Thank goodness we have a thoughtful, experienced group of judges to take on the difficult job of evaluating each round of the Super Online Sewing Match II… It’s not easy to say goodbye to any of the contestants! We love seeing how each challenger makes a pattern their own, adding individuality through fabric selection and modifications for a flattering fit.
After much deliberation, our judges eliminated two contestants from our Round Two Marianne Dress Challenge. We say a fond farewell to Lori and Cheryl, and look ahead to Round Three with the remaining six challengers. Here’s what the judges had to say about the Marianne Dresses:
Michelle from Sewnhenge
- From Michelle: “Michelle’s fabric choices ROCK! This big bold print is anything but subtle and because this pattern is simple it really works.That’s not to say anything less about her sewing which is solid. Michelle just couldn’t leave out the sleeve detail with the buttons but her dress does not have the sleeves… Wherever could she use this detail?– Why on the bottom band she added to her dress, of course, and I love that detail. I think she really manipulated this pattern into a garment that flatters her figure. If this dress doesn’t make you smile, it’ll at least start a conversation.”
Shannon from Adventures of a Young Seamstress
- From Amber: “This dress turned out so beautiful! The time Shannon took to embellish her dress with Alabama Chanin-style reverse applique– from tea-dyeing the contrast fabric just so, to handstitching the embellishment– makes it really stunning. I love the main fabric choice, that really dark purple ponte. Her choice to simplify the dress works well with her beautiful embellishments.”
Teresa Behr from Dandelion Drift
- From Rochelle: “Trying to match small stripes along lengthy, continuous seams certainly doesn’t make your garment sewing an easier process! I’m impressed with Teresa’s meticulous effort. Another beautifully made garment from Dandelion Drift.”
Tanya from Mrs. Hughes
- From Kristin: “Tanya does an amazing job of modifying patterns to fit both her shape and her style. The off-the-shoulder neckline is an interesting, retro adaptation and the fabric belt is a fun addition. My mom always told me that the back of my needlework should be as interesting as the front (meaning you shouldn’t hide mistakes–you should fix them.) Judging by her inside-out dress, Tanya applies that rule to garments because those seams look great.”
Barbara from Zibergirl Sews
- From Beth: “Barbara’s ‘mod’ version of the pattern really worked for her model, and the dress was sewn impeccably. The continuous piping effect on the collar emphasized the vintage-inspired look.”
Leah from Sew Spoiled
- From Kristin: “Leah’s color blocking on this dress is a really creative, unique option. Her sleeve cuffs look perfect. The Ponte De Roma fabric has a really nice drape to that make it look a little heavier than most knits, so I appreciate her choice of substrate. All in all a very professional-looking dress.”
Round Two of the Super Online Sewing Match is sponsored by Fabricworm, your source for modern, designer and Japanese import fabrics, perfect for crafts, quilts and home decorators. Fabricworm specializes in modern cotton fabric for quilting and many other craft items, and they also carry one of the largest selections of Japanese imported fabrics online. Our Round Two Challenge pattern is designed for knits, and Fabricworm carries a large selection of knit fabrics, including the full range of Birch Organic Knit Solids.
There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of creating something by yourself and putting it to good use. At Fabricworm, whether you’re a professional or a beginner looking to get into the wonderful world of quilting, there’s definitely something for everyone. They carry a wide selection of modern fabric from top designers like Alexander Henry, Moda Fabric, Timeless Treasures and more! Each of their designer fabrics is sure to spark a fire in your imagination, so you can let loose and create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces for your personal home decor, fashion or quilt collection.