As you've seen on Instagram... we're having a dress contest.
I don't know if I ever really said it here, and this really should be the place to say it... but I started making dresses for a couple of reasons. The first one being that I need a controlled creative outlet. I used to make a lot of cake. As a process person this not only allowed me to delve into a process, but also push myself creatively in a specific way. Then I decided that having a cake on my hands, in my apartment once a week wasn't the best thing all around. So I started making dresses. It didn't go like that though.
A HA! I know, I'll make dresses instead of cake!
No. I had a long desire to make clothing, and for some reason I was held back from just starting. I think really because I was certain that patterns were written in a very odd foreign language that looked frustratingly close to English, also I am such a tactile learner. If someone shows me, and has me making it with them, then I know how to do whatever it is forever. My memory is in my hands it would seem. So when I finally dived in, after being shown by some of the truly greats of this day and age I was totally taken in by it. In 2012 I had, "dress thursday". I'd make a dress every Thursday like it was my job. And I soon found out that not only could I make things delightfully complicated, but that I found a lot of joy and satisfaction in the process. Stretching my creativity, while having a certain control over the outcome, and then in the end I was left with a beautiful dress, instead of a cake to give away.
As I continued to sew my own clothing, it started to feel like I was being rebellious. That every stitch that I made was an act of defiance against what has been established as normal. What we are allowed to wear. Where our clothing is made. Who makes it. Where the materials are sourced. I got to make all the decisions. And that felt, and still feels defiant. And then when someone else makes the same dress, or blouse, or skirt, or whatever somewhere else in the world, we are being especially defiant together. We are putting our own ideas into production, and no one gets a say in that but us. I love that. Also, I really love that you get to make all the choices. You get to choose all the interesting things that make Anthropologie dresses expensive. You get to choose the zipper color, the thread color, the fabric, the pockets, the lining, to embellish or not to embellish, and I really really dig making all those choices.
So longer story short. I choose dresses over cake, and I love that my wardrobe is 80% handmade. It gives you a spring in your step. You could see me walking...
ahhh she's got that handmade wardrobe spring in her step. What percent would you say that spring is??? I can't quite tell, about 80%? I'm also sensing she's owns quite a few Tippi Sweaters from JCrew.
Ok. All joking aside. Lets get to the contest!
There are several ways to win. Turns out. The longer I sat with this, the more prizes I came up with. Lucky you!
The Kitten dress contest: If you are making a Cat Dress for a kid (below age 14), this is the contest for you. There will be one winner and they will receive a Catnap fat quarter set and a Lizzy House SOAK Nail Polish set, and a drawing of a cat from me signed with a special note.
The Catnap Dress Contest: This contest is for everyone over 15 and older. There are three winners.
3rd place will receive a Catnap Fat quarter set and a gift certificate from Gelaskins!
2nd place will receive a tone on tone Pearl Bracelet fat quarter set, a gift certificate from Gelaskins, and a drawing from me!
1st place will receive a fat quarter set of Catnap, as well as a fat quarter set of the new Tone on Tone Pearl Bracelets, a gift certificate from Gelaskins, a gift set from SOAK, and a special cat drawing by me.
Here are the rules!
Who can enter? Anyone!
Who can win!? Anyone not related to me!
For this contest you are required to use fabric from Catnap. The predominant fabric should have cats, but dresses made with other prints from the collection will still be considered. We just want to see you wearing cats in public. We want to promote that kind of behavior.
To Enter you'll have to add your picture to the #catnapdresscontest flickr group.
Information to include:
Name, name of your dress, what pattern you used, where you purchased your fabric/ name of local shop.
These pictures should be styled and adorable. Show us how you will wear your Catnap Dress in real life. Only 2 pictures allowed per dress. One dress per applicant. You can, however, post as many pictures as you like to instagram with the hashtag: #catnapdresscontest. We would love to see your process pics. As would everyone else I'm sure. The pics you post in the flickr group are for judging.
And speaking of what we're looking for, our esteemed panel of judges includes myself and....
the ever handsome, extremely stylish, devilishly funny, DennisDashing
and the always adorable, American queen of Kawaii, crazy town talented, Amanda of heyporkchop
The Kitten Dress contest, as well as the Catnap Dress Contest end on Saturday February 15. All pictures must be posted before 12 AM Central Standard Time. Applications after this time will not be considered. The judges will have the decisions and winners selected by the 28th of February.
I will post separately about the Community Catreach Contest.
May the best Catnap Dress win! I'm too excited!!!