sosm_bannerOur 10 contestants had until Sunday at midnight PST to submit their skirt entries for Round One in the Super Online Sewing Match. The Round One challenge was to “Design & Sew an A-Line Skirt with Deborah Moebes” on Craftsy; sewists drafted their own pattern and they were able to include variations in hemlines, fabric choices and finishes. Contestants had a list of specific photos to share so we could see the quality of construction, and each contestant wrote a post or sent an email including a narrative about their experience with the first project. Our judges will evaluate each skirt and we’ll announce the eight contestants who will advance to Round Two on Wednesday, July 17. We’re so impressed with the skirts!

Click on each contestant’s blog or Flickr link below for more info and photos.

Are you participating in the Community Match? You have from now until September 10 to draft your own skirt and add it to the photo pool for a chance to win some amazing prizes! Don’t miss the discount code for Deborah’s Craftsy class and Deborah’s tutorial for In-Seam Pockets with French Seams.

Nicole from Nicole at Home

“I love hidden details, so the inside is finished with floral pocket bags and bias trim on the side seams. This was the first time I’ve made pocket bags with French seams, and I may never go back to serging or bias-binding them!”


Ngoc, on Flickr

“I drafted the skirt to have a seamed yoke waistband, which adds visual interest to an otherwise plain design… Other skirt details include an in-seam waistband pocket, a polyester charmeuse lining, a button tab near the zipper, bias tape Hong Kong finish at side seams, hem lace and blind catchstitch at the hem.”


Kelli from True Bias

“I must say that I am pretty proud of the inside of this skirt. I think that it is the most well made garment I have ever created. I’ve never spent so much time worrying about what the inside of my sewn item would look like before this challenge. I ended up creating a bunch of 1/4″ bias tape from the same vintage fabric that I used for the pockets. I used the bias tape to bind the seam allowances on the back and the hem for a nice/neat finish.”


Irene from Froo & Boo

“This is why I LOVE to sew: the new skills that I’ve learned over the past couple of days transformed a piece of Swedish tracing paper into a design of my own! The possibilities are endless when it comes to fabric choices, styles and design elements.”


Charise from Charise Creates

“I… manipulated the basic skirt pattern, removing the darts to create a flattering, tummy flattening yoke and also added curved front pockets. I love skirts with pockets!”


Lori from Girls in the Garden

“Let me start by saying, Deborah is a fabulous instructor, at ease with the camera and quite humorous throughout. Since this was my first experience with drafting, I learned so much and after viewing the class felt confident to draft my skirt…”


Mary from Young, Broke, and Fabulous

“I really, really enjoyed drafting this. The process of learning how to transfer my 3-D measurements to the 2-D pattern was magical. I felt like a wizard the entire time.”


Sue from A Colourful Canvas

“I incorporated the following design elements into my skirt: adding in-seam pockets, increasing skirt volume (’cause I need me a little twirl), 4″ wide polka dot facing (yes 4 inches… I’m such a rebel), lining the skirt with cotton broadcloth and the addition of saddle stitch ribbon at waistline.”


Ashley from Ashley Lotecki Illustration & Design

“From the waistband, my pocket measures 8” deep and has a contrast pocket facing and bag, with a 1” contrast welt with fusible interfacing on the inside half. ‘It will be so fun and easy to make a welt pocket for the first time during a sewing contest!,’ said no one EVER. These are terrifying, especially being that I put it on a diagonal so I could work the dart in to the seam.”


Melissa from Scavenger Hunt

“I bound the side seams with bias tape I made from the cowboy fabric and I also used it to line the waistband. I used the continuous bias tape method from the Colette Sewing Handbook.”

Thank you, Contestants, for all of your hard work. What a wonderful collection of fabulous skirts! We’ll announce our next round on Wednesday.