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!
Aspiring designers, sharpen your pencils, put your creative caps on, and start sketching – our Make the Cut Contest is back! And to keep things fresh as the dew on a spring morning, we’re doing things a little differently this time around. Instead of providing you with a theme and inspiration board, we’ve simply selected a single swatch of fabric (the one above) on which you’ll need to base your beautiful designs. The winning piece will then be made from this exact black-and-white, 100% cotton material!
Here’s how it works: We’ll accept submissions until 9:01 a.m. PT on 10/17. After that, we’ll narrow it down to our top twenty picks, which will then be posted for voting on our Facebook fanpage from 12 p.m. PT, 10/25 to 12:00 p.m. PT, 11/1. On 11/12, we’ll announce the fan-chosen champ. The gorgeous winning garment will be part of our spring/summer collection!
And what will that one talented contestant win? For starters, $500! Then, their inspired item will be produced – with their name on the tag – and sold on ModCloth.com.
But, don’t start sketching just yet. First, check out these tips:
Guidelines for the contest:
And now, on to the rules:
Last, but not least, let’s recap the posh prize: One fan-selected sketch will be produced, with the designer’s name on the tag, and sold on ModCloth. The winning designer will also receive $500, and one of their produced garments! So, check out the swatch above and get started.
Still have a Q or two? You can check out the legal info here, or email email@example.com.
Are you ever going to have a contest that international Modcloth fans can participate in? I’d love to design something for this one and I feel left out. =(
Thanks so much for your interest, Sabine! I’m sorry if our guidelines prohibit you from participating in the submission part of the contest, but I’ll hope you’ll use your savvy fashion sense to vote for the sketches that make it to our Facebook fanpage on 10/25! And please stay in the loop regarding opportunities for aspiring designers by signing up for our Designer District! [http://www.modcloth.com/designerdistrict]
Awe, wish this was open to Canadians too! Maybe next time?
Hi Lindsey! I appreciate your enthusiasm for the contest, and I hope you’ll still make your mark by voting on the sketches posted to our Facebook fanpage on 10/25! Community members like you make all the difference!
So entering this! Too fun!
Charlotte! Yay! I’m so glad you’ll share your designs. Happy sketching! And if you have any questions, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Does the entire garment have to be made with the swatch, or can their be some details that are a different fabric? Like a solid color collar or something?
Hi Carolyn! Good question! You may use other fabric elements in your design, as long as the dress consists mainly of the swatch provided. Please email email@example.com with any further questions! Best of luck!
I agree with Carolyn, how much of the swatch needs to be included or does it need to be entirely designed with the swatch?
Hi Angela- It’s up to you- you may use other fabric elements; definitely get creative! Just keep in mind that the swatch provided should be prominent! Thanks!
What type of fabric is this swatch? Cotton vs. poly vs. silk, etc. would effect peoples’ designs and wearability.
Hi Abby! Thanks so much for your excellent question! The fabric is a 100% cotton woven material with just enough heft that it doesn’t require a lining, but it’s not terribly heavy either. I really hope this information helps you out. We look forward to seeing your designs! Happy sketching! 🙂
How about making it so that those who can’t participate in the contest can still win something for voting? Personally, I don’t understand the appeal of voting if we’re never given the chance to be the contestants too.
i agree. i don’t understand why we can’t participate, and not having an opportunity to win anything really discourages me from voting…
Hi Ruzanna! Thanks for your feedback! We’re always looking for new ways to include and reward our community with all of our contest opportunities, and this is a great idea! I’m so glad you shared it!
does it HAVE to be hand drawn, or do you accept digital artwork submissions?
Hi Raiven! You can submit whatever sort of design you want- digital or hand-drawn! Thanks for checking, and feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need anything else! Good luck!
Does the garment have to be made entirely from this material or can we include other colors/textiles?
Hi Yasmeen! You can incorporate other colors and elements into your design! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!
I LOVE THIS! I’m going to try to participate!
Great swatch ! Can’t wait to see the entries / results!
I’m going to re-ask the same question: does the garment have to be made entirely of the chevron? In one of my designs, the chevron acts as the skirt while the top is another solid color. Thanks!
Hi Eliza! Feel free to get as creative as you want with this and incorporate other elements colors, etc along with the chevron fabric! Good luck!
Hi Eliza! This is a great question! The primary material for your piece should be designed with our swatch in mind. However, you can incorporate other materials in a secondary way. These elements are up to you, but please be sure the chevron is your main fabric!
So disappointed its not open internationally!
Hi Aimee! I’m sorry if our legal guidelines only allow you to participate in the voting portion of this contest, but please use your eye for design to pick your favorite pieces that launch to our Facebook fanpage on 10/25! Ultimately, our community will select the winner!
Yaaaay! Seeing the announcment of this contest, for sure made my whole day! 🙂 Can’t wait! <3
Just submitted! This is my first time ever doing this! I have my fingers crossed!
Yay, Melanie! We can’t wait to see your designs!
I entered before but didn’t ,ale it so I’m afraid my designs aren’t good enough for modcloth:(.
