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Challenge time– with prizes!

It’s probably no surprise to most of you that blogging is not my favorite thing to do. As evidenced by my lack of blog posts! I would much rather be designing than writing. But I have something special to share with you all and it totally deserves an awesome blog post so I will do my best.

This challenge/contest will hopefully help you get into a more creative frame of mind and encourage you to use patterns you already have to come up with something new. Also known as a mash-up!

One of my favorite testers and bloggers, Rachel Ring of Handcrafted by RED, did this very thing with the Mallory Dress pattern. She took the skirt and back bodice and turned the crossover front into a regular bodice and then left off the hood to make a skater dress. A super simple change but really puts a whole new spin on the pattern. As a little bonus I’ve drafted and graded a new bodice so you can do the same thing! Love Notions Mallory Dress Skater Bodice Add-on. You will need the Mallory Dress pattern to use this bodice. And good news if you haven’t already purchased it– now through the end of the month the Mallory Dress pattern is on sale for 30% off (no coupon needed)!

Posey skater mallory text

So here’s the challenge:

Using the Mallory Dress pattern as the base, add your own spin to create a new design! There will be a panel of judges who will pick the best idea. The winner will receive the first prize package as well as have their take on the Mallory digitized and graded and added into the Mallory pattern for past and future purchasers (the winner can opt out of this if they wish). For example, if you came up with a new hood style I would digitize that and grade it for all the sizes offered in the Mallory Dress and I will make a blog post as an add-on to the Mallory Dress.

Feel free to make your design for girls or boys!

How to participate:

  1. Use some part of the Mallory Dress pattern in your design. Any other pattern pieces you use must either be your own creation or from other Love Notions patterns.
  2. Share your creation on your Facebook page, group, Pinterest, Instagram and/or blog. Tag your post with #LoveNotionsmashup. In the post include what Love Notions patterns you used and if you added your own pattern piece(s).
  3. Link up your creation here in this post (see the little blue button at the end of this post). In the link title note what Love Notions pattern(s) you used to create your design. Contest runs from this Friday the 16th through the end of the month.
  4. If you’ve already made something from the Mallory Dress previously, feel free to add it to the contest!

And here’s the part you’ve all been waiting for- the prizes!

So get to creating! I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!


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  1. jan schrock

    sounds fun…and a great way to get back in gear!!! i already have an idea…..maybe not a winner…but it will be awesome to see everyone’s creative ideas 🙂


  2. Ashlee

    I don’t have a business, I sew for personal use. Can I still enter the contest?



      absolutely Ashlee!


  3. Donna Benz, Pampered Patooties

    Great challenge! Let the creativity fly.


  4. Stephanie

    fun! added to my social sewing calendar 🙂



      You’re so organized Stephanie! I love the idea of a social sewing calendar. I bet I would get a lot more done if I did something like that.


  5. Vicky White

    Love the Mallory pattern & have already use the pattern to make a jacket from by using your pattern pieces and some alterations of my own 🙂



      Perfect! I love that jacket, so smart! Thanks for linking up Vicky!



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Meet Tami

My passion is to design user-friendly, digital sewing patterns that help you create the modern, comfortable clothes that will become your wardrobe staples. Whether you are a master sewist or a complete novice, my goal is for you to enjoy the entire sewing process from the time you click “download” until the wearer is twirling around in the final fitting.