New To Me contest – who won?!?

Wow, what an absolutely fantastic response we had to the New To Me sewing contest for Indie Pattern Month! 39 interesting, inspiring, and varied garments from a wide range of indie designers were stitched up and entered in the contest! Everything from sporty to formal, underwear to jackets, and summer to winter. We had so much fun reading all the posts, looking at all the images, and getting inspired by all of your creativity. (Want to see more about any of the creations in this post? Just click on the image.)


And it sounds like you had fun, too! We had 462 votes on the New To Me contest – a huge thank-you to everyone who took the time to cast a vote for who they thought should win!






And now, the voting has finished. We’ve counted up the community votes, the judges have scored each entry, and we’ve tallied up the scores so we can answer the big question – who won???

Now, the winners were chosen through a mix of community vote and scores from the judges. 50% of their total score came from the community votes, and 50% from the judges scores, so the winners are the ones who were popular, well executed, and well photographed. And my, it was a close contest! (Seriously, we’re talking 0.5% between a few of the top contenders here.)

But sadly, much as we’d love to give a prize to everyone, there can be only four winners. (Although you’re all winners, really, as you all have fabulous new garments to wear and maybe even a new favourite indie designer or two that you’ve discovered!)

So, here goes……



The winner of the Ohhh Lulu and Pauline Alice prize – the brand-new, yet-to-be-released Pauline Alice pattern and a $20 voucher to use on Ohhh Lulu patterns – is….


Jenna with her Circley Tiramisu dress!








The winner of the Gather and Diane Ericson prize – the Mortmain dress and the Tallis collar from Gather and a $25 voucher to use on patterns from the Diane Ericson store – is….


Zara with her Watson jacket in funky plaid!






The winner of the Teach Me Fashion prize – your choice of any three patterns from Teach Me Fashion – is….


Laura with her Deer&Doe Datura blouse!





The winner of the Lekala prize – your choice of 5 made-to-measure PDF patterns from Lekala – is….


Anne with her Carme in Liberty!






Congratulations everyone! We’re sending each of you emails to let you know you’ve won.

We’d also like to give a huge thank-you to the sponsors of the New To Me contest, who have each donated prizes, and without whom we couldn’t do the Indie Pattern Month contests – you’re all amazing!  Thank you to….












9 thoughts on “New To Me contest – who won?!?

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  2. Well done all! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t jealous, but I did vote for two of the creations which one, so they must have got something right! Congratulations!


  3. Fabulous!! Congrats to the other winners & thanks so much to everyone who voted for my Carme blouse. This has been a fantastic opportunity to try new things, so that’s another thanks to TMS & all the sponsors! 🙂


  4. OMG how exciting! Thanks so much to all the lovely people who voted for me, the wonderful judges and TMS admins and the fabulous sponsors. Congratulations to the other winners! Yay indie pattern month, what a wonderful opportunity to see everyone’s interpretation of patterns from the independent design community, it’s such an inspiration 🙂


  5. Congratulations to all the winners – a great collection of indie makes. The Indie Pattern month challenges have been fun and very inspiring.


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