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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.
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 ModCloth.com. 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:
And now, the rules:
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 email@example.com.
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 ModCloth.com.
What type of fabric is it? Is it silky or more like a quilting cotton consistency?
Excited for this one!
Hi Charlotte! We’re so excited to hear you’re excited! 😉
The fabric is 100% cotton! Happy designing!
Nice! I’m still a little confused about the fabric though. Is it beaded or sequined, or is that a print? Thanks!
Hi Kalie! The fabric is printed to look like beads. Perfectly patterned, but light enough to wear! Hope that helps!
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….)
Hi BreAnne! It is in fact just a printed pattern! Thanks for asking!
Do designs need to be hand drawn, or can it all be done on the computer? Thanks!
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!
Must the entire design be with the fabric?
I had this same question, can we use something different as well
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!
im sooooo excited for this one its my fav. one yet and im in love with this print love it love it love it!!!!!!!!!!
Hello just wanted to know if designs should be on a figure or as a technical flat?
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 🙂
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:))
I have the same question as Delaney: Does the design have to be hand drawn?
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!
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! ^_^
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)
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!
Are we able to use other fabrics in the design?
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!
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!
Hi Shawnelle! What a great question! Due to the contest timeline and allotted production time, we suggest creating a spring-inspired look!
Can we do a handbag?
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!
When we send in the design, do we have to draw the front and back or can we just do the front?
Hi Erin! Thanks for inquiring! Feel free to submit just the front of the design. Hope that helps! 🙂
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?
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!
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.
Hi Katie! Thank you so much for reaching out! The fabric is a woven cotton sheeting. Happy designing!
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?)
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!
Hi! I was curious to know whether you could send by mail, or is it strictly a “submittables” entry?
Hi Lindsey! At this time, you can only submit via Submittable. Sorry for any inconvenience!
Hi. Is this competition still only open for US citizens ? And then WHY ?
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!
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..
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.
But there are lots of contests which are open to all nations, like on talenthouse.com Why aren’t they concerned about those laws ?
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!!! 🙂
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!
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! 🙂
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?
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!
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?
Hi Ariel! It can be 5 files, in one submission! Hope that helps!
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?
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.
I am unable to upload my drawings via submittable. How can I fix this.
Problem solved! Hopefully I wasn’t too late.
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!
Never mind, I got an email about it today for some reason; oh well! 🙂
When will you be announcing the winner I thought you supposed to do it yesterday
when will the winner be announced? im waiting anxiously to see if a close friend won!
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.
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.
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. 🙂
I’m so happy this was the winner! This was my favorite design and I can’t wait to see it come out! 🙂
Sad I missed this competition! Any details for when the next round will be??
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