Make the Cut - Go with the Boho

Announcing Make the Cut: Go with the ‘Boho’ – UPDATE: We Have a Winner!

Make the Cut - Go with the Boho

Attention, designers! This round of our Make the Cut Contest looks back at the gorgeous, groovy fashion of the 1960s for inspiration. Using the fabric swatch provided, you’re invited to sketch and submit apparel designs that pay homage to this era of outdoor festivals and boho boutiques.

We’ll accept submissions until 9:01 a.m. PT on 9/11, and then our Development Team will choose their top 20 picks. From 12 p.m. PT, 9/16 to 12 p.m. PT, 9/23, you can both vote for and comment on the finalists’ sketches via Be the Buyer, our new host for Make the Cut voting! After that, we’ll celebrate the win with a blog announcement on 9/25.

Make the Cut - Go with the Boho

Wanna know what way cool prizes are in store for the winner? For starters, the winning piece will be produced with the designer’s name on the tag and go on sale at Plus, we’ll send the designer their winning item along with a $500. Far out!

But before you start, please read the deets below to ensure that your freewheeling sketches are totally eligible…

Guidelines for the contest:

  • Images should be no larger than 5MB, and image resolution should be 300 DPI.
  • Acceptable file formats are PDF, JPG, PNG, TIFF, or GIF.
  • Please submit scanned sketches, or high-quality, well-lit photos of your sketch on a white/light grey background (low-quality images may be declined).
  • The ideal format is vertical with a 3×5 dimension ratio.
  • Sketches should clearly highlight only one item of clothing.
  • Submissions may include other items, but please indicate the piece being entered in the contest.
  • Entries should be based on the provided swatch, which is composed of 100% cottom. The winning piece will be available in late winter, so your designs should be seasonally appropriate.
  • Keep in mind that you’re designing for the ModCloth customer, and we’re unlikely to produce couture details or luxury materials.
  • Our Development Team will choose 20 pieces based on judging criteria, then we’ll post those on Be the Buyer for community voting from 12 p.m. PT, 9/16 to 12 p.m. PT, 9/23.
  • Before announcing the winner, we’ll double-check that the Be the Buyer votes are legitimate.
  • Use of a template is not required, but you may download one of these free online versions here , here, or here.
  • If you don’t get a confirmation email after submitting, let us know at
  • Sketches do not need to be in color, but it is encouraged to best convey your vision.

And now, the rules:

  • All entries must be submitted via Submittable.
  • No email submissions will be accepted.
  • You may enter via Submittable only once, but you may include sketches for up to 5 designs.
  • Sketches may be submitted up until 9:01 a.m. PT on 9/11.
  • Entries will be judged on wearability, marketability, produce-ability, creativity, and how well they fit the ModCloth aesthetic.
  • With your submission(s), please include your first and last name as you’d like to see it appear on Be the Buyer for voting and the clothing label, a brief description of your design, and a little about what inspired it or how you’d style it.
  • The winners will be announced on 9/25 via the blog.
  • One winning sketch will be chosen, and $500 will be awarded for it.
  • Additional winners may be chosen at the discretion of ModCloth.
  • The winning design will be produced and sold on, and feature the designer’s name on the tag.
  • Contestants under 18 must have a parent or guardian write a letter of consent, and upload it as an attachment with your entry in Submittable (Example: If you upload five separate sketches, you would then upload your scanned consent as a sixth file).
  • Currently, this contest is only open to U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents.

Now that you’re hip to the guidelines and rules, it’s time to sketch your 1960s-inspired heart out! Will your ‘outta sight’ design earn production with a personalized tag, plus a $500 prize? Only one way to find out — enter!

If you have any questions, check out our legal info, or email

UPDATE (10/8/2013) – Everything’s copacetic for Suzana H., the official winner of Make the Cut: Go with the ‘Boho’. In addition to a $500 prize, this talented designer will have her dress produced with her name on the tag and sold on

MTC Winner

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  1. Charlotte Boyer 08/28/2013 at 9:25 am #

    What type of fabric is it? Is it silky or more like a quilting cotton consistency?

    Excited for this one!


    • ModCloth 08/28/2013 at 9:55 am #

      Hi Charlotte! We’re so excited to hear you’re excited! 😉
      The fabric is 100% cotton! Happy designing!

