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Aspiring fashion designers, have we got a treat for you! Our Make the Cut Contest is making a triumphant return, and this time the finalists will be selected by a panel of very special judges — celebrity stylist Joseph Cassel and costume designer Salvador Perez. Your job is to sketch the coolest article of clothing you can based on the rainbow-striped swatch of fabric provided, and our stylists-to-the-stars guests will select twenty designs to be put up for public voting.
In case this is your first time participating, here’s how the whole thing works: We’ll accept submissions until 9:01 a.m. PT on 2/25. After that, our special guest judges will narrow it down to their top twenty picks, which will then be posted for voting on our Facebook fanpage from 12 p.m. PT, 3/15 to 12:00 p.m. PT, 3/22. We’ll announce our champion via a blog post shortly after!
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 before you sharpen your pencils, please make sure you know all the following fine details…
Guidelines for the contest:
And now, the rules:
Phew! That’s quite a list of guidelines and rules, so let’s recap the highly coveted 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.
Thinking about entering! I did last time, and my design made it to the top 20 (I was the “Sailor’s Dream” skirt) so I think I’ll try again!
Charlotte — We look forward to seeing your sketch. Thanks for being part of Make the Cut!
What type of fabric is it? Light, Medium, or Heavy weight? Fiber?
Hi Charlotte! Thanks for your question! The fabric is polyester and could be produced on light, medium or heavy-weight polyester (the heavy option does have stretch). If this affects your design in any way, please list the weight you recommend on your design or in your cover letter. Please just keep in mind our production team will have final say on fabric weight of the winning piece. If you have any other questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org! Best of luck to you!
Well, this is a tricky swatch, don’t think I’ll enter BUT I look forward to seeing how people design it! I still can’t wait for the last Make-the-Cut dress to come out 🙂 Good luck, everyone!
Hi Lauren! I hope you’ll reconsider and enter anyway. No matter what, please cast your vote once the finalists hit our Facebook fanpage page on 3/15. We need our whole community to choose the winner!
Too bad that this is only for U.S. residents :/ I read the rules till the end and found the disappointing fact as a last rule..
Hi Mymmeli! You can check out the full contest rules here: http://www.modcloth.com/help/make-the-cut-official-contest-rules. We still need the participation of our entire community to select a winner once final sketches are posted to our Facebook fanpage on 3/15. Please use your expert eye to help us out!
Are previous Make The Cut winners eligible to enter?
Niki — yes! We look forward to seeing your sketches. If you have any questions, simply post ’em here, or reach out to us at email@example.com.
So the dresses being design must have this fabric incorporated in the garment or is this simply an inspirational swatch?
Jeana, we do ask that the garment you design incorporate this fabric, since we plan to use it in the production of the winning piece. Happy sketching!
I was so excited to enter this comp but i live in Australia. And its not till you read through Everything to get to US ONLY :(( can i still send in my sketches?
Hi Rebekah! Sorry for any disappointment, but I do hope you’ll still participate in the voting process once the final sketches hit our Facebook fanpage on 3/15. You can also sign up for our Designer District [http://www.modcloth.com/designerdistrict] to get the 411 on all creative opportunities for our ModCloth community!
The past few contests I’ve printed out all of the info and let it sit on my desk because I didn’t have enough nerve but there’s really nothing to lose here. I’m making the leap and entering! I’m just excited I’m pushing myself to even try this time! Fingers crossed though.
Marra! This is great news! I’m so thrilled that you’ll enter, and we can’t wait to see your sketches. Good luck!
Definitely not my favorite fabric, but keep the contests coming! I can’t wait to start designing and putting my visions out there–and trust me, some of them Are REALLY out there….
Shannon — we’re diggin’ your enthusiasm, and we can’t wait to see your take on this swatch. Happy sketching!
I have a quick question.
Do we have to use the material exactly as shown, with the colors in that order?
Or can we use all the colors, but in different areas of the garment?
I’ve never entered before, so I’m new at this! =)
Claire, great question! This swatch represents the actual fabric that we’ll use when producing the winning sketch, so it’s best to stay true to it.
Excited to enter this time. Last time I didn’t really know what to do or expect, but now after seeing the last entries, I think I might be able to pull something sweet out of my hat 🙂
Veronica, I’m glad you’re keeping your design-savvy eye on the entries. We can’t wait to see what you come up with this time around. Happy sketching!
