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Massive response to Dressmaker of the Year wows organisers

By Mark Hayhurst 13 Mar 2017

Entries to the Dressmaker of the Year 2017 have staggered and amazed the organisers.

Entries to the Dressmaker of the Year 2017 have staggered and amazed the organisers.

A campaign to find a champion dressmaker, launched six months ago by craft publisher Aceville Publications, has attracted a massive response.

The company’s flagship titles, Dressmaker and Sew magazine, joined forces to host the competition and make it accessible to their readership and online community.

Spurred on by the rise in popularity of dressmaking among people of all ages, the leading sewing titles invited readers to submit photos of their handmade garments into a choice of four categories.

Over 1,000 entries have been received to date, with the final judging stage to crown the champion dressmaker taking place on April 18. Sarah Crosland, editor of Dressmaker, said: “Our quest to find the Dressmaker of the Year has been a resounding success! I’m amazed by the number of entries, and so impressed with the quality of the garments that have been submitted. It just shows how proud our readers are about their expertise and that they are happy to share their love of dressmaking with the sewing community.”

The winner will receive prizes totalling £3,500 including a sewing machine from the competition’s main sponsor Brother. Stuart Stamp, Brother marketing, said: “I am very grateful to have been involved with the first Dressmaker of the Year. Brother prides itself on nurturing creativity.”

Also, every entrant, whether successful or not, will receive a free Simplicity pattern.

Jennifer Ward, editor of Sew Magazine, said: “We’ve been blown away by the number of entries we’ve had into the competition - it really has exceeded our expectations, and then some. It’s been so inspiring to see stitchers from all walks of life share their handiwork with the sewing community. I couldn’t be happier with how it has gone.”

The campaign has also been supported by Create and Craft TV who helped to spread the word by broadcasting a series of segments promoting Dressmaker of the Year to its audience of crafters. The launch date of DOTY 2018 will be announced later this year.

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