  2. Kalie 08/28/2013 at 11:47 am #

    Nice! I’m still a little confused about the fabric though. Is it beaded or sequined, or is that a print? Thanks!

    • ModCloth 08/28/2013 at 2:55 pm #

      Hi Kalie! The fabric is printed to look like beads. Perfectly patterned, but light enough to wear! Hope that helps!

  3. BreAnne Turner 08/28/2013 at 1:05 pm #

    I am so excited to enter this contest! 😀 I do have one questions though…..I know you’ve already said that’s the fabric is 100% cotton (…twice), but in the picture, the swatch of fabric almost looks like it’s made out of beads……Is it a print, or does fabric have embellishments on it????? (sorry for the practically repeated question….)

    -BreAnne 😉

    • ModCloth 08/28/2013 at 2:56 pm #

      Hi BreAnne! It is in fact just a printed pattern! Thanks for asking!

  4. Logan 08/28/2013 at 1:49 pm #

    Do designs need to be hand drawn, or can it all be done on the computer? Thanks!

    • ModCloth 08/29/2013 at 6:48 am #

      Thanks for your question, Logan! The designs can be hand drawn or created using digital programs like photoshop or illustrator–The files just have to be uploaded via submittable. See above for more deets on submittable!

  5. Delaney 08/28/2013 at 2:32 pm #

    Must the entire design be with the fabric?

    • Jeanette 08/28/2013 at 8:06 pm #

      I had this same question, can we use something different as well

    • ModCloth 08/29/2013 at 6:49 am #

      Hi Delaney! The fabric must be incorporated into your final pieces in some way, but your designs don’t have to be entirely comprised of the swatch. Hope this helps!

  6. loui 08/28/2013 at 2:51 pm #

    im sooooo excited for this one its my fav. one yet and im in love with this print love it love it love it!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Analidia 08/28/2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Hello just wanted to know if designs should be on a figure or as a technical flat?

    • ModCloth 08/29/2013 at 6:56 am #

      Hi Analidia–Thanks for your question! You can sketch your designs however you see fit, whether it’s a figure or flat, it’s up to you to decide the best way to convey your vision. Please see above deets for more information on possible templates to use 🙂

  8. Evangeline 08/28/2013 at 4:04 pm #

    Ohhh so wanted to join this comp! love love love this print… But it’s for US citizens only 🙁
    Will there be comps in future for international buyers too? I LOVE mod cloth, bought my first purchase ( 5 dresses & 2 shoes) love ALL pieces…saving to buy more:))

  9. Nida 08/28/2013 at 5:23 pm #

    I have the same question as Delaney: Does the design have to be hand drawn?

    • ModCloth 08/29/2013 at 6:52 am #

      Hi Nida! Your designs can be created by hand or by using other digital programs like photoshop or illustrator–The files just need to be compatible for uploading to submittable!

  10. Cheyenne 08/28/2013 at 6:20 pm #

    What if we want to design an outfit? Like a pair of pants and shirt that are meant to be worn together? Or a dress and jacket?
    Do we have to enter each piece as separate entries, or is it okay to enter them as one entry if they’re meant to be worn together?

    And, yay!!!! I’ve always loved the boho/hippie fashion!!! 😀
    Sooooo excited to see what everyone comes up with! ^_^

    • Julia 08/30/2013 at 7:43 am #

      As I understand from past years and the rules for this year, One piece of clothing is to be featured in one entry. However, you can probably sketch out the outfit in black and white, make copies, and add color to the different garments. So you could submit a pair of pants and shirt but in one entry have the shirt stand out and in the other, the pants. I am guessing that only one piece of clothing is chosen to win. As in your case, only, let’s say, the shirt won. They would most likely produce the shirt and maybe style it with pants that are similar to your design or then in the future make pants that would then go with the shirt.

      I hope that helped and didn’t confuse you anymore. (I am not part of Modcloth so this is just what I take from the rules)

    • ModCloth 08/30/2013 at 8:47 am #

      Hi Cheyenne! You can submit up to five submissions, so feel free to create separates, but upload them in separate files to the same entry. Thanks for thinking out of the box!

  11. Anna 08/29/2013 at 6:44 am #

    Are we able to use other fabrics in the design?

    • ModCloth 08/29/2013 at 10:01 am #

      Hi Anna! You can use other fabrics, but the majority of your design must utilize the swatch we provided. Thank you so much for our interest in Make the Cut!

