The Style Gallery is a great new way for you to view, love, and share outfit photos. It’s meant to showcase all the expressive, creative, and inspirational personalities of our community!
We just got one step closer to fulfilling our mission to democratize fashion… because Velvet Brigade has joined ModCloth!
Velvet Brigade is a vibrant fashion community in which aspiring designers submit their sketches to be voted on by other members. However, they’ll be closing up shop soon, so we’d like to take this opportunity to invite their community to join us for one stellar style event – the Make the Cut Contest!
Are you an aspiring designer or up-and-coming fashion phenom? We want to make your design dreams a reality. Our Make the Cut Contest asks you to submit sketches that are inspired by Susan’s marvelous moodboard and fit our aesthetic. From there, Susan will select her top picks, and from 12/12 to 12/16, our fab Facebook fans will vote on the winners. The champs will receive a bevy of beneficence: $500 per winning sketch, and their items will be produced and sold on ModCloth.com – with the winners’ names on their respective tags.
Yup, you read that right! We will be debuting the winning garments right here in Spring 2012, along with styles based on the ravishing renderings in Susan’s moodboard. Ready and rarin’ to go? First, check out these design tips:
And now, here are all the deets:
So, gather inspiration from the stunning swatches, iconic illustrations, and haute hues of Susan’s board, and then get started. It doesn’t matter whether you sketch, draw, paint, or Photoshop, we just want to see your best stuff.
We can’t wait to see the imaginative, incredible images you come up with!
Make the Cut Contest FAQs:
Last updated on Dec. 8, in response to your most commonly asked questions!
What will the winners receive again?
Five winning sketches will be chosen, and $500 will be awarded per piece. The pieces will bear the designer’s name. Additionally, the winner will get one of the first produced samples of their wonderful design!
Should I use a fashion template?
You aren’t required to use a template, but if you’d like to, and you’re not big on creating bodyforms, simply download one of these free online versions here, here, or here.
What information do I need to include (name, caption, etc.)?
Please include your full name, and tell us a bit about your submission(s), such as which piece or pieces from the sketch you are submitting.
Can I include other items in the picture, even if I am not submitting them for the competition?
Yes! Just let us know which of the pieces shown in your entry are being submitted for the contest.
Will I get a confirmation email?
Yes, after submitting your entry, you’ll get a confirmation email, along with a quick survey. If you don’t receive a confirmation email, just let us know at email@example.com.
Should my designs look like Susan’s? Should they reflect the era? What era is it?
Susan’s inspiration board is simply an example of the ModCloth style! We aren’t necessarily looking for pieces that directly fit or mimic those sketches, and there’s no specific era that your designs should reflect. We simply want to see a vintage aesthetic that fits the ModCloth brand!
Do my sketches need to be in color?
Your sketches do not need to be in color, although we encourage the use of color so you can better convey your creative vision!
Can international customers participate?
Unfortunately, international customers can not participate at this time. This contest is only open to US citizens and permanent legal residents. But, in the future, we hope to be able to make contests like this open to international customers, too!
How exactly do I enter (with parental consent) and do I need to enter before I submit my sketches or do I enter and submit them at the same time?
Please have your parents write a letter of consent, scan it, and submit it as an attachment with your entry.
Are there limits on what will be accepted as entries–ie, do you only want articles of clothing, or do shoes, hats, tights, jewelry, etc. qualify too?
Great question! We’re just looking for articles of clothing, so no accessories or shoes, please.
Thanks, and happy sketching!
Yes, would love to be able to submit jewelry as well!
Unfortunately, we’re just looking for clothing submissions now. We’ve made a note of your and Allyson’s feedback about wanting to design accessories, though, for future reference! 🙂
When it says “inspired by Susanâ€™s marvelous moodboard”, does that mean the garments should somewhat resemble the clothing from “Susan’s Inspiration” image shown on this post?
KT- I have the same question. Would love to find out so I can get started asap!
Hi ladies —
Thanks for the questions! Your garments should not resemble the clothes from Susan’s moodboard — we want to see your original work, as inspired by her moodboard!
Can’t wait to see your sketches, and let us know if you have any other questions!
So excited, seeing as I’ve been dreaming up a dress all week! 🙂
Opps fail on my part (got turkey on the brain). I meant is there some other mood board or is the inspiration picture the mood board? Just making sure there isn’t something else I’m missing. If the inspiration picture, should we use the swatches (circles) there or can we use similar swatches?
