Be Our Next

Champion Dressmaker and win some amazing prizes!

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!


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Look! Top prizes for our winning Dressmaker including...

  • Janome fully computerised Atelier 5 sewing machine worth £999+ for the overall winner
  • A Janome 230DC sewing machine for each category winner
  • Adjustoform mannequin
  • £100 Hobbycraft vouchers

    Plus a host more dressmaking delights...

Six easy-to-enter


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.


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.


Go back to the future with retro makes in your choice of genre and style for endless interpretations of bygone beauty.


Send in your favourite mini make for your little loved ones, from junior jackets to petite pinafores!


Why not get involved?

It's easy to enter

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.

Enter today for your chance to win

Prizes worth £3,400+!

Dressmaker of the Year 2018

  • Sewing goodies worth over £1400 for the winning entry
  • Janome Atelier 5 Sewing Machine RRP £999
  • Adjustoform mannequin
  • £100 Hobbycraft vouchers
  • Madeira Cotona threads
  • Fiskars personalised scissors
  • Plus a Sewing bundle

Category Winner

    The individual category winners each win a fabulous selection of sewing goodies worth £500+
  • Janome 230D sewing machine worth £349
  • £100 Hobbycraft vouchers
  • Personalised Fiskars scissors
  • Plus a host of sewing extras

This year, every entrant will receive two
FREE patterns!

Amazing prizes from


Our glittering panel

Meet our judges

Vicky Gill

Showstopping queen of the sequins, the Strictly head costume designer and commercial seamstress will certainly add sparkle to our judging dream team.

Stuart Hillard

Beloved former Sewing Bee sensation, nimble-fingered Stuart is a columnist, author and TV personality with a passion for textiles and crafting innovation.

Libby Rose

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!

Tilly Walnes

Super-talented seamstress, designer, writer and founder of pattern phenomenon Tilly and The Buttons, Tilly will be imparting her creativity and technical wisdom.

Portia Lawrie

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.


Put your work out there

Give it a go!

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!


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.

Harriet Johnson

Reader's Choice Winner 2017

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!

Kathy Perchard

Ready To Wear Winner 2017

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.

Georgia Marshall-Brown

Children's Wear Winner 2017

Helpful tips and tricks

Latest Articles

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.