Indie Pattern Month – the ‘Franken-Indie’ sewing contest

Alright folks, it’s time for the details on the third of the Indie Pattern Month 2014 sewing contests!!!

And this one should test the creativity part of your brain quite nicely. 😉

(Remember – you don’t have to take part in the contests to be involved in Indie Pattern Month. They’re just to add a bit of extra fun to the month. Just like other Monthly Stitch monthly themes, during June anytime you make anything using an indie pattern you can post about it on the Monthly Stitch blog and put it in the ‘Indie Pattern Month 2014’ category. Whether it’s for a contest or not, we’d love to see it!)

And now, here we go – the Franken-Indie sewing contest!



The theme

Indie pattern designers are pretty creative people, as we all know. So we’re celebrating that creativity by encouraging all of you to see how creative you can get with mixing and matching their patterns!

For the Franken-Indie contest, your mission (should you choose to accept it, and we’re hoping you will!) is to combine two or more indie patterns into a garment. They could be from the same indie label, or from different ones – as long as there is at least two patterns involved, and they’re all indie patterns, it counts. (Unsure what we mean by ‘indie pattern’? To keep things simple, any patterns by labels on this list count.)

Now, we’re not looking for mixing and matching patterns to create an outfit here. This is all about combining patterns to create a single garment. Maybe you could use the bodice from one pattern and combine it with the skirt of another pattern for a Franken-Indie dress design? Take the sleeves of one top and add them to a different dress for another combination? Attach a top to some trousers to make an all-in-one jumpsuit? Get creative!

The sponsors

Every sewing contest has some amazing sponsors. For the Franken-Indie contest, the sponsors are:





Papercut is a modern take on sewing patterns. The designer has worked on both design and packaging to give each pattern a workroom look. Each package contains the pattern ready for you to cut out, easy to follow instructions, a lovely image of your garment, a tie to hang up the pattern, and the envelope transforms into the hanger to hang it from.






Kitschy Coo all started with a love of fabric. From their beginnings making unique and funky children’s clothes, Kitschy Coo has evolved into a one-stop shop for all your children’s clothing needs, including gorgeous fabric, and has also begun to design womenswear patterns.

Kitschy Coo have offered all Monthly Stitch readers 15% off all patterns between now and 30 June. Use the code INDIE at checkout.






Lekala are a small company of 4 employees with an office in San Francisco and in Russia.  Their original patterns are in Russian and are being translated into many other languages for all of the Indie Pattern lovers worldwide.  They have 100’s of styles for Men, Women, and Children, and add new styles every few days.  Lekala patterns are unique in that you put in your particular measurements, and within minutes, you have a PDF pattern made to fit.  Barbara, native English speaker and knowledgeable sewer (and Monthly Stitch contributor!) is busy editing Lekala patterns to make them easier to understand for English speakers.  You’ll see ‘Edited by a Native Speaker’ on the patterns that she has worked on.  

Lekala have also offered all Monthly Stitch readers a special 15% discount off patterns during June – use the code TMSINDIEC.








Dresses & Me is an online store, dedicated to stocking indie patterns. Run by Penny in Auckland, New Zealand, Dresses & Me is the only New Zealand based retailer of By Hand London, Victory Patterns, Simple Sews and Cake Patterns as well as New Zealand’s cheapest provider of Sewaholic Patterns and Colette. Penny started Dresses & Me as a result of her passion for sewing and for supporting indie designers, and ships patterns all around the world.

Dresses & Me has offered all Monthly Stitch readers a special discount for Indie Pattern Month – use the code IPM2014 and get 15% off patterns.


The prizes

Now that you’ve met our fabulous and generous sponsors, are you ready to find out what the prizes are for the Franken-Indie sewing contest?

There will be four winners in the Franken-Indie contest, each winning one of four awesome prize packs.





The Papercut prize

From Papercut – the winners choice of any two patterns (paper or PDF).






The Kitschy Coo prize

From Kitschy Coo – all three of their women’s patterns (the Lady Skater dress, the Penny Pinafore, and the Trifecta top).



The Lekala prize

From Lekala – any 5 Lekala patterns of the winners choice.





The Dresses & Me prize

From Dresses & Me – the winners choice of any two patterns from the Dresses & Me shop.


How do I enter?

Now that we’ve got you all excited about the amazing prizes up for grabs, here’s the low-down on how to enter.

The Franken-Indie contest will run from 15 June 2014 (00:00 UTC) until 21 June 2014 (24:00 UTC).

To enter the contest, make any adult garment between 1 May 2014 and 21 June by combining two or more indie patterns. Then write and publish a post on The Monthly Stitch showcasing your creation between 15 June and 21 June. Add it to the ‘Franken-Indie (June 15th-21st)’ category so that we can find it easily when we do the round-up post for voting.

That’s it! As long as your entry meets the rules (written below) you’re officially entered. 🙂

How does the contest work?

