Monday, November 17, 2008

CHALLENGE TWO WINNER

...and the winner is Sylvia!!


Project Dollway at Home is pleased to present the winner of the second challenge. We are including all the pictures submitted by Sylvia, and the decisions by the judges that gave this designer the win. This designer will soon be interviewed, and you can read this interview on our blog.




When Gabby gave her the news, she had this to say: "I shrieked, literally when I read your e-mail and my husband came running saying, 'what? what?'! I entered this competion not expecting to win anything at all, HONEST!!!

Winning feels AMAZING! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! AND THE OTHER JUDGES sooooooooooo much! I still can't believe it!"


Winning Points:
(Numbers from left to right represent Theme, Originality, Execution, and Total).

Sylvia's collection: My influence was this piece of silk i had that i thought would look cool pleated and it went from there.
Judge 1
5, 5, 5 Another killer! This is SO adorable! Youve left my mouth agape with the bubble pleated skirt...I think the teal is what's making your outfits b/c it's just the right embellishment. I have nothing to critique on this one!
Judge 2
4; 5; 4 I liked this one too, nice use of pleats, unique in that the pleats nicely flow into a bubble skirt effect, I like that.
Judge 3
4, 4, 4 The tiny pleats at the torso are almost corset-like, then flow into a bubble skirt. The colors all combine very well.
Total points:40

Also, here is the Point System the judges used for this competition:
Points go from 5 - 1, with five being the best , in these three categories:


1) Designer's interpretation of the theme, Vintage. How successful were they?

2) Originality (the style)... Is it different or does it look like something you have seen before in fashion... accessories... color.


3) Execution: How well is the garment made? Does it look finished? Are there clean edges? Ironed? The full presentation.

The most a designer can acquire from the judges is 15 points, but some people also received the extra 1/2 point awarded to those who sent their garments in before the end of the tenth day of the challenge.


Here is how the judges critiqued the rest of us, and our points. Also, the artist's original notes are included - can you see their vision? (Numbers from left to right represent Theme, Originality, Execution, and Total).



Entry #1 - Joan
Joan's collection: "Vasilisa wears a black faux suede cape, lined with dark red silk. Bound buttonholes allow the pleather belt to meet in the front. The cape features a "Nehru" type collar and a red/black striped pleated jabot. The back of the cape features a deep reverse pleat. The horizontal striped silk skirt features very subtle horizontal tucks near the hemline accented by a black silk band. The purse is black pleather with red snakeskin trim. The "bracelet" style ring allows Vasilisa to carry it with no problem."
Judge 1
3, 3, 3 Very pretty. Color scheme is lovely and work looks neat, pleats are even and precise.
Judge 2
4;5; 4 Love the jacket, very nice use of pleats in both the construction as well as accent detail. Nice workmanship.
Judge 3
3, 3, 4 The pleated cape makes an interesting contrast to the slender skirt. The fabrics and colors coordinate well.
Extra 1/2 point
Total points: 32.5



Entry #2 - Kevin
Kevin's collection: A TWO piece outfit done in BRIGHT Purple and steelgray dupioni silk, the skirt is a floor length skirt done in the steel gray dupioni with three distinct pleats down the left side and features at the waist to mid thigh 4 Sterling Silver faux beads/buttons. The Top is a loose fitting top with a (????)neckline that has been pleated all the way around, it has two sterling silver beaded faux buttons on the front of the neckline, The Sleeves end in black faux fur and are 3/4 length. The ensemble also has a matching Black Patent leather real WORKING purse that has a sterling silver beaded faux clasp on the flap. This is a perfect 50's/60's outfit for a night on the town or an intimate dinner!
Judge 1
3, 2, 2 While the idea is great, i fill the overall fit could have been better. The ensemble is just too big for the doll base and overwhelms it. I enjoy the colors and I really think this has promise if it were to be taken in considerably
Judge 2
3; 4; 3 Very interesting neckline, Could have been better fitted, it looks to big. workmanship is nice.
Judge 3
3, 3, 4 The collar gives definition to the boxy style of the jacket. The long pleats make the skirt more elegant.
Extra 1/2 point
Total points: 27.5






Entry #3 - Cat
Cat's collection: The inspiration for this outfit came from the theme of the Texas Renaissance Festival this weekend, Highland Fling weekend The theme in this contest this week of PLEATS inspired me to create a timeless, fun and sassy outfit. The fabrics used are cottons and cotton blends in various shades of lavenders and purple with a white blouse laced through silver rings and trimmed with small seed beads in purple. I trimmed out the piper inspired short jacket in silver Celtic looking braid. The skirt is stitched down box pleats. I used box pleats on the cuffs of the shirt and on the tam. The tall laced boots are handmade from Sculpy and black leather. All the jewelry is silver with seed beads and Austrian crystals. Her purse is inspired by the men's kilt sporran which sports 3 hand tied tassels and a crystal button. The front is overlaid with slubby silk and the purse is black leather.
Judge 1
2, 2, 3 I feel that this outfit is very well thought out, however I do think the preparation could have been done better. The fabrics didn't mesh with the overall style and though the pleats were very nice, I don't think it looked finished.
Judge 2
3; 2; 3 Pleats in the skirt and at the cuffs, nice. The purse sure is tiny. entry could have been pressed better.
Judge 3
3,4 5 The colors coordinate well, and the silver trim of the jacket brings out the silver on blouse. Pleated cuffs are a nice touch. The ensemble will look good with or without the jacket.
Extra 1/2 point
Total points: 27 .5





Entry #4 - Aly
Aly's collection: For the second outfit in my Luxe collection for Lana Lang, Lana was looking for something special for Metropolis' Chinese New Year Gala. Taking inspiration from Chinese lanterns and Asian fabrics, I made a bronze silk evening skirt featuring chevroned pin-tuck pleats and a dramatic fishtail pleated and pin-tucked mermaid hem. The bodice is made from taupe Asian chinoiserie brocade and a silk organza tuxedo-style halter with tiny gold hand beaded button details and gold top-stitching. For the footwear, I recycled an older pair of shoes and reworked them by adding the coordinating pleat details and gold insole. I also made a bracelet with a small gold leaf charm and matching earrings. The purse is, of course, based on a Chinese lantern and features a panel of undulating organza pleats and a leaf charm. To finish the look, Lana wears a cocktail hat in coordinating fabrics, a feather, and a tiny gold pleated fan as a playful accent and nod to a traditional staple of Asian culture. And since its chilly most winters in the City of Tomorrow, Lana has a chocolate brown silk velvet shrug to beat off the cold. Or perhaps Lana is hoping a certain Man of Steel will leave Lois Lane and, instead, whisk her off to the Arctic Circle to rekindle the old flame at the Fortress of Solitude. A girl's gotta be prepared...
Judge 1
4, 4, 3 This is such a great improvement from last theme. I really enjoy how you've created a choesive look and using the pleasts to do so really encompassed the theme. My only shred of complaint is that the bodice hem doesn't line up to the skirt. Great job
Judge 2
3; 3; 4 Very nice workmanship, Love the fabric, the entry got a little busy towards the bottom, I like the pleats, too much other stuff going on there detracts from the over all look.
Judge 3
4, 4, 5 Beautiful fabrics in well coordinated colors. The different textures and pleating styles make a very creative flounce; the tuxedo effect at the neckline is unique.
Extra 1/2 point
Total points: 34.5



Entry #5 - Sue
Sue's collection: I felt I had touched on PLEATS in the first challenge when I made the pleated dress. I decided to use the fabric the dress was made from but not repeat the dress theme. I decided to go with a palazzo pants option. I was planning to do a top in the same fabric with the pleats horizontal but the result looked too baggy. I felt the wide pants needed a slim top. I was inspired by the dress worn by Halle Berry [designed by Eli Saab] when she won her Oscar for Best Actress. The Outfit:Pleated Palazzo pants, Sheer Lace Top, Pleated Bag with jewel clasp, Pleated Hair band with jewel embellishment, Ostrich feather Muffler, Jeweled Cuff. The pants were the starting point for the outfit. I felt, though made from the same fabric as Challenge 1’s pleated dress, they had a relaxed evening feel. I decided to do a very daring top in antique lace. Again [as in Coat Challenge 1] placement of design within the fabric is vital. The lace is an old rose pink color with gold. It should add glamour and wow factor to the outfit, whilst retaining a delicate feel. The lace top is from a piece of lace I bought in London about 6 months ago. It is soft pink with gold and was so beautiful I couldn't resist. Well I bought 10cms – French lace, London = $$$$$$ I made a very simple shell top. I wanted it to be sheer so knew the placement of the gold was vital for some modesty – not that we always see modesty on the catwalk! The fabric was so delicate it had to be hand sewn. But again the beauty of the fabric meant that edges could be unfinished. So only 4 seams on this piece. I considered making a silk camisole to wear underneath but thought it would detract from the beauty of the lace design.The pants were very hard to sew – the pleats were in the fabric and any stitching showed. Plus using it for doll rather than human size meant that any natural kink in the fabric was magnified and looked unsightly. My outdoor shots of the back view of the pants showed how unsightly the fastening looked on photo so I added a loop to cover the back seam. Accessories: Bag[Purse] -To get a structured clutch, I used a felt base covered in the pleated fabric. A jeweled clasp was sewn on the top to add interest. Hat - The hat was inspired both by the 20's and by a band my daughter made for herself last year whilst undergoing chemotherapy. It was wonderful and more wearable than a hat. In order to give stretch to the hat I knitted a band in cashmerino wool [as she had] This gave elasticity to the hat so it fit beautifully. A woollen band would not be glamorous enough for this outfit so I sewed the pleated fabric over it. I covered the joint with fabric so all seams were hidden. I then sewed 2 old earrings as embellishment to the top. Muffler - To spice the outfit up even more and link with the Vintage outfit, I added a fur muffler inspired by 2008/9 catwalk trends. It is a length of ostrich feather fastened with a hook. Cuff - A single matching gem [old earring] was threaded with gold crochet wool and tied around the wrist. Shoes - The same shoes were used as they match the material of the pants exactly. This doll stands alone without a stand so long as the surface is flat.
Judge 1
2, 2, 4 This is straight out of Dior's 2003 line and is very well done. The pleated pants are very intricate and I like how well the colors flow. Even though it's a doll, the sheer top is just not enough for me. I think a camisole underneath would have finished it up. You're almost there!
Judge 2
3; 3; 3 Nice, loved the hat! Would have gone great with the first entry. Would have liked to have seen the pants fit a little better. Still not seeing any finished edges.
Judge 3
3, 3, 3 The palazzo pants hang nicely, the back loop is an interesting closure that mimics the loop on the turban. The fullness of the fur collar takes away from the delicate lace.
Extra 1/2 point
Total points: 26.5


Entry 6 - Larraine
Larraine's collection: Bringing the cocktail dress of the sixties into the 21st century by styling it in two pieces, but keeping with the bold colors of the sixties. I chose two styles of pleats and used the contrasting colors inside the pleats to give it an even more sixties look. The top is corset-like with Honeycomb Pleats and the box pleats of the skirt match the top. The skirt is also shorter, a la sixties, but not a mini.
Judge 1
5, 4, 5 incredible. this is SO well donme I can't even stand it. I LOVE what you have done and i'm blown away at how tiny these details are and they just make this SO cute...The peace sign on the purse ties together with your line and is really shaping this up to be an amazing collection! Bravo!
Judge 2
3; 4; 4 Nice entry. Very unique use of pleats in the top, Nicely pressed
Judge 3
4, 4, 4 The combination of colors combined with the honeycomb pleating creates a uniquely styled top. The reverse coloring between the skirt and top makes each stand out.
Extra 1/2 point
Total points: 37.5




Entry #7 - Dal
Dal's collection: Three tiers of silvered black and white ribbon pleats set off a MOD inspired silver and black geometric fabric separated by rich, black 1/8" velvet trim that ties in back. The pleats face one way on the top level then reverse to the opposite direction, and reverse again. The geometric fabric repeats below in a pleated V-splash on her oversized bell bottomed white vinyl pants. The fabric on the bells has a delicate white on white pattern that is subtle but fabulously 60's.I topped off the ensemble with a perky orange and yellow beret.As the collection unfolds, MOD prints will either be offset with black and white splashes of color (the tie in the first challenge) or as in this case, the reverse; black and silver with an orange splash of color. There will also always be a play on pattern and texture, something I love exploring.This diminutive 2 and a half inch pleated top and 4 and a half inch pants continues my MOD theme and hopefully delivers MOD in a fun and whimsical way. All of Licca's designs promise to be sophisticated enough to translate to the larger sized dolls.
Judge 1
5, 5, 5 I can't find something wrong with this outfit. From the fabric, the execution and style...they are all in point. You took what was wrong with last weeks and changed everything. I think that you have totally embraced this week's theme in a way that is wearable and not too far fetched! I love it!
Judge 2
3; 3; 4 Cute, I like the combination of stripes, checks and plaids. The pants could have been pressed a little sharper. This entry is a little more diffficult than the first entry, workmanship is more envolved, good job.
Judge 3
4, 4, 4 The reversing direction of the dainty pleated ruffles enhances the top. The pleats peeking out from the 'bells' nicely coordinate the outfit.
Extra 1/2 point
Total points: 37.5



