The Grand Prize Winner is…

on August 25 | in Super Online Sewing Match | by | with 19 Comments

Super Online Sewing Match II brought us ten talented sewists and five intense challenges.

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

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. 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.

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19 Responses to The Grand Prize Winner is…

  1. Joke says:

    I just wanted to leave a note for Sew Mama Sew: This sewing contest feature is my favorite on your blog in a long time!!!! I was excited all summer looking at the projects.
    Congratulations to Shannon and to all participants for their lovely work 🙂
    Shannon, thanks for bringing more eco-conscious sewing that stays classy and elegant on the internet!

  2. Michelly says:

    I knew that Shannon would win! Congratulations!

  3. Michele says:

    This has been a fascinating and inspiring contest. Thanks to sewmamasew for putting it together for your readers. And congratulations to all the contestants who shared their creations with us, especially Shannon, of course. Great work everyone!

  4. Michelle says:

    Congratulations to Shannon!! Everyone did a fantastic job. You should all be proud!

  5. Megan says:

    I rarely comment but had to say that I have enjoyed this series SO much. It has been inspirational and motivating to see the patterns brought to life and adapted, especially with such excellent craftsmanship shown by all the participants! Thank you for this great competition, Sew Mama Sew, and big congratulations to Shannon – she was a very well deserving winner!

  6. jm says:

    Congratulations Shannon! Your skills, resourcefulness and attention to detail served you very well! I am thrilled for you.

  7. Ava says:

    Congratulations Shannon! Very inspiring and as a fellow scientist I can relate to the creative outlet part. What a great competition and amazing garments by all

  8. Christine says:

    What fun it’s been, following this competition. Many thanks and congratulations to Shannon.

  9. Erika says:

    congratulations to the winner!xxx

  10. Lisa McGriff says:

    Congratulations! I’m so proud of Shannon and what a great competition. I think this was my favorite one so far!

  11. water works says:

    Yea! I had been cheering for Shannon all along. I truly appreciated her aesthetic and her eco conscious fashion thoughts. Congratulations – your hard work earned it!

  12. Laurie says:

    Congratulations to Shannon! Her projects were excellent. I really enjoyed this series- very inspiring.

  13. Alli says:

    Congratulations! I thought all of Shannon’s projects were amazing throughout the contest! 🙂

  14. cecile says:

    Congratulations ! I was hoping she would win, she is young and talented and I cannot think of a better person to receive new machines, that is great !
    Congratulatons also to the other candidates, I’m impressed by all of you.

  15. Shannon says:

    I’m so glad Shannon won! Not only as a fellow Shannon, but I have consistently enjoyed seeing how she has adapted each pattern as her own. Well done!

  16. Laura says:

    Congratulations to Shannon!!! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching this contest this summer! I’d love for you to hold it every summer! 🙂 (Although I’m sure it’s a lot of work on SMS’s end also.) Thanks to all the sewists and sponsors!

  17. Kathleen says:

    Your contest showcased some wonderfully talented and creative women – thank you for letting them inspire us all. I’m sure it was a difficult decision, as all were so deserving. Shannon is an extremely impressive young woman, who will make amazing use of that new equipment! Congratulations all.

  18. Tammy says:

    Wow! Congratulations!

    I was very impressed with not only her sewing, but the resourcefulness she showed by using what was available.

  19. Samina says:

    Congrats to Shannon! She did an amazing job. I don’t envy the judges, though – all the contestants were amazing.

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