss it! Each week, I looked forward to seeing what would happen next – it was so much fun following along and being inspired by the talented ladies that were contestants. Bravo to each and every one of you!

  10. Adri H. says:

    Wow! I haven’t seen a Cambie like that before! Love it. The whole competition from start to finish was full of talented sewists and inspiration. Good job everyone, and congratulations, Kelli!

  11. Charise says:

    Congratulations Kelli!!

  12. Tersea says:

    Yay…I’m super excited for Kelli! And I hope, hope, hope you will be doing this competition again…it has been great seeing everyone’s amazing talent!

  13. Charise says:

    Congratulations Kelli!

  14. Lori says:

    Congratulations, Kelli, how exciting and your dress is gorgeous. Enjoy your new machine.
    Thanks to Sew Mama Sew, Janome and all the great sponsors, this was a great contest and I enjoyed being a part of it.

  15. Mary P says:

    Congratulations to Kelli! I loved her final dress as well–it was so creative and just knocked it out of the park!

  16. Terry says:

    This has been one of the most exciting competitions I’ve ever seen! These women are amazing and I loved the winning dress. Kelli’s style and ‘eye’ is spot on. What a great prize she’s won! Congratulations to her and all of the contestants. WELL DONE!

  17. Melanie C says:

    Congrats! I LOVED her dress!!!

  18. Bethany says:

    Congratulations! I have totally enjoyed this match/contest/bee/tournament 🙂
    Each of the contestants really had such unique perspectives and creations. As I dip my toes into the garment making pool myself, I am going to go back to these posts for inspiration for all of those fun little details that get ignored.

  19. Congratulations, Kelli! How exciting!!!

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