Hi All!

A massive thank you to all who took part in this years’ #sewtogetherforsummer challenge; an astonishing 450+ dresses were completed and submitted by the deadline date. Once again, myself @SewSarahSmith, Suzy @Sewing_in_Spain and Monika @rocco.sienna were absolutely delighted with your boundless enthusiasm and creativity!

Whilst checking the entries to put in the Prize Hat for drawing the winners, it became clear that particular pattern companies and certain wrap dress patterns were extremely popular for this years’ Challenge. So, before we jump into revealing the winning entries later on in this post, I thought it might be interesting to analyse what those favourites are…

The Most Popular Pattern Companies :

Sew Over It came out on top with 17% of all challenge dresses being made from their pattern catalogue. They were closely followed at 16% by Named with their singular wrap dress pattern; 8% of a wide range of McCalls patterns were sewn up.. with three in particular being popular; M7119, (see my own versions here and here), M6959 and M7745. Simplicity took 7% with two specific patterns being clear favourites; S8137 and S8608. Vogue took fifth place with a broader range of patterns from their collection.

But which were the most popular wrap dress patterns overall? You can probably guess the clear leaders…

In first place, by a long chalk, was theKielo’ Wrap Dress by Named constituting a whopping 16% of all Wrap dresses made! 11% of the dresses were the Sew Over It ‘Eve’ dress, and 5% of you made the By Hand London ‘Orsoladress. Cashmerettes’ ‘Appletontook fourth place (see my version here) with 4%. Sew Over It had another Top 5 favourite with their Ultimate Wrap Dresstaking 3% of the overall total.

Interesting huh!?

Alright, enough nerding over graphs and stats, let’s get on with the real business in hand…the lucky winners!

Monika’s delightful kids were drafted in to pick the winners this year whilst out playing in their sunny garden…if you’re quick you can check out the super cute videos of them getting involved posted to our Stories across our three Instagram accounts!

All verified entries went into the hat and here’s the list of names randomly picked. Cross your fingers and hope one of them is you!!

If your name does appear please contact any of the Hosts by DM on Instagram with your contact details ASAP. And, where relevant, your choices x

  • Minerva Crafts will be sending £100 worth of fabric from their extensive stock to…drum roll, please... @lynsey_makes Congratulations Lynsey! As well as your contact details, you need to let me know your preferred colour palette so Minerva can curate your prize for you!

  • Sew Essential will be sending an 18 pack of Mettler threads to @sew_dainty. Well done Kathy!

  • Cashmerette will send you the PDF of your choice @sewagainstthegrain

  • Helen’s Closet will be sending any 2 of her fab PDF patterns to @lady_herndon

  • Blackbird Fabrics will be sending $100CAD curated fabrics from her quality stock to @rimmazolo

  • Wendy Ward will send your pick of 3 of her PDF dress Patterns @craftysue103

  • Sew Over It will send a pattern bundle to each of @kbradley81 @frockingloulou, and @anita_froehlich...congratulations ladies!

  • Sewhouse 7 will send 2 pattens to both @gurly239 and @byluciagrace

  • Sewisfaction will send you a £30 voucher to spend instore / online @emmaleg4

  • Cotton Reel Studio will send you a £30 voucher to spend across their gorgeous stock @sewmarylou

  • By Hand London will send any 3 PDF patterns from their collection of your choosing @the.polka.dot.palace

  • Muse Patterns will send 2 PDF patterns of your choosing @hannah_is_sewing

  • Beyond Measure will send you a £30 voucher to spend however you like across their store @sewdalriada

  • Lara Sanner will be sending 4 PDF patterns to @mauve.cloud.studio

  • Named are sending you any 2 of their PDF Patterns @vladivos

  • Fabric Godmother will send you one of whichever paper pattern you like from their extensive stock @lisalooby1234

  • Wardrobe By Me are gifting one PDF pattern of your choice to 16 lucky winners…who are : @clariesews, @xtina_sews, @coles_worth, @hekkowyellowclub, @hansewerina, @morrisseews, @joz_sews, @sew_prettykitty, @3s_engineer, @girlswear, @leannec79, @jillypopsews, @ailz_, @katilulemakes, @kelseylaurn, @sewedith…let us know which one you’d like!

