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SewStylish Fall Fashion Challenge
Fun Spring Dress with Pockets by Lauraleeva
Ivory strapless dress with plaid accent by abit2011

SewStylish Fall Fashion Challenge

SewStylish Fall Fashion Challenge

There were so many fantastic garments entered in the SewStylish Fall Fashion Challenge that we didn't know where to begin. It was a difficult job, but we have managed to narrow down the entries to our top five. Now we are asking you to vote to choose the grand prize winner. 


Winner will receive:

The Ottlite Craft Plus Floor Lamp: Shed a little light on your sewing projects with this amazing lamp. See colors true to their actual tones with the patented bulb, and adjust the flexible neck that's perfect for any working area.

Baby Lock Sophia Embroidery and Sewing Machine: Start sewing and embroidering with BabyLock's Sophia Embroidery machine. This machine does double duty with a removable embroidery bed and 70 built-in embroidery designs. The machine also has 67 built-in stitches for regular sewing and comes with 8 snap-on presser feet.

Threads Industry Insider Techniques DVDs, Volumes 1 & 2 : Learn techniques and tips from the pros with these DVDs. Straight from the editors of Threads, these DVDs are full of know-how any sewer can't live without. Perfect for sewers of any level, this collection will become an invaluable tool in your sewing room.

Vote in the poll below before 11:59pm, Tuesday, October 6th to have your vote count. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, October 7th.


Scroll down to see more images of each design along with photos of their designer inspirations. You can also read on to find descriptions from the designers on how each garment was created and how their inspiration played a part in their designing process.


Colorblock Knit Dress by ahallet

This knit dress was created by user ahallet. We just love how they took an Oscar de la Renta swimwear inspiration and transformed it into something you could wear every day.

"This colorblock knit dress was inspired by the swimwear in Oscar de la Renta's summer 2009 line.  The colors and weight of the fabric are perfect for transitioning into the fall months.  The dress can be worn as a sheath or with a long sleeve stretch top underneath.  I draped the design on a size 6 form as shown here.  The design is intended to be slimming, and the assymetrical side seam adds visual interest and makes the dress a bit more special.  I used a 2-way zipper along the center back seam, which gives the wearer the option of creating a longer 'slit' in the back."


Anglomania-Inspired Plaid Vest by Very Prairie

Here user VeryPrarie took inspiration from Vivienne Westwood to make a cute and stylish vest. Her perfectly matched plaids and effortless style make this piece a true standout.

"This vest was inspired by a Vivienne Westwood Anglomania top. It's a great piece for fall because it can be worn alone on warmer days or layered over another shirt when chilly. I used Vogue 8385 to construct the top and drafted an L-shaped peplum pattern to better resemble the designer original. I carefully lined up the plaid cotton fabric and added a row of covered buttons to the front. My favorite part is that the inside is completely finished with rayon lining, so it looks just as nice as the outside."


Ivory Strapless Dress by abit2011

Abit2011 created this stunner with inspiration from Christian Dior's womenswear collection in 1991. 

"This dress was inspired by the menswear meets womenswear collection by Dior in 1991.  The dress is made from a cotton blend stretch twill, and the accents are done with a cotton plaid flannel.  I created the facings for the garment in the accent plaid material so that when folded back, the facings are exposed at the front.  I made piping from rattail cord and bias strips of the plaid fabric. I draped the dress in muslin to make the pattern.  The opening is a center front metal exposed separating zipper.  I played on this metal inspiration by adding hand-linked chainmail to the neck piece and back embellishments.  The neck piece gives this garment the extra flair to be a designer piece.  For the neck piece, I pleated a small plaid section and frayed the end of the fabric to create a feather-like appearance.  Then I added the brass chainmail which I linked with pliers.  I embellished the garment further by adding a bias strip applique of plaid, ending with a small bow at the small of the back.  Over all, I am very pleased with the way this garment turned out, and look forward to wearing it!"


Fun Spring Dress with Pockets by Lauraleeva

Lauraleeva created this dress with inspiration from Bill Blass. We love her use of color and print for a ladylike dress that's perfect for day and evening.

"I was inspired by a black and white Bill Blass design when making this fun spring dress. I do not know if the Bill Blass design is one or two pieces, but I decided to make my design a one piece dress so it is easier to wear.  I made my own pattern for this dress by draping it on a dressform. The skirt and midriff of the dress are made of silk and the bodice is a sheer cream polyester. I also wanted to make the dress more fun for spring so I used a pretty floral silk. I liked how the Bill Blass design ties at the neck and has pockets, so I kept both of those elements in my design. But I wanted my dress to have more movement so I decided to make the skirt of my dress fuller and pleated, which gives it a fun swing when the wearer walks. The bodice of my dress if cut on the bias and is lined with two layers of lightweight cotton to avoid sheerness and to add comfort. The midriff of the dress is fully boned to add structure. I did a lot of hand sewing on this dress including the hand stitched blind hem."