I agree entirely with the other comments. I’m sorry, I say it again but it’s too sad for the foreigners…
And participate in the voting process it’s not the same as send our sketches 🙁
I hope you’ll think about us next time 🙂
Please check out our contest rules [http://www.modcloth.com/help/make-the-cut-official-contest-rules] or email makethecutcontest@ModCloth.com with any questions. We must comply with contest laws, but you can find out about all things creative by signing up for our Designer District [http://www.modcloth.com/designerdistrict].
only open to US residents awww
Sorry, BC! Be sure to vote once the final sketches hit our Facebook fanpage on 3/15 — and you can always get the 411 on all creative opportunities at ModCloth by signing up for our Designer District! http://www.modcloth.com/designerdistrict
I wish it was open to residents of Canada as well as US. I’ve read the previous comments and the ModCloth staff just suggest that if you aren’t from the US that you vote, but not being able doesn’t make me want to vote very much.
Hi Josie. I’ll be sure to pass along your feedback. These issues are definitely on our radar, but we also have to keep contest law in mind. That’s why we try to create a variety of ways for all community members to get involved. Please stay tuned for all creative opportunities at ModCloth by signing up for our Designer District [http://www.modcloth.com/designerdistrict].
Are we able to use a program like photoshop to draw it out or do we have to draw then scan/photograph it?
Hi Abree. We encourage you to be creative — and use the tools that best convey your vision. Happy sketching, whether on your notebook or netbook!
I love the color scheme of this swatch, but… I find stripes so uninspiring. ^^;
I sooooo want to come up with something, but I may have to sit this one out. :/
But I look forward to seeing the finalists, and voting for the designs! 😀
Cheyenne — I’m so glad you’ll use your expert eye to vote once the finalists hit our Facebook fanpage, but I do encourage you to try a hand at sketching. You just never know where inspiration will come from once the process has begun!
can we know the type of fabric?
(jersey, cotton, light weight, stretch, etc?)
Hi Shayla! Thanks for your question! The fabric is polyester and could be light, medium or heavy polyester (the heavy option does have stretch). If this affects your design in any way, please list the weight you recommend on your design or in your cover letter. Please just keep in mind our production team will have final say on fabric weight of the winning piece. If you have any other questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org! Best of luck to you!
I love the colors, they’re gorgeous, but I was wondering if the design could include a panel of a separate fabric. I was thinking it would be nice to break up the stripes with a solid color fabric somehow.
Hi Emily- Your design can include other fabric elements, sure! Just be sure the majority of the garment is designed from the swatch provided. Thanks and best of luck!
Hello there! A quick question – when entering in the Submittable website, it only allows you to upload one file, which cannot be a PDF. Just curious as if you want the up to 5 sketches all on one document sized to the 3×5 ratio or if this was a problem with Submittable.
Hi Katharine! Please know that we’ve taken care of this issue, and you may now upload up to 5 design files per submission! 🙂 If you have any further questions, post ’em here, or write to email@example.com. We’ll reply lickety split!
Can the fabric simply be incorporated into a part of the garment? Or does the whole piece have to be in that fabric?
Hi Alexandra- Thanks for your inquiry! Your design can contain other fabric elements, with the fabric we provided being the dominant fabric. Best of luck!
The stripes are horizontal on this swatch. Would it be too troublesome to produce an item of clothing that has the stripes vertically or diagonally? Or should we just stick to our sketches having the stripes horizontal?
Cheyenne, great question! As the designer, you get to answer it! If you’re inspired to position the fabric a certain way, then go for it. We want to see your unique vision for this material. Happy sketching!
I’m super glad you guys allow under-18 submissions! #gonnagivethisashot
TaNayiah! I’m so glad you’re ready to sketch this one out. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
US citzens only?! If I took the A off the front of Aus, would that work? I had such a great idea!
Rosie, I’m thrilled that you have some ideas brewing. Please sign up for our Designer District [http://www.modcloth.com/designerdistrict] to get the 411 on all creative opportunities at ModCloth. And we encourage you to use your expert eye to vote on the designs that make it to our Facebook fanpage on 3/15!
Hi! do we have to only use this fabric? like example, is it possible to use this fabric as an accent peice instead of all over a dress? If so, what fabric can we use?
Hi Stephanie! Thanks for writing in. We ask that you use the swatch as your main fabric — since we’ll use it in producing the winning piece. You may, however, incorporate other elements or accents.
Are we allowed to use other fabrics with this as well? Or are we only allowed to use the fabric you’ve provided? For instance what if I wanted to use a white piece of fabric with it?