Entry #8 - Pauline
Pauline's collection: Here is my entry "The Discreet Pleat". My client asked for a day dress to wear but doesn't like "casual" too much with her elegant lifestyle! The pleats of the skirt contour the body still keeping with the silhouette of the 1950's. The bodice pleats softly accentuate the bust-line and sleeve. To complete the fashion is a flirty little cape lined with tulle and a pleated tulle collar with a tiny pleat at the back of the neck. The skull cap hat mirrors the tulle pleating with another nod to the 1950's. Earrings are hand painted with metal bead accent. Shoes are appliqued with same fabric as dress. The matching fabric purse has a front and back pleat with metal flower accent (recycled bracelet link).
Judge 1
1, 1, 3 I think the pleats are done well and I understand that you didn't want to go overboard b/c you were using such a bold pattern, however I think the pattern is too much and takes away from the stitching. I do like the hat just not a fan of the design.
Judge 2
3; 4; 4 Interesting entry. I like the use of the pleats. They are not glaring, but yes very discreet is a nice description. Great hat, Very nice workmanship. Not sure about the cape, it's a little too different I think.
Judge 3
3, 4, 4 Good use of the large print on this fabric. The placement of the pleats are nicely camouflaged. The cape has a unique shape.
Total points: 27





Entry #9 -Gene
Gene's collection: My inspiration for the Pleats Challenge was the business suits that I see women wear everyday. The skirt is constructed from a brown cotton tweed and the blouse is an off white chiffon. It had been raining for the 3rd day here and I thought that Barbie would need a raincoat to go out to work. The raincoat is made of a waterproof nylon material.
Judge 1
1, 1, 1 The challenge was pleats and though I see an obvious pleat I don't think it is quite as neat as it should be. The colors come off very drab and I just don't think this is where you need to be going with your collection. The raincoat could have been done in red and that really would have given it some pop.
Judge 2
2; 2; 2 The pleats in the skirt portion are even and pressed. Could have used better fitting.
Judge 3
3, 3, 3 The swing style raincoat works well with the classic design of the skirt and blouse. A front picture of the ensemble without the coat would show off those pleats.
Total points: 18





Entry #10 - Stacy
Stacy's collection: 1950's era evening gown is made of burgundy silk dupoini and is lined in the bodice with cotton. It features a fitted strapless bodice with rushing over the bust area which is accented with 3 hues of burgundy Swarovski crystals, full skirt which is box pleated to match the bodice seams, and a large self fabric bow in back. It closes in the back with snaps. A net petticoat gives support to the dress and closes on the side with a snap. The shawl is made of shiny sheer fabric in a silver/gray hue and is decorated with Swarovski crystal beads and 15/0 seed beads. Earrings and hair comb are of silver tone metal and also feature crystal decorations. Her roll purse and strappy slide shoes match, being done in a silver and gray brocade. The gloves are made from black spandex and have individual fingers.
Judge 1
2, 3 5 This is a major win for you. The fabric works, the pleats work and the overall design is very pretty. You have taken this challenge in a great direction and I think your piece is beautiful. The only thing I would do without is the shall, you don't need to cover your dress, it's good enough alone.
Judge 2
4; 5; 5 I love the use of pleats in the skirts but also in the bodice. The bodice is spectacular. This is a very nice piece and another I would love to see in person. Great job!
Judge 3
3, 3, 4 The bodice is nicely done and fits well. The box pleats give an elegant fullness to the skirt without the need for gathers. The light color of the wrap takes away from the rich color of the gown and I would suggest using a warmer tone for the wrap.
Total points: 34




Entry 11 - Agarva
Agarva's collection: This outfit is an extension from Challenge 1. It is a three piece suit consisting of skirt, corset and bolero style jacket/shirt. All pieces are made from dupion silk and fully lined. Piping trim surrounds the corset and the neck edge of the bolero style jacket. The skirt has 2 inverted box pleats in the front and a triple inverted pleat in the back with contrasting color. The corset is softly knife pleated around the torso and is fitted at the back and tied with corset style eyelets and 'leather' ribbon. The silk bolero has a red silk contrast lining. It is styled to be worn in many ways - lapel up, both folded out or one fold of the lapel for an asymmetrical look. It is blouson at the back for a more defined shape and can be worn with the previous collection's high waisted skirt. The self facing cuffs are adjustable also and can be worn a number of ways - the red pleated side up with a deep or shallow cuff, or at wrist length without the cuff. Shadi wears a diamond choker and has her hair styled for this challenge.
Judge 1
2, 4, 3 Much better choice of fabrics, these work well together. I think the bolero is too bunchy and maybe should have come OVER the corset instead of underneath. I understand the theme you are going for with your line, but skintight pants would have taken this to another level. I think the pleated corset is your signature part on this.
Judge 2
4; 4; 4 I like this entry. nice pressed pleats in the skirt. I like the use of pleats as accents too. Workmanship is very good.
Judge 3
4, 4, 4 The corset is well done and brings the contrasting colors of the bolero and skirt together. The long pleats in the front and back of the skirt give a bit of fullness to the overall slender appearance. The pleated cuffs are a nice touch.
Total points: 33



Entry 12 - Sande
Sande's collection: What better way to bring the flavor of the 60's and 70's to the present than with a nod to that wonderful couturier, Yves Saint Laurent and his see-through blouse? A couple of rows of pleats in the fronts, and full-on pleats in the back and sleeves, and a girl can wear see-through without anyone seeing too much! since "pleats" was the challenge, i started with a crinkled fabric, which is a kind of pleat in itself. accordion pleats are always in style, so a full back to the blouse seemed to bring contemporary and vintage together in one look. i have "pushed up" the left sleeve on her arm a little bit to show what the pleats look like bloused out. a pleather belt with silver buckle forms the curved peplum from front to back. the blouse could also be worn without the belt for a fuller, more A-shape and a more casual feel. Saint Laurent was also scandalous by dressing women in pants for evening wear and day wear. some establishments refused to allow admittance to women in pants! I chose white to contrast with the black of the top, and couldn't resist the pleats in the sides of the pant legs!. Blythe has just the figure to carry this look with grace, and with no bra, to ruin the flow of the fabric!
Judge 1
5, 3, 5 Wow! This is exactly what I thought of when I read Yves Saint Laurent and think you did a marvelous job on this challenge. The sheer is just enough but not cheap. The pants fit perfectly and the pleated is to die for...WELL DONE OVERALL!
Judge 2
3; 4; 4 Very nice use of pleats where one would normally see gathers and darts. Pleats for being so tiny are nice and even. Workmanship is great. Nice pressing job. I like it.
Judge 3
3, 3, 4 The pleats of the blouse, in combination with the belt, shape the peplum nicely. The textured fabric of the slacks allow the outfit transcend to evening wear.
Total points: 34





Entry 13 - Dot
Dot's collection: Fleur is all about femininity. Dressed in her pale, pleated lavender dress she’s ready for a formal lunch with her sweet Aunt Grace – she knows this is just the kind of sedate dressing that will win her approval. Her outfit has been carefully planned out from head to toe. Her hair is pulled back in a proper ponytail with pink and lavender ribbons. Her necklace is of little bakelite flowers that hold tiny crystals that may or may not be Swarovski. Her plain cream shawl has been spiced up with ribbon work, and her box purse features a floral bakelite charm and more pleats. The bodice of the dress has been hand appliquéd with her trademark lace, leaving the skirt uncovered to reveal all the pleating. The waistband features more pleats and a focal point bow that includes an embellished buckle made to look like an antique button. And, of course, she is wearing the perfect shoes especially designed by Sherrie Jo of Beary Tiny Treasures to compliment the entire ensemble.
Judge 1
3, 5, 4 I just think you're adorable...your ideas are SO cute...I don;t know whether to eat them or beg you to make them inmy size. I adore it! The pleasts are great...my only complaint, the lace in the back overlapping could be a bit neater...
Judge 2
3; 4; 4 I like this entry, I love the use of pleats in the bows. The colors came through this time around. Workmanship is very nice.
Judge 3
3, 3, 4 The horizontal pleating on the bodice fits well with the lace overlay, and compliments the vertical pleated skirt. The ribbon trim on the wrap pulls the eye away from the dress, where the wrap without the trim would compliment the dress better.
Total points: 33




Entry #14 - Carolyn
Carolyn's collection: No narrative.
Judge 1
1, 1, 1 While the two piece suggests a modern feel to this, I just don't think it's cleanly done. The muslin is very muted and takes away from any kind of style. I think I get your approach...it's just not well done.
Judge 2
2; 1; 1 Cute idea, pleats are pressed, maybe next time we can turn the edges to the inside of the garment. Needs more finishing. I do see improvement in the workmanship though.
Judge 3
3, 3, 3, Crisp pleats in linen and lace, looks cool and comfortable. Like the asymmetrical hemline.
Total points: 16





Entry #15 - Durelle
Durelle's collections: A number of features will flow throughout my collection including, leather, lace, top stitching, silk, chains, gears, buckles and straps with hints of Neo Edwardian / Victorian influences as well as a understated military flavor. This collection is street ready to wear for a young client who is hip to "Steampunk." It is not intended to be over the top or harsh; rather it enjoys being fashionable in a more sedate way, with subtle references to Victorian elements updated contemporarily. My collection is all about separates, and this entry is no exception. This one features a 3-piece outfit. The drop waist skirt is made from leather in old gold. Pleated gold lace is attached to the skirt hemline, along with piping in a very narrow stripe. The gold silk blouse has long lovely sleeves narrow at the shoulders and very full at the cuffs with a deep V-neck and sheered at the shoulder. A reoccurring theme throughout my collection is topstitching and it is featured here again on this uniquely designed rust silk vest. When cinched up with the sewn in leather corset, folded pleats are created which resembles a little Victorian bustle. The front of the vest is deeply cut under the breast and shows off a double row of buttons and decorative elements include a set of chains similar to a watch fob worn in Victorian times. Since this is the Timekeeper, it’s the perfect accent for my client. Finishing off the "Timekeeper" is an adorable handbag, created from the same leather as the skirt and accented with the same narrow stripe from the skirts piping. A rust tassel completes the look.
Judge 1
2, 2, 5 The pleats are gorgeous. The colors make it stand out even more and I just think you have created something very pristine. I wish I never heard the word steampunk b/c I don't you're in that direction...and it's clouding my mind when I see your designs. This challenge for you was executed brilliantly and your sewing alone is phenomenal.
Judge 2
3; 4; 3 overall nice. I like the pleated effect. Love the blouse. Looks like there might be more folding going on in this entry than I can reaaly see in the pictures. The purse looks good too.
Judge 3
3, 4, 4, The warm, rich colors mix well with the various textures. The vest pulls the blouse into a pleated bustle providing interest in the back, while the chains provide detail on the front.
Total points: 30



Entry #16 - Jason
Jason's collection: This is a two layered, pleated turquoise satin babydoll style cocktail dress, with white silk dupioni bodice and trim, including a matching printed underskirt and black/gold braid accent.
Judge 1
5, 4, 3 I can see this dress at the Oscars..from head on, it's stunning...from the side it could be construed as maternity b/c of the girth. I if you drew back from the pretty pleats a little it is couture heaven! I think using this color scheme is working for you and I really like your interpretation and originality.
Judge 2
4; 4; 3 Nice use of pleats on pleats. love the hemline. workamnship is nice, not sure about the particular trime used. Yes, the piece needs something there, but maybe somthing else.
Judge 3
3, 4, 4 The pleats becoming more diagonal at the sides and in the back add a lot to the design, as does the hemline which nearly folds into pleats as it hangs.
Total points: 34





Entry #17 - Sharon
Sharon's collection: Ell is happy in her perky little outfit. She is wearing a sweater top, a pleated skirt edged in lace, a little vest in a cherry print with buttons and loops, a red bead bracelet, black stockings and little slip-on black shoes.
Judge 1
2, 2, 3 Again it's a bit too much..the overshirt is not necessary b/c your skirt and top are perfect on their own. It's simplicity is what makes it SO nice. I wish you'd take that into consideration next time b/c your ideas are great! Colors are cute and funky and I dig it!
Judge 2
3; 3; 4 While I do really like this entry, the pleats are not the main focal point to me. I love the vest. Workmanship is very nice.
Judge 3
3, 3, 4 Good color combination, the color of the cherries help bring out the color in the skirt. Nice tiny pleats at the waistline.
Total points: 27


