Drift Earned 1st Place in Fishin' for Fashion Show!

We come to you bearing good news, fellow Drifters.

You might remember from our last post that we mentioned heading off to Boothbay Harbor in Maine for the weekend. You may also remember that we promised to fill you in on all the top-secret weekend fun. Well, it's now time to fill you in.

We won FIRST PLACE in the Fishin' for Fashion Show! 

OK, now that the big news is off our chests, let's back up a little and tell you all the other amazing details about this event.

Fishin' For Fashion is an annual event hosted by Boothbay Harbor Fest, and this was Drift On Island's second time participating. It is a contest that challenges participants to create an outfit completely out of materials that either a fisherman would use or could be found on a boat. As if that doesn't sound difficult enough, no traditional sewing methods are allowed either! It really challenges your resourcefulness, and we came into this year's event with a vibrant and flirty party outfit. The judges were Mrs. Maine (Jessica Snowdeal), WMTW Morning Anchor Cristina Frank, and Merry St. Pierre of 92 Moose radio station. Needless to say, we were thrilled to walk away with a win! 


Although it is a total blast to participate in, this event is more than just a fashion show, which is the component we really love. It's a wonderful community event that allows us to give our time and effort to a great cause. For this year's event, all of the ticket sales and proceeds are going towards next year's Harbor Fest as well as Project Graduation. Giving back is huge for us Drift Babes! 

Below are some photos of our winning ensemble. We think it could totally be sold in-store, don't you? 

Curious how we made this saucy little style? Here are the materials...


  • Channel marker safety flag line with spray-painted sail cloth
  • Gold grommets
  • Cotton rope with splicing detail
  • Gold metal ring
  • Pull-system in back with gold cleat to close


  • Base is monofilament cast net with large squid lures
  • Marine bungee cord waistband 
  • Fray was created by hand-dying the warp (a rope) from our ditty bag and attaching it to the cast net base


  • Channel marker flag with large squid lures sewed onto it, fastened in the back by cotton rope and grommets.
  • On top, a floatable Drift sunglass croakie and a gold double-end marine snap hook in the front.


  • Bracelets are made from a marine metal house clamp with macrame fray and seashell detailing
  • Earrings and hair pin are fishing lures (yep, really!)
  • Rings are mini house clamps
  • Handbag is a small ditty bag made from spray-painted sailcloth, macrame detailing with Boothbay mussel shells, and a roping handle consisting of a crown knot, whipping, a turks knot, and seizing.
  • Shoes are spray-painted and embellished with a deck brush, zip cord ties, roping, and fishing bobber appliques. Caution tape around the heel.

We always enjoy the connections we make during Fishin' for Fashion, and we already can't wait until next year! Thank you to all who came out to the event and helped put it on!



The Drift Babes