Friday, February 13, 2009

Cotton Quilting to High Fashion Part 1

So, what if you were given two very opposing prints of cotton quilting fabric, like Kaffe Fassett paired with Tina Givens, along with yarn from Rowan and Red Heart®, plus thread and zippers from Coats & Clark, then given the directive to create fashion – from quilting cotton, in less then 18 hours?

That’s just the challenge presented to students at Kent State University’s Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design. Dubbed the Rockwell/Coats & Clark Experience, the competition was designed to provide students with an educational opportunity and exposure to different products from Coats & Clark and affiliate companies. It also introduced them to career opportunities in the textile, needlecraft and sewing industries.

What was amazing is how these students transformed these materials, fabrics we look at in terms of piecing and blocks, into truly wearable fashions.

There was resourcefulness too. The corsage made from balls of yarn. Cheese grating your seams to create a fray, raw edged look. Using a zipper as an accent or broach to complete the collar on a dress. Hand stitching yarns all over a bodice to tie your two pieces of mismatched fabrics together. Crocheting trims as accents.

In the end, 22 students gave up their weekend to vie for a scholarship of $1,500 from Coats & Clark and a plethora of other prizes from some of our industries biggest names: a Babylock Sophia sewing and embroidery machine, Singer® Confidence 7470 sewing machine, Singer® CG754 serger, Electric Quilt 6 design software, the opportunity to create a pattern for, free membership to Rowan International and gifts from Amy Butler Designs, Heather Bailey, CK Media, Interweave Press, Bernina and C & T Publishing.

First place scholarship winner was Kristy Howard, a junior fashion design major, whose pin tuck pleated sun dress included fabric she made by pin weaving yarn, crocheted matching trim, quilting and chenille details.

Carolyn Peters, a senior, won the Babylock Sophia sewing and embroidery machine with a “girlie with an edge” Capri and halter top outfit featuring beautiful top stitching details and a crocheted wallet chain.

The third place winner was sophomore design student Theresa Rietschlin who will design a pattern for Burda Style, an open source sewing community website. She meticulously hand-stitched looped yarn all over the bodice of her dress, carrying the detail through to the hemline.

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Anonymous said...

Oh to be young and have that wellspring of creative talent! I'm sure that these ladies have a bright future ahead of them!

Anonymous said...

I love the woven yarn on the bodice!!!!

Gberger said...

This is so inspiring. It makes me want to go back to school and major in that field!
I am a beginning seamstress, and I sew for charity. Do you have any space on your blog for charity sewing? I would love to tell you about my project, "Katie's Quilters," and see if your readers might like to join me.
My blog is, and my daughter, Katie, is my inspiration. She was a cancer patient at Seattle Children's Hospital, and I noe sew blankets for the cancer ward there. Her caringbridge site is Katie's passing from cancer changed our lives forever; being able to offer the comfort of a homemade quilt to other patients gives me comfort in my grief.

pink potatoe said...
Just thought I would let you know this site will not open it keeps saying forbidden?

Thanks Ann

Anonymous said...

So inspirational! I would love to gather different fabrics and notions and create "wearable art." What a great idea to have these products encourage up and coming designers.

Anonymous said...

I love the woven yarn on the bodice!!!!

Kristin L said...

Great looking clothes -- at least as good, if not better than a lot of the Project Runway outfits. :-)