Entry #18 - Sylvia - THE WINNER



Entry #19 - Allison
Alison's collection: Naturally the first thing to come to mind was "a tartan" "a tartan schoolgirl skirt." I moved away from that and have no idea how I came up with the lace. I started with an idea of a skirt with sewn-down pleats along the top, sewn down by the use of a floral appliqué, similar to that in the hakama-kimono piece, reduced in scale. Pleats are important to the hakama (project 1, "Vintage") also, and the linen took them so perfectly: such crisp lovely fabric, even at over fifty years old. The pleats in this outfit for Evelyn are both knife pleats and box pleats. The fabric is one strip of lace, about 3 yards long, that I got for free from our table's freebie bag at IFDC this summer. The skirt morphed into a top; as I worked on it, I began to see it as a top, with the concept of pleats as structure, moving away from the idea of using an appliqué over the pelvic pleats to hold them down in a different way, an obvious way of tacking them down for structure. Meditating on pleats, I thought they were usually used as a textural element, though their use as a structural element must have developed first. With skirts, I have worked backward in my mind: a pleated skirt, but we'll attach all the pleats at the waist down the hip to make it look better, rather than seeing them as a thicker fabric where they're sewn down -- a structural element -- and give way to looser fabric where not. When it became a top, the idea was to have the sewn down knife pleats (one box pleat center front to reverse direction of pleats) at the midriff to provide a bustier-like structure. the top, bust, and bottom, waist would flare out, a peplum at the bottom and perhaps the flared out part at the bust being like the top of paper wrapping a bouquet: filling some of the flare with red ribbon roses. First, I had used all my red ones up and had only white; second, it seemed less and less a good idea and I started thinking on ways to cover Evelyn's breasts. A body suit is in the works, though not planned for the outfit. I had several under-garment possibilities if I needed one to attach the top pleats to. I finally settled on using the top pleats to define structure further, while still leaving them open. One of these outdoor shots shows the top of the top from above, to show how coverage worked out. That is pleats015.jpg here. The skirt is a simple box-pleated skirt with a "slip" underneath, which is an unpleated (minimally pleated just for shape) extension of the unpleated lace, wrapped around to give a little more coverage. Neither Evelyn nor I, at her age, are especially concerned with coverage, although we know it is a necessary social convention -- even more so than when I was her age. "Minimum legal" is our by-line. No shoes; the dress is so light and airy and Evelyn so refreshed after having knee and shoulder surgery today, that she was hopping around on both feet, toes pointed, singing "I'm a ballerina, I'm a ballerina," with me behind her sobbing, "I'm a ballena." She struck quite a few exuberant poses today, demonstrating how she could extend and hold her limbs with grace and ease. It was all in all, a lovely day: I even managed a walk with Fidel and he kept us company taking pics of Evelyn and in this last photo he was rushing me off to play some ball. Earlier in the day, Braveheart, one of our cats, came in sniffing around Evelyn and said, "Mmmm, I like this black net stuff with all the silver and gold stars on it. It looks just right for me to lie down on." I'd had that out for a possible pleated black overskirt, shorter than the white one, a possible pleated black slip or two to flare out the white one, and/or a possible small pleated fan-like bit at the top of the bodice for coverage. We went with all white and I told Braveheart I might make him a bow tie out of some of the star-spangled black.
Judge 1
2, 5, 4 I really saw this and just immediately thought madonna circe like a virgin mixed with harajuku mixed with lingerie and I could keep going. I think your pleats are great, I think your design is top notch and original, I do feel some color was needed to bring you that pizazz the last outfit had.
Judge 2
3; 3; 3 The pleats make for a nice fit, originality is ok, pressing is pretty good
Judge 3
3, 4, 4 The sewn pleats of the bustier style top giving way to a peplum at the waist is an interesting way to use the pleats
Total points: 31




Entry #20 - Dawn
Dawn's collection: I'm designing for Ellowyne Wilde. She is a modern girl who loves vintage elements and fabrics in her clothing. She is all for the current trend of repurposing and recycling fabrics. I plan to incorporate elements from different decades in her clothing. To keep my collection cohesive for this second challenge, I've used the same or similar recycled fabrics and colors as in the first. The low waist on skirt reflects the dropped waist on the first dress. The sleeve hems also carry the feeling of the skirt hem on the first dress. I have added a knitted shrug because I plan to have knitted elements in some of the fashions. The dropped stitch ribbing of the shrug also reflects the curved pleats in the skirt. The stitched-open pleats in the waist of the skirt are meant to resemble a vintage style of pleated ribbon used in Victorian and earlier clothing. The belt is made from a piece of vintage metallic trim.
Judge 1
2, 2, 3 Your color palatte might b my favorite. I don't think you needed the black shrug b/c the print could stand alone, especially with the solid skirt and tights. The pleats are nice but could have been cleaner in the sense that the skirt should be micro mini to compensate for large pleats. Not bad at all, good good job.
Judge 2
3; 3; 3 Cute idea. would have liked to have seen the pleats pressed better. Shrug is ok in the front, not sure what I think of the back of the shrug?
Judge 3
3, 3, 4 Interesting way to attach the pleats of the skirt to the yoke so that they look open on the top. The plum tights bring out the plum colors in the top, as the skirt pulls out the green.
Total points: 26




Entry #21 - Peggy
Peggy's collection: The dress is of silk dupioni and silk chiffon. The chartreuse inset is horizontally pleated while the over skirt is vertically pleated to the side and then gathered in the back. It has a black underskirt and is fully lined except for the sleeves. I don't know how well it will show up in the pictures but the silk chiffon is a plaid of green and gold on black.
Judge 1
2, 2, 4 Again I like this. I just think you need to take an outfit and design something. Some originality is needed to really make your line one of a kind.
Judge 2
4; 3; 4 I like this. Unique quality in the horizontal pleats, nice. Nicely pressed, nice use of color
Judge 3
4, 4, 4 The vertical and horizontal pleating compliment each other. The skirt color helps bring out the green in the overskirt and bodice. Good fit.
Total points: 31



Entry #22 - Michaela
Michaela's collection: I thought I would step up to this challenge by stepping the pleats of my skirt. A mini skirt of yellow, red, white and black tartan has a stepped hem with a black tulle underskirt with red super fine edging. The outfit also consists of a white cotton shirt, red/black dupion silk tie and moire taffeta waist cincher with silver embroidered faux busk (stud & loop) at the centre front.
Judge 1
1, 1, 3 This is not going to fit into your line considering the last challenge. Your pleats are great and I feel like this is right out of Austin Powers. Very cute outfit, very nice idea just not continuous with your overall theme.
Judge 2
3;3;4 I like the over all look, very interesting hemline. You even got the plaids to match up pretty good - something that is not always easy to do.
Judge 3
3, 4, 4 Great matching of the plaids in construction and pleating. Interesting hemline.
Total points: 26




Entry #23 - Jannie
Jannie's collection: Pantyhose, Pleated Hip-hugger mini Skirt, Form fitting turtleneck zipped Shirt, Lined Jacket with pleated back inset and pleated collar, Pleated hat band with ostrich feather, Earrings and necklace, Shoes especially designed by Sherrie Jo of Beary Tiny Treasures The panty hose are made of a natural our way stretchable mesh and are designed to be used with the hip hugger design skirt. They are held up by elastic at the hips. The pleated hip-hugger mini-skirt is made from pink and brown pinwale corduroy with a hounds-tooth pattern. Using the corduroy made it necessary to be very careful of the nap of the fabric. The hounds-tooth pattern also made it necessary to watch the fabric carefully. The bottom part of the skirt is a straight pleat around the bottom. The hip- hugger portion is designed on the diagonal. The front also has a diagonal cut with an inset on brown satin piping and highlighted with 3 heart shaped buttons. The back is also designed on the diagonal with the closure in the middle. The form fitting turtleneck zipped shirt is made using a ribbed cotton and lycra dance fabric for its ability to stretch and return to its original shape as Pru’s hands are much larger than her arms. I also chose to use a zipper for the closure for easy of getting Pru in and out of the shirt and it also would leave no gaps or pulls like snaps would. Lined jacket with pleated back inset and pleated collar is made using a solid linen like pink material in combination with insets of pleated pink and brown pinwale corduroy with a hounds-tooth pattern, brown satin piping, brown satin, and pink satin lining. The Jacket is cut on a princess cut with brown satin piping running front to back in one piece on both sides. Located in both side seams of the jacket are hidden fully functional pockets. The back portion of the collar was pleated before being sewn into place. The pleated inset in the back of the jacket is offset by a band of brown satin with 2 pink hearts. The pleats are free flowing. The sleeves of the jacket are fuller at the bottom which allows for them to be turned up which is now and was popular in the 1970’s. Pleated hat band with ostrich feather is made from pink and brown pinwale corduroy with a hounds-tooth pattern, light pink organdy ribbon and ¼ inch brown with pink polka dot ribbon. I wanted Pru’s hair to be up this time and I just could not get it right until I took some of the scrap material and then….. WOW… Jo Ann Worley!!! And Africa- Me!!! So I started pleating and I found the trim and then I remembered Camp Kirkland (famous orchestrator before a performance) told me to put feathers in my hair. So I put feathers in Pru’s hair! And Voila! Earrings and necklace are made of real mother of pearl and Swarovski crystals. The necklace uses a barrel clasp. Shoes are so IMPORTANT!!! And these are perfect!!! Sherrie Jo of Beary Tiny Treasures made these awesome shoes for me! They are just perfect don’t you think?
Judge 1
3, 3, 5 Keeping with your last diesign this is great! I think the pleats are SO well done and I really like the piping on the jacket. The little pink accents make this just so special. Good job!
Judge 2
4; 4; 4 Probably one of my favorite entries this time. Loved the use of pleats in the cuffs and on the hat. Feathers were great. LOVED the pressing of the pleats.
Judge 3
4, 4, 5 The pattern in the pleating is well matched. The pleating on the collar and back add interest to the jacket that the piping alone could not accomplish. Fewer feathers in the hair would let the hat design be more apparent.
Total points: 36


"Fashions fade, style is eternal." -Yves Saint Laurent


Next week, on November 27, those of us who are American will celebrate Thanksgiving. Many of us may not be online very much; rather we'll be spending time with our family and local friends. But, just as it's always fun to have these celebrations, I'm sure it will be equally fun to return to this competition and our online friends.

But, maybe in our down time, we'll have some time between cooking and visiting to take a few minutes to regroup, research, and rethink our positions in this competition. If we haven't received the critique we've hoped for, we might start to look in different directions for more advanced inspiration. And, if we've been successful, we may want something new to infuse into our game plan to ensure our continued success. Or, we simply may be looking for something that continues to keep us true to our unique vision. Whatever our goal, a new insight into fashion success can always inspire.

Towards that end, I thought we all might enjoy looking at some of these fashion videos featuring 2009 runway showings. After all, we never know when a simple thing like a unique collar, hemline, or even an accessory might lead us back to the sketch pad to formulize the perfect item for that next challenge. And, runway shows offer more than just fashions - they show us how to style! So, let's go - let's finish up our Dolman offerings, and then take time to sit back and enjoy these shows. Remember, the most important thing about creating art should be fun!


Academy of Art



Anna Sui


Alexander McQueen


Baby Phat & KLS



Balmain



Galliano for Dior




Versace



See you next week with more fashion info and designer interviews!

ARTISTS - DAL, JANNIE, KAT

DAL

Dal and her husband live in Connecticut. They have three children who are artists in their own chosen fields, photography, film and theatre. She is also owned by two Chihuahuas; a long hair named Mouse, and a short, fat football named Bunny Boy.

Early in life Dal knew she wanted to be an artist. After graduating from the High School of Art & Design in Manhattan, she studied at Pratt Institute and went right to work in NYC as an art director. Today she has her own small design studio where she designs logos, packaging, and playbills. She also does some costume design for local theaters.


For the past fifteen years she collected vintage and new dolls such as Fashion Royalty, Ellowyne Wilde, Momoko, Pullip, and recently, Japanese dolls from the late sixties and seventies.


In her initial years of re-collecting her own vintage Barbies, her interest turned to Bild Lilli dolls and her retro fashions. The cost being prohibitive in owning original Lilli clothing, she decided to re-create them with vintage fabrics. Subsequently she sold many of her Bild Lilli designs, and was featured in some of the early Barbie magazines.


