Linen, Leather & Lace
… a sewing challenge brought to you by the Australian Sewing Guild Ltd.
To read more about this initiative, use the links below to navigate through the information. Check it out and fire up those sewing machines.
- Important Dates
- How to Enter
- Entry Categories
- Definition of Elements
- Point System
- Photographing Your Work
- Composite Image Tips
- Terms and Conditions
- Still have a question?
The Australian Sewing Guild challenges you to show us what you can do with Linen, Leather & Lace. To further test your sewing genius, we encourage you to think about recycling and refashioning.
- Create your entry using at least two of the three elements – linen, leather and lace.
- Take photos of:
- the raw elements used (before construction commences)
- the construction process
- the finished entry
- Submit photos to email@example.com with a short description (maximum 500 words) of the design inspiration and construction process. Photos will be posted to the ASG Blog.
- Ask your friends to vote for you and vote for your favourite entries.
- All entries must be submitted by 11.00 pm (AEST) 31st May 2019
- Voting for viewers' choice commences 3rd June 2019 and closes midnight (AEST) 30th June 2019
- Winners finalised 1st July 2019 and notified by email within two (2) working days
- Complete the entry form found on the All About Sewing/Competitions page of the ASG website (aussew.org.au) or click the button below. A separate form must be completed for each entry.
- Pay the entry fee as instructed on the form (ASG members - $10; Non-members - $12). The entry fee applies to a single entry. If payment is not received by 31st May 2019, entry may be disqualified at the judges' discretion.
- Submit photos of your work (refer to Photographing Your Work)
- Submit your entry form only when you have completed your competition entry and taken the required photos. You will be asked to attach the photos to the form and also pay the fee.
- Accessory – must be a hat or handbag
- Home décor – e.g. cushion covers, placemats, table runners, wall hangings, etc.
- Junior Sewists – may enter a garment, an accessory or a home décor item. Entrants in this category may not be over 18 years of age. Proof of age will be required.
- Linen – pure linen or a blend with at least 85% linen
- Lace – lace “fabric” or trim; for those with embroidery machines, making your own lace is allowed
- Leather – real leather, faux leather or cork (vegan leather)
- You may start with new fabrics or recycle/refashion existing items….or a combination of new and old. For example, you could use a leather jacket, lace from your wedding dress and a length of not previously used linen fabric. Extra points are allocated for refashioning (see Point System).
- If recycling, think sustainability. Use as much of the item(s) as possible. Don’t buy a leather jacket and use only the sleeves or collar.
- If recycling, you must use components of the original items. For example, you cannot submit a leather skirt that has been embellished with lace. The skirt must be deconstructed and used in a new garment/item.
- Sharing of recycled garments is permissible i.e. more than one person may use components of single garment.
- If recycling, closures (zippers, buttons, hooks, etc.) may be new.
- Swatches of linen and leather used must be submitted if your entry is one of the 8 finalists.
- Submit as many entries as you wish.
- Use of one (1) element – 5 points
- Use of two (2) elements – 10 points
- Use of three (3) elements – 15 points
- Use of recycled item for one (1) element – 5 points
- Use of recycled items for two (2) elements – 10 points
- Use of recycled items for three (3) elements – 15 points
- Judges to award up to 70 points based on the criteria outlined below
- Judges will pick five (5) finalists from each category based on photos and descriptions submitted. Finalists will be asked to post their entries to the address provided. At the end of judging, all entries will be returned at no additional cost to the entrant.
- In addition to the points awarded as outlined in Point System, judges will use the following criteria to award points:
- Creativity and visual impact
- Compatibility of style and design with chosen elements
- Wearability (for garments) – the garment must be able to be worn on the body
- Construction methods. A Quality Standards Checklist for Sewing Competitions may be used as a guideline.
- Viewers’ choice for each category will be based only on photos submitted and determined by number of votes.
- Judges prize only will be awarded in the Junior Sewist category.
- Submit one composite image which will be posted to the ASG Blog for viewers to cast their vote. Refer to Composite Image Tips.
- This image must consist of two photos of the entry, showing different angles (e.g. front & back of garment, full view and closeup of detail for an accessory or home décor item).
- The composite image should be no less than 1500 x 1500 pixels and no larger than 2800 x 2800 pixels.
- Additional photos to be submitted for judges:
- maximum of five (5) photos during the construction stage
- maximum of six (6) close-up photos of entry detail
- Garments only - minimum of two (2) and maximum of four (4) photos of the inside of the finished garment
- Remember the photos will be used by the judges to select the finalists. If you put a lot of work into making your garment, be sure to submit photos that do it justice.
Home Décor Category
Junior Sewist Category
The Linen, Leather & Lace competition is open to all residents of Australia and New Zealand.
Your composite image consists of two photographs combined into one image. Some of you will have access to Photoshop or other great photo editing software but there is no need to panic if you don’t! There are a tonne of free photo editing or collaging options out there. If you have one you already use, just go with that but if photo collaging is new to you, we have some suggestions:
We wish you happy snapping and collaging! If you really get into trouble, shoot an email off to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to give you a hand.
As a Linen, Leather & Lace entrant, you must adhere to the following terms and conditions. Failure to act in accordance with these terms and conditions may result in your entry being disqualified.
Our friendly team are always happy to help, just send an email to email@example.com