Our sports and atheleisure competition has been a runaway success, quite literally! Our students are now out and about getting active in their very own custom made sportswear! From hoodies to gymnast suits, this term has really captured the imagination of our young and active sewers!
First of all we want to say a huge thank you to fantastic UK based stretch fabric wholesaler Freidmans who donated offcuts of their amazing brightly coloured and super shiny lycras! These really made the projects pop!!
We are also excited to announce the judges this term from are from local Belsize Park branch of luxury sportswear brand Sweaty Betty! Sweaty Betty with their unique and fun take on sportswear making it fashionable in day to day life as well as at the gym, have been a huge inspiration this term.
Our competitions are never based on natural ability or ‘prettiness’ It’s a competition against yourself not the others around you. We put people on the shortlist who have really challenged themselves or we’ve seen amazing improvements in design or making skills! We had some amazing entries, it was tough for the Little Hands Teachers to narrow down the short list.
Here it is, are you on it??
A – Custom designed leggings and running top – Age 14
T – Hooded Poncho, Leggings and Outfit!- Age 9
R – Customised Poncho – Age 10
Own design 2 layer top – Age 11
K + O + R Group gymnastics suit – ages 9 & 10
C – Customised poncho – Age 12
G -Poncho with lining – Age 11
D + I Base Ball Caps Team work – Age 10
E- Tennis skirt with free machine embroidered decoration – Age 13
Teamwork comercial pattern hoodie – Age 9 – 10
E- Commercial Pattern Top – Age 12
L – Running Outfit – Age 9
Here’s what the judges have to say:
We loved all of the entries so much and we are so impressed by what has been achieved by a group of such young girls! The variety and creativity is amazing to see and we are so glad Sweaty Betty as a brand has inspired your sewers/designers to push themselves, try something new and create beautiful pieces from it. All the outfits that have been created are totally fit for purpose and some have really shown great commercial awareness in terms of colour pallet, design and practicality.
What we had to say:
A used our patterns as base for leggings and running top and adapted adding different sections and different colours. Made herself a new pattern. Top is reversible!! Worked out how to change pattern with very minimal help from teachers. Well sewn and fitted to body. Has been a student for about 4 years. Advanced sewing skills, design are beginning to matching up, has been a little shy in the past to stray away from patterns and instructions, so we are very impressed she is letting her imagination run!!
What the judges had to say:
We chose this outfit firstly because of the design – they have clearly taken a pattern as a base and adapted it to work for them. Good commercial colour palette that would sell. Also highly practical – here at Sweaty Betty we love a reversible garment.
What we said: E Used her own commercial pattern from home. It has interesting details and a bit of a tricky pattern She showed great accuracy with this project! Sometimes gets over excited to finish but worked hard to make this perfect using decorative stitches. has been sewing for about 6 years.
What the judges said: Using her own commercial pattern from home is very creative and we like the idea of choosing a style that is slightly different. It has been effective in this case. The colour way is complimentary and the shape works well too.
We said: Used our pattern for both but worked very accurately and carefully something she has struggled with in the past, rushing to finish or getting bored half way through. Worked hard to make it neat and perfect!
K, O & R
K and O and R – Group gymnastics suit – age 9 and 10
We say: Used our pattern, chose fabrics well. O has sewn before but first time at little hands, K and R have been coming during hols for about a year! Warned it would be quite a challenge but were very keen and tackled it like pros! used a range of techniques between them. Putting in normal and invisible zips, sleeves, k made matching shorts. They worked really well together helping each other when they got stuck and the results are amazing and they all fit perfectly.
The judges say: We are impressed with how well they worked as a team to make a variety of outfits (matching shorts as well as leotards). They have shown good use of product knowledge, using the right fabrics that look professional.
We say: Used our pattern and adapted making sleeves longer, good choice of fabric. is really developing good design skills and personal style! Student for about 2/3 years.
The judges say: We love the shape and design on the poncho, the colour way works well and we think it would sell. They have also understood the right fabric that is needed for this kind of garment.
We say: For hoody used our pattern but patched the fabric together to make them fit, great choice of fabrics and sewn quite well. Also made her own superhero leggings with elastic at the waist and made a running top and shorts – very accurate sewing and skills really improving. Student for 4 years. Worked really hard this term! We were very impressed!