Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Shorts on the Line First Place!!!

And now... the moment you have all been waiting for!!! Our first place Shorts on the Line Judges Choice award goes to Rowan & Oak's beautiful lace apricot bloomers! Amber used an Ottobre Summer '12 pattern, a thrifted duvet cover, and Grandma's hand-me-down lace to create the ultimate feminine shorts for her daughter! They truly are stunning!!!

Amber has won the Ultimate Prize Package from our amazing sponsors:

Aren't those amazing prizes!? We'll be in touch shortly with how to claim them!

Please head on over to Rowan & Oak to give her a virtual pat on the back for winning 1st place!
 And we'd like to thank all of the contestants who entered their shorts into the Shorts on the Line Flickr group this year! We had an amazing turn out with over 100 entries! We truly wish we had prizes for all of you! You all did an amazing, amazing job! Thank you so much to our fabulous judges who gave their time to deliberate who should win 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and to our sponsors for making this sewalong possible! And to YOU, dear reader, for voting for your favorite viewer's choice entry!

I'd like to give a personal thanks to Rachael and Carla for all the hard work they did to make this sewalong so successful and for putting up with me throughout it all!!! We hope you enjoyed this sewalong and that it inspired you to sew up some shorts for the loved ones (or YOURSELF!) in your life!

It's been a blast watching all of your creativity this month! Enjoy the rest of your summer! Thank you!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Viewer's Choice Winner!!!

After tallying the nearly 900 votes cast for our fabulous shorts on the line entries, the winner has been chosen!! Congrats to the lovely ladies of Frances and Suzanne whose beautiful Oliver + S puppet show shorts have captured your hearts :) and that adorable tummy doesn't hurt, right? I think that the alternating directions of the seersucker is brilliant, and just look at that piping! Well done, ladies!!



Oliver + S, Puppet Show Shorts

Oliver + S, Puppet Show Shorts


And what have these wonderful ladies won??



$25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop

$100 gift certificate from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store

notions and fabric from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store (valued over $100)

two patterns from Oliver + S

two yards of fabric from Pink Castle Fabrics

Please stop by Frances and Suzanne to give these talented sisters a virtual pat on the back! and you can check out this post for more info about this whole outfit, including the adorable Pleated Penny Top from Shwin Designs

Pleated Penny Top and Puppet Show Shorts



Check in tomorrow to find out who the judges have named the first place winner!!!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Shorts on the Line 2nd Place: Judges Choice

Drum roll please .... the winner of second place in the shorts on the line sewalong is Caila of Caila Made with her adorable Lace Shorts!!!!  Lined in gorgeous linen and adorned in lace scrap from a cousin's wedding dress, these shorts are so very on-trend.  She even made an adorable matching top!
Lace Summer Shorts
Lace Summer Shorts detail
Another huge thanks to the amazing guest judges!  Choosing from all the great entries is no picnic!

Now let's see what Caila won:
Be sure to head over the Caila Made, check out all the rad shorts she made this month, and give her a virtual high five.  She's got a great shorts tutorial and all the details for these lace beauties can be found right here.
Lace Summer Shorts back view
Now, hurry ... go vote for your favorite before the viewers choice winner is announced tomorrow!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Third Place: Judges Choice Shorts on the Line

We would like to offer a HUGE congratulations to Cindy of Siestas and Sewing for winning third place out of over one hundred shorts on the line entries!!! She made this amazing adaptation of the Oliver + S sketchbook shorts, fit for a very cool 12-year-old boy! (a tough demographic to sew for, am i right??) I hear that these are now his favorite shorts and that they've already gotten a lot of wear. And, it's easy to see why... check out these shorts:


Plaid Sketchbook Shorts


A huge thanks to the amazing guest judges!! They certainly had a very tough choice to make... and now let's see what has Cindy won :) Yay! prizes!



$25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop
five yards of fabric (winner's choice) from IKEA
$25 gift certificate to Fresh-Squeezed Fabrics
three patterns (winner's choice) from Owly Baby

Please stop by Siestas and Sewing to give Cindy a virtual pat on the back! and you can check out this post for more info about how she created these fabulous shorts. 

Sketchbook Shorts



Check in tomorrow to find out who claimed second prize!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Viewer's choice

can you believe the shorts on the line sewalong is wrapping up already? the shorts have been sewn and the entries are overwhelmingly awesome! now the hard part, choosing your favorite! our fabulous guest judges are off deliberating....  and you, dear viewer, are charged with the task of voting for your favorite shorts. below you will find all 101 (!!!) entries (for more info and additional photos, just click on the numbered links below the pictures). below all of the entries, you'll find the poll where you can click to vote for your favorite! voting will remain open until july 29 at 8pm est.

need help deciding? you might want to keep this judging criteria in mind:
  • Craftsmanship: high quality construction, nice finishing
  • Creativity: design, fabric choice, unique style
  • Wearablity: functional, well-fitting
  • Presentation: nice photos, cute styling
choose wisely, as there are some seriously fabulous prizes on the line!
*the entries*

