Thursday, October 27, 2016

I won the Pattern Review Handbag Contest 2016!

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Me and my handbag on Tuesday night.

I found out on Tuesday morning (from velosewer, who commented on my IG feed around 7:05am that morning) that I won the Pattern Review Handbag Contest 2016!   As I wrote on IG, I am excited, thrilled, and filled with gratitude.  Thank you for your support, kind words, encouragement and votes!

It has been a longtime dream of mine to win first place in a PR contest and I'm so excited that my dream has come true.  One of my coworkers asked me how many PR contests I have entered.  I counted 10 between the online contests (coat 2008; sewn hat 2009;  refashion 2010; activewear 2015; handbag 2016) and in-person contests at PR Day (LBD in NYC 2013--second place)  and PR weekends (badge holder in Chicago 2011, bag in NYC 2012, bag in LA 2015, accessory in Chicago 2016--second place).

It's also the perfect early birthday present--my birthday is on Saturday.  :)  My prize is a $100 credit to the PR site. I will have fun spending it!

My coworkers have been asking me what my next project is and while I have several ideas percolating (gray shrug, piped pajamas, red patent leather tote, denim dress with contrast topstitching), I'm just enjoying the moment and the win for now!

The full gallery of all entries sorted by votes is here.
My blog post about my completed bag is here.
And the post with the pix of the bag under construction is here.

Thank you again for your support, encouragement, and votes!

Be well!!

50 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Kyle, you really earned it with your beautiful bag. And happy birthday!

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    1. Thank you Peter for your kind words and support!

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  2. Woot! Woot! and a bazillion gazillion fireworks!

    Happy Birthday too!

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    1. Now that's a lot of fireworks! I was thinking balloons and confetti, but you are dreaming larger than me! :) Thank you! :)

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  3. You so deserve it! You did a WONDERFUL job on that bag.

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    1. Thanks so much helenko! It was a lot of work!

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  4. I don't have much online time now, but I went to PR specifically to vote for your bag entry, because, well....wow! You fully deserved to win! I'm so happy for you! Happy birthday, too!

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    1. Thanks so much for taking time out to vote for me! Very much appreciated!!

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  5. That IS an awesome early birthday present! Congratulations! I saw that you won, and think it was well deserved.

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    1. Thank you so much Vanessa! It's one of my best presents ever!

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  6. Congrats on fulfilling your dream with a fabulous bag ! You have a great eye for sewing detail ! Congrats

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    1. Thank you MaryEllen! I think I've refined this detail over the years and it has paid off. :)

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  7. Well-deserved :-) Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you for your support Catherine! :)

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  8. Congratulations! The prize is also in having such a splendid bag. Happy birthday!

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    1. Thank you Pam! That is totally true--another prize is having a great handbag to boot! I've been using it this week and enjoying it. :)

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  9. So happy for you Kyle.... well deserved win, your bag is amazing. Happy birthday for Saturday and have fun spending your prize!!

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    1. Thank you Summer Flies! There are some Deer and Doe patterns I've had my eye on...

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  10. Yay! So well deserved. You ARE the bag making guru!!!!

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    1. Thank you Mainelydad for your enthusiastic support!! :) Your furry backpack is AMAZING.

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  11. Congratulations! That bag is fabulous.

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    1. Hi Angela!!! Hope all is well with you, haven't "seen" you for awhile. Thanks for your kind words!

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  12. Yeah!!! So happy for you! You deserved the win with a beautiful bag!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Linda T! I am happy too! :)

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  13. WELL deserved win! Happy early birthday! <3

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    1. Thank you Nakisha! Lots of celebrating going on today!

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  14. That is just such a happy photo of you with your winning bag, I want to print it out and put it in my office and look at it on stressful days :) It makes me smile and reminds of why I do what I do. Running PatternReview is just so rewarding for me personally because it has connected me to people like you. I admire you Kyle. Congratulations! Enjoy your prize.

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    1. Hi Deepika! Thank you for your kind words and for letting me know. Thank you for founding PR! It has brought so many seamsters together in such a nice way. I have been soooo happy all week long--I can't stop smiling myself!

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  15. congrats, so happy for you, and well deserved!

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    1. Thank you Beth! I am happy too. :)

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  16. Congratulations, Kyle! and Happy Birthday!

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  17. Congratulations! So fun to have voted for the winner! The only thing I'm surprised about is that this is your first win!
    Happy, happy birthday, and enjoy your shopping!
    Marian

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    1. Thank you so much for your vote and kind words, Marian! It's going to be fun to spend the prize.

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  18. Yay Kyle! you've been an inspo for me, and I voted for the winner! happy, Happy;)

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    1. That's sweet! Thank you for letting me know!

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  19. Congrats on the win! I have never made a bag, but thoroughly enjoyed the process on your blog post. You are so thorough and research all the proper fittings. You are an inspiration!

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    1. Thank you Cherie for your kind words!! I am such a detail oriented person, and this contest was right up my alley. :)

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  20. Happy birthday and a well deserved congratulations. I pore over your handbag posts. They are very thorough and your work is beautiful.

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    1. Hi Mary!!! Thank you so much! Virtual hug!!

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  21. A very well deserved win - it is a fantastic bag and you went to so much trouble to make it so professional and personal as well - Mary Anna x

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    1. Hi Mary Anna! I miss your blog and your sense of humour SO much!

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  22. K: Congrats to you! How wonderful and well-deserved.

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  23. Of course you did! You deserved it, and I'm happy for you!

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  24. You too deserve this win! It is a beautiful bag, a well made high end beautiful bag. I am so happy for you!

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  25. Congratulations!!! You deserved to win the first prize with that gorgeous bag!!! Lots of hard work and such a beauty as a result!

    I am thrilled for you! :)

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  26. Hands down the best bag of the bunch. I've seen your bags in person and have been graciously gifted one. I know your sewing is impeccable and this was truly a deserved win. Wear it with pride my friend

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  27. Awesome and Congratulations. .. well deserved.

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  28. Awesome and Congratulations. .. well deserved.

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  29. Congratulations! Your bag was just gorgeous and certainly deserved to win. Way to go!

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