Hi Andrea. Thanks so much for your question. Since we’ll be using the swatch to produce the winning piece, the main fabric of your design should utilize the swatch. You can incorporate other elements or details though! 🙂
can we make shoes with the fabric?
Thanks for your question, Jamie. I love that your thinking shoes! 🙂 But we ask that your designs fall into the clothing garment category. If you have any further questions, please post ’em here and reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I really would like to enter but I was wondering something about the fabric. Since it is striped does it matter if the stripes are horizontal or vertical?
Hi Kelselam, please feel free to alter the stripe direction as you see fit, from a design and production standpoint. We want to see your vision come to life in the images your submit. Happy sketching!
Can your design be swimwear?
Elise, thanks for your question. It’s great that you’re thinking of bathing suits, but we can only accept submissions that fall into the clothing garment category. No swimwear for this one, but I’ll let my team know that you mentioned this! 🙂
One more question, if I have two different ways to apply colors and the swatch pattern to the same exact design, much in the same way some clothing pieces come in different patterns or colors, do they count as one design submission, due to the fact that they are the same exact base design just with a different application of colors and pattern, or must I submit them separately? For example, my case is very much as if i had designed a sneaker were red and the laces were blue, and then I switched so that the same exact sneaker is blue with red laces instead. Do they count as two different designs or one? (That’s just an example and not my actual case)
Elise, thanks for your question. You can upload a total of 5 sketches, and I encourage you to follow your instincts as you make your selection. Whether you decide to submit similar designs with different colors or designs that are completely different, we look forward to seeing your best 5 creations!
I have a few more questions about this fabric.
First, does that swatch represent a full repeat of the design? It’s hard to envision it from a distance without knowing where else it may go.
Also, you’ve said that the fabric will be polyester, but poly can come in just about every form from canvas to slinky to chambray to chiffon, to taffeta. Maybe if I had more experience it wouldn’t make much difference, but again, I’m not sure how to account for all the possibilities in a single garment – or is that why we can enter up to 5?
Hi Bek! Yes, the swatch represents a full bolt of fabric, and we’ve included the scale to help you envision your design in its entirety. The print can be applied to a light, medium, or heavy weight-polyester, and the heavy-weight option has a bit of stretch. Happy sketching — we look forward to seeing your best 5 sketches.
How about a Vest? Would that count? And also, can we include an image of the back and front of the garment on one piece of paper, or do they have to go separately? Or just the front?
Hi Elle! Vests do fall into the clothing garment category, so go for it! And yes — you can definitely sketch both the front and back of your design. Have fun!
Not an aspiring designer, but just submitted two sketches for fun!
J — This is wonderful news! We can’t wait to see your sketches. Good luck!
so when you say up to 5 garments, does that mean I could submit 5 dresses? Would they need to all be in the same file?
Hi Stephanie! Thanks for your comment. You can definitely submit 5 dress sketches. It’s best to upload your sketches as separate files in one submission. If you have any further questions, give us a shout at email@example.com. Happy sketching!
So does the whole entire creation have to be based around that swatch, or are we allowed to add other tidbits, like different fabric? I’m sure this a no-brainer question, but using only one type of fabric throughout the whole design would seem limiting: Which is definitely not the Modcloth way.
Oy! I think the site is down. I can’t submit anything… the link is broken….
I have a few ideas sketched out, but I was wondering if color variations for one design could be submitted on one file, or if they would need to be submitted on separate files.
Should color variations for one design be included in one submission, or should they be submitted separately?
This is so heartbreaking! I love to design clothes, but i’m not 18 yet. :/
Hi Becca! Guess what? You can totally enter our contest — as long as you’re a US citizen or permanent legal resident. Just ensure that you include a signed letter of consent from a parent of guardian. You can upload it as a separate file with your sketch files!
If I enter more multiple garments, can more than one design of mine be in the top 20?
Hi Emily. Thanks for such a great question! Yep — each design submitted will be considered for the top 20, so you could have more than one appear on our Facebook fanpage on 3/15!
Hi! Did you get many submissions? How many have you gotten in the past?
Malary, if you have any questions about your submission, simply reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll check into everything for you lickety-split!
I have a question actually, I was wondering if my dresses get selected. how much percentage of sales would I make once the dresses are produced?I just realized I don’t know the answer to this or where to find this information.
Thanks so much for your post, Stephanie! The winner receives $500 and the produced garment. You can find all the legal information for contestants and winner here: http://www.modcloth.com/help/make-the-cut-official-contest-rules. Thanks for your interest!
Should color variations for one design be included in one submission, or should they be submitted separately?
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