It's time to strut your stitchy stuff, as we proudly announce the launch of the 2018 Dressmaker of the Year competition. There are two FREE Simplicity patterns for EVERY entrant plus a host of top prizes up for grabs. So get involved for your chance to WIN!
Enter today for the chance to be crowned our Dressmaker of the Year 2018!
Show off your garment created using a Simplicity or New Look pattern, open to all styles, just remember to include details of the pattern number.NOW CLOSED
Home-made tops, skirts and gowns which fit like a glove, featuring a high level of comfort and ease of wear.
Sew special selections and posh frocks that showcase the finest designs for parties, weddings and fancy events.
Bringing new life to existing items with inventive touches, this is your chance to show us all your customised creations.NOW CLOSED
Go back to the future with retro makes in your choice of genre and style for endless interpretations of bygone beauty.NOW CLOSED
Send in your favourite mini make for your little loved ones, from junior jackets to petite pinafores!NOW CLOSED
Simply take a clear photo of your garment, ideally against a plain white background. You can include up to five images of your garment to show any details if you like, and you'll also get a chance to tell us a little of the story of your make. Contestants can enter each category, with multiple entries if they wish, but each entry must be a different make. You'll receive notification that your entry has been processed then sit back and wait for your Two Free Simplicity patterns to arrive. The competition closes on 12th March 2018.
This year, every entrant will receive two FREE patterns!
Showstopping queen of the sequins, the Strictly head costume designer and commercial seamstress will certainly add sparkle to our judging dream team.
Beloved former Sewing Bee sensation, nimble-fingered Stuart is a columnist, author and TV personality with a passion for textiles and crafting innovation.
Popular sewing star Miss Libby Rose believes in the therapeutic benefits of stitching, and travels the UK spreading the word in her Pink Sewing Bus, you can't miss her!
Super-talented seamstress, designer, writer and founder of pattern phenomenon Tilly and The Buttons, Tilly will be imparting her creativity and technical wisdom.
Our first Dressmaker of the Year winner, refashion queen and blogger extraordinaire, Portia's insights into the competition make her a true asset to our judging panel.
The response to our first competition was nothing short of phenomenal, with stitchers from as far away as China, India and Canada sending in entries for a shot at a dressmaking destiny. Now it's over to you: just pick one or more of our five categories, grab some fabric and let your imagination run riot. Come on, stitchers: you've got to be in it to win it!NOW CLOSED
It was difficult to choose a category: I had ideas for all of them! My advice is to look through what you've made. Even if you don't think you have a chance, send it in. You have nothing to lose, and loads to gain.
I felt it was out of my league, but I figured, 'Why not?' Since I won the category, I have confidence to do things I've never tried. It was such a great experience, and to anybody who is unsure, I say: go for it!
My entry was an upcycle for my son, because I loved the fabric, and I felt it would stand out alongside all the cute dresses by talented makers. My advice for entrants is to enjoy your craft and take a chance.
Our team have put together a series of useful articles to help you with your creative makes. They feature things such as 'Ways to Take a Winning Photo' and 'How To Increase Your Chances of Winning'. Be sure to check back during the remainder of the campaign as we post new articles.NOW CLOSED