Participating in last year's home challenges helped her appreciate how exciting her doll hobby can be. Not only did she learn by experience, but also by the visible growth she saw in how the 12 PDW designers and At Home designers developed. As a bonus, she says she got to meet some incredibly talented new friends.

Dal truly loves the creative process, and feels even though she may not win any of the challenges; she knows by challenging herself in completing a twelve piece collection, she will be a winner for having done so. The premise of the Project Dollway at Home for her is "to have fun creating", and although she did not choose a fashionable, more couture, runway model, she promises we will also fall in love with her current obsession, seven and a half inch, Licca.

She predicts there will be surprises along the way in the competition. “The seasoned designers and seamsters will shine, but the novices will delight us in their unconventional approaches to design. In the end, we will all learn from each other." You can read more about Dal and her previous creations on her blog at:

http://dalsdolls.blogspot.com/

JANNIE
Jannie was born in Panama City, Florida, and now again calls this “Red-Neck Rivera” her home. She lives there with her husband, who returned with her from Sydney, Australia - a place familiar to some of our other designers. Early on she worked for Walt Disney World before it even opened, and has since retired from three different careers in engineering and project management.



Her travels have taken her to such exotic places as Ghana, West Africa; Germany; and Paris! She has taken couture classes in Paris where she gained training in design, pattern making, and material medium. She has also sold her designs to the House of Frazer in Germany.



Now she is content to be starting a new career that has been her second dream since her grandmother gave her the first sewing machine at 7 years old; she wants to design clothing for dolls. Although she didn’t play with dolls as a child, her fashion designing was always encouraged. She even designed a complete wardrobe for the bridal party of an overweight bride while working in Washington, DC on assignment to the DOD in her hotel room. When the husband told her, “I have never seen her look so beautiful and trim,” she knew designing clothing was not only worthwhile, but something she had a passion for.

In the past she has participated in local doll shows; however, this year she decided it was time to go big, attend the 2008 Tonner Convention, and enter the design competition. She was delightfully surprised she was able to bring back one first place ribbon and two third place ribbons. Since then she has attended the Modern Doll Convention, continues competing in other competitions. She is currentl showing at the Northwest Florida Artisan Festival until December 20, 2008, and plans to show at the 9th Annual NW Florida Doll Show in Ft. Walton Beach. She also has enjoyed working with Dolly Hearts of America helping to raise money to help victims of disasters.


Encouragement from friends prompted her to enter this competition, but she has absolutely no predictions for its outcome. Rather, she simply hopes to learn something and make it to the end. “My designs may not be flashy and grand, but I desire to have that quality about them that a woman (doll) of any age would look elegant dressed in them and could wear them for years,” she says, and goes on to caution us not to be surprised to see her client wearing something wild and crazy because Pru has that in her character. That is why she likes her muse. “Often a little subtle point that is not so obvious is there, but where,” she gleefully says as she returns to her designs.

Jannie designs her line under the name of Madame Eé Lise. "Madame Eé Lise” does not make public appearances. Jannie is her personal assistant and the operations manager. She is teaching Jannie her “ways” as she calls them. She can be a very demanding boss, but Jannie loves her like her grandmother. Madame allows my designs that meet her standards to be sold under the line of Elegance by Eé Lise. Unfortunately, the website for Elegance by Ee Lise is currently under total reconstruction.

Kat

Kat hails from Cleveland, Ohio, the place of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Great Art Museum, Planetarium, Science Center and numerous other exciting places. She has been married to the same man for 34 years. Although they have no children, they have sponsored Native American children for over 25 years, and she has continued to keep in touch with the daughter of her first marriage. And, of course, Rascal, her Bichon Frise, is currently ruling the house!

Her Grandmother worked at a wonderful department store with dolls, so she was introduced to them at an early age. And early on she began to sew for all of her dolls. Her Father was a tailor and brought home bags of scraps, and her Mother liked to sew for dolls as well – so got plenty of encouragement. She learned to sew by hand as a "Bluebird" in her scouting class. Then she spent two years in sewing in HS, and made dresses for the girls, clothes for their Barbie dolls, and eventually did soft sculpture. But when she discovered miniatures was where she first started to do shows and compete. And after studying porcelain doll making she found she wanted to do it all – painting, firing, and finishing including the stringing. She also taught this, and even did the sewing for some of her students who could not sew.


Teaching antique reproduction dolls was very rewarding, but the weight of the molds began to make this prohibitive. Then, as luck would have it, she discovered an OOAK fashion on eBay, and after writing the artist, she not only found a new friend, but also began creating for fashion dolls. Recently, she had fallen in love with Ellowyne and she is now her muse – what fun it has been adapting wigs from her porcelain days to her Wigged Out!

The world of art is so fun, and she has tried so many things. From cake decorating to making sugar shell panoramic Easter eggs, Quilling, several different kinds of embroidery, making covered 'memory' boxes, beadwork for jewelry making and beading onto fabrics, silversmithing, and multiple types of painting have all captured her interest, and pretty much behind her. For now she is at a point where I know that my concentration will be focused on the dolls, embroidery and bead work.


She is participating in this competition because she loves a challenge. She likes having “…someone throw something at me that causes me to think about it.” She is a bit of a tortured artist who sometimes stresses, and just finishes under the wire because she works better under pressure. Learning so much about her craft is the best prize she could garner, she feels.

Of course, she wouldn’t have entered if she didn’t hope to win something. However, she appreciates that there are many exceptionally talented people competing here. But, win or lose, accomplishing all these wonderful clothes will be win enough for her, and she looks for to watching everyone’s achievement with each challenge that comes our way. “The diversity of the interpretations is amazing,” she says, and she is proud and grateful to stand among all of us and wishes us all the best of luck.

FOLD AND MOLD FABRIC

Recently our fearless leader, Gabby, sent me a link for origami for fabric. While I thought it was interesting, I couldn't really see where it had anything to do with doll fashion designing, so I didn't pay much attention to it. However, our recent pleating challenge brought it all into focus. I then realized pleating is much like origami; after all they both require fabric folding.

I also figured out I had actually been looking at fabric folding all of my life - who among us has not picked up a folded cloth napkin at a restaurant? But I really had not explored it further, nor thought of it in terms of my designs. So I began to really read this website and discovered you can make all kinds of things - from boxes to stars, airplanes, pineapples - you name it! But how could I relate this to my doll ventures I wondered...so I read on.

Interestingly enough I found that quilt makers use this folding technique to incorporate designs into their creations, much like the folding created in this picture:


Florals are also possible, as featured in the photos below:







But I did wonder if I could accomplish this in my desired small scale. Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Anyway, the point Gabby had been trying to relate to me was that incorporating different items into our designs, such as pleats, can make them more interesting. But, we don't have to be limited by just the standard items. Perhaps, in analyzing what others have accomplished, we can move into a whole new realm of designing ourselves.

Read more about fabric folding here:

http://www.origami-resource-center.com/fabric-folding.html



and find additional information in these books:


Origami Quilts: 20 Folded Fabric Projects by Louise Mabbs and Wendy Lowes



Fantastic Fabric Folding by Rebecca Wat


But where had I been introduced to stretching my imagination, I pondered? Well, I thought, first I had explored "doing it different" when I discovered a wonderful quilt and doll maker named Susanna Oroyan. That short, chance meeting at the Houston Quilt Show many years ago had made me a continued supporter of this lady's talent. I have all of her books, and find much inspiration in them, and I think most doll makers who practice original thinking would also. Her books most inspiring to our type of doll design are:



Designing the Doll: From Concept to Construction



Finishing the Figure: Doll Costuming, Embellishments, Accessories



Her other books are equally fascinating, but these two really relate most to any kind of doll maker or doll fashion designer. In them she goes through a number of steps to help one put together their ideas for developing a doll which can easily relate to their outfit. Well, we don't need to make a doll, but we do need to know how to relate our outfit to our muse. In there she also discusses scale, and getting the look we hope to achieve. She puts us in the right frame of mind for choosing our materials accurately, also.


In the other book she goes past the making of our item and concentrates on how to embellish and the proper accessories. She doesn't want us to just create something that is ho-hum. She wants us to go further with our fashion (or doll) and give it that "wow" factor that means we have truly owned our design. I lost my hero to cancer, but not before she put me onto the book that relates to fiber manipulation in this story. Sorry if I got a little off the track, but her books are truly inspirational and worth the read for anyone serious about doll/doll fashion designing.


Fantasy Fabrics - Techniques for Layered Surface Design by Bonnie Lyn McCaffey is the book she introduced me to. Within its pages one will discover secrets quilt makers have long known and incorporated in their designs! She shows us simple techniques for making the most wonderful original fabrics; fabrics resplendent with texture and dimension appropriate for "...any fabric-based project you create." This book will teach us how using simple items - thread, ribbon, yarns, lace, etc - we can turn a mousey fabric into a one-of-a-kind. I never thought there could be over a hundred variations of manipulating fabric, but Ms. McCaffey explains it all succinctly with both words and multiple photographs. Just as she's stretched quilting to the limit, she can help us do so with our designs.


But my greatest adventure into fabric manipulation was an actual hands-on experience I had with one of our own OOAK fashion doll artists, Pamela Bachmayer. Many of you may know her or her work; and those of you who don't will be delighted in her introduction, I am sure! Pamela was one of the first OOAK artists I was lucky enough to meet on a Yahoo group, so when the opportunity came to visit her at her home for a workshop I couldn't say no. There, I was not only allowed to peek into her workshop and see her latest line being created, but I was also introduced to the techniques she used to create it. Here's one of her visions; take a minute and read her description, and view all her pictures and maybe you'll begin to understand what she taught me:

http://www.pbdesigns.biz/pbdesigns/gardendistrict.htm



Okay, don't get too excited - I didn't make one of these dresses - and still haven't. But, what I did learn how to make were hats such as the one featured here:



http://www.pbdesigns.biz/pbdesigns/marta.htm



In a nutshell, what I remember of my lesson was that we used a piece of merino wool that contained some silk blend fibers, ran it under warm water, and beat it till we got it to a malleable consistency. Then, using small round or square blocks of wood we actually molded our fibers to form a round or square hat!! Easy-peasey?? Well, not exactly - it really does take a lot of water, pounding, and manipulating to achieve finished results like Pamela Bachmayer's dress, but when you get it right the rewards are phenomenal. And, I'm testament that anyone can make one of these hats - if you set your mind to it! AND there is just something magically fun about a design you create all on your own. Wouldn't it be fun to create a little dog like Pamela has made to accompany Marta??






Reading and research is great; but it really is in the doing that we truly develop our originality. And I’ve only told you about a few things! Fabric can be beaded, embroidered, painted -- you name it -- IF we have the courage to try it. Let’s not let anything get in the way of becoming the kind of designer we want to be.



And share; always be willing to share your technique with others. The best of the best do it -- and I think they are further blessed with greater creativity for having done so. After all sharing IS really caring. AND learning; growing and developing are what will make US the best of the best! Let's do it!!


(Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the artists, authors, publishing companies, or book sellers referred to in this blog. But, Christmas is coming, and I thought these would be some good suggestions to put on our Wish List.)

Additional Notes, books, and sites from Pamela Bachmayer:


Felt Books:


The best -- New Directions for Felt, An Ancient Craft by Gunhill Pactau Sjoberg

Feltmaking by Deborah McGavock and Christine Lewis.

Most of the other feltmaking books are basically the same books with different projects on them. There are several Japanese felt books available that are a sheer delight to look through with very creative uses of the craft that are very inspirational. They are written in Japanese though there pictures to go with the instructions. If you have some knowledge of felting to start with, you can follow the pictures to make the projects.

I do suggest some working knowledge of felting first though. My best suggestion for prospective felters is to find someone who teaches classes and sign up for a day’s beginner class. …It really helps to have an instructor look at what you are doing and tell you when you are doing it right, to give you special tips, etc. not found in books to make it easier for you to succeed.