The inspiration picture is the moodboard. Everything you need is in the blog post. 🙂
You can definitely use the swatches. That will not disqualify you. The inspiration board is meant to be a guide to the ModCloth aesthetic; we are not necessarily looking for pieces that directly fit, or complement, the sketches.
does it have to be a similar color scheme, and time period
Entries do not need to be in a similar color scheme. We do encourage submissions to be inspired by the vintage aesthetic of Susan’s sketches.
Let us know if you have any other questions!
thank you, i love modcloth’s vintage aesthetic! this contest is a great idea, much more involved than be the buyer!
Aw, glad you love our aesthetic, and thanks for the feedback, B! 🙂
It’s too bad that Canadian applicants/or international applicants can’t apply going by the official rules (unless, I’m mistaken). I would personally love to participate (I have so many ideas for it). Good luck to those that are eligible though…this is a pretty cool contest.
Unfortunately, due to legal restrictions, we are not able to let our international community participate in this competition at this time. 🙁 But in the future, we hope to open up this opportunity to everyone! Let us know if you have any more feedback or questions, and thank you so much for understanding!
Oh nooo!! I’m so disappointed 🙁
I think it’s a great contest!But unfortunately I’m international as well!((So I cannot take part in this. But I’ll be waiting for another chance like this, you really shoud make it Ok with the foreigners, it’s really fun!
I’m from the Netherlands, so hoping i can compete soon in a contest like this one!!! Already have an amazing dress in my head.. Just have to put it on paper and send it in.. Still.. Good luck for the others who can compete!
Awww… another disappointed foreigner 🙁 I was already going for my pencils when i read that FAQ.
well, just know that there’s lots of us out there, with lots of ideas – so please don’t make this competition a one time thing!!
I’m hoping to see some killer designs from you Americans soon 🙂
Ahhh no way! I was super duper excited. Hopefully soon! Thanks for keeping us internationalites in mind, ModCloth (: <3
Is there a template we have to follow for this?! I’m very excited!
There is no template. We just require a design sketch that follows our guidelines. If you want to learn more about how to create a fashion sketch, this is a great resource: http://www.ehow.com/videos-on_4180_design-draw-fashion-sketches.html
Should we send our fabric swatches in along with our sketch? Or maybe a detailed written description of our fabric choices? Or will just a detailed sketch do the trick?
Yep, you can definitely include fabric inspiration with your entry, but it is not required. Hopefully, your desired fabric pattern will be reflected in your sketch!
I was wondering if there are any chances contestants under the age of 18 are eligible to enter.
If you are under 18, you can enter with written permission from your parents! 🙂 Check out #3 in our Official Rules.
Yeah, i was wondering too, because i am and i wanted to enter so thanks modcloth! 🙂
When I submit my design to ModCloth, does it then become the property of ModCloth, and ModCloth could then reproduce my design, even if the design does not win the contest?
Or, is it only the winning design that becomes the property of ModCloth?
I hope that is clear!
For legal reasons, our terms and conditions have to stipulate that we own the copyright to all entry materials submitted to the contest. However, we’re committed to creating a community where the work of independent designers and suppliers can shine and thrive, and that means supporting originality. It is never our intention to “steal a style,” and we can say with confidence that the 5 winning sketches are the only ones we’ll be using as inspiration for produced pieces at ModCloth.
For more details, you can visit our Official Rules page.
How detailed should the sketches be? I was planning to design it similarly to susan’s inspiration board, but you said above that hopefully our sketches will show the fabric we want? Does that mean that I should take the time to try to do that? Do you have an example sketch?
Can you give us a bit more information? Our official rules don’t mention detailing fabric! Where do you see language about requiring it?
Someone asked a comment above asking if they should specify what fabric it should be, and you said hopefully that would be conveyed in the sketch
Does your sketch have to be in color and the least bit proffesional? I have a million Modcloth inspired ideas, I’ve just never drawn a design sketch or have done anything of the sort before. And how do we submit it to you?
Your sketches do not need to be colored, although we do encourage the use of color/prints to better convey your creative vision. Hope that helps!
Oh! And how many people will win?
Of the finalists, we will announce a winner based on the Top 5 most voted sketches. You can submit your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sketches do not need to be professional, we just want to see your best work! 🙂
what era is this design supposed to be inspired by?
Hi there, Emma!
