Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2012 EvaDress Pattern Contest

The 2012 EvaDress Pattern Contest will commence at midnight (00:00 hours) EST January 15, 2012.

There are four categories for which one may sew and each entrant is welcome to submit as many projects as desired within each category. Each entry will be judged according to quality of construction (as best we can tell online!) and creativity.

The BIG theme for this year's contest is completing that project you have always wanted to do:

Category 1~Any EvaDress pattern garment project that you have only thought about doing, but never took on. When you submit in this category, tell us why you only dreamed about doing the project and never made it. For example, perhaps your technical or pattern grading skills just weren't there yet.

Category 2~Any EvaDress pattern garment project you started some time ago and have been meaning to finish. It doesn't matter if it has been years (hey, it happens) or weeks, when you submit in this category you need to tell us why you didn't finish it until now.

NOTE: Category 2 is exempt from the pre-January 15, 2012 contest start date for obvious reasons, but if you are entering in this category, you are not to pick that project up and continue it until midnight (00:00 hours) January 15, 2012.

Category 3~Best use of pattern in its original form = Any garment for men, women or children created devoutly from the pattern (that is, with no changes to the design, although grading or alteration to the pattern for proper fit or length is a must).

Category 4~Best use of pattern as adapted for contemporary-wear = Any garment for men, women, children created from an EvaDress pattern that has been modified for a more updated look (design changes allowed). One may not use pattern pieces from pattern companies other than EvaDress but, may incorporate pieces from an original vintage pattern, if desired.

No purchase necessary to enter (one may use from one's EvaDress pattern stash).

The winners will be voted by all participating EvaDress customers, fellow entrants and members (followers) of this blog.

$100 of EvaDress patterns will be awarded to the winners of each category plus free shipping (international included). The awards (in the form of EvaDress gift certificates) are redeemable for up to one year from March 15, 2012 (the contest ending date).

Projects are to be started no sooner than midnight (00:00 hours) EST on January 15, 2012 (with the exception of Category 2-see note above) and the contest will close for submissions at midnight (00:00 hours) EST on March 15, 2012. Voting will take place from midnight (00:00 hours) EST on March 16, 2012 until midnight (00:00 hours) EST on March 26, 2012.

To enter, e-mail photos with descriptions of each project to me and I will e-mail a confirmation of receipt of your project within 24 hours. If you do not receive a confirmation from me, please follow-up by phone (posted in contact info from my site here) or by alternate e-mail at: theevadress(AT) to ensure that your submission was received.

One is permitted to submit a project if the muslin was started before the contest begin date, but the final fabric project is to be executed within the published contest timeframe. Patterns may have been graded or altered for proper fit before the contest start date as well.

Each submission should include at least one front view or the front view shot at an angle to show a side view as well. Back shots are to be submitted as well. Additional shots may be submitted depending on what each project requires. Each photo needs to be 72dpi and no smaller than 8-1/4” by 11”.

***Do not forget to mention which category you wish your project to be considered when submitting your photos and project description!***

I will post submissions on my Wordpress blog for the voting process. I will post here to notify of my Wordpress addy as soon as I begin posting submissions, so stay tuned to this post.

Only one vote per person in each category will be counted toward the results.

Contest winners will be notified via e-mail.

Feel free to e-mail me with questions. Questions may also be posted on my Facebook (I am EvaDress) wall or posted by commenting on this blog post. I will answer your questions by e-mail and may additionally publicize them on Facebook and the blog post.

NOTE: By entering this contest you agree that your submission photos/descriptions may be used in the gallery or as a monthly highlighted customer project on the EvaDress web site.

I am very much looking forward to seeing the submissions!


noreen claire said...

Would adapting a pattern for maternity wear be considered category 4?

EvaDress said...

Yes, Noreen, category 4 for that one. Thank you for writing in.

EvaDress said...

A question posed to me today re the contest:

Do we send in the project for approval before the Jan 15th begin date? Or are you not even approving submissions until the 15th? Thanks, I'm really looking forward to this!

My answer: No need to run anything by me before the start date. You are welcome to submit anything you think fits any of the categories.

Camelia Crinoline said...

Great contest. Can we use the same pattern for different categories? For example, can I use a pattern to sew a dress for category 3 and then adapt the same pattern to sew another dress and enter it into category 4?

EvaDress said...

Camelia, yes you may.

Paula said...

Is it ok to post just a part of an ensamble? E.g. the shirt of a two piece pattern and leave the skirt out of the competition?

EvaDress said...


It is fine, but be sure to indicate which category you wish to enter and let us know which pieces of the ensemble you did.