There are several around the US, best to look them up online and find one close to you. I used Jill Gully at Outback Fibers here in Texas: ( a real Aussie living amongst us who was raised on a sheep ranch so knows her stuff!):

http://www.outbackfibers.com/

Some other inspirational sites (You’ll know when you see these why I got so excited about felting):

http://www.hisanotakei.com/gallery.html
http://www.udm.ru/culture/Pilin/index.html
http://www.kclowe.com/
http://magarimagari.de/Bilder/
http://www.francesfelt.com/index.html
http://www.jeanhicks.com/
http://www.joirae.com/
http://www.filzware.de/schaufenster.html
http://www.filzware.de/schaufenster.html
http://www.filzware.de/schaufenster.html
http://catfishstudiofelt.com/jackets.html
http://www.andrea-graham.com/
http://www.neotique.com/
http://www.northeastfeltmakersguild.org/
http://www.dahartranft.com/gallery_main.html
http://woolwinds.blogspot.com/
http://www.joshjakus.com/
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5243222
http://www.jungledread.com/gallery (Makes cool dreadlocks out of felt)
http://www.missfitt.com/

There are lots more, but these are some of my favorites. I think people will be very amazed at what can be done with felting.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

ARTISTS - LARRAINE, MICHAELA, GENE

LARRAINE

Born and raised in British Columbia, Canada, Larraine is a married lady with two grown daughters who are her pride and joy. She is fortunate that one shares her enthusiasm for dolls, but her other is more into horses - in fact she is a top level Dressage Rider hoping for a chance on the Canadian Equestrian Team. Her six cats, two Alaskan Malemutes, five horses, and three tanks of tropical fish all round out this happy family.

She feels she has absolutely no special education or job experience for these challenges. She is a recently retired Elementary School teacher who was the school's Computer Coordinator and Head of Technology. However, she started sewing for her dolls when she got her first Barbie around the age of 8. Her first try at doll sewing from a pattern her Mom got her produced a dress and coat for Barbie which she still has. From then on she was always scrounging scraps of stuff from the "ragbag" to make Barbie a wardrobe. She said she would have loved to have received further training in High School, but tha
t wasn't realized when she was placed in a class with "the world's worst Home Economics teacher."




This experience put her right off sewing, and she vowed never to sew or take Home Economics after that. However, when she got married, she began to sew teaching herself, and eventually was sewing suits for her husband. She also made Barbie clothes for her niece's dolls, and after her girls were born she sewed all of their clothes until they were about 13 years old and they discovered that other people had labels on their clothes.

Larraine wanted to participate in this competition because she loves the challenge of researching and thinking up new ways to do things. " I love designing things, creating, and making things. I love to be challenged." But she does not really expect to win anything. She feels she is up against some awesome designers with incredible talent. She just wants to have fun, and if she should win a challenge she will be ecstatic. But no matter the outcome, she is happy to have returned to sewing through Project Dollway; and to explore the new challenge of making her own designs.


Her biggest achievement in dolldom came when she entered the IFDC Competition for Rising Stars this year, and came in second. Larraine keeps busy by running a doll auction site called Auction Fever, and managing her huge doll/dollhouse site called All Dolled Up. Chronicling her vast collection (3,000-4,000 dolls along!) on her website has been quite a job, but definitely worth a look. She had been focusing on Fashion type dolls including Barbie, Momoko, Susie, Misaki, and Fashion Royalty; but Ellowyne is now her favorite. You can access her websites here:


Auction Fever

All Dolled Up



MIKAELA

Michaela lives in Sydney, Australia with her two fur babies - Blaez, a blue merle Shetland sheepdog; and Kaia, a Japoodle (Japanese Spitz x Miniature Poodle). She is currently studying belly dancing and making belly dancing costumes. This crazy goth lady likes to design garments that are simply and elegant, but also exemplify her gothic/punk edge.


Unfortunately, her dream of fashion designing or making theatrical costumes didn't evolve because the cost of design school was prohibitive for her. But she has been dressmaking since she was 13, and has made quite a few garments and costumes for friends and family. She has also managed to attend a course in pattern making and completed a certificate course in millinery at the Sydney Institute of Technology.


She wanted to enter this competition because her poor Fashion Royalty girls are screaming for new clothing. "I have a very bad habit of making something for them, and then end up selling it when I need to keep some garments for myself." This competition will help her to think outside of her usual box and make her get on with those ideas that have remained a sketch for far too long, she feels.


Also, by the end of the competition, she should have plenty of new patterns to release.


No matter the outcome of the competition, she says, "We are all winners in this competition! We gain by aspiring to those that are better than us, and many of us have found great new friends."


Her work and other commitments have kept her fairly quiet on the doll scene lately. She has, however, managed to put out a selection of accessories that includes luggage, jewelry, handbags, hand knotted doll wigs. and patterns for both Fashion Royalty and Barbie. All can be viewed on her website:



One Sixth Living




GENE

Texas called Jasper, but he spent a good number of years in the Midwest, Louisville, Kentucky and Indiana. He and his partner, Ronnie, spend most of their spare time caring for their three furry babies - 1 dog and 2 cats. He's a guy with simple ideas and aspirations who loves his life, family and his dolls - his family is the most important thing in his life.

No art class available escaped him when he was young, and during high school and college, he spent some time in drama and dinner theater. However, he quickly learned his skills behind the scenes in wardrobe far outweighed his talent onstage, so that's where he spent his time.



Now, he enjoys rerooting and repainting, and creating designs for the Barbies that have adopted him. He also enjoys quilting and create costumes for he and his partner who are avid Renaissance men.

"My Barbies are not sold," says Gene, "I prefer to keep them or give them for gifts." But when he found the Project Dollway yahoo group and this competiton, his friends encouraged him to get involved, and he thought - why not? At least it would be an outlet for something that he loved so much. He felt with so many talented designers, it would always push him one step further. What a good opportunity to use his artistic side.


Predictions of this contest's outcome are impossible at this
stage, says this artist. "So many good designers have much more experience than I have, and sometimes what I envision in my mind doesn't seem to quite come through my fingertips!"

He feels he's already procrastinated with the first
challenge and definitely won't be making that mistake again. He ran into every problem one could imagine with the vintage challenge including shrinkage of his fabrics and problems with his camera - but not next time. He vows to be happier with his designs in the balance of the challenges.

While it's true Gene's dolls are a big part of his life, and represent an excellent creative outlet for him, he just wants to have fun with this competition. He feels whatever he learns from the creative criticisms will help develop his work to better represent him as an artist and a person. A fringe benefit of the competition is that he has already met some wonderful people. If friendship is all that ever comes from this experience, he will consider himself a very lucky man.

CHALLENGE ONE WINNER

...and the winner is LARRAINE!!




Project Dollway at Home is pleased to present the winner of the first challenge. We are including all the pictures submitted by Larraine, and the decisions by the judges that gave this designer the win. Ironically, this designer was just interviewed, so you can read her interview on our blog.

When Gabby gave her the news, she had this to say: "Oh my goodness, Gabby, I am sooooooooo excited. Wow, I'm speechless. I'm over the moon!!! I am even more inspired, if that is possible. Well, now I'm going back to those pleats with enthusiasm. Thank you so much for letting me know what that little birdie said, LOL!!! Wooooohooooo!!!"




Winning Points:


(Numbers from left to right represent Theme, Originality, Execution, and Total).


Larraine's collection:
I chose the sixties as my vintage era, partly because I grew up in the sixties and loved the variety of styles, from Austin Powers to Flower Children, and partly because of the use of bold color and wild patterns. Anything seemed to go together in the sixties!!! I would like to take this bold use of color and build the collection on it by bringing this boldness of color to the styles of the 21st Century!!!

Judge 1
5 5 5 Total 15 Super all around
Judge 2
4 3 4 Total 11 Good interpretation of the 70's. Loved the bag and the long vest and the peace sign. The color is very indicative of the 70's. I like it.Over all construction looks pretty good.
Judge 3
3 2 3 Total 8 Bright, colorful, very 60's. Garments fit well. I like the coat, but aren't the shorts too long for this era?
Total points: 34

Also, here is the Point System the judges used for this competition:
Points go from 5 - 1, with five being the best , in these three categories:


1) Designer's interpretation of the theme, Vintage. How successful were they?


2) Originality (the style)... Is it different or does it look like something you have seen before in fashion... accessories... color.


3) Execution: How well is the garment made? Does it look finished? Are there clean edges? Ironed? The full presentation.

The most a designer can acquire from the judges is 15 points, but some people also received the extra 1/2 point awarded to those who sent their garments in before the end of the tenth day of the challenge.


Here is how the judges critiqued the rest of us, and our points. Also, the artist's original notes are included - can you see their vision?
(Numbers from left to right represent Theme, Originality, Execution, and Total).



Entry #1 - Kevin

Kevin's collection:
This is my homage to the 40's & 50's, The Dress is made from Dupioni silk in a muted lavender shade and has a steel gray dupioni trim at the bodice, the bodice is adorned with coordinating colors of seed beads in Lavender, Dark gray and genuine Sterling silver seed beads. The Dress features a side peplum on the left side of the dress in keeping with a vintage 50's type of style. While the bodice has a definent up to date bodice type. The outfit also features a Lavender brocade embroidered satin coat, lined in the steel gray dupioni, the sleeves of the coat end in a White faux fur and it closes with hook and eye closures, The coat is a super strong A-line design, Also has a matching hat done in the same lavender satin and has Tulle trim in Gray and Purple with silver seed beads. The accessories feature again my homage to a vintage CHANEL quilted handbag, fully functional also, The logo design on the front of the handbag is reminiscent of the classic CHANEL logo, but fits well with my CLICK designs.

Judge 1
3 2 3 Total 8 It is a very good interpretation of the style of the time, I do not feel there is much originality, but an overall polished feel to the ensemble
Judge 2
4 3 4 Total 11 the design does reflect the era described. I wasn't too sure about the fur cuffs, but that might just be a personal taste thing. Love the swing coat style and the hat. The dress was nice and I am sure the beading detail took a bit of time.
Judge 3
2 2 3 Total 7 The colors coordinate well, and I like the peplum. The dress fits very well until it reaches the underarms where the band looks too wide. The beaded straps seem heavy for the neckline, narrower straps might work better. I like the A-line coat, but it would work better if the fabric were not as stiff.
1/2 point for early submssion
Total points: 26.5

Entry #2 - Gary


Gary's collection:
This is my entry for the first challenge titled " Vintage " This is a coat and dress ensemble with matching purse and shoes. It is made from magenta silk dupioni and lace. The coat is calf length and is sharply gored from the waist to the hem. It features long sleeves and is fully lined. The coat is accessorized with a round link silver tone belt. Under the coat we have a halter top dress with a fully gathered 6 panel skirt. The length of the skirt is also calf length. A petti-coat is used to keep the skirt's full shape. Contrasting lace was used for the halter top. It has over the shoulder straps that criss-cross in the back and features a back zipper closure and has a matching belt with the silver tone buckle centered at side front of the dress. Finally this ensemble is accessorized with pendant earrings and an attached matching pendant for the halter top. All accessories, belts, shoes, purse, earrings and pendant along with the dress and coat were designed and created by me using sewing patterns drafted especially for this challenge. The hair design was also created by me using the doll's original rooted hair with matching pink streaks scattered throughout the spiked up do. There were several sources of inspiration for this design. There is obviously a mix of different styles and elements all very popular during the 50's and 60's. I wanted to create something that would appeal to the modern young lady and also be fun. Originally I did not plan to create the coat, but what an easy way to take the dress from day wear to a sophisticated and well accessorized evening wear ensemble. This was an extremely exciting and fun design for me to work with.


Judge 1
3 3 4 Total 10 Ensemble is fantastically sewn with an amazing color scheme.
Judge 2
4 4 5 Total 13 Loved the over all look. However, I would rather have seen the neckline bobble used as a closure adornment at the waistline of the coat. I think with the bobble at the neckline and the belt buckle kind of fight each other and I am not sure about the chain belt with this outfit. The workmanship is Ideal
Judge 3
3 3 4 Total 10 I see a mix of 50's skirt with the 60's halter top, and like the effect it creates. The fits is good, the colors blend well.

1/2 point for early submission
Total points: 33 .5

Entry #3 - Aly


Aly's collection:
Lana Lang, former first lady and CEO of Lexcorp, attends a fundraiser for the Metropolis Historical Society. Taking her fashion inspiration from the 1940's, Lana wear a backless gold silk bias cut gown with paisley brocade and a maroon chiffon hem accent. A beaded gold lace shrug with bronze silk trim and a simple feather with sheer ribbon in her flame hair completes the look.

Judge 1
1 2 1 Total 4 It's a very nice gown... A little overdone . Wished there was more meat to it.
Judge 2
4 4 4 Total 12 I liked the outfit and it does definitely have the feel of the chosen time period. The colors are great. The bead work is very good. And while I liek the hemline treatment, I am not sure that it is indicative of the time period, but I think it did add a finishing element and considered it a plus. The creation was very well made
Judge 3
2 2 3 Total 7 Beautiful beadwork on the jacket, but to the extent that it takes away from the gown. The gown can stand alone quite nicely, but I would like to have seen the dress back without the jacket. I like the cross-over bodice, and the colors coordinate well with the gold.
1/2 point for early submission

Total points: 23.5

Entry #4 - Joan

Joan's collection: The dark red cotton velvet coat had it's roots in Vasilisa's past... Tonner describes her as Red Riding Hood with a twist...so I knew my key piece of clothing would need to pay homage to her tradition but be totally updated. The lining is a Ralph Lauren wool paisley. The reverse box pleated caplet back was designed to show it to advantage. The clasp is from a set of antique buttons in my collection. The high-waisted red/black moire skirt and silk paisley blouse are meant to contrast the bulk of the coat. Tiny tucks in the blouse add to the romantic innocence of the gothically dark outfit. Her laced back boots and gloves are black pleather. The boots have black velvet covering the lasts. Her purse is moire with a tiny silver buckle and satin ribbon trim. Her necklace pays homage to her Russian Orthodox ancestry.