As you can see, we haven’t specified an era, so let your imagination run free! Your submission simply needs to be inspired by the vintage aesthetic of Susanâ€™s sketches.
Since the sketch is only supposed to highlighting one piece of clothing, say a skirt, should we just leave the top half of the sketch blank, or have the sketch wearing say a simple black cami in order to highlight the skirt?
I’m wanting to submit a skirt idea as well. I believe you can go either way, since the skirt is not the whole outfit. If you want to draw a model cut in half, go for it. Haha!
What I typically do when I focus on one piece is only color the piece I want featured and then leave everything else black and white… assuming your skirt will have color. It may be a bit tougher to feature it if your skirt is black and white, though. If it’s black and white, you could also draw your model in a different color (like red, or green) so that the black and white stands out from your model.
If you draw a cami and then color it, some could mistake your skirt for a dress. I would avoid coloring-in anything you don’t want to feature. If you’re drawing a full model wearing an outfit and the skirt, you could draw everything very fine and thin and then outline the skirt with a thicker pen/marker to make it pop and then detail your skirt from there. 🙂
That is a great approach! If you would like to create a complete look, just let us know which piece you are submitting for the contest.
When we send our sketches to the email provided is there any additional information that needs to be included with them (like our name and contact information for example)?
Hi Laini –
Please include your full name and feel free to include any information you like about your piece. We will definitely read it!
Does the winner get a cut of the sales or are they giving up all of the rights to any sales from that item for how ever long it sells? $500 is great but if the dress sells for a year+ ModCloth will probably make several times that much. Also will the winner receive a free copy of the item. Seems kind of silly if someone wings designing a dress and then would have to buy the dress to have a copy of it! I am still planning to enter I was just curious. I have several sketches already done.
The $500 prize is highlighted in our official rules: http://modcloth.wpengine.com/make-the-cut-contest-legal/
Outside of the official prize, we would be happy to send the winning designers one of the first pieces produced from their sketch!
Great! It just would have been sad to have to buy the dress if I happend to win. $500 is a great prize!
If we submit more than one design, can we send it all in one email? Or does it need to be one design per email?
You can definitely submit all your entries (max 5) in one email. Just let us know which specific pieces you are entering.
Hello! My question is similar to Sophia’s. I’m a little confused about what happens once the designs start selling on ModCloth–do the designers receive a percentage of each sale? Or is the $500 the only compensation? It’s a great prize, don’t get me wrong, but if the dress sells for say, $50, and 20 people buy it, that’s already $1,000 from the dress going only towards ModCloth?
Hi Hannah –
The prize for this competition is:
– Five winning sketches will be chosen, and $500 will be awarded per piece
– Winning designs will be produced and sold on ModCloth.com, and feature tags bearing the designerâ€™s name
For the Make the Cut competition, revenue or loss from production will be incurred by ModCloth. This is our first design competition, but we will have more! We appreciate your feedback, and we are excited to grow the program.
So if we’d like, youll send us the completed dress if we win?
How many people have entered so far?
Yes, please reference above regarding receiving produced sketch.
We are getting lots of great entries, so the number is continuously changing!
This sounds like an amazing oportunity! Now, do the designs have to be similar to the moodboards? What’s the critera for the sketches? What I’m trying to say is, when you say “inspired” is it supposed to resemble the designs on Susan’s board?
*SIGH* this is my dream contest…but I am an international Modcloth fan. Please, Modcloth, will there be another (open) contest like this soon? 🙂 I have sooo many ideas!! Anyway, I can’t wait to see who wins–good luck to all!
Are we allowed to have all 5 on one page? Or do you want them to be separate illustrations?
We would like them to be separate illustrations. When the voting round begins, they will be voted on separately. 🙂
Can I not enter if I am from Australia!? I would love to be part of this Competition, but I’m Australian.
USA only, I think :*(
This is great, I can’t wait to enter! c:
Also, will there need to be side notes on the design we submit? Like type of fabric, small details, etc?
Feel free to include any information you would like us to know about your design. It is welcome, but not required.
I’ve never been much of a fashion designer, but I know Ihave the talent for art, any type, I definitely enjoy designing something I like wearing, and obviously that syncs up with Susan’s “moodboard”. I look forward to the chance of my entry being submitted.
I have a question though. Are we allowed to designed 5 different styles for a single article of clothing, like say 5 different dress designs?
