ETA - I'm supposed to mention my mom took the photos, and that's the reason I won. Thanks, Mom!
The highs: Awww, thanks! So, I won. I'm pretty pumped. I've only been garment-sewing since 2007, and still feel very much like a beginner, so it's extra-nice to be recognized for sewing something good.
Everyone that left a nice comment, both on my blog, and on PatternReview - thanks! Every one of your compliments really made my day. I joke that no-one other than my mom reads my blog, and I cherish each comment I get.
The lows? The way I found out I won was through a rather mean series of anonymous comments.
Let's see - they started out with this.
It's ok, you won! despite not entering on time AND having your items not qualify. Great job!
It felt mean, but I wasn't sure if someone was being mean, or if I was being overly sensitive.
But it quickly got clearer.
The correct date is on the fist page of the contest rules. Not the 15th page. And it does say bolero's are not allowed on the front page as well.
I guess it was too much of a pain to read the rules on the first page of the forums, or ask for clarification.
Very glad to see you won despite all that though! Guess you'll be getting that Jailie pattern :D
Great job winning by getting votes through your blog, even though you didn't technically qualify!
Pat yourself on the back :)
Hmm. I don't know if I should just be laughing here at the idea that enough people read my blog to swing a contest. Not to mention the implication that the people that read my blog & voted for me had *no free will* in the matter.
All I'll say is this - I understand that by blogging, I open myself out to nice comments and mean comments. I've been lucky so far that all my comments tend to be nice and supportive, and that's what I think of the sewing community, it is a nice, supportive group of people.
Dear Anonymous - I'm sorry that my Jalie pattern is causing you so much grief. But let's see - I made the case to the contest organizers that their signage was confusing, and they clearly agreed - otherwise I wouldn't have been able to enter the contest. And also - my cape isn't a bolero, which is clear from the construction instructions. I'm pretty sure boleros have sleeves.
And really, at the end of the day, why am I even dignifying this with a reply?
Back to the highs. I won!!!!! Thanks, y'all.