  • Pier & Palace are sending a PDF Pattern bundle to these three lucky Sewists: @ganymedea, @naturaldane and @whendy7

  • Pink Coat Club are sending you any 3 pins of your choosing @sew_sleep_deprived

  • Sew Hayley Jane is gifting one of her sumptuous subscription boxes to @sew.ready

  • Sew Me Something are sending you two of their patterns, PDF (or paper if you’re based in the UK @belle_citadel

  • Love Sewing magazine, the hugely popular monthly mag will be sending you this pile of paper patterns @foxhollies

  • Smyly Magazine, the ladies behind the new electronic magazine will send 5 free issues of the Autumn edition of their mag to @trena1030, @laurelcj, @theyillingcrafts, @soisewedthis, @vladenkamitt – they will also send 3 vouchers for their independently released PDF patterns to @anne.makes.things, @hofficoffi_gwnio and @fleurdelisedesign

  • Cocowawacrafts will gift a paper copy of the Marshmallow pattern and all the PDFs you want from her collection @sewfilled

  • Pattern Review will send two patterns from their PR Exclusive range, one for each of @ handmadebyshelby and @vicky_carrie

  • Arco Iris are offering this gorgeous length of fabric to one lucky winner too..with Suzy announcing the winner on her Instagram feed shortly.

If you weren’t lucky enough this time, you can click on any of the links or images above to treat yourself for being brilliant anyway…and of course, there’s always next year…

..talking of which….

We’ve already got a good idea what the garment for next years’ #sewtogetherforsummer will be; sponsors, ideas, feedback and input very much welcome!

But for now, importantly, we thank once again our fab 2018 sponsors and each and every one of you that championed the wrap dress this year! You are what make this sewing community of ours so vibrant and inclusive, and it wouldn’t be what it is without you, so heartfelt thank yous from us!

* Sarah@sewsarahsmith. * Suzy@sewing_in_spain. * Monika @rocco.sienna

Until next time, like you I’ll be busy sewing! With all this talk of summer, my mind naturally turns to making … coats!

You can also find me on Instagram here x

23 thoughts on “The winners of #sewtogetherforsummer 2018!

  1. So very true!!!!! Xxx


  2. It was great to put smiles on so many faces wasn’t it!!! Xxx


  3. Thank you soooooo much! We look forward to seeing you back xx


  4. Ah that’s nice Di!! Xxx


  5. Ooooh and your imagination is already a gorgeous array of fabulousness Kathleen!!! Haha, yes, the winners are there too. I think we’ll have to try and source even more prizes next year! Xx


  6. Thank you Helene!!! I really appreciate that xxx


  7. Thank you lovely lovely Sue!!!!! Always happy to share in the geeky stuff!!! You look totally fab in your Kielo!! Xxxx


  8. That’d be great Maria, thank you! X


  9. A drink? As in singular!? 🤣😂🤣😉😘


  10. What goes around comes around, I guess! It’s definitely popular at the moment x


  11. Haha thanks Janet!

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  12. Janet says:

    Thank you – I do love a stats geek out!

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  13. Hedy says:

    In 1963 I was out of high school working and bought a red linen wrap dress almost exactly like the lavender/pink dress. I had several after that in various prints but they were always the same style. Funny that it’s the big fashion dress again.

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  14. Monika M says:

    So good to see a big summary like this. I know you’ve put enormous amount of work into this Sarah, thank you and I promise to buy you a drink when we fly to Span, haha


  15. Maria Hayek says:

    It was fun to participate and fun to see all the great wrap dresses sewn up 🙂
    I (Cotton Candy) would love to be a sponsor next year (another push for me to get working on the English version of the site ASAP 😉 )

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  16. Massive congrats to all the winners! It was so inspiring to see everyone’s wonderful creations!!!

    AND. All those graphs TOTALLY satisfied the geek in me. He He. I found the Kielo wrap dress really takes on different looks depending on length and fabric and print.

    Well done lovely hostesses!

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  17. Hélène says:

    Such a professional roundup Sarah – your statistics are impressive. Congrats to all participants and winners and a huge thank to you and your wonderful co-hosts and numerous sponsors.This wonderful challenge will become a tradition. Till next year!

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  18. ooops! I see what I missed the first couple of times through 🙂 Congratulations to all those winners – I was looking for a separate list but see they are listed above the sponsors!

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  19. The stats were so interesting to read! I have yet to make a wrap dress but seeing so many lovelies throughout this contest has stirred my imagination for sure 🙂 I was amazed at the number of sponsors that signed on for this challenge but for some reason I couldn’t see the winners listed in this post and I went through it several times…?

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  20. Congrats to everyone!

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  21. Congratulations to all winners! Thank you so much for organising this inspiring challenge and sharing the stats! Looking forward to next year’s #sewtogetherforsummer 🙂

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  22. susan roberts says:

    Amazing stats Sarah, so interesting. What a lovely and joyful post! xx

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  23. craftysewandsewindorset says:

    Congratulations everyone! We’re all winners with beautiful wrap dresses in our wardrobe for summer. Thank you for organising this again Sarah, Suzy and Monika x

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