Of course you can! We welcome seeing 5 different dress designs. You love we love dresses. 🙂
I have 5 designs that resemble modcloth’s style, (I buy from modcloth alot! I literally only wear your clothes) but they don’t really resemble susan’s inspiration board–is that ok?
This is awesome; it’s a shame it isn’t open to international entrants, not even the UK yet the banner on the homepage says ‘ships to the UK’ specifically on it.
what type would you prefer? i have been sketching lots of dresses, but should i mix in some shirts and pants or anything? also, since i am under 18, do my parents just write on a piece of paper saying they give permission? and, how do you get a sketch from paper onto the computer? do i need to go to somewhere like staples and have them do it or can i do it from home?
If you have a scanner available, that’s the best way of transferring a paper sketch into the computer, imo. I’m not sure if Staples or similar stores offer the option of doing that in store if you don’t have your own scanner, but it wouldn’t hurt to ask. At the very least, they may be able to point you in the right direction.
thanks for the help!
ugh! i have never wanted anything this badly!!!! wish me luck!
Can we use templates for the figure? I have a hard time drawing fashion figures. Also, if the deisgn features lace, do we have to sketch the actual lace design, or can we just say it’s lace? If I don’t draw the figure myself, will it hurt my chances of winning? If I don’t draw the details on the lace, will it hurt my chances of winning?
You can use a template for the figure, but we would like your design to be your original work! You don’t have to sketch the actual lace, just let us know it’s lace. 🙂
I am a designer, and I very recently made a blouse that resembles susans inspiration board and modcloths brand. Will including pictures of my finished design along with my sketch be a good or bad idea? I’m not seeing anyone else who has so far.
thanks for you reply,
I do not live in the United States, I am Egyptian. Could I enter my work for this competition?
Please see the official rules! http://modcloth.wpengine.com/make-the-cut-contest-legal/
It says in the instructions, the sketch must clearly highlight one piece of clothing. Would it still be acceptable to draw clothes onto a fashion figure? Because you have to fully dress the figure, but still make the one artical stand out? Also, when you submit your sketches, what sort of information about yourself must you include, fore instance, do you need to leave all basic information, such as name, e-mail, and whatever else? Just curious?
When I clicked the link to the e-mai, email@example.com, it said this link doesn’t exist? Will it still work, if you just type it into your e-mail, as in sending someone a reqular message?
I am wondering the same things as Holli. When I clicked on the link it wouldn’t show anything. Could we just type the address in our personal email and send it that way?
I wonder if we could get a “confirmation email”….I hate not knowing if something goes through, and it would be sooooo sad to spend all that time designing and drawing and then to not even know it was never received.
I wish you guys would read the directions and contest guidelines before flooding this thread with questions that have already been answered. Really, if you’re serious about the competition it takes about 30 seconds to read.
Thank you Lauren, from someone who actually read all the Questions & Answers.
I think the prize of $500 and a real life sample from your winning sketch is fair. ModCloth is taking the risk here by producing your garment in bulk, and if it does not sell well, they will suffer that loss, not you. Not many of us can afford to mass produce our styles; not many of us would take that risk. I’m just happy ModCloth is doing well enough to provide such an opportunity.
I also see a lot of questions about “Do I have to do this…and that….etc.” and witnessing the politeness of ModCloth representatives as they answer for most trivial things that it is not required.
I believe that if you really want to win something, you should put your best effort into it, and I hope that the winning entries reflect that.
ok so i sent an email to the email address above w/ the picture as an attachment???
Did Susan draw the croquises and designs herself? Do you have any tips on drawing bodies? I’m having a real hard time drawing a body.
Go to google image and type in “fashion drawing templates”.
oh. my. goodness. I just finished my 5 drawings!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to enter.
so exciting, thank you ModCloth!
What an awesome comp, but SO disappointing that it’s not open to international people 🙁
In the past I’ve designed tshirts for companies that are not set up to pay people outside the US, so they paid in gift vouchers instead. It’d be great compromise if that would allow us to enter… we’d probably spend the prize money at Modcloth anyway!
Good luck to those who can enter, look forward to the results 🙂
Also agree with what Cassie t. said, about the â€œconfirmation emailâ€â€¦.not knowing if something goes through, after spending all that time making it, it a bit unfortunate. Conformation e-mail to say, we recieved your entry would be a nice idea.
I got a confirmation email…you might want to try submitting again
AS…thanks for letting us know.
I just recieved a conformation e-mail as well. No worries now.
