'The Dress Factor Competition'

Do you have that star creative quality? We have teamed up with The Sewing Directory in the search for talented people to submit their own designs for a summer inspired garment, bag or accessory based on fabrics from our website. Our 5 favourite designers will receive their choice of fabrics (free of charge) – and will then be given the opportunity to make up their garment for the chance to win . . . a Janome Memory Craft 5900QC sewing machine (RRP. £799) for the winner, and £50 Abakhan gift vouchers for each of the runners up. Ann Haughton from Suffolk Sewing School and Beth Edmondson (from The Sewing Directory) will be judging to choose the winner. So if you think you have that special creative touch – then don’t miss out on this fab’ opportunity to get the recognition you deserve – along with some great prizes!

'The Dress Factor Competition'

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 our website; you can add your own haberdasher, trimmings, linings, buttons etc. Designs must be sent by e-mail to dressfactor@thesewingdirectory.co.uk 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. Please make sure you full read the terms & conditions below before entering.



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.


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.

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 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 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.