Judge 1
2 3 3 Total 8 I really like this ensemble. I think the color palette is fantastic, just not sure of the time period b/c of the modern boots, deco birds and 40's pencil skirt.
Judge 2
3 4 4 Total 11 I like the outfit. I does match the personification of the client and the elements all go together. I am not sure what period is really reflected. The dress did not scream at me of any particular period. The coat reminded be of a Sherlock Holmes coat and I did like it very much. The construction was great
Judge 3
2 3 4 Total 9 The dress fits very well and the bodice tucks are a nice touch. I like design of the coat, and its inverted pleat, but the coat is too bulky.


1/2 point for early submission
Total points: 28.5



Entry #5 - Stacy


Stacy's collection:
The dress is made of an iridescent purple taffeta which has black flocked and silver glitter polka dots on it. The sleeves, waist sash, bustle trim and bows are of black satin charmuse. Black lace peeks from beneath the skirt. It snaps up the back with 4/0 black snaps. The bodice lining and petticoat are made of a polyester posh lining fabric. Lavender tulle was used for the petticoat which has an added ruffle to fill out the "bustle" in the back of the dress. The pantyhose are made from a black micro mesh and the shoes and purse are of the same black charmuse. The inspiration for this dress was a 1950's blouse pattern from my grandmother's pattern stash. I altered the shoulder to become a dropped shoulder and will use this element in other designs in my collection.


Judge 1
1 1 2 Total 4 The lining was done well, but the design confused and seemed too out of date even for the projected time frame.
Judge 2
4 5 5 Total 14 Love the description to the dress and how the design was inspired. Great ideas. I enjoyed viewing this design and would absolutely love to see this in person to really see it.Another perfect entry
Judge 3
2 2 3 Total 7 The taffeta is nice, and the bustle effect lends interest to the back of the dress. The dropped shoulder works for this dress, but I feel the front is lacking a little zing.


1/2 point for early submission
Total points: 25 .5


Entry 6 - Sue


Sue's collection:
My client: Sydney Chase is a strong young woman of 25. She works in business – her family own Chase Modelling and she has headed to London to oversea the UK branch. While in Britain she needs a wardrobe to fit in with the demands of her job in both professional and social fields. She also hopes to learn about the country and its heritage whilst living here. The British climate is changeable – no wonder it’s the most common topic of conversation – and her clothes need to bear this in mind. It might be warm in the centrally heated office but outside there could be arctic gales blowing. And that’s just October. Vintage: There were 3 possibilities in my mind – Dior New Look leading to the 50s, 1960s architectural fashion and Art Deco influenced 1920s. I eventually selected the period between the two world wars to focus on for my vintage. The over-riding reason was that I decided that the roots of modern design began then and it was the first time in history that women had the franchise and collectively were entering a new world. Dressing became easier and less restrictive – comfort was paramount, and for me the whole period symbolizes freedom. Sydney Chase is the role model for an empowered modern woman. Her lifestyle became possible because of the pioneering efforts of women during the 20th century. The freedom for women to move countries, be independant and single, as well as run a business are concepts not hard for us to imagine in 2008, but in 1928 it would have been a very different matter – things were just beginning to change for women. The Outfit consists of:Coat, Dress, Bag, Hat, Gloves. I decided to do a coat based on 20s style, with a simple dress underneath and accessories of bag, hat and gloves. The coat would be in a neutral colour with the aim of being wearable day and night. The dress underneath would also reference the 1920s but be totally believable for today’s workplace. It would also to be made in a neutral colour. Accessories would reflect it is 2008 and should not overwhelm the basic outfit. Comments on choice of fabric, notions and making up the items:- Coat: I had a beautiful left over piece of furnishing fabric with an art deco embroidered pattern. The embroidery is the same colour as the fabric so may not show well in pictures. I will add a close up. One of my pet hates is when fabric patterns don’t line up well in garments, so the placement of the Pattern pieces was very important. As was scaling a design down so that it didn’t overwhelm "doll" size – it is sofa fabric after all. I knew stiffness would be an issue and therefore had to keep the lines simple with little room for additional facing. I built the facings into the pieces so that the edges were topstitched rather than seamed hence avoiding bulk. Fraying was also a problem but I used a product recommended to me by other sewers and it worked very well. I tested for colour change and stiffness but the product did not cause any major problems. The fastening was an art deco trim I found in a local store – I didn’t want a lot of fastenings as the style of the 20s showed loose fitting oversized coats in many fabrics. The collar was cut from a recycled fur collar from a previously owned vintage coat.[Already in the sewing box – I can’t cut up old clothes LOL] It was my fist time of sewing fur and was easier than I had imagined. Again I didn’t want too much bulk so kept seams down to a minimum and oversewed the collar by hand. I debated adding fur to the cuffs – this would be fully in keeping with the 1920s but because it is 2008 I decided to keep the lines simpler and just hemmed the cuffs. When the gloves are on the model there will be enough texture and colour. I feel fur would make it fussier and be more predictable. Dress: The dress was meant to be a quick accessory to go under the coat. The fabric had tiny pleats and only needed 3 seams. The armholes were hand sewn under. As the pleats were so small sewing actually distorted the edges. However the fabric does not fray, so I left the top and bottoms unturned for sharpness. The design was based on a dress worn by Madame Poiret on a visit to Berlin in 1911. The T shaped dress she wore with drop shoulders and a boat neckline was described as "10 years ahead of its time". I liked the ease of the dress and its simplicity and versatility. The version I made was also simple and versatile -no creasing in the fabric – the dress can go from day to night. The collar was going to be a simple boat neck as Madame Poiret’s dress but the turned down neck to the front looked more interesting and modern. It made me think this was the 21st version of a quintessentially 1920s dress. I added a belt for interest and to help draw the eyes across the dress, but it works equally well without it. Accessories: Bag[Purse]-I used a small piece of the same collar to make a fur bag. I sewed it over the D ring by hand to make a bag which looks a little retro yet essentially modern. Hat-I debated making a fur hat but it’s not very British – so swapped the fur for a knitted beanie. I introduced another colour to add interest - ice-cream pink and it was knitted in a baby cashmarino wool. The design [both shape of hat and knitted pattern] was intended to reference back to the art deco period, yet again be up to the minute for 21st century living. Gloves-I knitted small matching gloves to go with the beanie hat. The cuff was raised to add texture to the ensemble. After several attempts I had to make the gloves fingerless in order to be wearable by the model. Photo Shoot- It was very difficult to pose the doll as she can stand unaided in the right shoes. However it was quite windy so I had to be very careful. The wind caused problems on the fur collar so in some pictures it looked fuller on one side. Another problem was depending on the photo angle the coat looked like it had creases when in fact it was the raised pattern on the fabric. I had to chose photos which best represented the garments. I couldn’t use my favourite picture as there was a similar one which better showed the fabric of the coat and the catch. The gloves looked best on the sideways picture.


Judge 1
3 2 3 Total 8 overall it's a success, though I'm confused by the wool cap, it cheapens the design. A satene hat would have made this 100 times better
Judge 2
5 5 4 Total 14 I love this one! It absolutely personifies the client and the 20's. Perfection on the dress and the coat. The hat and gloves were okay (not my favorite part of the outfit), but the coat and dress are perfect.When I first opened the pictures it made me gasp.
Judge 3
3 2 3 Total 8 Simplicity of the dress style is made more elegant by the pleated fabric; the brocade fabric of the boxy coat works well with the dress. The knitted cap and gloves add a splash of color, but take away from the overall look.
1/2 point for early submission


Total points: 30.5


Entry #7 - Sande


Sande's collection:
My dress: i chose the late 60's-early 70's era for vintage, the era of Gunne Sax and Jessica McClintock. it's still my favorite style even though it was nearly 50 years ago. (How did that happen? LOL!!) lots of lace, ruffles, buttons, and leg o' mutton sleeves make a very romantic look, and bring back a time of more sweetness and innocence. My 2-piece dress is made from a burgundy, iridescent taffeta; the top is fully lined, including the sleeves. the front is accented with cream colored cotton laces, and satin ribbons, and a garnet and silver locket-brooch. the yoke of the skirt is lined as well; the skirt and top have 37 garnet buttons for a faux closure over the snaps. her earrings are burgundy dried roses with a peridot stone for a demure look. her shoes match the color of the dress, but have a more modern pointed toe than the squarish ones of that vintage period. a young woman of today would be happy to be dressed up in this style, whether going out to dinner, the theater, or to church. it's a dress for today, with shades of an earlier era. "Every stitch of this outfit, from basting to understitching, from seams to hemming, is lovingly hand stitched."


Judge 1
1 1 1 Total 3 If this dress was done in a lighter shade, I could possibly see where the prairie look of the 70's were inspired, however, the dark maroon gives the dress a Victorian that just confuses me. I think it is overworked and over thought and look forward to seeing the designers next piece.
Judge 2
3 3 3 Total 9 OKay, I have to admit I had to look up Gunne Sax and Jessica McClintack to see if I missed something here and I did. I remembered the Gunne Sax but only with cotton floral prints and not all of those buttons down the side. I did see a couple of a solid color dresses with the lace collars and some even with this sleeve elements. The earrings really didn't do much for me. The center bead was okay but it didn't flow with allof the buttons / beads down the side.Basically the construction is pretty good
Judge 3
3 2 3 Total 8 I like the style and the color, the shoes match well. I like the pleated sleeve caps, and the idea that it is two pieces. I don't care for the 'buttons' . My eyes are drawn to them, taking me away from the design.
1/2 point for early submission


Total points: 20.5

Entry #8 - Larraine - WINNER!

Entry #9 -Cat


Cat's collection:
This design is a late 60's early 70's inspired cocktail outfit. I took inspiration from some Vogue and Bill Blass designs, then using the fabric I had available added my own interpretation. The fabric is a slumpy sheer lavender satin with a wiry feeling hand lined with blue liquid metallic. The jewelry is hand beaded on SS wire using Austrian leaded crystal and Japanese seed beads. My model is a Gene painted to look like my mother/grandmother. I left her hair long and pulled off her face with a hairband in the 60's-70's fashion.


Judge 1
1 2 1 Total 4 The dress looks very rushed.....bad mix of fabric, bad color.
Judge 2
2 3 3 Total 8 This is a pretty nice dress, but it looks much more like a disco 80's dress than a 60's early 70's dress.You did a good job working with this fussie fabric
Judge 3
2 2 3 Total 7 I like this halter-neck style and it works well in this fabric with those subtle blue undertones. The ribbon looks out of place, and the dress is too long for this era.

Total points: 19

Entry #10 - Dal


Dal's collection:
I picked a vintage Licca for my model. She premiered in the late 60's in Japan so I will be exploring MOD design. The fabric chosen is a printed cotton with giant daisies in positive and negative flower graphics.I positioned and cut the fabric so that there was a definitive split of the graphics, making the halter dress less bulky with no seam down the center of the A-line dress.I also carefully cut the fabric so that I used an optimal section for the matching hat. The brim I chose to be solid orange.I added a silk "tie" in a mini black, white and orange print and topped it off with real "vintage" lace, edged in pink.Boots are from a vintage 60's clone doll.

Judge 1
4 3 2 Total 9 pattern work is great, could have done without the tie and the dress would have been perfect. great interp. love, love, love the hat!
Judge 2
4 3 3 Total 10 Definitely looks the period described. Accessories are cute. Nice use of fabric.Construction is pretty good. Nice workmanship on the hat. It looks like it was hand sewn and I may have been more careful with matcing the thread so the stitiches don't show.
Judge 3
2 2 3 Total 7 Very 60's Mod. The fabric design is well placed, and I like the hat. The stitching around the armhole is distracting.
Total points: 26

Entry 11 - Pauline


Pauline's collection:
My vintage is "1957". My design is a hand knit 2 piece dress with detachable rabbit (recycled) fur collar. Accessories include "vintage" jewels of a fine cameo choker and demure peal earrings, to complete the dress is a skull cap hat and "Kelly" leather handbag with gold tone chain. Shoes by "Mattel" from the vintage shoe pack. This fashion was custom knit to showcase "Valia's" curves! She is class, style and graciousness!