About the submitting part. Can we just highlight “firstname.lastname@example.org” and proceed to type a regular email? that is the only thing that confuses me.
Iv’e been looking for Susan’s mood board, and can’t seem to find it! Can you please provide a link? If it is the picture at the top,please ignore this comment!
Please and Thank you
Do you want flat sketches or figures?
Hi! I’m under 18, and I was wondering how one of my parents can submit via email a “signed, written statement” saying that they agree to the rules. Can I have them write out the statement, then scan it and email it along with my entries? Thanks!
Yes please have them scan it, and attach it to the email. 🙂
Good to know! Looking forward to entering. 🙂
Does it have to fit in with those colors? because everything I design is really bright. I have an obsession with color.
I love bright colours, too. I have an obsession with this really bright vintage blouse I have. It’s a tangerine colour, and I’m always wondering if it’s safe to wear, given that I have very bright auburn hair. Clash? 🙂 I also think that bright colours work well with subdued tones. It gives a lot of balance to a design or outfits in general. So excited about this contest!
It’s a real shame I can’t enter.. I’ve got some amazing ideas but I’m a Brit! 🙁
Can we submit the parent permission slip after the winners are announced.
Like, for instance, I won, then i would send it.
or does it have to be in that original email.
Thank you! this is a great project. 🙂
so the winner will get no royalties what so ever?
Not that i mind, i was just wondering. 😀
Hello, ModCloth! I am so very excited about this contest. It’s actually something I’ve been dreaming about since I discovered ModCloth a few years ago. ModColth actually inspired me to fuel my passion for vintage style and galvanized me into designing, drafting, and producing my own vintage-inspired items. Is it possible that I could submit a sketch of a design along with a photo of the actual article I have already designed and sewn from my own drafted patterns? I think it would be easier for me to express the intentions of the design in this way. I am referring to single articles of clothing, not accessories.
I just saw the reply to Tyra:
Feel free to include any information you would like us to know about your design. It is welcome, but not required
So I suppose this answers my question regarding my designs. Thank You!
Is it okay to draw shoes on the finished croquis in a design, with full knowledge that they will not be considered part of the design? It just seems strange to leave a model barefoot on the page.
Just let us know which item you are submitting for the contest. 🙂
What about if we’ve designed something and also created it? Can we submit photographs of the completed design? I’m more of a seamstress than a straight designer so I work in fabric not in pencils… I don’t know how to revise something unless I actually make it 🙂
We only need the sketch for the voting period. Thanks!
Hey ModCloth, Do the sketches have to include like the drawing of a girl wearing them?? I’m not so good with that. I’m drawing out just the figure without limbs of a mannequin and drawing the clothes over that. Will it hurt my chances of winning??
No worries! You can totally draw your designs on a template — there are a lot of free templates online that you can use. Hope that helps!
Im am SO EXCITED for this competition! It it like a dream come true! And a great opportunity! I was wondering how exactly do I enter (with parental consent) and do I need to enter before I submit my sketches or do I enter and submit them at the same time? Thanks!!!!
By international, do you mean in terms of citizenship, or where someone’s living? I’m a student living/studying in the US but am a Canadian citizen. Am I still able to enter?
This contest is open to US citizens and permanent legal residents. Like we mentioned, we hope to open it up to everyone, in the future.
Really disappointed international customers can’t participate, is there a time line on when an international option will be?
We are disappointed, too! That is why we are working to make sure international customers can participate next time. There is no time frame yet.
Can canadians participate?
It stinks that I can’t participate as a Canadian. All I do is sketch fashion designs.
When you are able to open contests like this to us north of you, be sure to make it a huge announcement! I don’t want to miss out 😀
this is really cool! Do we have to color it?
Your sketches do not need to be colored, although we do encourage the use of color/prints to better convey your creative vision. Thanks!
If you win do you receive a percentage of the sale of your name and design? Or are you just trying to get free designs? Don’t mean to sound snooty, but……
Wait so if two of your designs win you will only receive one of them free? This makes me sad because if the garment is sold for $200 then you would be spending most of your winnings just to be able to have a copy of it!
Don’t you guys feel a bit greedy demanding a percentage of sales when the prize money is $500 PER illustration (which is extremely generous)? Just the exposure Modcloth is offering makes this worth it. A lot more goes into producing garments than just designing them. They aren’t asking for technical specs, finished patterns, or even fabric recommendations.