Flowing Gown by JFulks

For this dress, JFulks found her inspiration in one of the most famous fashion icons of all time--Audrey Hepburn. She took the back of the design and brought it front and center in a textural play that's both elegant and fashion forward.

"This is my submission for the fall challenge. I was inspired by the back of the infamous Audrey Hepburn's Breakfast at Tiffany's black dress. I was more inspired by the back of the dress, therefore I brought that detail to the front of the gown that I created.

The gown is made mostly out of Foil Crush 100% Polyester with digitally printed cotton for the top detailing. The gown is has a shorter length in the front with a long flowing back."

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Comments (35)

Carolebarrel writes: colorblocks has my vote for its precision and flattery of the female figure even though the swim suit inspiration with belt seemed impractical, surely uncomfortable for a swim, a dress made in like manner suited the style a lot better=improvement in derivation=success!
Posted: 1:18 am on December 31st
Dr_Sandy writes: the suspense is killing me
Posted: 11:07 am on October 7th
mo11yb1ue writes: My vote is most definitely for the Fun Spring Dress. Lauraleeva made a beautiful, wearable dress with an appealing retro look to it. I would be proud to own such a lovely dress. Best of luck, Lauraleeva!
Posted: 6:19 pm on October 6th
Dressmakers_dummy writes: They are all beautiful but my heart goes to someone who can interpet Vivian Westwood so beautifully!
Posted: 11:09 pm on October 5th
mariteje writes: Very elegant dress Lauraleeva. It reminds me of the European styles I love so much. Good luck!
Posted: 8:06 pm on October 5th
LLaMona writes: I have to say this was difficult for me as all of the garments were very top quality. I ended up voting for Anglomania. If I could have I would have voted for all of them. Very inspiring.
Posted: 7:04 pm on October 5th
Lauraleeva writes: Wow, I am so honored to have been chosen as a finalist out of all the amazing entries and congratulations to my fellow finalists. Everyone did such a great job!! I wanted to thank everyone who left positive comments about my dress; that was very kind and I appreciate it very much.
Posted: 8:09 am on October 5th
peee writes: I agree, the anglomania vest looks very wearable...and it also has a sneaky boldness about it.
Posted: 7:36 pm on October 4th
picasso1 writes: I voted for ahallet's color block dress. How creative to use a swimsuit as inspiration for a dress! Plus the design is so slimming and yet still accentuates all the right curves. Creative and classic all in one!
Posted: 3:50 pm on October 3rd
sewinl0ve writes: Ahallet did a superb job on the knit dress. Oscar de la Renta's designs are no joke and the dress reflects the swimsuit perfectly! I love the wearability of the dress design, being done in knit fabric, and the cuts fit together beautifully. Even the colors are an exact match! This is a very talented designer "imposter" and I mean that term to be taken as the nicest of compliments.
Posted: 5:42 pm on October 1st
Dr_Sandy writes: I voted for the fun spring dress; it's lovely for the weather here in Texas... you can year it year round. Simply amazing.
Posted: 12:05 pm on October 1st
Paws2 writes: Wow!!!...It is hard to decide which is my favorite...they are all so well designed and sewn!But since I can only pick one I will choose Lauraleeva's Fun Spring Dress. I love the blouse with the bow,the print on the skirt along with fullness. The sash ties it all together quite nicely. Making the outfit as one piece is very clever. Well done!!!
Posted: 9:14 am on October 1st
kellybird1954 writes: It is very hard to choose. I voted for the anglomania plaid vest. Superb construction and lovely design that clearly shows the inspiration. It is also the one of the most universally wearable designs.
Posted: 8:44 am on October 1st
irishwings writes: I vote for Anglomania"s plaid top.Very stylish & cute.Can be worn with jeans or a skirt and will also hid a bit of a tummy.Great work!!
Posted: 8:09 am on October 1st
ilovesewinginsa writes: I voted for the fun spring dress. It is so fashionable!! I think it could be worn by all body types especially with a cardigan thrown over it. I'm surprised more people haven't acknowledged all the techniques that were used in that dress (is anyone reading the descriptions?) The other garments are lovely, but I just feel that lauraleeva put the most time and skill into her dress to make it an extra special garment.
Posted: 2:22 am on October 1st
BLANCHED writes: My vote goes to Anglomania. Supperb fit and constuction.
It's fun and young,and just lovely.
Posted: 9:44 pm on September 30th
suzeqz writes: My vote goes to the Fun Spring Dress! I like the halter top (though the bow is too fussy for me personally -- it makes wide shoulders look wider, and I'd dare not eat spaghetti while wearing it!), and I adore the fabric for the midriff and skirt. I also like the lines of the skirt (great for full hips!), and the midriff creates a flattering hourglass. Lovely for an afternoon concert or gallery opening.
Posted: 8:45 pm on September 30th
shelleyc writes: They're all great but I love the plaid vest. It's something I would (and could!) wear and the matching is impeccable.
Posted: 7:57 pm on September 30th
scorpio3eleven writes: I would pick the spring dress. The choice of material, color and the full skirt are very complimentary. this is something i would buy in a department store! Great job, Lauraleeva.
Posted: 6:46 pm on September 30th
smfrog writes: It was easy to choose the ivory and plaid dress. Awesome

