Friday, February 16, 2007

The 8th Annual Inspired by Threads -- A Fashion Challenge

Deadline: July 10, 2007

Threads magazine and the American Sewing Expo in Novi, Michigan, invite you to participate in the 8th Annual Inspired by Threads -- A Fashion Challenge.

Is there a garment or technique you discovered this year in Threads that really caught your interest? If so, we'd like to see your interpretation of it. Look through Threads issues No. 126 (August/September 2006) through No. 131 (June/July 2007) for inspiration, and use your favorite technique as a starting point for your new creation.

We encourage sewers of all skill levels to challenge their creativity and participate in this event.

The editors of Threads will judge all entries, and the finalists will be presented at a fashion show on Sept. 29, 2007, at the American Sewing Expo ( in Novi, Michigan.

Contest rules

1. All participants 19 years or older must submit an adult-size garment. Young Sewer entrants (18 years or younger) may submit garments sized for them or for adults.

2. Fill out the entry form (only one entry per person), and take photos or slides of your creation (for helpful hints on photography, see Taking great photos of your garments). You may also include small fabric swatches or technique samples.

Send all entry materials to:
Inspired by Threads
63 S. Main St.
PO Box 5506
Newtown, CT 06470-5506

Send materials by July 10, 2007

3. Threads editors will select the garments they want to have sent to them for final judging.

4. Criteria for judging will be the success of the design, the quality of craftsmanship, and the effective use or reinterpretation of the technique or garment chosen.

5. Awards will be given for the following categories (contestants need not specify which category their garment belongs in):

· Daywear
· Special-occasion garment or costume
· Garment or ensemble best reflecting current ready-to-wear fashions
· Editors' choice
· Young Sewer's Award (for best entry from a sewer 18 years old or younger)

6. Winners will be announced at the Inspired by Threads Fashion Show in Novi, Michigan, and their garments will be featured in Threads magazine. (Note: The 2006 Young Sewer's Award winner is not eligible for that award in 2007.)

7. Employees and family members of Threads, the American Sewing Expo in Novi, Brother International, and other sponsors are ineligible to participate. The contest is void where prohibited.

8. All entrants are responsible for their own travel to the Expo if they wish to attend.