You can demand a percentage of sales when your name is the Label. And you’re giving your celebrity endorsement. All that for a concept sketch is just not the way the industry works.
Thank you, Modcloth for offering this fantastic contest!
lauren cheri bridger – Not what I meant! I meant if someone wan two of there designs would they get both dresses sent to them for free for there portfolio. I think the prize is great but what if the dress sells for $200 then your spending a large portion of the winnings just to have a copy of the item you designed. I think ModCloth is being smart by trying to just have a simple first design competition especially since designers are often hired just like other employees and get paid per commission or per hour instead of percent of sales. I ask earlier about percent of sales to be sure especially since, in theory, ModCloth could keep selling the item for years and years even if you are payed once!
Do designs NEED a front an back? Is it mandatory?
I cannot wait to submit some of my top designs!:)
Oh! I was wondering about this too!
It is not mandatory. Thanks for entering!
Oh! Sorry also are colors mandatory to be included in the sketch?
I found a swatch online that I think would look good on my design. Would I be able to use it as the cloth that I want to use seeing that it’s not mine? Or should I say that it’s something like that fabric? Thanks!
We would be happy to see your fabric suggestion!
Would it be to be disadvantage if I make my sketch snazzy with extra decorations in addition to my sketch? 🙂
SO EXCITED FOR THIS CONTEST YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW
Let Canada participate in these contests soon please 🙁 I have sooooooooo many good ideas! Haha!
Should we make notes on/have swatches of material?
if i live in the frontier (MÃ©xico-USA) but i’m actually mexican can i participate?
This contest is open to US citizens and permanent legal residents!
I saw something about swatches. Do I need to color my outfit specialy so you can see the design of the fabric?
Can we submit designs via mail instead of email?
Designs will only be accepted via an email to email@example.com. 🙂
Boooo to no Canada! I want to participate too 🙁
DO we need to draw front and back?
Not required! 🙂
well that’s really annoying. i love so much of modcloth’s clothing. i don’t know whats with indie designers thinking real, curvy girls don’t also love this style. i’ve ordered several things and they are just made for people with no boobs! i am a design student and was so excited to hear about this contest, just to see international entries aren’t allowed.
I know exactly what you mean Amanda! I’ve had to send back several pieces of clothing because my boobs were too big. It’s better now that I’ve had them reduced to like a C cup, but it’s still super tough. I still have a lot of modcloth clothes, but I have to be super careful what I order.
Do entries have to be in drawing format, or can you send in a picture of something that you’ve already made instead?
We will only be posting sketches for public vote!
Can you enter a swimsuit?
I have a hard time finding a colored pencil with the right shade of blue, since the one I wanted to use is no longer produced. Can I color my design in with a close enough color, and then include something with the exact color, or should I just include a piece of the thing with the exact color, and leave my design black and white? Also, what if the scan shows up with a slightly different color? Is ModCloth going to work with the winners to get the right fabric and color?
ohh yes i was wondering this as well…i mean, otherwise, how will fabric and exact prints and colors be known? not from a sketch…
Hi! I was just wondering how and where the voting will take place? I’m a designer and I am so excited about this comp! Thank you for this awesome opportunity!
i sent my first design and got a conformation email, but my second one i didnt get one, i tried emailing it again and still didnt get one..should i be worried it didnt go thourgh??
You will only get a confirmation email the first time! But if you got one at all, that means we have all your entries. 🙂
How and where will the voting take place?
Nevermind, I figured it out.
So do we write anything in the email or just our name and the photo of the design?
This is so cool! I’m so happy Modcloth is finally doing this. 🙂 *sharpens pencil* Now, let me get started….
can i use my own fashion templates? also is it ok to make little notes on my drawing (about little details and such) or should i just put that in the email with the other information?
my friend and I started an independent clothing line recently, can we enter under that name or does it have to be a name of a person?
We are only accepting sketches submitted for the ModCloth brand!
Why aren’t you answering the older posts first? Some old ones aren’t even answered yet!
As you can see, there are a lot of questions and some questions being answered several times. If a question is answered within the blog post or supplemental links or FAQ, it is not directly answered in the comments.
may i submit a digital sketch (via photoshop, illustrator, etc.)?
sorry, answered my own question!
Do the sketches have to be colored? And what do you mean by “The ideal format is vertical with a 3Ã—5 dimension ratio”? Also, since I dont have a scanner, will it be alright to take a picture of my sketches on my camera and email it?
