DRESSED IN SEWPONY WINNERS!!!

June 09, 2017


Today I have the pleasure to announce the winners of my Dressed in sewpony sewing contest!!! Firstly, I want to thank everyone for making the effort to participate.  I really had SUCH a difficult task choosing my ten favourites from each category! I am actually glad that I did not have the final job of scoring the ten entries from each category.  Thank you Mie, Naomi and Jill for scoring the International entries and thank you Jenya, Maaike and Kristine for judging the Aussie entries.  I have decided I will get straight to it and announce the winners of the Australian category...the scoring was definitive for the Australian place winners which are as follows:

1st: Kate from Starky Sew
2nd: Zoe from Soulfed on thread
3rd: Gabriel from Stitch Hour Studio

Kate from Starky Sew is the first place winner. She made a gorgeous tic tac toe dress from Japanese fabric paired with black piping. The dress and photos are beautiful and I am excited to see more of what Kate makes!! Kate will receive this lovely prize! Well done Kate and thank you for entering!




1ST PRIZE: WINNER - STARKY SEW
$100 AUD gift card to use in any Spotlight store around Australia.
$75 AUD store credit to use online at Ministry of Fabric
4 metres of Soft Cactus fabric from Maaidesign (value of $76 AUD)
$60 AUD store credit to use online at The Drapery
1 x beautiful honeycup print (value of $20 AUD)
5 x sewpony patterns (value of approx. $50 AUD)
TOTAL PRIZE VALUE: $382 AUD

Spotlight stores know me by name...I live only three minutes from my local store and am there at least fortnightly! You know, saving money by sewing my kids clothes!! Spotlight stock some amazing fabrics.  They stock Japanese lawns, Cloud9, Japanese cotton canvas and duck, gorgeous stretch fabrics, beautiful denims, linens and so many more.  Zips, buttons, elastic, piping, wadding, ribbons, wool and everything in between!  Spotlight have very generously sent me a $100 gift card for one lucky sewer! You can shop online at Spotlight (see link below). Thank you very much Maureen and Spotlight for your generous voucher!



Ministry of Fabric is owned and run by a lovely lady called Alisha.  She is based in Healesville, Victoria and stocks a fabulous range of quilting and dress making fabrics.  Emily's birthday Miss Polly dress is made from some gorgeous Rifle Paper Co floral that I purchased through Alisha's shop. I have three more beautiful pieces I bought through MOF that I am saving for some special dresses coming up! Alisha is contributing a $75 voucher to her online shop! Thank you so much Alisha for such a generous contribution! You can connect with Alisa at Ministry of Fabric here...

Maaidesign is owned and run by my online friend, Maaike.  Maaike is a lovely Belgian lady who now calls Sydney her home. She stocks amazing European brands such as Soft Cactus, See you at Six, Bambiblauw, Froy and Dind, Zonen 9 and more.   Maaike is kindly offering a lovely pack of Soft Cactus fabrics - four metres!  Thank you so much Maaike! Soft Cactus fabrics are extra wide (145cm), so one metre feels like so much more and you can achieve a lot with just 1 x one metre piece. You can connect with Maaike at Maaidesign here....

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The Drapery is an online and bricks and mortar fabric store in Adelaide. It is part - owned by Fiona and Jane. You may know Fiona already...she is the author and amazing pattern maker behind the label, Hop Skip Jump.   If you have followed my blog over the years, you will know that I have sewn up many of Fiona's beautiful soft toy patterns (you can see some of my old hop skip jump posts here). I own her book (Hop Skip Jump) which I treasure and which is unfortunately no longer in print.  Sad face. However, Fiona now runs The Drapery in South Australia which stocks a beautiful range of fabrics. Organic cotton, Liberty, Wool, Cotton and Steel.  Fiona and Jane are contributing a $60 voucher tot their online shop! Thank you so much Fiona and Jane!!

