The Winners of the #V9253 Contest!

Normally when we have a contest we like to print out all the entries and pin them to the bulletin board in our hallway. We had so many entries to this #V9253 contest that we ran out of room on the board! We loved all your entries, and this ended up being a very hard contest to judge. In the end, we chose one overall winner and five category winners. Here they are:


Michelle #v9253 best overall
Michelle of That Black Chic. The gorgeous print, the perfect trim, the exquisitely-styled photo…. Michelle’s version of this pattern was a favorite from the moment we saw it on Instagram. Michelle will be receiving a $100 gift certificate to Stylish Fabric and $100 worth of patterns from us. Congratulations, Michelle!

The winners below each receive three current patterns of their choice.


red haired dressmaker #v9253 best boho chic
Sylwia of Red Haired Dressmaker wowed us with this image that looked like it came from a fashion editorial piece. Her black-and-white fabric pairs so well with her long red hair, and she is the epitome of boho chic here.


RedPants #v9253 best modification
Ruqayyah of RedPants Designs can always be counted on to put her own unique spin on our patterns. We love how she changed the skirt to a tiered ruffle—a simple change that gives this pattern a completely different look.


Jill #v9253 most romantic
Jill of @Jill_was_here went all out romantic with her version of this pattern. You can see how with the right fabric this dress suddenly looks perfect for a special dinner or wedding.


Jasika #v9253 best photo

Not only did Jasika make a gorgeous version of V9253, she also took a great photo that really shows off both the dress and how fabulous it looks on her. Tip for entering contests like this: Take the time to stage and style your photos, and pay attention to lighting. Good photos catch judges’ eyes.


Miss Luna Crow #v9253 best cosplay

We love that we got a cosplay version of this pattern! Lunar Crow said she “mixed silk, lace, and leather elements to become a sand princess” with her V9253. Lunar will receive her choice of three patterns from our Cosplay by McCall’s collection.

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Congrats to all our winners, and many, many thanks to all who entered. Well done! We’ll try to hold another one of these sewing contests before the year is out. Stay tuned!

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  1. Oh my, oh my…they were all fantastic…the polkadot was my fav….such a good pattern….you know I’m not sure how I missed this contest….I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for the next one for sure!

  2. They are all beautiful, congrats!

  3. Congratulations to all the participants. The winners did an awesome job.

  4. I totally agree with your choice of overall winner! A fabulous picture of a gorgeous dress.

  5. Wow! Congratulations to all! I can see how it was a challenge to select winners. I loved all versions!

  6. Michelle dress from that black chic was my favorite to win. I also loved Ruqayyah of RedPants Designs dress. All the dresses were beautifully done. Congratulations to you all.

  7. Well done! I love the different spins on each one. This is what I love about this group. We all have different visions of what the garment looks likes.
    Bravo Ladies!

  8. It’s amazing how different each dress looks but they are all made from the same pattern. Each one is unique and beautifully done. Congratulations to all of the winners!

  9. All beautiful. All winners. That being said, so happy to see Michelle take the grand prize!

    1. Thanks bunch Sue!

  10. Congratulations to all the winners! It was fun to see all the beautiful entries, well done ladies!

  11. Congratulations fellow contestants! I loved so many versions for so many reasons (the velvet one, the blue floral with the piping, etc, etc….). They are all lovely, but the winning dress / styling is gorgeous! Looking forward to the next challenge!

  12. To Jill….A delightful student, who was obviously paying attention in class! GREAT JOB!

  13. I loved sewing this dress and it was awesome seeing all the different versions across the internet. Congrats to all the winners and just an overall congrats to anyone who made this dress because you chose a winner!!!!

  14. I loved every version of the dress out there. Congratulations winners!

  15. Meg- Impossible to pick -I * love every one of them. Wonderful!

  16. All the entries are great looking, great imaginations of fabrics. Love love them!

  17. I saw many terrific versions of this pattern, but ‘ThatBlackChic’ made the stand-out dress and styled it beautifully.

  18. Wow! These variations of the dress is absolutely stunning. Congratulations to the winners. Definitely looking forward to your NEXT contest McCalls.

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