We want to thank Lori from Sewing Myself Stylish, Tanya from Mrs. Hughes, Barbara from Zibergirl Sews, Leah from Sew Spoiled, Meredith from Olivia Jane Handcrafted, Michelle from Sewnhenge, Shannon from Adventures of a Young Seamstress, Teresa Behr from Dandelion Drift, Kristina from Ornamental Confectionary and Cheryl from Red Knits for working so hard this summer!
Thank you, also, to our talented judges. They were tasked with the difficult work of looking at each stitch, hem and style decision, and their insight helped us elevate the competition through a focus on both technique and artistry. Each of our judges is a sewist we admire and aspire to emulate in our own sewing! Thank you to Jenny Rushmore of Cashmerette, Rachel from House of Pinheiro, Amber + Jaime from Fancy Tiger Crafts, Rochelle New of Lucky Lucille, Novita Estiti of Very Purple Person and Michelle Morris from ThatBlackChic.com.
Teresa, Leah and Shannon all created coats with impeccable stitching and beautiful style in Round Five. Our judges were impressed with the thought and skill that went into each final Cascade Duffle Coat. Competition throughout this contest has been top notch! There can only be one Grand Prize Winner though, and our judges selected the talented…
Shannon from Adventures of a Young Seamstress
Shannon wins the Grand Prize Package, a Janome Skyline S5 Sewing Machine and the Janome 1110DX Pro Serger! She impressed the judges each and every round with her thoughtful attention to making patterns work for her style and her body. We all appreciated her attention to detail (that lace!) and innovative spin on designs (bag and backpack!) throughout the competition.
This week Shannon told us what she learned in the contest and we loved her answer:
“This has been a summer of huge personal growth for me in many ways; I moved out of residence to live on my own, I worked my first full-time job and I competed in this contest. Oddly enough, I’ve called sewing and knitting my ‘creative outlet’ since picking it up again just over two years ago, but I’ve never considered myself a very creative or artistic person. At school I’ve always been strongest in math and science, and that’s exactly what I’m studying at university; the most creative course I’ll be taking next year is computer programming!That being said, this contest has made me realize how creative I can actually be. I felt a little like the underdog in this contest, being the youngest with only a couple years of ‘serious’ sewing under my belt, but it has really pushed me to branch out, try new techniques, change designs to suit my style and make the highest quality garment I can. It’s given me the incentive I needed to break out of my habit of making more knit tops and dresses! I never knew if anything would work out but everything so far has, and because of that I’ve become so much more confident in my sewing.”
Shannon’s win was based solely on the quality of her projects but we also really appreciate that she is a new sewist, a scientist and a young millennial. We are passionate about spreading the love of the craft so it’s exciting to see Shannon excel as a sewist and share her enthusiasm for sewing. Shannon’s machines will arrive as she sets up a little studio in her very first apartment; we can’t think of a better start to the new school year! We’re excited to see what Shannon creates with her new Janomes and we’ll be sure to follow along at Adventures of a Young Seamstress.
Thank you for playing along with us this summer! We hope you found inspiration to move from your sewing comfort zone into new patterns, techniques and styles. Find links to each of our challenges, plus helpful information and tutorials from each of the challenge pattern designers in our main Super Online Sewing Match II page.
You can sew in our Community Match through Friday, August 28, 2015! Enter to win a great selection of prizes.
Round Five of the Super Online Sewing Match is sponsored by Fabric Depot. Each contestant receives a $100 gift certificate! Fabric Depot is one of the largest, most complete, independent and family-owned fabric stores in the U.S. FabricDepot.com stocks a wide selection of apparel, quilting and home decor fabrics, as well as sewing notions, quilting supplies, books and patterns. Free shipping is always available on orders of more than $100 and local sewists can take advantage of in-store pickup.