Going through all the entries into our Knitcation contest was like a quick trip around the world right at my desk.
To recap, this contest invited you to create a 7 day travel wardrobe using our two latest patterns for knits, the Mabel skirt and Moneta dress. Thanks once again to our beloved prize sponsors, Hart’s Fabric, Grey’s Fabric, and Brooklyn General Store.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter. I hope you all had as much fun creating your travel wardrobes as we did looking through them.
I wish I could showcase every single outfit here, but that might be a bit much. I’ll share the winners, and a few more to show the wide variety. We had so many entries, there’s no way I could post all of them, but if you created one please feel free to leave a link in the comments if you’d like everyone to check it out!
Thanks from the bottom of my heart for all of you who took the time to show off your beautiful creations.
Grand Prize: Emma’s trip to Iceland, Greece, and France
“In a month I’m off to Europe! I’m heading to Iceland, Greece and France amongst other places. I am relatively new to sewing but I am now totally addicted and excited about creating a handmade wardrobe. As soon as I saw the Moneta and Mabel patterns I knew I had to make them. I hope you enjoy my pics, next I’m looking forward to taking snaps of these outfits in the real places!”
Second Prize: Sim Shwen’s trip to Melbourne
I loved how creative Sim Shwen got so creative with her paintings! And it was fantastic to see some options for the southern hemisphere as well.
“I love Melbourne as it has a great mix of fun, outdoorsy things to do as well as heaps of cultural/educational destinations! It’s winter in Australia so I had lots of fun mixing in big jackets and coats and cute tights. Melbourne is one of the top fashion destinations in Australia so I wanted the outfits to be quirky and colourful, but also feminine and romantic.”
Instagram winner: Becky Geller
Our Instagram winner is Becky Geller!
“Later this summer, I will be heading to the Heartland to celebrate my grandmother’s life with my family. Nothin’ too fancy or formal, and we’re all about comfort – knits are perfect! While we are family reunion-ing, we won’t be doing the usual vacation things like shopping and sunning at the pool, but there will be plenty of relaxing and hanging out together (and eating). There will be some sights to see and walks around the park and food and bein’ cool.
This was so much fun! I loved having the motivation to make a bunch of makes and then putting together an entire week’s worth of outfits from them.”
More travel fun
I can’t leave it at just that, so here are some selections from just a few of the beautiful entries we got. Again, I wish I could include them all. Since I can’t, I went for variety.
Danielle’s trip to California
“I actually am going to Cali in a couple weeks and coming from Boston, wasn’t quite sure what to bring. I really wanted pieces for this trip that were light, fun and versatile and I knew the moneta and mabel would be wonderful jumping off points for this. I love how easy it was to make these patterns “my own” and think they’ll be perfect for California!”
Amber’s Independent Fabric Shopping Around the World
“I travel for work and one of the things I really enjoy doing is visiting fabric stores. I’m completely happy, getting out of my work uniform, putting on something comfortable (like my Moneta dress), and going out to see a new place. I’ve taken sewing classes in Portland, searched for bag hardware in the LA garment district and gotten lost in Cabo San Lucas searching for a specific shop with limited Spanish.
I love my new knit patterns and this was a fun way to see all the possibilities to create outfits. I used Polyvore to get started”
Carla’s 7 Days in Singapore
“We’re about to move to Singapore for a while, and its always great to get rid of surplus stuff when you do a big move, I thought this would be a good exercise in paring down my wardrobe.”
Amber’s trip to Uganda
“I traveled to Uganda recently and really could have used Moneta and Mabel. Too bad I received my Colette Sewing for Knits book and Mabel and Moneta patterns just before I got on the plane. So for my knitcation, I made a fanciful recreation of what my travel wardrobe would have been for the trip had I been able to stretch time to get a bit more sewing in.”
Ally’s trip to Toronto
“I wanted to channel my wardrobe architect work into this mini travel collection and sew my modern/hippie style into reality! Toronto is HOT, MUGGY and a generally stylish city, so I really wanted to sew comfy, breathable (read cotton), clothes that made me feel like I fit in. Mission accomplished I think!”
Aimee’s trip to Los Angeles for the Anime Expo
“I have some friends coming in to Los Angeles from out of town for Anime Expo so I decided to do an ideal trip I’d take my friends around town with. We are all seamstresses who like Japanese Animation, cute things, geeky things and yummy food. Sadly, we will all be too busy that all of this will not actually happen on their trip, but we’ll do as many as we can fit in.”
Raphaelle’s trip to Normandy
“We went to Normandy two years ago and I fell in love with that place. Warm but not too warm, friendly people (did not get teased about my french canadian accent even once!), good food (as ever in France!), beautiful scenery, history… I want to go back! Especially since we didn’t have the time to see everything I would have liked to see.
My outfits are inspired by the area. A lot of nautical blue and white as well as stripes. French people tend to dress up more than north americans and my choices reflect my desire to fit in rather than stand out as a tourist.”
Victoria’s trip to California
“I’m a born and raised California girl now living in Missouri. I miss my west coast. The ocean, the city, the deserts, DISNEYLAND! I’d give my left arm, right leg, and a kidney to go back. These are the outfits I’d would have loved to have worn when I was there, and while hopefully visiting back home.”
Clare’s trip to Helsinki
“So I’ve actually booked a trip to Helsinki for September and I’m actually going to take my knits with me! I’ve never been, but have concocted a trip based on some of the things advertised on the Helsinki tourism website. In reality, I’m probably just going to go into shops and touch all the beautiful scandinavian clothing and homewares. Thanks Colette Patterns for putting on this competition, it was fun playing with my new Mabel and Moneta & now I have lots of ways to wear them around!”
Thanks to everyone!
Thank you so much to each one of you who prticipated in this challenge! I hope you had a great time.
I loved seeing all these outfits, but even more I enjoyed reading all the stories of places you’ve been, plan to go, or dream of going. It was truly inspiring.