I would recommend that you color it, unless the highlight of your design is some architectural feature and color doesn’t matter. The ratio just means it should be tall and narrow, like a standing person, and the dimensions of your image should be in multiples of 3 x 5. like 6 x 10 or 9 x 15. I wouldn’t recommend going much bigger because when you save it as a jpeg, if it has a high resolution, the file may end up too large.
Im sure it doesnt matter how you digitize your drawings so long as they are in a Jpeg format when you finally submit them
Your sketches do not need to be colored, although we do encourage the use of color/prints to better convey your creative vision!
I was just wondering if whether or not participants need to submit fabric swatches along with their designs.
I believe I read the the rules thoroughly, but I do have one question (Sorry – I know this is cutting it close!). To give a description of the garment, should we write on the actual page where the garment is drawn, or would you prefer that to be kept clear of words? Would it be better to turn in a description on a seperate sheet?
I just turned my entry’s in, I wrote little details. (like colors/patterns/ why some are sewn down in certain areas…etc) But I also wrote some details in the email. I think if you wrote the details that really pertain to ‘that’ garment in particular it would be okay. But I’m not sure. Do what you think is best, unless they comment before you send in.
Best of luck
can i use a croquis as my template? or do i have to do everything freehand?
Can a girl with 12 years old participate in the contest?
Sure, as long as you include a form (signed by your parent or legal guardian) saying that they consent to the official contest rules and are in full knowledge of your entry.
BTW: Scan or send it with your email or letter!
Wishing you luck!
One sad Canadian right here 🙁 wish I could join in on the fun.
why is it only for the U.S?:'(
I just spend a lot of time on some sketches:(
But anyways, it’s a super competition.<3
-Trine Lucia, 13 years old, Denmark…
The only reason they can’t go outside of the US right now is because of legal reasons. But their working on it. I bet you had great ideas. Hold on to them because their working on getting it international. 🙂
I didn’t submit my last name with my original sketch… would you like me to send it again? Thanks!
I’m having lots of trouble trying to send my email. I even sent an email saying that I never got a confirmation email and I’m not even sure if that was recieved……I’m stressing out over here! ToT
Nevermind Modcloth! I found out the problem and it’s not your fault, it was all my computers doings! 🙂
Is the 3X5 dimension ratio equivalent to 3X5 inches or may I submit 8.5 by 11 inches?
I hope this contest goes well and so that you can run it again for us International customers! I’ve been buying regularly from ModCloth for years now and I would love an opportunity to participate in a contest. 🙁
Should we name our designs?
How old do you have to be?
You have to be 18 (or check your state’s laws on contest entry ages) or older, but if you are a minor, you just have to submit (scan in) and include as an attachment in your email. It must be signed by your parent or legal guardian.
HI! i was just wondering if we can send in designs of graphic tees?
Does it matter what medium we sketch in? Such as, pencil, marker, computer generated?
I just sent my sketches in today. I’m a little concerned, because my sketches don’t really reflect Susan’s. I think my stuff is more Betsey Johnson, than What’s shown above. Is that ok, because I like the edgier stuff that Modcloth sells? Also, if I win can I use my nickname “Kitty,” instead of my first name, Melissa?
It doesn’t have to reflect Susan’s board. As long as it has a sort of vintage type look/that fits with modcloths style; you should be fine!
Some of my entry’s are a little edgy too. lol
Best of luck :3
Just submitted my sketches! So excited I could just scream! Can’t wait to see the winners! Wish I could check out all of the amazing entries! Good luck everyone! <3
If I submit something like a minute past the deadline, does it still count? 😡
We will allow a short grace period. 🙂
Will this contest happen again? So disappointed I didn’t know about it!
I only realized that my submissions weren’t 5 MB after I sent my email. Should I send another one with the entries at 5 MB or will my entries still be part of the contest the way they are now? I don’t want to waste space in your inbox, but it would be a bummer being disqualified for file size :/
You guys are great for holding this contest by the way 🙂
I also have this problem… someone please respond?
If your image is not large enough, or two large, we can work to make it the right size. If you are chosen as a finalist, we will reach out to you if we need anything else.
Image size will not disqualify you! 🙂
LOVE this contest, but sadly I was too busy to participate 🙁 Any chance there’ll be another one like it at some point?
We are definitely excited to continue our dialogue with aspiring fashion designers! 🙂
d[ ^-^ ]b—-<Good luck to everyone who has enter or is making them before deadline!]
