Mamma Rose and Margo Anderson present
The 2009 "Iron Dress" Competition!
My Lords, My Ladies, Sewers of all Stations!
Your attention, please.
The masses have spoken and we have taken heed. And MamaRose
productions is proud to announce,
* Iron Dress the Third! *
You asked for something that will take you out of your
malaise, to beat back your feeling of ennui, and now you have it.
The rules are really very simple --
START DATE: July 1
END DATE: Sept. 15
WINNER ANNOUNCED: Oct. 1
- The outfit must be made from fabric that you have in your stash
at the moment you sign up. You are honor bound, as
a Lord or Lady of the Court, not to run out, buy $300.00 worth of
fabric, and then sign up. Just what you have on hand, please.
- You have an additional $25.00 for anything that is not in your stash
-- the perfect trim, extra velvet for the sleeves, lining fabric,
boning, whatever. Anything extra that you need to complete your outfit
comes out of that $25.00 -- or 15.55 British Pounds -- or 31.57 Aussie
Dollars -- or 17.95 Euros -- or 2462 Japanese Yen -- or 200 Chuck
E. Cheese pizza gameroom tokens. I'll do the currency exchange again
on the start date, and that will be the official amount you have.
Little things like thread, hooks and eyes, grommets, etc. are not
under this $25.00 and are considered "Freebies".
- Outfit must be made using Margo's pattern. That's why we are all
on this list in the first place. If you already have, say an underskirt
from another dress and all you want to make is the over dress, let
the judges know what pieces are in competition and we will adjust
our scoring accordingly.
- Underpinnings such as a smock, corset, farthengale, and bumroll
are not in the competition. But you need them to make the dress look
right. So please wear them. NOTE: If you enter a full set of undergarments
as an entry, this is permissable for the competition.
- You can modify the pattern for another country, such as Italy or
Germany, or even try to make it an earlier or later period. Just let
the judges know what you did.
- Sign up is from now until July 1st. Simply email your intention
to join the competition on the Yahoogroups
mailling list. No additional info, plans, drawings or anything
else is required to sign up. The Contest runs from July 1st until
Sept. 15th. The judges of our fair competition are me (YAY!) and the
most admired Chris Catalfamo, who actually surprised herself by winning
- The winner will be announced October 1st. Prizes
shall include a $100 certificate to the Fabric Store of your choice,
as well as bragging rights for the next year.
Other information that has been added from the mailing
- Men's garments are greatly welcomed! After all, Margo has a great
Men's Gentleman's Outfit!
- You may sew for someone else as long as you sew it from items in
- Childrens garments scaled down from the original Margos patterns
are acceptable, but it depends. If you are making a full Princess
Elizabeth dress, with all the trim and froo-froos, then yes that is
acceptable. If you are going to make a simple outfit, then no. That
wouldn't seem quite fair.
- The $25 is extra, in case you run out of trim, or need extra fabric,
or you screw something up and need to disguise it.
- The idea isn't to make an outfit as flashy as possible, it's to
make what you want to wear from what you have on hand. Of course,
the fancier it is, and the faster you have to sew to get it done,
and the amount of stuff you had in your closet to choose from will
definitely influence the judges. But you can still impress yourself
by making something that you like in an amazingly short period of
- If you completely hand sew at least one item that is a part of the
the Iron Dress ensemble, yes it will qualilfy for Iron Hand!
- No bartering to get items. The idea is to use what is in your
stash, not what is in someone else's. So you've either got
to get creative with what you've got, or use that extra $25.
- Only ONE outfit submitted per person, please.
- The (upcoming) Tudor patterns will not be allowed this time. Because
they are not in your stash when the contest begins, they are disqualified.
Which is fine, as we'll have a chance to play with them first, and
then have another ID later.
- At the end of the contest you will submit photos of the dress and
an account of how you made it. When the contest is over, you send
your entry to myself and Chris Catalfamo, and I will post our email
addy's at that time. You can send a Power Point, or video, or just
pictures, along with an accounting of any of the extra $25 you spent.We
will go over the submissions, evaluate them (and any bribes) and declare
So let me know if you are up to the challenge, and may
one and all enjoy THE IRON DRESS!