Let the Franken-Indie contest begin!

Here we go, it’s time for the Franken-Indie contest for Indie Pattern Month to begin!




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 Franken-Indie contest – Papercut, Kitschy Coo, Dresses & Me, 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 a garment by mashing-up two or more 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?

Pick two (or more) indie patterns, mash ’em together and create a single garment using them. Then write a post about it on The Monthly Stitch between now and 21 June 2014 (24:00 UTC). Categorise it as ‘Indie Pattern Month 2014’ and ‘Franken-Indie (June 15th-21st)’ so that we know it’s an entry for the contest.

We’ll do a round-up post of all the entries on 22 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 28 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? Photography – can we clearly see what you’ve made, and any interesting details? Creativity – what did you do to make this ‘your’ garment? How creative did you get with mix-and-matching multiple patterns to create a unique-to-you garment (while still being able to tell which patterns you used)? 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 garment between the start of May 2014 and now and not blogged about it yet, and that it must be created by putting together two more more indie patterns into one garment. (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 franken-indie inspiration posts up on the Monthly Stitch Facebook group each day. We’ll also be putting up a post later 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 garment 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!! 😉 )