SOTL entries1-4
1. Pink Polka Dot Summer Shorts (with pockets), 2. puppet show shorts, 3. shorties, 4. Brown Cord Board Shorts
SOTL entries 5-8
5. Sky Rose Bouquet Shorts, 6. shorts, 7. Lace Summer Shorts, 8. Close up of "Donkey" Shorts
SOTL entries 9-12
9. July 007, 10. Bubble Shorts, 11. Shorts from Japanese Pattern Book, 12. Us Flag Cutoffs bandana halter
SOTL entries 13-16
13. blog268, 14. boys' fire truck shorts. DIY (23), 15. baby shorts, size 6-12 months and 12-18 months (6), 16. IMG_6063
SOTL entries 17-20
17. Fireworks shortskirt, 18. Summer Seersucker Shorts, 19. la inglesita ruffled shorts, 20. Organic Butterfly Shorts
SOTL entries 21-24
21. Shorts, 22. Banyan shorts, 23. Polka Dot Play Shorts, 24. Mom-on-the-go shorts
SOTL entries 25-28
25. little plaid shorts and raw edge raglan, 26. School culottes, 27. apricot bloomers, 28. team zissou shorts
SOTL entries 29-32
29. Boys will be Boys shorts ~ Shorts on a Line Challenge Pic 2, 30. Baby Bloomers, 31. Puppet Show Shorts, 32. Pink Scalloped Shorts
SOTL entries 33-36>
33. Film Petit: The Life Aquatic, 34. Size 18 Month Shorts, 35. Oliver + S, Puppet Show Shorts, 36. Embroidered pocket of puffed and cuffed shorts
SOTL entries 37-40
37. Back of sailor shorts - made from a thrifted dress, 38. Bobby's Bathers from Sewing For Boys, 39. Colette Iris Shorts in Seersucker, 40. Plaid Sketchbook Shorts
SOTL entries 41-44
41. japanese pattern book outfit, 42. Contempo Capris, 43. Remnant Shorts!, 44. Size 12 Month Shorts
SOTL entries 45-48
45. 5 pairs "Big Brother/Little Brother" Plaid Shorts by Kristy, 46. quick yoga capris, 47. Pocket Shorts, 48. Jammie shorts
SOTL entries 49-52
49. Comfy banded shorts #2, 50. "and some for me" bloomers, 51. Gratuitously cute pic of my willing model! :) Made for a little boy in Cambodia through the July project at Hopeful Threads., 52. perfect for lounging
SOTL entries 53-56
53. shorts, 54. Mud Puddle Splasher Shorts, 55. ZUZZY box pleat shorts, 56. another pair of mini bloomers
SOTL entries 57-60
57. Oliver + S Picnic Shorts, 58. Shorts! In the Rain!!, 59. Chambray Shorts by Zuzzy, 60. Gold Fever Shorts 3
SOTL entries 61-64
61. Shorts for Noah, 62. Shorts for Noah, 63. Mollie's Tomboy Shorts, 64. Mint Peplum Shorts by ZUZZY
SOTL entries 65-68
65. pantaloncini rossi con bordino a contrasto e fiocchetti sulle tasche, 66. Bubble Shorts, 67. DSC_0011, 68. Denim Shorts
SOTL entries 69-72
69. Bird Shorts, 70. Bird Shorts, 71. 3 pairs of plaid shorts, 72. Size 5 Mud Puddle Splashers
SOTL entries 73-76
73. Chevron Boardies, 74. DSC_0007, 75. yet another (the last) pair of mini bloomers, 76. Front view of sailboat shorts



SOTL entries 77-80
77. crazy hotchpotch shorts - the back, 78. Batman Ensamble, 79. little smarty pants bermudas, 80. Bloomers!
SOTL entries 81-84
81. Little Big Boy Shorts, 82. Little Big Boy shorts in grey (2), 83. Pedal pushers, 84. high-waisted Shorts-in-lilac
SOTL entries 85-88
85. Ruffle Neck Romper, 86. Front view Floral Shorts, 87. Poofy Shorts Front View, 88. Shorts
SOTL entries 89-92 
89. Bright Balloons Shorts, 90. Linen shorts, 91. Sketchbook Shorts for a Girl, 92. Lace trim
SOTL entries 93-96
93. shorts8, 94. Mini bloomers, 95. Size 5 shorts, 96. Size 6 shorts
SOTL entries 97-101
97. www.flickr.com/photos/83463116@N05/7652155956/, 98. Ottobre Design Shorts, 99. Oliver S Sandbox Shorts, 100. Oliver S Sandbox Shorts, 101. Oliver S Sandbox Shorts

voting will remain open until july 29 at 8pm est. you can vote once every 24 hours for your favorite!




thanks for voting!! check back next monday for the viewers choice results!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

My Flickr Favs for Shorts on the Line

I am loving everything submitted in the Shorts on the Line flickr pool! I'm so excited I get to share my favs right now! Aren't these lovely? And while I hate choosing favorites (like seriously I have about 20 tabs open to individual items that I adored, right now), I know these are just amazing, and you will love them, too! It was hard not to overlap a few of these with Rachael and Carla!

My Top Ten Eleven (in no particular order, because they are all awesome! Another one was added since yesterday and I just couldn't leave it out, hence the Eleven!)

By annanielsen

By CailaMade at Caila Made

By noahandisys mum at Mend and Make New

By rowandoak at Rowan & Oak

By Elegance&Elephants at Elegance & Elephants

By RaeAnnaSun at Sewing Mama RaeAnna

By beach_mom at Siestas and Sewing

By fancybelle at Miss Fancybelle

By AllThisForThem at All This For Them
By  siblynutmeg at siblynutmeg blog

By weeshareblog at Wee Share


Yeah, I know, those rock! Do you want to know something else, I think I'm figuring out my sewing style (finally), because I am drawn to bold prints (chevron, plaids, dots) and feminine touches (lace, flowers, bows). Which I guess I knew all along, but until this moment I don't think I actually figured it out!

Thank you to everyone for your amazing entries!