Design/Sewing Competition…. Take II

What a
difference a year makes!  Last year created the first ever design/sewing competition at Alief Elsik
High School.  We had a great response and
the winners have gone on to continue their love for fashion design and sewing!


Fast forward
to this year and wow–our competition had an increase in student participation
and an increase in the number of people who attended our fashion show.  Around 150 people showed up to cheer on the
next generation of Marc Jacobs and Donna Karans at the second annual design/sewing competition at Elsik High.

This year
the students were given the challenge of creating a modern garment to reflect
the fashion sense of a close family member or friend.  Many of the students used their grandmothers
for inspiration.  Others used their
mothers, cousins and yes, even a grandfather!!

In addition
to designing and sewing the garment to be modeled at the fashion show, the
participants were also required to develop a portfolio depicting the thought
process that went into their design choice.

The Theater
Arts department emceed the show and the Elsik jazz dancers performed, making
this year’s show that much more special. 
Incorporating other artistic elements in the show enabled more Elsik
High students to be a part of the competition.

roll!  And now for the winners….

  Senior Kytiana Taylor received a
special edition of Burda Style magazine for her Asian inspired dress.

Senior Valerie Martinez used her grandmother for inspiration.  For her medieval take on a formal gown, she
received a basketful of sewing notions, a $75 gift certificate to
and a current issue of magazines donated by Threads
magazine .  And come this fall, Valerie
will be heading to The University of Texas at Austin to pursue a degree in

The top
prize for the 2013 Elsik High Design/Sewing competition goes to…..

Dulce Tello.
 I am so excited that Dulce received the
first place prize.  She entered the
competition last year and did not place. 
She listened intently to the judges’ critique of her work and
incorporated the comments into this year’s design.  The judges were so impressed with her
whimsical organza gray dress with a taupe lining that included organza rosette
appliqués.  Her design reminds me of
something you would see in Alberta Ferretti’s line.  Dulce received a Baby Lock sewing machine, a
$150 gift certificate to and the book, “Sew Vintage”, donated by Threads magazine.

to all of our winners and to everyone who participated this year!  We are looking forward to this year’s juniors
competing again next year.


A big thank
you to Abby Rey for being a wonderful teacher and for sharing her love of
sewing with her students.  Abby, you’re
the BEST!

Johnson and Katie White, I had a blast judging with the two of you for the second

See you guys
in 2014!

To get
inspiration for the fashion icon within you, follow me on Pinterest.  I’ll have lots of great ideas that will have
you sewing all Summer!

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