Monday, September 2, 2013

1st Annual Handmade Halloween Costume Contest!

Halloween costumes that are ill-fitting, too expensive, look cheap, and uncomfortable are a thing of the past!  Join us this year for the 1st Annual Handmade Halloween Contest hosted by Fairytale Frocks & Lollipops!  Sewists (or sewers, seamstresses, sewing enthusiasts, people who sew...) will battle with seam rippers, tape measures, scissors, and thread to be graced with the title "Handmade Halloween Super Star" and win some great prizes from some great folks!

To Enter:

1.  Choose a pattern or patterns from our website and construct a Halloween costume for yourself, your child, your grandchild, your niece/nephew... whoever you would like to sew for!  You only have to use this pattern as the basis of your costume.  Feel free to add accessories, wigs, or use store-bought components (or even pieces you made using patterns that aren't on the site), as long as the majority of the costume is sewn by you from patterns we have available.  Patterns do not have to be purchased from our site (though we would love you if you did).  You can purchase the pattern directly from the designer, or it can be a pattern that you've had in your stash for awhile, either way is fine as long as it is a pattern that we currently have available on our website!
2.  Sew up your costume before October 20, 2013.  **** UPDATE****  You now have until October 30th to submit your entries!!  This will be the last day to enter.  Please do not submit photos of costumes that you have made in previous years or that you did not sew yourself.  Those entries will be disqualified.  Also, please do not make any major modifications to the pattern being used.  We need to be able to recognize with pattern for judging purposes.  Feel free to embellish until your heart is content!  Please keep in mind that the costumes need to family friendly.
3.  Submit 3 or more high-quality photographs of the costume being modeled.  Email them to me by clicking on the link here.  Be sure to include your name, email address, which patterns you used, and what the costume is (a brief description).  One entry per person, however, if you've made several costumes, you can photograph them all together and submit them as one entry.  If you can make a collage of all the photos, you can submit one collage instead of 3-4 separate photos. is a great (and free!) way to easily make collages and download them to your computer. 

We're sorry to all of our International friends, but this contest is only open to US Residents.   


All entries will be judged on three areas:
1.  Originality and Creativity
2.  Sewmanship (Is that a real word?) and Quality
3.  The "wow" factor!  Razzle-dazzle us, ladies! 

Once photos are submitted, we will post them here on the blog, and also upload them to our Facebook page into a contest album. 

The 10 photos with the most likes during our open voting period (starting on October 20th, 2013) will progress to the next round.  From there, we will allow our panel of judges composed of some of our favorite pattern designers to cast a vote for their favorite.  Once we tally up the top 5 costumes from that vote, Krista, Dianne, and I (The Fairytale Frocks & Lollipops team) will determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.  ****UPDATE****  On October 30th, a group of designers and the FF&L team will each choose our top 3 favorites, and a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner will be tallied from those results.
 The contest will run from September 2nd- October 20th.  **** UPDATE****  You now have until October 30th to submit entries!!  We'll have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner.  Winners will be announced on Halloween! 


And what will the winners be getting you might wonder?? 

We've got an awesome collection of prizes from some great vendors! 

For our 1st Place Winner:

A $50 Plum Box from Pick Your Plum

A $20 Gift Certificate to Purpleseamstress Fabric
45mm Splash rotary cutter ($17.99 MSRP) and a 2/pk of 45mm blades ($15.49 MSRP) from OLFA

 $25 Gift Certificate to Modern Yardage

A $30 Gift Certificate to Fairytale Frocks & Lollipops

For our 2nd Place Winner:

A $25 gift certificate from

$20 Gift Certitificate to Fat Quarter Shop

A 3-pack of patterns from Wonderfully Made 4 You

A $20 Gift Certificate to Fairytale Frocks & Lollipops


For our 3rd Place Winner:

A Fat Quarter Bundle from Riley Blake Fabrics

A $10 Gift Certificate to Fairytale Frocks & Lollipops

 Those are some pretty nifty prizes, if I do say so myself!  We are going to have some happy people on Halloween!  Go visit our sponsors and show them some love! 

If you need a Trick-or-Treat bag, we've got this fantastic pattern from Hadley Grace Designs you could use!
And these applique embellishments from Angel Lea Designs would be the perfect way to add some Halloween flair for Trick-or-Treating!
We are soooo excited to see what everyone creates!  When you have your entries ready, send them here!  If you have a costume in mind and are looking for the perfect pattern to bring your idea to life, send us an email, and maybe we can help!  Put your thinking caps on and start sewing, ladies! 
Have fun, and sew something magical!!

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  1. Does it have to be a costume or can it be a Halloween themed outfit?

    1. Hi Lisa! To be entered into the contest, it would need to be a costume. We've got over 700 patterns on the site to look through, so take a browse and let inspiration strike :) We'd love to have you enter!

  2. Can it be a mash up of more than one pattern as long as each is recognizable in the garment and all pattern are purchased from Fairytale Frocks & Lillipops?

  3. I don't see why not! Can't wait to see what you come up with :)

    1. Awesome! Thank you! i can't wait to get started =)

  4. Ok my costume is in...sorry took so long had to be shipped to Michigan. Thanks for the contest.!


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