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{Pioneer} Jingle Bells

Happy FINAL TOPSTITCHER TUESDAY in season 3! Today we wrap with my friends Bobbie and JaNette, flexing their marketing muscle with sewing creations inspired by their favorite , jingles. I just had to save this prompt for last, as a nod to the holiday season that's now upon us! Enjoy, my lovelies!

Success in sew-blogging requires more than just pretty fabrics and stitchin’ skills; You also need a keen awareness of your readership, striking visuals to quickly catch their eye, and relevant, entertaining content that holds their interest. For this challenge, you will “sell” the voters on your product: a sewing entry inspired by a popular ad, catchy jingle or clever tag line.
— Jingle Bells prompt

Judges will look for evidence of advertising techniques (like repetition, humor, relate-ability, and more) in your photo-presentation and write-up.


JaNette's Entry

Hi everyone!  I'm JaNette from Merri Poppins a children's boutique.  I'm so excited to sew down with these ladies on Top Stitchers Season 3!!!

With my prompt being "Jingle Bells" I had a very hard time narrowing down my choices to only one.  There are so many catchy jingles and ads that we come across every day. Being that I grew up in the 80's I was bombarded by commercials. There was nothing like a coveted Saturday morning cartoon marathon lasting until noon every week.  Not only did I have my favorite shows but I also had my favorite commercials.  So this gave me a ton of ideas!!!!  Too many infact!!! So, I had to put my blinders up and just stick to the one jingle I can't get out of my head! 

I can hear Aaron Neville crooning it now from 1989........

"Cotton, the fabric of our lives"

The familiar melody has never left me through the years even though they have revamped the commercial with newer stars, I always hear that particular version.  

Cotton is in just about everything.  So I decided to go with something simple but fancied up a touch.  I ordered some white cotton clip dot fabric to make a dress for Miss J.  I wanted to give some texture to the fabric so as to incorporate the line of the the jingle  "the touch, the feel of cotton". For some eye appeal I added an antique colored cotton lace trim to the waistline and I used an scalloped lace exposed zipper. 

The pattern I used was the Billie Party Dress from Ainslee Fox. It has a beautiful neckline with an awesome collar and a full twirly skirt.  The lightweight clip dot fabric allowed the skirt to hang perfectly! 

I also made a bunny from the Woodland Trio pack from Nimblephish so Miss J had a cotton-tailed friend to take pictures with. 

I love how a few simple yards of cotton fabric can be transformed into anything you dream up.  It really is the fabric of our lives.

Thanks for letting me participate and if you want to see more pictures visit me on my blog www.merripoppins.wordpress.com  Happy voting!


Bobbie's Entry

Twas the night before the final Episode of Top Stitchers (season 3),
And all through the house,
only 1 creature was stirring, and it wasn’t the mouse
The fabric had been cut and sewn with great care,
In hopes that the outfit would fit Addy with such flair.

 

The children soon were nestled all snug in the car
Endlessly searching for snow, near and far.
And mama in her winter coat, and I with none
Told dad: “mom lost her marbles” and now we’re gone.

When 30 minutes later we found us some snow
I decided that I must go with the flow
Away to the trees mom flew like the Flash
While I stayed in the car with my blanket stash

 The stream that we found in that new fallen snow
Was icing on the cake to go with my frozen toes
When mom prayed that a bear wouldn’t appear
I hoped, and prayed that it would be a deer

 With a little ol’ snap, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment that I must be in a pic,
More rapid than eagles, she snapped some good ones
And then whistled and shouted and told me to:

Stop!
Now turn!  Now Pose!
Now, smile, a real smile!
On 1, on 2, on 3 and on 4!
To the top of the hill!
To the top of the fence.

Now smile away! Smile Away!
Smile all Day!

And that my friends...
Is how you mess up a good jingle, or poem, or whatever you want to call it.

For some reason, I had the hardest time keeping this weeks prompt straight in my mind.  Who knows why…For the longest time I thought my prompt was a movie or commercial Christmas related.  Possibly because of the word Jingle.  Or possibly because I really have lost my marbles

The later sounds about right, #momlife

This dress was so fun to make!  It all came together so smoothly {after the printer decided to work with me. Lol} I used the Bluezette Dress Pattern by Love Notions and paired it with Riley Blakes beautiful knit print from their 4 Corners line that Simple Simon and Co created. 

The reversible vest was made using solid black minky, and a quilters cotton fabric from the 4 Corners fabric line that has the gold and white triangles on black background.  If you check out my blog there will be more pictures of the vest. 

I don’t typically sew clothing, I’m more of a quilt designer type, but I love sewing clothing for my girls when I get the chance.  This time was no exception!

I didn’t use a pattern for the vest.  The directions for making one will be on the blog.

For the waistband I used 1” wide black elastic and just simply sewed it into a loop for a faux belt.  Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy (oh wait…was that another line from a Jingle?!)

As for the location, that in and of itself is a WHOLE ‘nother story that you can find on my blog today {make sure to head on over and read about it…the Night Before Christmas Poem will make more sense, hopefully} 


Before you give your ratings, here's a quick refresher of the rules!

  • You will rate rate each challenger, and every category. Max of 5 stars, 5 is highest.
  • Challengers will receive an average score for each category, and an average score overall. (You can see an example here) New to Season 2 - 50% of the vote will come from 3 Top Stitcher Alumnae who volunteered to judge this season's creations!
  • Your feedback helps each challenger recognize areas that they can improve their craft, and celebrate those areas that they already excel. 
  • As such, please submit your feedback for each contestant only once. Admittedly, I cannot enforce this, but the objective is for each contestant to receive a thoughtful rating, not skewed scores. 
  • It is SUPER DUPER NERVE-WRACKING to put work on display for others to judge, so let's remember to leave some love and encouragement for our challengers in the comments!
  • YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PICK A FAVORITE! Any week, any sew-down, you are welcome to reward both sewists with the highest scores. Or one sewist higher than another in different categories. This is a contest against each contestant's personal best, not against one another.
JaNette's Technique *
(Technique) Do garment(s) reflect a strong knowledge of the fabrics used, and the methods and tools use to sew them?
Bobbie's Technique *
(Technique) Do garment(s) reflect a strong knowledge of the fabrics used, and the methods and tools use to sew them?
JaNette's Creativity *
(Creativity) Do garment(s) relate to the given prompt, and showcase the unique talents of the sewist?
Bobbie's Creativity *
(Creativity) Do garment(s) relate to the given prompt, and showcase the unique talents of the sewist?
JaNette's Presentation *
(Presentation) Quality photography is key, as is an overall vision for presenting finished work.
Bobbie's Presentation *
(Presentation) Quality photography is key, as is an overall vision for presenting finished work.
JaNette's Degree of Difficulty *
(Degree of Difficulty) Sew many pieces, or very intricate ones? These points reward that challenge.
Bobbie's Degree of Difficulty *
(Degree of Difficulty) Sew many pieces, or very intricate ones? These points reward that challenge.
Feedback for the ladies *
(Leave some love!) Let this week's challengers know what you liked best from each look!