Judge 1
4 3 2 Total 9 This is amazing! I love the rabbit, never be afraid of fur! I feel the gloves are too big for the ensemble and ruin it.
Judge 2
4 2 3 Total 9 Nice rendition of this time period. ( I can;t believe you knitted tis whole thing in the time frame you had! Wish I could knit that fast).This one has to be looked at with a different eye. The knited stitches are nice and even and in scale and blocked nicely. The fur trim looks like it was attached carefully. The hat is a nice touch as well.
Judge 3
3 2 3 Total 8 A classic design, nice clean lines, good fit. The fur collar is overbearing, but its too much white. The accent of fur on the hat and the white of the gloves and bag are enough. Would like to see suit without the fur collar.
Total points: 26


Entry 12 - Gene


Gene's collection:
My inspiration for the Vintage challenge was actually my mother. Although I was only born in 1958, I have some recollection (and many photos) of her with very full skirts and varios sweaters an shawls with embroidery-hence the embroidery around Barbie's wrap. The fabric I used for the dress is black cotton with white polka dots and the white trim is a poly-cotton blend.
Judge 1
2 1 2 Total 5 Not original in it's style. Pokadot is a great fabric, but the dress needs something.
Judge 2
3 2 3 Total 8 The Construction was good. I didn't think the machine leaf stitching added anything spectacular to the piece. I can;t see what is hanging down the center of the back, it almost looks like "seams great" which is a seam finisher and is usually found on the inside of the garment.he dress does reflect the time period of the original Barbie.
Judge 3
2 2 2 Total 6 Black and white work well together, and I like the polka dots for this era. The white band could be narrower, a better fitting bodice would improve this dress. I could not see the back for the camera flash.
Total points: 19

Entry 13 - Agarva


Agarva's collection:
Shadi lives at Gray Manor with a large extended family. They live in seclusion in modern times, however, love their extreme traditional quite Victorian ways. Shadi is considered the ‘protector’ of the family and travels to ‘otherworlds’ to defend the honor of the family and female humanity. She requires outfits for both her ‘normal’ world and her ‘otherworld’ adventures.
Style/Era:La Belle Epoque/Edwardian, Ancient times.Elements from garments of these eras’s were taken and then modernised with shorter lengths and modern fabrics. This collection will be a combination of the above times that reflect the beauty and world of Shadi. She likes simple, fitted and elegant. Fabrics: A mix of both modern and classic fabrics types will be used throughout the collection. Silks and stretch fabrics will blend. Velvet, wools and feathers will also be encorporated. The First Challenge: "Vintage"The late Victorian era circa 1900 style elements were used for this outfit. Extremely large leg-of mutton sleeved blouse using a stretch net dotted lace was the base.Over the top is the high-waisted skirt shape seen in the La Belle Epoque era and the straighter line of the skirt. This was done in black dupion silk with a piped detailing at the high waist. The back has a pleated chiffon insert that falls to meet the slightly pleated chiffon skirt hem detail. This allows movement.Shadi wears her favourite boots with her black lace tights. A red silk bow completes her day look for a typical day at Gray Manor.

Judge 1
2 1 1 Total 4 Victorian Era style did not use stretch sheer fabrics and it loses all continuity to create a stiff collar using sheer fabric. I do feel the design is nice, with a glimmer of an idea, however execution could be much better and less thrown together
Judge 2
4 4 5 Total 13 Love this piece. It exudes the time period you were aiming for. Don't see much that could have been improved upon in the construction. The fit is fabulous, The hemline really works. Even the boots work for me.
Judge 3
3 3 3 Total 9 I like the back detail although I think the slit should be more modest for this era. The oversize mutton top sleeves are almost too exaggerated. The red at the neck gives just the right touch of color.
Total points: 26


Entry #14 - Sylvia


Sylvia's collection:
I used silk, wool, rayon and peacock feathers to create my outfit. My inspriation was the 1930s with a touch of the Edwardian. And, of course, Robin Hood from Medieval times.

Judge 1
2 5 4 Total 11 While I find this absolutely charming, I don't get the mix of Edwardian and 30's style. this is an exact replica of depression era 40's style and it's fabulous! I love the color blends and the brocade! Technique wise it is pristine!
Judge 2
3 4 3 Total 10 I do like this piece. Love the color combination and the various textures. The era to me is a kind of WWII clashes with Robin Hood.The hat is great. Love the workmanship on that. the dress or blouse and skirt on the top part is perfect. The collar lays very nicely the gathers on the sleeves are nice and even. the cuffs on the sleeves look good. The front looks nicely pressed. The back doen't look as good as the front, as far as pressing goes.
Judge 3
2 2 2 Total 6 The hat is all I see when I first look at the picture, taking away from the dress. The blue at the bust is distracting from the skirt and blouse colors, drawing my eye and dividing the dress. The skirt fits well, and I like the blouse fabric. The blouse could look better if it was tucked in smoother under the skirt.
Total points: 27


Entry #15 - Sharon


Sharon's collection:
70's was my era and everything is made from an article of vintage clothing.


Judge 1
2 3 2 Total 7 The jeans are cute, but I feel it lost it's era with the top.
Judge 2
4 4 3 Total 11 very 70's. Love the look. We had it go on back then didn't we? So many colors and textures.You did a pretty good job putting this all together
Judge 3
3 2 3 Total 8 The fit of the garments is good, the colors coordinate well. The big pink bow is distracting.
Total points: 26


Entry #16 - Durelle


Durelle's collection:
"Steampunk"…………. This subculture fashion trend is the perfect springboard for my styling and design. I adore fantasy and historical designs and I have chosen this as my Project Dollway theme for 2008. The Steampunk genre has moved into high fashion and is finding its way into mainstream teen fashion today. My collection will embody elements of Neo-Edwardian historical styling, with various alterations for the mad science/ time traveler that tends to characterize steampunk. The color scheme that will move though out the collection is old gold, rusty reds and bitter green. Leather will be an important element as well as topstitching and buttons. Buckles straps, gears, goggles, keys and chains will also accent the collection. This first installment has an aviator (airship) feeling.. You can look forward to my early designs building on this aspect which I hope to include bomber jackets and parachute back packs… and what ever I may come up with ….. These are just my early notes. Enjoy ……..


Judge 1
1 1 3 Total 5 I don't get it. I did not invision this outfit in my head before I looked at photos. Steampunk is a harsh fashion and this is almost meek in comparison. The stiching is superb and I like the palatte.
Judge 2
4 4 4 Total 12 I must admit to not knowing much about steampunk. Most of what I have seen I did not like. Yours I find very interesting. I love the colors you choise. Love the use of leather.Great construction from what I see
Judge 3
2 4 4 Total 10 The colors coordinate well, and the overall fit is good. The leather accent pieces are very well done.
Total points: 27



Entry #17 - Dot


Dot's collection:
My line is called Confections. Confections, in my mind, are ensembles that are as sweet as any bakery dish - definitely ensembles that a girly girl would love to have in her closet! My colors are basically cream, pink, and lavender. The cream is the icing on this particular Confections offering called Ballet, and the colors are the sprinkles on top! The tiny ballerina on her purse and the ballet slipper pin on her lapel make it clear where this little Missy is going. This ensemble is done in cream colored dupioni silk. The top is appliqued with vintage lace and the bubble skirt features a vintage lace overlay. Lace (some vintage, some not), ribbons, and charms will be elements prevalent throughout my Confections line.


Judge 1
3 4 3 Total 10 I can see a little girl in this dress..in fact, I'd wear this dress. I love the colors, I love the lace, I love it all. I could do with out the head thing.
Judge 2
2 3 3 Total 8 I am not sure what era "Confections" is a part of. I am sure this is a spendid creation in person. I know working with this type of lace is not easy. However, these photos are what I have to work with. I don't see the "sprinkels" of color. The Ballerina charms are cute.
Judge 3
1 2 3 Total 6 I like the dress style. The lace has a beautiful pattern that the bows are hiding. The bows make the dress seems cluttered, especially at the waistline.
Total points: 24

Entry #18 - Carolyn


Carolyn's collection:
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Judge 1
1 1 1 Total 3 The rosettes look like shoulder pads coming from cleavage. with an uneven hem. Although, the premise of the hem line does have merit.
Judge 2
2 1 1 Total 4 There is an idea here. I kind of like the direction it was headed.I honestly don't know what to say here. Are the seams suppose to not match? Did you mean to have so many unfinished edges. I am sorry, but I just don't get it.
Judge 3
1 1 2 Total 4 I like the asymmetrical hemline. The flowers are too large for the dress but make an interesting bag. The beads of the bag handle are too big.
Total points: 11


Entry #19 - Dawn


Dawn's collection:
When I spotted an olive green jacket over a plum colored dress in one of the fall collections, I knew I had my color scheme. This isn't a new combination for me. Several years ago I made a crazyquilt square in these colors with the addition of metallic gold. That inspired a round robin crazyquilt vest that turned out just stunning with everyone's additions. When I entered an altered book colors round robin, I again chose this favorite combination. It was great seeing what everyone did with my choice of colors. I think these colors are perfect for the Essential Redhead Ellowyne that I chose for my model. I was a bit anxious about whether the colors would work with Gabby's first word/theme. I was delighted to see her choice of vintage. I've always loved the long, lean look of twenties fashions. This was my vintage inspiration. If I sewed more for myself, I would make something inspired by that era for me too. I wish my photos showed the colors and texture of the fabrics better. The olive is silk and the plum of the jacket is a lot richer than it looks in the photos. I like the tone on tone dots of the jacket and they fit right in with this year's emphasis on dots, but in a subdued manner. I was really happy to find that I had enough of the fabric to make the jacket. My fabrics are all recycled clothing that I originally purchased to make crazyquilt squares with. I thought about making a beaded headband or a cloche to go with the outfit, but between being low on time to work and wondering if that would make it look too costumey, I decided not to. I still may add one later, along with a choker for Ellowyne to wear to a New Year's Eve party. I think she could carry it off.


Judge 1
2 3 3 Total 8 Love the scheme, enjoy the look, just not sure if its 20s style...really looking forward to other looks!
Judge 2
3 4 3 Total 10 Nice use of colors a line. I do like the combination of textures. It does evoke the time period an yet still works for today.You did an excellent job of keeping the wieghts of the fabircs and the designs in the fabrics in scale. I do like that. I thik the gold part of the dress/ skirt and bouse could have been better pressed.
Judge 3
2 2 2 Total 6 I like the jacket and its colors, and I like it with the olive of the dress. The ensemble with the jacket does not look as well from the front when the colorful panel peeks out. The bodice of the dress is a loose fitting style but it is drooping too much.
Total points: 24


Entry #20 - Michele


Michele's collection:
Okay here is my first entry in our little swarray. My era is 1910-1920 When one thinks of this era they automatically think of the flapper dress that was very popular in those times. I took this idea and brought it up to modern day club dancing but with sophistication. I used black and pink silk with beaded string trim. My girl is Gene Marshal by Mel Odum. She is one of my favorite gals to work with since she does have that timeless movie star beauty. Gene enjoyed working with me as she is the one that picked the fabrics and my husband picked the era since I was having such a hard time as i love several. Gene's "20's Boogaloo" was created and hand sewn with in 6 hours. Enjoy!!

