Announcing Make the Cut: ‘Guest’ Who

Make the Cut: 'Guest Who'

Make the Cut: 'Guest' Who swatch

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.

Make the Cut: 'Guest' Who guest judges

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

But before you sharpen your pencils, please make sure you know all the following fine details…

Guidelines for the contest:

  • Images should be no larger than 5MB.
  • Accepted 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 piece 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 polyester. The winning piece will be available this summer, so your designs should be seasonally appropriate.
  • You may indicate which fabric weight you’d create your piece with by writing it on your design file, but keep in mind our production team has final recommendation.
  • Keep in mind that you’re designing for the ModCloth customer, and we’re unlikely to produce couture details or luxury materials.
  • Our special guests will choose 20 pieces based on judging criteria, then we’ll post those on Facebook for community voting.
  • Before announcing the winner, we’ll double-check that the Facebook 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 garments.
  • Sketches may be submitted up until 9:01 a.m. PT on 2/25.
  • 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 & last name as you’d like to see it appear on Facebook 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 winner will be announced on 3/29 here on the blog.
  • One winning sketch will be chosen, and $500 will be awarded.
  • Additional winners may be chosen at the discretion of ModCloth.
  • 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 on 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.

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


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    Charlotte Boyer 02/11/2013 at 9:50 am #

    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!

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      ModCloth 02/11/2013 at 6:09 pm #

      Charlotte — We look forward to seeing your sketch. Thanks for being part of Make the Cut!

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    Charlotte Boyer 02/11/2013 at 10:00 am #

    What type of fabric is it? Light, Medium, or Heavy weight? Fiber?

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      ModCloth 02/14/2013 at 1:18 pm #

      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! Best of luck to you!

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    Lauren 02/11/2013 at 10:19 am #

    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!

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      ModCloth 02/11/2013 at 6:12 pm #

      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!

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    Mymmeli 02/11/2013 at 11:51 am #

    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..

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    Niki 02/11/2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Are previous Make The Cut winners eligible to enter?

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      ModCloth 02/11/2013 at 6:18 pm #

      Niki — yes! We look forward to seeing your sketches. If you have any questions, simply post ’em here, or reach out to us at

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    Jeana 02/11/2013 at 12:27 pm #

    So the dresses being design must have this fabric incorporated in the garment or is this simply an inspirational swatch?

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      ModCloth 02/11/2013 at 6:19 pm #

      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!

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    Rebekah Jones 02/11/2013 at 1:27 pm #

    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?

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      ModCloth 02/11/2013 at 6:29 pm #

      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 [] to get the 411 on all creative opportunities for our ModCloth community!

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    Marra Mazzella 02/11/2013 at 6:21 pm #

    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.

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      ModCloth 02/12/2013 at 7:35 am #

      Marra! This is great news! I’m so thrilled that you’ll enter, and we can’t wait to see your sketches. Good luck!

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    Shannon 02/11/2013 at 7:01 pm #

    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….

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      ModCloth 02/12/2013 at 7:36 am #

      Shannon — we’re diggin’ your enthusiasm, and we can’t wait to see your take on this swatch. Happy sketching!

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    Claire 02/11/2013 at 7:06 pm #

    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! =)

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      ModCloth 02/12/2013 at 7:37 am #

      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.

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    Veronica 02/11/2013 at 7:49 pm #

    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 🙂

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      ModCloth 02/12/2013 at 7:39 am #

      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!

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    Bis-cute 02/12/2013 at 12:32 am #

    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 🙂

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      ModCloth 02/12/2013 at 7:43 am #

      Please check out our contest rules [] or email 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 [].

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    BC 02/12/2013 at 2:22 am #

    only open to US residents awww

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      ModCloth 02/12/2013 at 7:45 am #

      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!

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    Josie 02/12/2013 at 10:01 am #

    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.

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      ModCloth 02/12/2013 at 8:51 pm #

      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 [].

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    Abree 02/12/2013 at 2:38 pm #

    Are we able to use a program like photoshop to draw it out or do we have to draw then scan/photograph it?

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      ModCloth 02/12/2013 at 8:52 pm #

      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!

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    Cheyenne M 02/12/2013 at 3:48 pm #

    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! 😀

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      ModCloth 02/12/2013 at 8:54 pm #

      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!

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    Shayla 02/12/2013 at 7:34 pm #

    can we know the type of fabric?
    (jersey, cotton, light weight, stretch, etc?)

