I didn't win the PatternReview.com refashion contest, in which voting ended on Feb 11. In my concession speech, I must thank all of you who commented on the dress and voted for it. :) The dress may have lost the battle, but it's nice to see that we're gaining ground in the war for "green" sewing and sustainable style. One of the 1st place gals made a Vogue/ Michael Kors jacket from Capri Sun bags! I doubt she will wear it to Sunday brunch, but that, combined with projects such as this excellent blue wool coat refashion, do a lot to open our eyes to the potential of the very clothes and materials already sitting, unused, around us.
Since this was my first contest with PR (my first sewing contest, for that matter), I was perplexed by the whole process. After voting was done, there were a couple of days where nothing was different except that voting was closed. Then, one day I went back and saw that votes were showing up for some entries. When I sorted by vote, there were 2 entries tied for 1st place with 28 votes each, another entry with 24 votes, then mine with 18. When I came back the next day to see if it was spelled out for me, I sorted by votes and there was another entry before mine with a note saying it was ineligible because the person had won another contest in the past 6 months. The next day, there was ANOTHER entry right above mine, with no indication of the number of votes. [Update - Now the top 4 all show "not eligible for votes" b/c they won a contest in the last 6 months. See screenshot above. Meaning this refashion contest??? Perplexing.]
The official word from PR in the last newsletter is that there was a tie for first AND second place, so technically the blue coat would have been next in line and then my Chanel knock-off? I guess?
Any which way, it was a great experience to prepare for and hit a deadline, knowing my work was going to be judged and scrutinized. And it was fun reading the comments about the dress because it wasn't really that hard at all. A couple of folks asked for a tutorial, which I'm happy to oblige... after I finish the other tutorial I already started! I'm about halfway through and should finish by the end of this week. Hope you are enjoying pre-spring, even those of you in the snow!