Judge 1
1 1 1 Total 3 I would have liked to see a cleaner job on this garment. It is apparent that it is the 20's.
Judge 2
1 1 2 Total 4 Interesting redition of a 1920's flapper dress.Unique neckline and color choices.The seams are straight. I would have taken more care in keeping the hemline straight. The fringe could have been a little fullerin the top four rows of beads. You've got some puckering going on too. Cute idea and a nice use of beaded fringe.
Judge 3
2 1 2 Total 5 I like the dual colored dress, the pink and black work well together. The beaded fringe is a little sung in a couple places which is not allowing the dress to hang nicely. The back not overlapping evenly and is more apparent with the darker color.
Total points: 12


Entry #21 - Kat


Kat's collection:
I chose the 1930's for my Vintage Period. I love the graceful look of the fashions and while they are elegant, they are for the most part simple is design, like the Japanese say, "Less is More". The first piece in my collection is a simple beach pajama over a surprising and unique bathing suit. My first outfit. This is the outfit complete. The shear Beach "Pajama's" in Classic blue and white stripe that echoes the blue of the ocean and the white caps that lap upon the shore.
There is a small stand up collar, to frame a beautiful face, oversized pockets and a flared pajama leg. Profile view of outfit I cut the fabric in a couple of different way To add interest, I cut the top on the straight grain and the pockets on the bias. The pants were cut on the bias too, sending the stripes an angular position and the bias also added a nice flare to the pants - a beautiful drape. The back of the outfit. Because of the stripes and the shear quality of the fabric, the photos seem to make the stripes blend together and the costume looks boxey which it is not as one could see from the profile shot. Aha! A peak at last. Once the shirt is removed one get's a "tease" at what lies beneath. A Royal Blue Swimsuit in most romantic and stunning style
And removing the trousers, we see this cleaver swimsuit styled in a knit that has a most subtle touch of 'glimmer' to it. I think one can see that in the photo. Wish I could have shown the lining but only so many pix allowed. The lining is a dark blue patterned fabric
with an all over design that looks like breaking waves.This is a pix of the 'finishing' of the outfit.
See the hand rolled hem on the pants and turned and folded hem on the shirt. As you look at the shirt, the top view is of the right side of the shirt on the outside with pocket detail. Just below, is inside left of the shirt showing the hemming and lace finishing of the self- facing
on the jacket. One more thing, this AOL program is not allowing me enough space to comment but please have another look at the swimsuit. The garment is being suspended (for Modesty's) sake buy a silver chain necklace with toggle clasp. The toggle is undone and the chain brought behind the neck and then forward when removing and the opposite is done when dressing.
There are 4 Faux Pearl 'buttons' down the front of the decorative strip which connects the bra to the bikini pant

Judge 1
4 4 4 Total 12 This is the most understated explanation of the 30s. it is not over worked, but shows a definite vintage flare. I think the swimsuit, pajama blend is perfect and reminds me of stories from the seaside tales of the flappers gone good. I really like it and think it's well made
Judge 2
2 3 3 Total 8 The PJ's were cute and the swim suit was different.It was different. No body else did anything like this. I did like it and it all wen together. I think it was maybe 30 and late 60s thrown together. I loved the use of the striped fabric it was a delight to see. Looks like the construction was good and you did iron it.
Judge 3
1 3 2 Total 6 The bias stripes lend a uniqueness to the pants, setting them apart from the top. That also lets the pockets stand out. The suit is very daring for this era.
Total points: 26

Entry #22 - Jannie


Jannie's collection:
INSPIRATION and DESCRIPTION: My inspiration comes from a pantsuit that I designed for myself in 1971 for work. Earth tone colours were popular in the early 70’s inspiring me to select brown and off white. The outfit consists of the following: Panties, Wide Leg Slacks, Blouse, Vest, Earrings, Necklace, Shoes, & Pink Flower for hair or Butterfly The regular cut panties are not shown and are made of cotton spandex with elastic at the waist and legs. The Wide Leg Slacks have darts front and back and are fitted on a waistband. Closure is in the back which was popular in the early 70’s. The slacks are fitted to the hipline from which the line of the slacks drops squares to the hem. The fabric chosen is a linen like fabric which was also popular in the early 70’s. The slacks are pressed into front and back pleats.The Blouse is constructed out of 100% cotton and lined with an off white 100% polyester. The bodice is fitted with vertical darts both in the front and back. The blouse has a collar stand and an unusually shaped collar. The sleeves are fitted at the shoulders and gathered at the French cuffs. The blouse has a front closure. The Vest is made of the same material as the Slacks. It is lined with 100% polyester satin. The Vest is constructed of 3 parts; the front, the side, and the back. The front has 2 small darts on a slight princess lines with V-neck. The Back has a back zipper closure and each side is a slight princess line. The Side joins the Front and Back "princess lines" together. The Front and Side front seam also have openings for pockets on both side of the Vest. The pockets are fully functional. The Jewelry was made from gold, off white, and various colours of brown beads that I had left over from another project. The shoes are dark tan leather sandals. I found the little pink flower and butterfly in my "junk" box.


Judge 1
5 2 3 Total 10 Great interp, love the beads with pants. while I think this sums up the 70's, its not the most original, i would have like an abstract paisley shirt
Judge 2
4 4 4 Total 12 I like the period interpretation. Pru looks like she just step right out of the 70s. Very nice choice in colors for the time period as well.
Judge 3
4 3 4 Total 11 Colors coordinate nicely, fit is good. I like the hidden pockets in the tunic style vest.
Total points: 33

Entry #23 - Dee Dee


DeeDee's collection:
My inspiration is the period of time between the mid 1950-to the early 1960s. The Wiggle
Dress was the essence of femininity at a time period when men were men and women
were allowed to be women. There was no shame in being a housewife, person who adored
her family, loved her home and enjoyed working with her hands and doing things with
friends. I have included a picture of the inspiration. the overskirt was turned into the scarf.
the photo (not shown here) is courtesy of SoVintagePatterns.com. My fabric is crepe back satin in aqua and the scarf is a chiffon print. I have turned the wiggle dress into a modern two piece outfit, that can be worn day or night. Hair by DeeDee Studios Shoes by DeeDee Couture Shoes were a flop, so Isabella had to take them off at the photo shoot. Please take points from me not her. :-)


Judge 1
1 1 1 Total 3 The color is vivid, but the construction needs work.
Judge 2
2 2 2 Total 6 the inspriration picture was cool. However I don't see much of the inspriation in your creation. The concept was unique. This satin fabric is difficult to sew with and the chiffon can even be trickier. I can't tell wether you pressed this or not and both fabrics may not have taken to the iron very well anyway. I think we need to have some pointers on marking fabric so there is no residue or marks left behind. The ruffles on the hemmline ruffle could be a little more even and the hems in the scarf could be better. I do like the bead treatment you attached the scarf to the blouse though.
Judge 3
2 2 1 Total 5 The colors coordinate very well, and I like scarf crossing the front and draping down the back. Improvement is needed in the fit of the bodice and at the waist/hips of the skirt. A longer bodice to meet or overlap the skirt would look nicer.
Total points: 14

Entry #24 - Alison


Alison's collection:
The fabric is an antique fine linen appliqué tablecloth that I have had and used for many years; it was given to me, along with some other pieces, by an Irish woman whose children I babysat in high school. Her father had been in the foreign service and lived in China, and the tablecloth came from there. The style is 1920s-1930s and is still used today on household linens -- which are not often linen. Evelyn has been waiting a long time for this. It is a short kimono jacket and hakama -- both Japanese clothing articles, which she is fond of wearing, along with her running shoes and her huaraches. We love anime, and this outfit is -- i.e. the pieces are -- typical sport clothes worn in numerous anime features as well as in Japanese historical dramas. Oddly enough, when the outfit was assembled, it came out looking like a Chinese garment. The stiffness of the linen perhaps is what caused this. It still needs work, a lot of it. I sew all my doll clothes with French seams, or seams otherwise hidden from exposure, and this was assembled hurriedly; I will go back and finish it to my usual specs. At the very least, this is the opening foundation piece, elements of which will be used to build others upon.


Judge 1
5 5 3 Total 13 This is an epitome outfit for me, very 20s...exceptionally done, really like the feel of this garment. took a doll and created a character...well done!
Judge 2
2 3 2 Total 7 Kimonos are timeless, they look the same century after century. Too bad you didn't finish it. I would have like to have seen the shoes. some of the bracelets are nice. I liked the colors of the green and white bracelet but I think the beads were a bit big for your client.
Judge 3
2 2 2 Total 6 Very colorful and the floral print is placed well on the design.
Total points: 26


Entry #25 - Michaela


Michaela's collection:
So my interpretation of vintage went back a little further than most wouldexpect - say around the late 1700's! My gown is inspired by the elegant and simple lines of the Regency evening gowns from around the 1790's which were high up under the bustline with anelegant falling skirt. I thought I would take elements of that samegraceful line and drag it kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I have kept the high gathered bustline but have made the long flowing overskirt detachable so Aura, my model, can go from an elegant ball to a swank cocktail affair. The gown is made from gothic red/black shot dupion silk with black bridal tulle overlay and lace top thigh high stockings with hand embroidered backseams.

Judge 1
1 1 2 Total 4 So disappointed. A huge lead up with the possibility to take best score...It turned out to be a prom dress.
Judge 2
3 3 3 Total 9 This is a nice gown with simple but elegant lines. I don't really see it reflecting much of the Regency time period though. Over all construction is pretty good. the netting overlay on the bodice could have been a littel more even.
Judge 3
2 2 3 Total 7 I like the color, more burgundy than red. Fit is good and I like the tulle on the bodice. The tulle overskirt doesn't compliment the gown.
Total points: 20




Entry #26 - Peggy


Peggy's collection:
My design is from the 60's. It is based on a dress that I actually had for a party when I was in school. My mother and I made that one. It was mint green and made of crepe which was used a lot then, so I updated this one using a different color and making it of silk dupioni. It's rather plain and simple but that's the way a lot of the fashions were back then. It is fully lined which is what the white is that you see around the arm holes.


Judge 1
4 2 4 Total 10 Probably the most well sewn in the first round. color and style are very 60's! Only wish you'd made it your own!
Judge 2
3 4 3 Total 10 Over all, pretty nice. Love the color. It does reflect the 60's era.Nice, but not all that unique.You did a nice job in the cnstruction of this piece.
Judge 3
3 2 3 Total 8 The bows on the shoulders and mid-back, as well as the bias band under the bust give interest to a simple design. The fit is good.



Total points: 28


Entry #27 - Jason


Jason's collection:
This gown is seafoam green silk crepe with hand beaded turquoise accents and velvet waist detail. I based it on a 1930s bias-cut gown , but gave it a modern edge with the built-in corset.


Judge 1
1 2 1 Total 4 Good palate, nice beading, seam along bottom is sloppy...work needs to be cleaner .... good job!
Judge 2
3 4 4 Total 11 I like the colors and the lines of this gown. The influence of the time period is reflected.The bead work alone makes this a unique piece.The halter top and beadwork on it are very nice. The fit is good. The hem line could have been a little nicer. The seams lay nicely and it does look pressed.
Judge 3
2 2 3 Total 7 The dress and bead colors compliment each other nicely. Fit is good except the closure at the back waistline. The blue ribbon divides the dress and draws the eyes away from the beading.
Total points: 22

"I don't design clothes. I design dreams." - Ralph Lauren



The announcement of the winner and our critiques are understandably filling up most of our blog this week -- after all that is what we have been eagerly waiting for! But I'd like to leave you with this:

Did you know:

-- The word vintage itself was originally used in the wine-making industry. A vintage wine is one made from grapes that were all, or primarily, grown and harvested in a single specified year, and these specific years generally denote the quality of some wines. In the fashion world, vintage has a very different meaning, but is also distinctly identified by the years in which it was made. Vintage is thought to be "borrowed" from the wine world as a more glamorous way to describe these old, but wonderful clothes.


-- Most people confuse vintage with antique, but the main distinction is that antique clothing is older than vintage. While opinions may vary on this definition, the most recognized description today is that antique clothing was made before the 1920s, while vintage clothing spans the years of 1920 to 1980. Then there is the retro or mod style that falls in between vintage. Generally thought to be made from 1965 to 1985, the mod/retro style is often regarded as vintage, also.


-- Vintage clothing is distinct because it is generally well made, features timeless design, and is made of unusual and often fabulous material one cannot afford in today's market. Most are also distinquished by hand finishing, unusual buttons, handmade lace, beading, applique, and various other means. Most of all they seem to all be created with a unique imagination.

---Movie stars and other celebrities have made vintage clothing more popular in recent years. These people want to set the trends instead of just going along with them. They appreciate that these items are well made and that their generous seam allowance allow for necessary alterations to achieve their desired custom fit.


---Fashion designers around the world are developing an appreciation for vintage-style clothing due to its newly found popularity. On any given runway clothing made to emulate this style has been present recently. However, the true bargain hunter still prefers to find their vintage designs in second hand stores; the cost of buying reproduced vintage is often very expensive.

So, we had a wide span of styles, fabrics and accessories to choose for our design. Did we hit the mark in our mind or the judges? Only you, the reader, must decide after your review of all of the critiques and designs presented in this challenge.

"The importance of growth...
I spoke about hamburger to prime rib. (in a private email that went public), not as an insult, but as an analogy to levels... I don't want anyone to bow out of this competition, because they have a low score or a because a judge states the youth of the design... There are eleven more challenges to do and improvement is extremely important... There will be an award for the most improved... Stay, learn and better yourself.... Now, that's another challenge...I know, I know... Gabby, can it!" -- Gabby

Our link of the week is fashion fun suggested by one of our members, Beth! It features the Salon Du Chocolate - yum yum. If you live in New York or any of the countries its available, maybe you could even check it out in person! Oh, and be sure to watch the video to the end or you'll miss some interesting fashions:


Now onward and upward with the next challenge - is everyone pleating??