The quest to find the queen of DIY dressmaking has been nothing short of phenomenal. Following a staggering response of 1,200+ entries from dressmakers as far afield as Canada, China and India, the shortlisted garments were gathered, seams and darts evaluated, pens studiously chewed, and final votes counted - and now, after six months of reflecting on the extraordinary talents of our global dressmaking community, we can reveal our stitching champ!
Accomplished stitcher Portia Lawrie designed and produced the winning garment for the Customising category. Up against some highly inventive and lovingly crafted competition, Portia’s quilted upcycled jacket proved exceptional. One of the judges, The Fold Line’s Kate Underdown, explains her take on the top fashion make: “We loved Portia’s creativity, talent and dedication. It was such a clever use of old jeans, beautifully cut and thoughtfully assembled, with impressive denim quilting techniques. Something this special deserved to win."
Check out Portia's Instagram @portialawrie and follow her dressmaking adventures at makery.co.uk
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