Hi Delaney! You should definitely share your designs! Please have confidence in your sketches and your eye for fashion. We love to see all the submissions that come in because they are so unique! In fact, we received over 1,200 of them for our last contest! So, send your drawings, and know that you’re in good company with other innovative designers!
Why can’t Canadians submit? I was so excited untill I saw the comments about it not being international. My hopes and dreames were crushed to dust…:'(
Thanks so much for your interest, Christie! I’m so sorry that our legal guidelines will prevent you from participating in the submission portion of the contest, but I do hope that you’ll cast your vote for the winning designs once the top sketches are launched to our Facebook fanpage! If you are an aspiring designer, I also encourage you to sign up for our Designer District [http://www.modcloth.com/designerdistrict] so you can stay in the loop regarding upcoming opportunities especially for you!
Hi I just entered mine, but it doesn’t look like my files of the sketches are there…is there any way of confirming whether it worked or not?
Hi Sami! Thanks so much for submitting! If you have questions about your entry, please email email@example.com with all the details so that we can check into everything for you!
I have a few questions. First of all,I still don’t really get what sort of faric it is…Secondly, can you enter any garment type(coat,dress,skirt etc…)?????Lastly does the garment have to be season specific like a sundress or can it be more multi season?????Thanks!!!! Oh and by the way what does it mean to have a 3×5 dimension ratio?????
Hi Elia! Thanks for your great questions! The fabric is a 100% cotton material that is woven, and the chevron is screen printed on it. You can design any garment you want, and it’s up to you how seasonal you’d like to get with this piece, but remember that it will be part of our Spring/Summer collection! Happy sketching!
Hi ModCloth, I’m kinda confused on how to transfer the fabric print onto a sketch. I did the zig-zag print manually with a pencil but now I’m not sure if I did it correctly. I used the fabric swatch as a ruler and my sketch has pretty much the same length which is 8″. I just couldn’t decide if the zig-zag I did was too small or too big.
Hi Daniella! Sketching is the fun part here, and I encourage you to have confidence in your composition no matter how you translated the fabric swatch print onto paper. Just remember, everyone will be doing this a little differently, and that’s part of what will make the designs so interesting!
This sounds interesting. I’d like to enter….but I’m wondering….why would the winner not receive a portion of the sales for the item they designed? A one-time $500 prize is nice but then you guys get to continue to make money off of an item you didn’t design with the winner’s name on the tag. Shouldn’t they at least get a little bit of the sales?
You’d probably find the answer to your question if you bothered to read through the legal information. There’s a link to it at the bottom of their post. You’ll want to read number 5.
Colleen, I read the post through but I can not see links unless they are underlined. Everything looks ‘blue’ to me no different the in color, so I have to read carefully for link cuts and hover as I read. Thanks for pointing out the location.
But still, all that tells me is that I’m correct. It doesn’t tell me why the winner shouldn’t get a portion of sales. I won’t be entering.
I have a question about the manufacturing process. I know from your past contests that you work with the winners to produce the winning garment. If the winner lives far away, do you fly the person out to wherever? Just wondering.
Hi Narnia! Thanks so much for your question! We will work with the winner via personal correspondence, and this is something we really look forward to! I hope you’ll submit! We’d love to see your sketches!
Ooh, so excited! I just entered! You wouldn’t accept buttering up, now would you? 😉
P.S. (Thanks so much!)
Eliza, thank you for submitting! We can’t wait to see your sketches! Yay!
I have a great idea. If you find a great legal expert in Canada who is a fan of modcloth, then i believe that with time the contests can be expanded to Canada.
Just checking so you can enter five different sketches of five different garments?
Hi Loui! Yep–you can enter five different sketches for five different garments! Looking forward to your designs!
Where do I enter my description? On the drawing or on the part on Sumbittable where it says “Cover Letter”?
Thanks so much!
Hi Charlotte! Thanks for your excellent question. It’s probably best to enter your descriptions in the cover letter that will accompany your sketches. If you’ve included descriptions on the images though, that’s fine too! We can’t wait to see your submission!
Hi Loui! If you have any further questions at all, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Hope to hear from you–and to see your designs!
I dont get the 3×5 ratio dimension ratio?
Hi Jackie! Thanks for your question! This is simply an ideal measurement for your vertical image file. If you have any further questions, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
Alright, I just submitted my entries!!! 😀 Hope I win!! 🙂
Would it affect my chances of winning if I can’t draw it well? Or if it isn’t on a whole person?
Hi April! No worries about your drawing talent. We’re looking at the composition and marketability of the design itself. Most importantly, we’d love to see your sketches. Please send them our way!
I submitted my sketches I hope they all are considered.
Jus curious is it possible if more than one of the same persons designs could be picked?
Hi Loui! Thanks so much for your question! We’ll be selecting 20 sketches for voting on our Facebook fanpage, and yes–we could pick more than one design by the same person! Happy sketching! 🙂
when i entered my design i think i messed up on my.cover letter. will this affect how my designs are viewed?
i think i messed up on my cover letter. will this affect how my designs are viewed and judged?
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