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Dress Factor sewing design competition

Calling all designers, do you have that special dress factor?  The Sewing Directory have teamed up with Abakhan Fabrics, Hobby & Home to bring you The Dress Factor!  We are looking for people to submit their designs for a summer inspired garment, bag or accessory using fabrics from the Abakhan website.

The designers of our 5 favourite designs will be sent their choice of fabrics free of charge to make up their garment. Ann Haughton from  Suffolk Sewing School and our very own Beth Edmondson will be judging to choose the winner.Janome Memory Craft 5900QC

There are great prizes for all the finalists with the pictured Janome Memory Craft 5900QC sewing machine (RRP. £799) for the winner, and £50 Abakhan gift vouchers for each of the runners up.

There are a few simple rules:

  • Your design must be original.
  • It must be either a garment, bag or accessory.
  • It must be something you would wear/use in the summer.
  • No all black – the summer is all about colour!

Your design can use up to 3 metres of any fabric(s) from the Abakhan website; you can add your own trimmings, linings, buttons etc.  Designs must be sent by e-mail to along with a completed entry form.   If you have hand drawn your designs please scan them and send them by e-mail.  Please make sure you clearly indicate which fabrics you would use, and in what colours on your design.  Make sure you full read the terms & conditions below before entering.  This competition is only open to residents of the UK & Ireland.



If you get through to the final five you will be sent your chosen fabrics free of charge from Abakhan Fabrics to make up your design.  You must then send in a minimum of 5 images of your finished garment showing the front, back, inside, detail and stitching by the specified deadline.   

The judges will be considering the originality of the design, the quality of the sewing and how well it fits the summer theme when deciding the winner. 


Dress Factor sewing design competition

All designs must be received by midnight Saturday 30th June – We will confirm receipt of entries within 3 working days.  

The finalists will be announced on Friday 6th July on The Sewing Directory website & the Abakhan Fabrics website and their fabrics will be sent out that week.  

All finalists must send in the requested images of their design by Monday 20th August or they will be disqualified.  

The winners will be announced on both The Sewing Directory website and the Abakhan Fabrics website on Friday 31st August 2012.  The judge's decision is final.

Terms & Conditions

Entries must be received by the deadlines specified above or they will not be entered into the competition. Employees of The Sewing Directory & Abakhan Fabrics are not permitted to enter.  All designs must be original; anyone found to have used a commercial pattern, or otherwise copied a design will be immediately disqualified. 

The competition is only open to residents of the UK or Ireland.  

You must clearly specify in your entry which fabric or fabrics you design would use from the Abakhan website (provide the SKU number) and confirm the quantity required of each fabric.   A minimum of 1 metre of fabric, and maximum or 3 metres (in total) can be selected.   If you make it to the final and your chosen fabric is out of stock Abakhan Fabrics will contact you to choose an alternative.

If you want to submit more than one design please send each entry in a seperate e-mail with a seperate entry form for each.

If you make it to the final you agree to make up your design and send us a minimum of 5 images by the specified date.  Failure to do so will result in disqualification. Finalists will be provided with their chosen fabrics from the Abakhan website free of charge.