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Honeycup/nomuu is a gorgeous etsy store filled with beautiful, whimsical and sweet art produced by Simone.  I purchased one for Emily a few years ago and it takes pride of place by her bed. Honeycup prints are produced locally and make the perfect addition to any child or baby's room. Also the perfect baby gift or birthday present! Affordable and amazing...you will find it hard to choose from the huge range in Simone's shop! Simone is generously giving away 1 x A4  print of choice to one lucky sewer! Thank you so much Simone! Connect with honeycup here...

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The second place winner of the Australian entries is Zoe from Soulfed on thread.  Zoe made a fantastic Miss Polly dress in bright fabric for her sweet daughter. Zoe's piping and fabric pairing was spot on and she was also the clear second place winner.  Zoe will receive the prize below!



2ND PRIZE: WINNER - SOULFED ON THREAD
$60 store credit to use at Miss Matatabi
1 x Tuttle sewing book: She wears the pants (value of $16 USD) + postage paid
3 x sewpony patterns (value of approx. $30 AUD)
TOTAL PRIZE VALUE: $106 AUD

Miss Matatabi is a wonderful online fabric store owned by Frances, who is in fact an Aussie, now living in Japan with her family!  Frances stocks a beautiful and expansive range of fabrics, among her signature fabrics are the beautiful Nani Iro double gauze and Cotton and Steel.  Frances is kindly offering a $60 voucher to her online shop - Thank you so much Frances!  Below is pictured beautiful quilted Nani Iro...imagine it as a baby blanket or pretty jacket.  Connect with Frances at Miss Matatabi here...




Tuttle are the great publishing house that has brought us so many amazing Japanese Sewing books. Happy Handmade, Little Girls Style and She wears the pants are a few of their titles.  She wears the pants is a book for the Mums!  And as the name suggests, the designs have a slightly masculine edge to them.  Cool tailored pants and jackets, easy fitting tops, lapels and cool shorts. Tuttle generously gifted me two copies of She Wears the pants to give away (one for Aussies and one for International contestants). Thank you Tuttle...I love your books!






Gabriel from Stitch Hour Studio is the third prize winner.  She made a Juliette dress with embroidered peter pan collar. This collar was a labour of love and we were extra impressed that Gabriel managed this with newborn baby in tow!


3RD PRIZE: WINNER - STITCH HOUR STUDIO
Curated vintage pack from me- Vintage fabric, supplies and socks (+ postage paid)
                                              1 x sewpony pattern (value approx. $10 AUD)

Gabriel will receive a pack from me and one digital sewpony pattern.  The pack includes 2.5 metres of vintage fabric, sweet knee high socks, invisible zip and two reels of quality gutterman thread.  


The International winners were...

 1st place: Meg Made
2nd place: Wensje
3rd place: Creative Catoo

Meg from the new blog, Meg Made, made a beautiful yellow Juliette dress with the free peter pan collar addition. She added a beautiful frill to the edge of the collar and her fabric pairing was just perfect! Meg scored very highly with the judges and was the clear winner!  Well done Meg and thank you for entering!! Meg will receive the following prize package...



1ST PRIZE: WINNER - MEG MADE
 1 x pair of Jerusalem Sandals for you from Me and My Feet (value of $76 USD)
Maureen Cracknell fat quarter bundle from I Love Fabric (value of $55 USD + postage paid)
1 x Soft Cactus doll from Soft Cactus (value of €40/approx. $44 USD + postage paid)
1 x pair of childrens' Original Saltwater Sandals (value of $36 USD + postage paid)
1 x beautiful honeycup print (value of $20 AUD/approx. $15USD)
1 x pair of crocheted socks from Little Light Feet (value of $9 USD)
5 x sewpony patterns (value of $40 USD)
TOTAL PRIZE VALUE: $275 USD


Me and My Feet are an online shoe store based in the US.  They stock a huge array of shoes for people of all ages. They are generously giving away a pair of Jerusalem sandals - beautiful leather sandals for you! They are made in Jerusalem (hence the name!) and are made from beautiful soft and colourful leather. 