  12. Shawnelle 08/29/2013 at 12:39 pm #

    Hello, I am wondering if since the design will be out in late winter, does that mean the design should be a spring focused design? Or more of a cold weather design? Thanks!

    • ModCloth 08/30/2013 at 10:41 am #

      Hi Shawnelle! What a great question! Due to the contest timeline and allotted production time, we suggest creating a spring-inspired look!

  13. Jackie 08/29/2013 at 6:51 pm #

    Can we do a handbag?

    • ModCloth 08/30/2013 at 8:49 am #

      Hi Jackie! For the purpose of this Make the Cut round, we ask that you style a women’s wear piece! Thanks for your interest!

  14. Erin 08/30/2013 at 9:26 pm #

    When we send in the design, do we have to draw the front and back or can we just do the front?

    • ModCloth 09/03/2013 at 8:29 am #

      Hi Erin! Thanks for inquiring! Feel free to submit just the front of the design. Hope that helps! 🙂

  15. Regina Rogers 08/31/2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Does the design have to be like the swatch or is it just the inspiration? Also could, like micro bead be used, only on my design, to show beading, instead of actually drawing beads?

    • ModCloth 09/03/2013 at 8:35 am #

      Hi Regina! Entries should be based on the provided swatch, so your design should include this pattern. Feel free to use any mediums you’d like for your sketch, just know that our swatch is printed to look like beads; it’s not actually beaded. Thanks so much for reaching out!

  16. Katie 09/02/2013 at 7:41 am #

    Hi ModCloth!
    Is this fabric a cotton knit or a cotton broadcloth? I would love to enter but I need to know the hand of the material I will be designing with as it will greatly alter my designs.

    • ModCloth 09/03/2013 at 9:05 am #

      Hi Katie! Thank you so much for reaching out! The fabric is a woven cotton sheeting. Happy designing!

  17. Jessica 09/02/2013 at 5:19 pm #

    I apologize if this has already been asked. Can we submit, a set as one entry (for example: a top and skirt that go together?)

    • ModCloth 09/03/2013 at 9:09 am #

      Hi Jessica! We love when designers think out of the box! If it makes more sense for your vision to be a set, feel free to submit it that way! Just know we can only pick one garment for this contest!

  18. Lindsey 09/06/2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Hi! I was curious to know whether you could send by mail, or is it strictly a “submittables” entry?

    • ModCloth 09/10/2013 at 7:43 am #

      Hi Lindsey! At this time, you can only submit via Submittable. Sorry for any inconvenience!

  19. Elisabet 09/08/2013 at 5:04 am #

    Hi. Is this competition still only open for US citizens ? And then WHY ?

    • ModCloth 09/10/2013 at 9:25 am #

      Hi Elisabet! The contest is only available to US citizens at this point. Unfortunately, it’s due to legalities and international tax considerations. You can still participate in the voting though! The chosen samples will the launched on 9/16/13 on Be the Buyer!

  20. elin 09/08/2013 at 8:35 am #

    I’m very upset to hear the contest is only open for the U.S. Don’t the other girls worthy enough to participate?
    There are not much places out there we can enter a competition like this,
    It’s sad many talented girls are blocked just because of nationality..

    • Isabella 09/10/2013 at 7:03 am #

      This one is easy – the laws in each country – heck, each county/state/parish- are completely different in regards to contests. Trying to follow not only US law (which is fun within itself with 50 different states having their own laws on contests; California is always insane) but laws of other countries? There would be conflicts. And can you imagine what would happen if someone in some country that most of the world can’t even place on a map decided the contest was rigged and tried to sue? There would be a fun international case – not.

      It’s not a “nationality” thing – it’s a legal thing. I’m sure there are similar contests in your country – just look.

      • Elisabet 09/10/2013 at 8:37 am #

        But there are lots of contests which are open to all nations, like on Why aren’t they concerned about those laws ?

    • ModCloth 09/10/2013 at 9:29 am #

      Hi Elin! I’m so sorry to hear you’re upset. ModCloth’s mission is to be as inclusive as possible! Unfortunately, it’s legalities and international tax considerations that don’t allow us to hold this contest internationally, yet. We’d love for you to still participate though! You can give your opinions on the chosen samples on our Be the Buyer platform starting 9/16/13!!! 🙂

  21. ktruchon 09/09/2013 at 8:38 am #

    hello! would you like front and back sketches? What exactly do you mean by ideal ratio is 3×5? 3 width x 5height inches for the sketches? If so, is it okay that we go over 5 inches? say instead of 5 inches, 8 inches? thhhankk you!

