TribLIVE Paper Doll Contest: And the 2012 winners are ...
Jacqueline Martini has vision.
The Evans City resident can eye a piece of fabric and see the final design, even if it's a dress for a paper doll.
"It's all in the details," Martini says. "I love to design dresses for paper dolls. It's fun."
Because of her ability to create amazing life-like garments, Martini is the grand-prize winner of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Paper Doll Contest. Readers were invited to design a fabulous gown for a best-actress nominee. This year, Meryl Streep was the red-carpet model. Participants were allowed to use everything from fabric, bangles, sparkles and miniature accessories to create their idea of fab fashion. Streep is nominated for her role as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady."
Martini will receive a pair of tickets to the "Lights! Glamour! Action!" black-tie gala, hosted by the Pittsburgh Film Office on Sunday, a portable DVD player, and a set of "Movie Star" paper dolls.
Two runners-up will receive a $50 gift card for DVD purchases and a set of "Movie Star" paper dolls. They are Kim Faulkner of Squirrel Hill, who fashioned a violet-and-black plaid gown with a floral applique, and Judy Wasek of McKees Rocks, who created a pink floral skirt with a velvet top.
Martini's design includes a flowing blue metallic-fabric gown that really pops because of the black rayon skirt and slip underneath. She found materials at a Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store, including the blue beading she used to embellish the strapless dress at the waist and black lace with beads for a shawl.
The doll is stabilized on a drink coaster.
A four-time winner, Martini tries to come up with a different look each year in terms of both fabric and design.
"When I saw the blue-metallic fabric and then the beads, they became my inspiration for the gown," she says. "The key to building a winning doll is the fabric, and you also have to keep in mind the model you are designing for. I thought the blue would be a good color on Meryl, and I wanted to cover her arms. You have to create a dress based on what the actress would wear in real life. She is a more mature model so she most likely would have her arms covered. I think she is going to win because she is such a good actress and any part she does she is convincing."
A half-priced gold Christmas bow from Walmart became the perfect adornment for something other than a package.
It was used as fabric for a gold dress for a paper doll designed by Linda Finlay of Jeannette.
Her creativity with the wrapping product helped her become the grand-prize winner of the Tribune-Review Paper Doll Contest. Readers were invited to design a fabulous gown for a best-actress nominee. This year, Meryl Streep was the red-carpet model. Participants were allowed to use everything from fabric, bangles, sparkles and miniature accessories to create their idea of fab fashion. Streep is nominated for her role as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady."
"I actually thought the actress for the contest was going to be the woman from 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,' " Finlay says. "So I had one idea of how I was going to dress that doll, but when I found out it was Meryl Streep, I had to change my design, because I couldn't put a short leather dress, tattoos and piercings on Meryl. I liked the bow and decided to create a dress that was age-appropriate for women of a certain age -- which I am -- and that would cover her arms and wasn't too short, but also wasn't too frumpy-looking."
Finlay will receive a prize package that includes a pair of tickets to tonight's Hollywood Party at the Palace, a black-tie gala hosted by the Westmoreland Cultural Trust, a portable DVD player and a set of "Movie Star" paper dolls. Two runners-up will receive a $50 gift card for DVD purchases and set of "Movie Star" paper dolls. The doll designed by Bailey Robinson of Latrobe is wearing a cobalt blue gown adorned with a sparkly necklace and black clutch. Carol Dinco of New Alexandria created a cream dress with many strands of intricate beading.
The gold sparkly dress Finlay created is ankle length with a slit and matching shiny shoes. It is accented with velvet detail along the collar, with velvet bows adorning the footwear. A gold necklace and earrings complete the look. Her fingernails are delicately painted a shade of red. Doing such detailed work is what Finlay enjoys, she says. She often paints miniatures, which is a relaxing hobby for this nurse at Westmoreland Manor. Finlay prefers creating from a picture or real-life scene.
Valley News Dispatch
Jennifer Bachor knew that a $200 prom dress from 1996 would come in handy one day. It took an entire paycheck from her working at an optical store to pay for that gown. But Bachor decided to cut it into pieces and fashion a miniature gown just like the one she wore for that North Hills High School soiree.
The re-creation earned Bachor, of Fawn Township, top honors as the grand-prize winner of the Valley News Dispatch Paper Doll Contest. Readers were invited to design a fabulous gown for a best-actress nominee. This year, Meryl Streep was the red-carpet model. Participants were allowed to use everything from fabric, bangles, sparkles and miniature accessories to create their idea of fab fashion. Streep is nominated for her role as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady."
Bachor will receive a pair of tickets to the "Lights! Glamour! Action!" black-tie gala, hosted by the Pittsburgh Film Office on Sunday, a portable DVD player, and a set of "Movie Star" paper dolls.
Two runners-up will receive a $50 gift card for DVD purchases and a set of "Movie Star" paper dolls. They are Margaret Devlin of New Kensington, who fashioned a pale green gown with colorful sparkles, green shoes and long gloves, and Meghan Kokoski of Cheswick, who made a black gown with black embellishments and a touch of red beads.
"I held on to the dress for years," Bachor says. "And then when I heard about this contest I thought, why not use the material from that prom dress• I thought, if I was going to win, I would need to use some quality fabric."
In creating the gown, Bachor reviewed past photos of Streep. She discovered the actress wasn't into lots of embellishments or edgy fashion. Her red-carpet style is more of a classic look.
Bachor enhanced her doll by creating a diorama. She decorated the outside of the box with black and white polka dots and a red and black pattern on the inside. Bachor included a full-length mirror and photos of Streep with her daughters, husband and cat. Streep also is standing on a red carpet.
The dress is strapless and the material is a velvet and lace with a matching shawl. Silver beads around her neck with one bead as a ring enhance the look. The doll was printed on shiny paper.
"I hope I age as beautifully as she has," Bachor says of Streep.
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