I Love Fabric (formerly Pink Chalk Fabrics) are a fantastic online fabric shop based in the US. They offer a personal service and a beautiful range of fabrics. I contacted I Love Fabric and they got back to me right away and let me choose a fat quarter bundle to give away. I chose the Maureen Cracknell, Garden Dreamer bundle. It features 18 prints and two 17" x 44" panels and it is just stunning.  Thank you so much Tom and all the staff at I Love Fabric! Your shop is just beautiful!

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Soft Cactus are an amazing Belgian brand of fabrics and also...dolls!!! The Soft Cactus brand was founded by Naomi and Bart - a husband and wife team who run the business while supporting their three children.  I adore Soft Cactus fabrics and late last year (about a week before Christmas)....I discovered the Soft Cactus dolls! I promptly ordered three - one for each of our girls even though I knew they could not arrive on time.  They were a belated gift on behalf of our overseas family and we all love them.  There are five girls to choose from (Left to Right), Emma, Lotta, Naomi, Anna and Liu.  The dolls are 33cm  (13") tall which is such a nice size.  Their faces and hair are stunning.  Each doll comes as seen below, but comes with a special bag filled with supplies and a pattern (with instructions) to create your own outfits for them! The packs supply enough to make two reversible dresses with aprons and head ties.  Such a beautiful gift.  And guess, what? My girls tell me the dolls smell like Vanilla! And they do!  Naomi and Bart are generously giving away one of these amazing dolls! Thank you so much Naomi and Bart! Connect with Soft Cactus here...

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Saltwater Sandals are the most beautiful sandals your girl will ever wear!! They are made of regular or patent leather and come in an amazing range of colours.  These sandals are built to last and will still look amazing when they have been worn day in day out....perfect then to hand down to little sisters. Emily is wearing third hand pink saltwater sandals and they still look fantastic.   They go with anything and are super comfortable.   I am giving away one pair of the Original Saltwater Sandals to the first prize winner.  The winner will notify me of size and colour preference and I will sort out the rest and send them straight to you (postage paid).  You will love these and might want some for yourself too!! You can peruse the range of colours and sizes here.




Honeycup/nomuu is a gorgeous etsy store filled with beautiful, whimsical and sweet art produced by Simone.  I purchased one for Emily a few years ago and it takes pride of place by her bed. Honeycup prints are produced locally and make the perfect addition to any child or baby's room. Also the perfect baby gift or birthday present! Affordable and amazing...you will find it hard to choose from the huge range in Simone's shop! Simone is generously giving away 1 x A4  print of choice to one lucky sewer! Thank you so much Simone! Connect with honeycup here...

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Little Light Feet are an American based company specialising in gorgeous hosiery for children. Little Light Feet is owned and run by Katie - an Australian lady who now lives in Louisiana with her husband and two children. She created the company because she wanted her little girl to wear sweet little socks and couldn't find any! She stocks a beautiful range of crochet socks and tights as well as sweet ribbed socks and tights.  Katie is generously giving away one pair of crochet or plain knee high socks! Thank you Katie... your shop is gorgeous! Connect with Little Light Feet below...

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Sofie from Wensje made a beautiful blue striped Dulcie dress for her sweet little toddler.  The Dulcie dress is a free sewpony pattern, however, Sofie is also a sewpony customer. She used thrifted fabric to make the dress and I loved how she played with the stripe direction. Sofie added buttons at the back instead of an invisible zip. The judges also loved Sofie's dress which is why she is the second place winner! Well done Sofie and thank you for entering!