    • ModCloth 09/10/2013 at 9:23 am #

      Hi ktruchon! Thanks so much for inquiring! You’re not required to submit front and back, but feel free to! As far as dimensions, just keep in mind we need the highest quality resolution you can provide. 8+ inches should be fine! 🙂

  22. Nicole 09/09/2013 at 11:01 am #

    I’m so excited for this contest! If I’ve been creating a layered look would it be possible to have the print look a bit sheer since it’s 100% cotton?


    • ModCloth 09/10/2013 at 7:47 am #

      Hi Nicole! Thanks so much for inquiring. As the fabric has already been sourced, we can’t make any changes. Please keep this fabric, as is, in mind when designing your piece. Can’t wait to see your entry!

  23. Ariel 09/10/2013 at 1:05 am #

    It says we can enter via Submittable only once but we can included five sketches. So should we only send in one picture of all our sketches or can we enter each sketch individually?

    • ModCloth 09/10/2013 at 7:48 am #

      Hi Ariel! It can be 5 files, in one submission! Hope that helps!

  24. Olivia 09/10/2013 at 5:46 pm #

    If we are submitting multiple designs, should our description/title reflect that? Should we write one description/title that encompasses all the designs, or write separate descriptions/titles for each one?

    • ModCloth 09/11/2013 at 8:44 am #

      Hi Olivia! Due to the way Submittable works, it may be best to enter an all-encompassing title and description. Then you can specify outfit titles in your file names.

  25. Bethany 09/11/2013 at 8:10 pm #

    I am unable to upload my drawings via submittable. How can I fix this.

  26. Bethany 09/11/2013 at 9:03 pm #

    Problem solved! Hopefully I wasn’t too late.

  27. Evie 09/20/2013 at 2:51 pm #

    I really wan’t to do this! When we are sketching how do you want us to show the fabric? (i.e. sketch the actual fabric, label it, ect.) Thanks!

    • Evie 09/20/2013 at 2:53 pm #

      Never mind, I got an email about it today for some reason; oh well! 🙂

  28. Jeanette 09/26/2013 at 8:03 am #

    When will you be announcing the winner I thought you supposed to do it yesterday

  29. emily 10/01/2013 at 2:07 pm #

    when will the winner be announced? im waiting anxiously to see if a close friend won!

  30. emily 10/19/2013 at 1:59 pm #

    this is seriously the most hideous dress i have ever seen. every other single design i would have bought but this is hideous. i just threw up a little when i saw it.

    • Lindsey 10/20/2013 at 7:00 am #

      That’s not very nice. I understand your frustration that you or another friend didn’t win, however, keep your nasty, rude and obnoxious opinions to yourself. I for one think this is a gorgeous dress and if you don’t want to where it, fine.

      • anne 10/20/2013 at 9:16 am #


  31. Cheyenne 10/20/2013 at 9:01 am #

    Although we all have a right to our opinion, I think Emily took a little too far saying it was the most hideous dress she’s ever seen, and with the “I just threw up a little when I saw it” comment.
    The designer is still very much human, and no matter how thick your skin is, mean comments always hurt, so we need to try to be more careful when critiquing a dress – or any form of art!

    While I think this is a nice dress, I don’t understand how this fits with the theme?
    I really feel that the only bit of this dress that is a nod to the boho era and spirit is the print. The silhouette doesn’t reflect that era at all!
    It would have been more fitting if the designer had added bell sleeves or something, anything to add to the vibe.

    Again, by no means a bad dress in my opinion, I just don’t see how the judges felt that this fit the theme and how the majority of the community felt that way as well.

    But congratulations to Suzana! 😀
    Despite my confusion with how it fits the theme, I still like it, and we all know plenty of other people like it too. 🙂

  32. Zandy 12/11/2013 at 11:28 pm #

    I’m so happy this was the winner! This was my favorite design and I can’t wait to see it come out! 🙂

  33. Jennifer 01/07/2014 at 4:01 pm #

    Sad I missed this competition! Any details for when the next round will be??

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