I put all of my entries in separate e-mails. Is that okay?
Also, I forgot to put my name in. Will that be a problem?
Hi Jess, you need to include your full name with your entry! I suggest you send us another email claiming your entries and email address. 🙂
So I just sent my name in. Do you think they will still consider me?
I sent in three submissions (in three separate emails) yesterday before your cut-off time, but only received a confirmation email for the first one. Should I be worried? Is there any way I can confirm that all three were received?
Thanks for any help you may have!
I’m pretty sure they will all be in. I did the same thing and only got one confirmation. So I think you will be alright! 🙂
Hi, I submitted a few designs recently. What are my chances of winning? I saw on the deets that it varies with contest entries, but is it possible that I can know what my odds are?
I totally forgot to scan in parental consent because I’m under 18. If I win can I send it then or should I send another email now with it?
For your design to be considered, we need parental consent! Thanks for double checking.
This is such a great idea, especially for someone who wants to be a fashion designer :D!!!!!
I have already had my designs sent in via email (though my mother’s email with her approval to the contest) and received a confirmation email in return. In my original message, I proposed that I was going to send Modcloth my designs through postal mail, because my scanner does not portray the original sketch correctly. I had everything ready to mail to you and was looking for an address, when I stumbled upon another girl’s question with an answer stating that you were only receiving by email. I am quite disappointed now, because the designs I emailed do not show the vibrant colors and cleanness of my original sketches. Is there anything I can do?
Don’t worry, the quality of scan won’t impact our decision. If we choose your design, we will request more information from you!
I just found out about this contest a couple days ago, and saw that you were only taking designs up until the fourth of december, can i still send my designs in??
We are no longer taking entries, and our finalists are starting to be notified!
ok, :'( darn it i had my designs all set oh well, will you be having another one like this??? soon
How many people made the finalists? Or about how many looks did you pick?
No one knows until the 12th. If you are a finalist they will email you saying so, or I think so from the comment ModCloth said above. So we all have to wait until the 12th. Ahh It’s going to be a long 4 days. haha
My friend is a finalist! Ah! But I haven’t gotten an email yet, so I’m guessing I’m not. Oh well. It was super fun to make a design! 🙂 Hope you have more of these types of contests in the future!
I was a finalist till, I got another email saying that I missed the second submission period. Sort of depressed. Good luck to the finalists. 🙁
wow..how long was the second submission period?
Read your email closely! If we asked for more information, you did not miss that deadline. The auto-response was a general message about open submission ending.
How do I make my File size bigger?
This is Stella Chang from ModaRevise.
I responded to the email asking for re-scan of illustration + brief description of the dress before the midnight PT deadline but received an automated email saying that I miss the submission period.
Please confirm this is only an automated email responding to the first round of submission!
The email was about the contest submission period. If you are being considered for a finalist position, you can ignore that. 🙂
I’m just wondering. Our you guys still choosing submissions until the 12th or have you already chosen all you wanted? I’m not asking where mine are I’m just confused because of some other post people have put. If we haven’t gotten an email that we are finalist by now should we stop worrying that we are not in or should we still frequently be checking our email still?
After a lot of consideration, we’ve chosen our finalists. It was incredibly hard for us to narrow down the choices. If you were not chosen this time, we truly hope you enter again! There were so many wonderful designs.
Alright that’s cool! I was just wondering. I didn’t want to keep checking my email every 5 minutes in suspense if you already chose them. haha Can’t wait to see the amazing designs.
I’m confused, if we haven’t yet recieved a notification email, does that mean we have no chance of being a finalist? Or could we recieve an email sometime before the 12th? Does it make a difference that i sent my entries in on the last day? Answers appreciated, thanks so much!
I was wondering the same thing because I submitted my designs on the last day too.
when do the finalists go up on facebook for voting? today right? what time can we expect them? cant wait to start voting!
Come check the page after noon PST today! 🙂
When do the final designs go up on facebook?
I was a finalist and I emailed my Look BEFORE the deadline with all the requested information and it is NOT ON THE FACEBOOK PAGE. Did you not get my email? Im sort of freaking out!
Sorry for the bug on our part! You should see your entry now. 🙂
I’m sad that I didn’t read about this until the deadline passed! Will there be another Make the Cut Contest in the future?
Yes! We are definitely looking forward to bringing more design competitions to our community.
In fact when someone doesn’t understand then its up to other viewers that they will assist, so here it happens.
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