2ND PRIZE: WINNER - WENSJE
$25 USD store credit at Hawthorne Threads
1 x Tuttle sewing book: She wears the pants (value of $16 USD) + postage paid
2 x metres of beautiful cotton with co-ordinating piping, small coathanger and cotton (value of $35 USD + postage paid)
3 x sewpony patterns (value of $24 USD)
TOTAL PRIZE VALUE: $100 USD

Hawthorne Threads are a fabulous online fabric store that stocks all the latest designs and you can fine almost any print in this lovely shop! Hawthorne Threads is owned and run by Charles and Lindsay - another husband and wife team who love fabric! They stock literally hundreds of designers fabrics - Art Gallery, Rashida Coleman Hale, Pat Bravo, Joel Dewberry, Alison Glass, Cloud9, Ink + Spindle to name a few.  Their shop is laid out so well - there is a colour wheel if you are looking for specific colours and their prices are always affordable. They also design and produce their own line of fabrics under their Hawthorne Threads label.  Hawthorne Threads are generously giving away a $25 USD voucher to their store.  Thank you Hawthorne Threads! Connect with HT here... 

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Tuttle are the great publishing house that has brought us so many amazing Japanese Sewing books. Happy Handmade, Little Girls Style and She wears the pants are a few of their titles.  She wears the pants is a book for the Mums!  And as the name suggests, the designs have a slightly masculine edge to them.  Cool tailored pants and jackets, easy fitting tops, lapels and cool shorts. Tuttle generously gifted me two copies of She Wears the pants to give away (one for Aussies and one for International contestants). Thank you Tuttle...I love your books!





I am giving away two packs - one for second prize and one for third prize.  The second prize pack features 2 metres of beautiful cotton fabrics a metre each of pink and cream piping, a little pink coat hanger and two reels of quality gutterman thread.  Three digital sewpony patterns will also be included in this prize. 



Marieke from Creative Catoo entered four tic tac toe dresses into the contest!! This one was my favourite! So light, summery and feminine.  I really love this dress!! Marieke's photos were lovely and the judges also loved her dress!  Well done Marieke and thank you for entering!!!!



3RD PRIZE: CREATIVE CATOO
Curated vintage pack from me - Vintage fabric, supplies and socks (+ postage paid)
1 x sewpony pattern (value $8 USD)
TOTAL PRIZE VALUE: $45 USD

Marieke will receive two metres of vintage broderie anglaise, some sweet knee high socks, invisible zip, two reels of gutterman thread and one digital sewpony pattern.


Thank you so much to everyone who participated!! It was so wonderful to see so many amazing entries and to discover some new sewers too!!!! Thank you very much to all of the lovely sponsors who helped make the contest such a success!!! To all of the prize winners... I will be in touch by email over the weekend to arrange your prize packages!!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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13 comments

  1. Congrats to the winners! It has been inspiring seeing all the gorgeous creations.

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    1. Thanks Jenya and thank you for your help!!

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  2. WOW WOW WOW!!! Thank you so so so so much!!!!

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  3. Whaaauw! I'm honored!!! Thank you so much!! And thanks, Suz, for your sweet words!

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  4. Oh my gosh!! I'm so excited & pleased!! Your patterns are amazing Suz & I do believe I'll have the full collection now! ;-)

    I loved seeing the other winners creations too! Just Ahhhhhh-mazing sewing ladies!! Well done to everyone who entered!! Stellar work!

    Thank you so much to all the sponsors too! I'm super excited!! Thank you Suz!! Your awesome!!

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  5. So many beautiful dresses, congrats to all.

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  6. What a hard job judging must have been, they are so different and so individual! Well done to all the winners, and to all the girls out there who now have lovely new dressers that their favourite sewers put a little bit of extra love into. (Rebecca not Matthew on Facebook)

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  7. Oh my goodness, thank you so much Suz and all involved. What a wonderful competition! I feel very honoured. All the entries were amazing and it was so inspiring to see the many different ways everyone approached the patterns xx

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  8. Oh wow, I am so honoured! Suz, thank you so much for the kind words and the beautiful gifts! I enjoyed seeing all the beautiful dresses, this makes me want to follow more blogs! And of course a thank you to all the sponsors.

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