Friday, March 06, 2009

Cotton Quilting to High Fashion Part 2 (Finally!)

Donna Dewberry's Roses fabric collection turns into a fun, strapless number made by Shanetta Dorsey. Shanetta participated in the Kent State/Coats & Clark Experiment, a Project Runway type competition in which the winner received a $1,500 scholarship from Coats & Clark.

Amy Butler Designs and Heather Bailey provided some of the prizes for participating students. Here Tracy Shapoff shows off her winnings as well as her garment. Tracy cut out individual leaves from Cloe's Imagination collection by Tina Givens to create a three-dimensional effect. Tina Given's TG41MariPalace is the contrasting fabric seen on the underside of the skirt.

It's all in the details. The Aqua Bee from Tina Given's Chloe's Imagination was added to Sparrows from Aviary by Joel Dewberry to pull together the top and bottom of this casual capri/halter top outfit. A crochet watch bob lends a finishing touch.

Kristy Howard channel quilts to create fabric to be used in the bodice of her dress. She used different stitch length's for throughout the piece to create a more loftier look.

Kaffe Fassett's Paper Fans will serve as the flared skirt and bodice of Kellie Barnhill's design.

Kellie Barnhill's flippy dress is accented by a belt made of fused yarn and an innovative zipper broach. Here competing fabric is on the underside of her skirt. She used wire in the hem to create the flounces.

Two opposing prints were part of the challenge during the Kent State/Coats & Clark experience. Students were permitted to bring accessories or other fabric to help pull together their designs.

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