Posted: 6:05 pm on September 30th
adelhid writes: Color Block Knit dress gets 2 thumbs up from me! Beautiful, flattering and wearable. Great job everyone!
Posted: 6:02 pm on September 30th
Alikylog writes: I'm a jeans gal..loved the plaid top. It would look good on me!
Posted: 5:03 pm on September 30th
suesells writes: My vote goes to Anglomania for being true to the inspiration with excellent use of the plaids. The color block dress ran a close second. Sometimes our enthusiasm runs away with us and we lose our sense of what might make these dresses extraordinary. In the remaining 3 contenders, exquisite workmanship counts, but the fabrics, colors and final results can look good on paper but be unflattering to the wearer. The ivory strapless dress is fabulous except for fabric -- the solid color is unflattering to almost everyone except as safari wear, and beautifully executed trim in muddy brown flannel plaid? No, thanks. The flowing gown based on Audrey dress back mixes up the original's clean design lines and uses inelegant fabrics. The fun spring dress print fabrics work beautifully together, but the blinding white above provides too jarring a contrast to the other fabrics and the wearer's exposed face, arms and back. With a more flattering solid bodice color, it would be a winner.
Posted: 4:15 pm on September 30th
ArcanaJ writes: The Anglomania inspored vest does it for me. Beautifully constructed and meticulous pattern matching. Fantastic.
Posted: 3:40 pm on September 30th
creativity writes: I would like to win because as of now I create,draw and make my own one of a kind patterns for quilts and handbags. I need another challenge of pattern makeing for me, for making my own personal clothing, since I haven't brought anything in over 10 years or so. My clothings are very much outdated, this I can learn from and start somethings from scratch. Thank you, Patricia
Posted: 3:38 pm on September 30th
msbyrdt writes: Anglo-mania, by Very Prarie, was my choice. They were all good, but that one struck me the most
Posted: 3:31 pm on September 30th
animegirlie writes: it was really hard to choose!
Posted: 3:15 pm on September 30th
kit22 writes: The Ivory Strapless with Plaid Accent. Even more impressive because of the chain mail/plaid neckpiece.
Posted: 3:14 pm on September 30th
Susan545 writes: I vote for the plaid ivory dress.
Posted: 3:09 pm on September 30th
SnickerDoodle_Kids writes: I can just see Michele Obama wearing the Fun Spring Dress! Very classy! You get my vote!
Posted: 2:47 pm on September 30th
clearlysewcrazy writes: This was really hard. All of the entries look fantastic. The plaids and colorblocking matched so well and created a slim fit. The other dresses were just as impressive. I ended up choosing the fun spring dress because of all the different techniques that were used.
Posted: 2:32 pm on September 30th
NLasVegas writes: Colorblock Knit dress is my choice. A great design. It's so classic that I can see Michelle Obama in that dress!
Posted: 2:26 pm on September 30th
rhondahead writes: I choose the plaid vest because of the wearability,fabric and of course it's looks.No dry cleaning for this versatile garment.
Posted: 5:02 pm on September 29th
fitnails writes: My vote is for the plaid ivory dress!!! WOW!!! Too vogue and it can be dressed up or down.
Posted: 8:52 am on September 29th
urangbandung writes: It's hard to choose. All dress are pretty. I choose the anglomania-inspired plaid vest by Very Prarie because it seems more wearable to me than the other.
Posted: 5:09 am on September 28th
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