Anyone can enter the Franken-Indie sewing contest, as long as their entry meets all the rule requirements (written below). Plus, you can enter as many times as you like! (Again, each entry must comply with the contest rules.)

At the end of the contest week, all the eligible entries will be pulled together into a round-up post, where Monthly Stitch readers can see vote for their favourite creation. Anyone will be able to vote, and will be able to place one vote each. (If you want to spread the word that you’ve entered, there will be ‘vote for me’ badges available for you to put on your own blog.) Voting will be up for five days from the time the contest round-up post goes live.

The winners will be chosen using a combination of the Monthly Stitch community votes, and scores given by the judging panel. 50% of the final score will be from the community vote, and the other 50% will be from the judges scoring, which will take into consideration things such as creativity, execution, photography, and so on. The judging panel is made up of the Monthly Stitch editors (Kat, Mel and Juliet) and our guest judge Penny from Dresses & Me.

The winners of the four prizes for the Franken-Indie contest will be announced on The Monthly Stitch on 28 June, and will also be contacted by email.

The rules

Like any contest, there are some rules and guidelines that you need to follow to be eligible to enter. We’ve tried to keep them simple, but if you have any questions, please ask in the comments or fill out the form at the bottom of this page and we’ll get back to you as quick as possible!

Anyone is eligible to enter, except for the members of the judging panel. If you aren’t already a Monthly Stitch contributor, you can sign up using the form at the bottom of this post and we’ll give you a login to post your contest entrie(s) to the Monthly Stitch site.

You can enter any of the Indie Pattern Month contests as many times as you like as long as each entry follows these rules.

Any Indie pattern brand is eligible. To keep things simple, a label counts as an indie pattern if it’s on the Sew Independent list, which can be found here.

Items must be sewn specifically for Indie Pattern Month 2014 and begun no earlier than 1 May 2013. No earlier makes to be submitted. Items can not have been previously blogged on The Monthly Stitch.

Each make can be entered into only one sewing contest (i.e. if you make a dress from a new to you company you may enter it in Dresses OR New To Me, but not both)
(Exception: A previously entered item from Challenges 1 or 2 (the Dresses contest or the New to Me contest) may be re-entered into Challenge 4 (Indie Fan-girl). Additional item/s must be sewn to create a whole outfit. These additional items must be from the same pattern company as the item they are paired with and be made specifically for Indie Pattern Month 2014 (no earlier makes to be submitted)).
Please note that creations cannot have been entered into other contests previously (e.g. those on Pattern Review). (However, if you wish to enter your creations into non-Monthly Stitch contests after Indie Pattern Month, you are welcome to if they meet the other contests guidelines.)

You must write and publish a post on The Monthly Stitch during the week for the sewing contest category you are entering. For the Franken-Indie contest, posts must be written and published between 15 June (00:00 UTC) and 21 June (24:00 UTC).

Your post must be correctly categorised and follow ALL the Monthly Stitch posting rules. You can find them all, and tutorials on how to do things, over here. Key posting rules that need to be followed are:

  • A minimum of 3 photos plus a feature image
  • Only one image can be uploaded per post, to use as the feature image. All other images must be inserted using URLs.
  • The following information must be included:
    • What pattern you used: the brand, pattern name/number, and a link to a website where readers can find out information about the pattern (e.g. the indie designers website or a review round-up on Pattern Review)
    • What fabric and notions you used
    • How you found the pattern and the instructions. Were the instructions easy to follow? How was the pattern fit? Would you recommend it? Would you make it again?
    • Any pattern alterations or design changes you made, if you made any. Or, is there anything you’d change if you made it again?
  • Posts must be under the correct category for the contest, and have between 1-5 tags. For the Dresses sewing contest, posts must be categorised ‘Indie Pattern Month 2014’ and ‘Dresses (June 1st-7tth)’.

Posts that do not meet these rules will not be eligible. Your post will be placed in the ‘drafts’ folder and you will receive an email to let you know. You may edit your post and republish it within the competition time frames to re-enter the competition.

Voting will begin for each category at the end of it’s week when a round up post will go up for voting. Voting is open for 5 days. One vote per person.

Winners are chosen by 50% weighting by the judges (Kat, Mel, Juliet and Penny) and 50% from community votes.

“Vote for me” buttons will be available for you to post on your own blog if you wish to do so.

Got any questions, or want to sign up?

Want to enter the contest? If you’re not already signed up to post on The Monthly Stitch, it’s super easy to do – just fill out the short form below and we’ll set you up with a login so you can post your entry.

Got any questions about the contest? Let us know either in the comments or using the form below, and we’ll get back to you as fast as we can. 🙂



6 thoughts on “Indie Pattern Month – the ‘Franken-Indie’ sewing contest

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  3. I’m pretty sure I got my Indie Pattern Post up (yippee!) as per the directions, but as since it is my first one, if there is something I should have done differently, please let me know.

    Thank you so much! Kristin


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