Let the Dresses contest begin!

As of right this moment, the Dress contest for Indie Pattern Month has begun! Yippie!!!



Here’s a reminder of all you need to know for it. You can also see all the details here in the contest details post.

We’ve got some great sponsors for the Dresses contest – Dresses & Me, Gather, Pattern Postie, Salme, and Lekala. Each have donated prizes for you all to be in to win!



What are those prizes, I hear you ask?

There are four prize packs to be won by four people who sew dresses from indie patterns and blog about them on The Monthly Stitch this week. Here’s what they are:









Pretty awesome, right?!? (I just wish I was allowed to enter…. But since I’m one of the judges, I can’t. Four of you will just have to win them instead, sew them up and tell us what they’re like! 😉 )

Want to be in to win one of those prize packs?

Stitch up an adults dress using an indie pattern, take some photos, and write a post about it here between now and 7 June 2014 (24:00 UTC). Categorise it as ‘Indie Pattern Month 2014’ and ‘Dresses (June 1st-7th)’ so that we know it’s an entry for the contest. We’ll do a round-up post of all the entries on 8 June so everyone can start voting on their favourite. The winners will be chosen half based on community vote, and half based on scoring from the judges (the Monthly Stitch editors and our guest judge – Penny from Dresses & Me). Then on 14 June we’ll announce the four winners here on The Monthly Stitch, and email them as well.

What will the judges be looking for when scoring the entrants?

We’ll be looking at things like the content of your post – does it tell your readers much about what you’ve made, about the pattern, about any changes you made? The photography – can we clearly see what you’ve made, and any interesting details? Creativity – what did you do to make this ‘your’ dress? Basically, all the things that make a good blog post. 😉

Of course, like all good contests, there are a few rules

They’re listed at the bottom of the contest details post, so please have a read through them. The key ones to pay attention to are that you must have made your dress between the start of May 2014 and now and not blogged about it yet, and that it must be from an indie pattern. (What counts as an indie pattern? To keep things easy, everything listed in this great round-up by one of our Indie Pattern Month sponsors, Sew Independent.)

Want to take part but not sure what to make?

We’ll be putting daily dresses inspiration posts up on the Monthly Stitch Facebook group each day. We’re also putting up a post later today showing what the Monthly Stitch editors (Kat, Mel and Juliet) have made for this week. (Because hey, even if we can’t enter the contest, there’s no reason we can’t sew along with all of you, right?! 😉 )

Want to take part but not a Monthly Stitch contributor?

Not a problem! Just fill out the simple form right at the bottom of this post and we’ll get you all set up to write a post about your dress here on The Monthly Stitch. (Do please remember though, we need to sleep sometimes, so if you are thinking about entering don’t wait until half an hour before the contest closes to sign up. Sign up now, go on, do it!! 😉 )



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  3. I’m so looking forward to seeing all of the dresses everyone makes! The prizes are fantastic, too – it all makes me wish I was a bit more advanced along my sewing journey, instead of stuck at the stage of staring at my sewing machine, thinking, I’m sure I used to know how to work one of these… Bring on the dresses!


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