When Salima Jaffer's elegant sari won top honors, she says "I was in shock and very excited!" Her creation features extensive use of original borders and motifs embroidered in metallic thread on silk charmeuse - a challenging combination of materials which Salima handled skillfully.
Salima says her design was inspired by the computer software for the Pfaff creative #7570. "I spent hours playing with it," she says. "I began experimenting with enlarging designs and combining stitch patterns, and all the other ways there are to manipulate images. Then, I stitched out my favorites on one of my mother's old saris to test the results."
When the contest notice arrived at the shop, she vowed to enter even though she was the newest member of the of the staff at her parents' dealership, AAA Sewing and fabric in Torrance, CA. "My parents were skeptical about my chances," she says. "After all, I am new to sewing, and this was my first real project." The recognition she received has whetted her appetite for more creative stitchery. "Now, every chance I get, I head for the computer and the sewing machine," she says happily.