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      ModCloth 02/14/2013 at 1:17 pm #

      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! Best of luck to you!

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    Emily 02/12/2013 at 8:55 pm #

    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.

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      ModCloth 02/14/2013 at 1:13 pm #

      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!

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    Katherine / Of Corgis & Cocktails 02/13/2013 at 8:18 pm #

    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.

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      ModCloth 02/15/2013 at 11:10 am #

      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 We’ll reply lickety split!

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    Alexandra 02/14/2013 at 7:59 am #

    Can the fabric simply be incorporated into a part of the garment? Or does the whole piece have to be in that fabric?

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      ModCloth 02/14/2013 at 1:14 pm #

      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!

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    Cheyenne M 02/14/2013 at 2:54 pm #

    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?

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      ModCloth 02/15/2013 at 9:00 am #

      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!

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    TaNayiah 02/14/2013 at 8:42 pm #

    I’m super glad you guys allow under-18 submissions! #gonnagivethisashot

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      ModCloth 02/15/2013 at 9:01 am #

      TaNayiah! I’m so glad you’re ready to sketch this one out. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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    Rosie 02/14/2013 at 10:05 pm #

    US citzens only?! If I took the A off the front of Aus, would that work? I had such a great idea!

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      ModCloth 02/15/2013 at 9:06 am #

      Rosie, I’m thrilled that you have some ideas brewing. Please sign up for our Designer District [] 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!

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    Stephanie Gentry 02/15/2013 at 11:29 am #

    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?

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      ModCloth 02/15/2013 at 1:57 pm #

      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.

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    Andrea 02/16/2013 at 11:40 am #

    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?

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      ModCloth 02/18/2013 at 7:41 am #

      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! 🙂

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    Jamie Goetz 02/17/2013 at 8:19 am #

    can we make shoes with the fabric?

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      ModCloth 02/18/2013 at 7:48 am #

      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

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    Kelselam 02/17/2013 at 2:35 pm #

    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?

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      ModCloth 02/18/2013 at 7:51 am #

      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!

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    Elise 02/18/2013 at 10:28 am #

    Can your design be swimwear?

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      ModCloth 02/18/2013 at 1:09 pm #

      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! 🙂

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    Elise 02/18/2013 at 1:20 pm #

    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)

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      ModCloth 02/20/2013 at 7:47 am #

      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!

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    esme2288 02/18/2013 at 9:26 pm #

    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?

    Thanks! bek

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      ModCloth 02/20/2013 at 7:51 am #

      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.

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    Elle 02/19/2013 at 6:00 am #

    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?

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      ModCloth 02/20/2013 at 7:53 am #

      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!

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    J 02/20/2013 at 12:32 am #

    Not an aspiring designer, but just submitted two sketches for fun!

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      ModCloth 02/20/2013 at 7:53 am #

      J — This is wonderful news! We can’t wait to see your sketches. Good luck!

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    Stephanie Gentry 02/20/2013 at 1:02 pm #

    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?

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      ModCloth 02/21/2013 at 12:52 pm #

      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 Happy sketching!

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    Rebecca Ruppert 02/23/2013 at 5:59 pm #

    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.

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    Citlaly 02/24/2013 at 12:22 am #

    Oy! I think the site is down. I can’t submit anything… the link is broken….

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    Denise 02/24/2013 at 11:56 am #

    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.

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    Alex 02/24/2013 at 12:51 pm #

    Should color variations for one design be included in one submission, or should they be submitted separately?

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    Becca 02/24/2013 at 4:01 pm #

    This is so heartbreaking! I love to design clothes, but i’m not 18 yet. :/

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      ModCloth 02/24/2013 at 6:46 pm #

      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!

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    Emily 02/24/2013 at 6:04 pm #

    If I enter more multiple garments, can more than one design of mine be in the top 20?

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      ModCloth 02/25/2013 at 7:41 am #

      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!

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    Malary 03/06/2013 at 6:28 pm #

    Hi! Did you get many submissions? How many have you gotten in the past?

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      ModCloth 03/15/2013 at 1:16 pm #

      Malary, if you have any questions about your submission, simply reach out to We’ll check into everything for you lickety-split!

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    Stephanie Gentry 03/15/2013 at 8:12 am #

    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.

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    Strollay 01/21/2014 at 12:15 am #

    Should color variations for one design be included in one submission, or should they be submitted separately?

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    Strollay 01/21/2014 at 11:10 pm #

    just watch it

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