DRESSED IN SEWPONY SEWING CONTEST

Welcome to the Dressed in sewpony sewing contest page! EDIT: The closing date for entries has been extended to Tuesday June 6th at 9pm Melbourne time. Here you will find the prizes, sponsors, rules, dates and linky party (scroll to the bottom of the page to enter). I am very excited to host my first sewing contest and all you need to do to participate is enter a photo of a dress/top you have sewn with a sewpony pattern. Throughout the competition, you can receive a 10i% discount on all sewpony patterns with the code: DRESSEDINSEWPONY. Use #dressedinsewpony on IG and social media to tag your creations and connect with other sewists! Shop sewpony patterns HERE.

But firstly I will show you the amazing prizes and tell you more about the wonderful sponsors!

There will be two categories for the contest - Australian and International (and two separate link ups).  
AUSTRALIAN SPONSORS AND PRIZES 
(TOTAL PRIZES VALUED AT APPROX. $552 AUD)




1ST PRIZE:
$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


2ND PRIZE:
$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

3RD PRIZE:
Curated vintage pack from me- Vintage fabric, supplies and socks (+ postage paid)
1 x sewpony pattern (value approx. $10 AUD)
TOTAL PRIZE VALUE: $60 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 HERE. 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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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...



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...



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!





The third place winner 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.  





INTERNATIONAL SPONSORS AND PRIZES
(TOTAL PRIZES VALUED AT APPROXIMATELY $420 USD)





1ST PRIZE:
 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

2ND PRIZE:
$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

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





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...






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.





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... 

SHOP    FACEBOOK    INSTAGRAM



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!





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...

SHOP    FACEBOOK    INSTAGRAM



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...




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. 



The third prize winner 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.



So now shall I let you know how you can participate?  Here are the 'rules'.


1. Any sewpony patterns (or formerly sewponyvintage) customer may enter (if you have been a tester or on a blog tour of mine, you can only enter if you have also purchased a pattern from sewpony).
2. You can enter the free Dulcie dress pattern if you are already a sewpony patterns customer (ie. perhaps you purchased the cosi pattern but want to enter the contest with the Dulcie dress - this is fine).
3. You do not need to sew up a new garment. If you already have a lovely creation made from a sewpony pattern to share, you can add it in the link up, although I would love you to sew something new to be in the running to win these wonderful prizes. 
4.  You must upload your photo by Friday 2nd June, 9pm Melbourne time.  Your photo must be connected to a web page where I can further see your creation.
5.  You do not need to have a blog or instagram to enter...you can enter your personal facebook page in the URL section of the entry link;
6. Please enter the correct link up. There are two link ups -  International and Australian.

THE JUDGES:


This is how the judging will go... After the link party has closed (2 June), I will choose my ten favourites from both categories (10 from International and 10 from Aussie).  Then I will hand over to a panel of lovely experienced sewers/fabric shop owners to determine the prize winners.  Garments will be judged on three main criterion: 1/ Fabric choice/pairing; 2/ Workmanship/attention to detail; and 3/ Photography/styling.


And the lovely judges are...

INTERNATIONAL:
1. Jill Griffiths.  Sewer and IG superstar at Kneesocks and Goldilocks, Canada.  Jill lives in Canada with her husband and four children. She is a fertility specialist by day and mad sewing lady by night! Her instagram feed is filled with beauty, creativity and sweetness. Jill and I joined forces to bring you the Juliette dress + top pattern....and we just might have plans for another collaboration too!
2. Mie Brindle.  Sewer, professional seamstress and lovely blogger/IGer at Sewing Like Mad, USA.  I have known Mie for a few years now since we first competed against one another in Project Run + Play!  Mie was born in Denmark but now lives in the US with her husband and two daughters. She worked in Denmark for a big fashion house as a professional seamstress and so has a bounty of amazing knowledge about sewing.  She is a perfectionist and all of her makes are amazing.  I am sure if you turned them all inside out you would find coordinating serger thread!  
3. Naomi Sluisj. Owner, talented fabric designer and sewer at Soft Cactus Fabrics, Belgium.  Naomi lives in Belgium with her husband and three children.  She and her husband Bart founded two amazing fabric lines...Soft Cactus and See you at Six! You must know by now how much I love both. Naomi and Bart also supply the amazing soft cactus dolls that my girls love so much and are kindly contributing one to the international prize!

AUSTRALIAN:
1. Jenya Thompson. All round lovely sewer, blogger  and IGer at While she was sleeping, Bendigo, Victoria.  Jenya was born in Russia but now lives in Bendigo, Victoria with her husband and two sweet daughters. I have meet Jenya IRL and she is lovely! We support each other and she is my number one go to lady when I need advice, feedback or ideas!  Jenya has sewn up all of my patterns and her input is always appreciated throughout the testing process. 
2. Maaike Van Besien.  Fabulous owner, sewer and blogger/IGer at Maaidesign, Sydney, NSW.  Maaike was born in Belgium but now lives in Sydney with her husband and young family.  She is the lovely lady behind the wonderful business, Maaidesign. Maaidesign stocks European fabrics which we all love - Soft Cactus, Bambiblauw, Zonen 9 and more. Maaike also blogs and shares her makes on IG. 
3. Kristine Lampiere.  Talented pattern designer, sewer, former shop owner, blogger/IGer at Townmouse, Melbourne, Victoria.  Kristine lives in Melbourne with her husband and four children.  She used to own the beautiful childrens' clothing brand, Townmouse.  Where she designed all the pieces.  Kristine now owns Townmouse patterns, where she has created digital patterns for all of the signature Townmouse garments!

The competition closes on Tuesday 6 June at 9pm Melbourne time. Winners will be announced here on the blog and  social media on Friday June 9. 


GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY SEWING!!!
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