Big Spring Contest: First Frock of Spring finalist

First of all a big thank you to everyone who sent me their “First Frock of Spring” design for the Big Spring Contest.  I received 19 awesome designs – all of which I would have loved to have seen made up.  There were all sorts of wonderful using a whole range of fabrics & classically simple as well as more ornate.

I have to tell you people that being a judge is not actually all it’s cracked up to be.  The pressure!  The responsibility!  Sooo many lovely ideas & designs.  I hummed & haaed for hours let me tell you.  I tried to judge fairly & my criteria were:

  • How much did the design showcase the fabric?
  • How “Springy” was the frock?
  • Points for originality.

Even then it was a tough one.  Good job I left the whole evening aside to complete this very difficult task – I picked one winner with two “highly commended”& I tried to wheedle in more “winners” in my email to Offset Warehouse, but rules is rules!  You are all winners in my eyes, contestants!  Thank you again.  So who is the winner of “First Frock of Spring”?  Which design will be created & pitted against the three finalists for the other categories?

Well done Marilla with your design cleverly using the striped fabric. I was entranced by this design and cannot wait to see it sewn up and modelled.

Marilla says, My first frock of Spring would be this 1950’s inspired dress. I would cut the Pink & White Organic Stripe Chambray in different directions of the grain to emphasise the detail and style lines. Very springy and swingy!


The pattern is a free download from the V&A –

You can see the other three finalists on Offset Warehouse’s Facebook page.  A list of highly commended submissions will also be on there in the next few days – and you might be on it – so please do keep an eye out!  And finally, don’t forget to VOTE for Marilla (or one of the other three finalists) from the 9th April!!  The judging will be open to public votes on Offset Warehouse’s Facebook page, and we want her to win!  I shall remind you when voting is open 🙂

5 thoughts on “Big Spring Contest: First Frock of Spring finalist

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  2. Flo

    Congratulations Marilla! (and Winnie!) Stripes are back this spring so I’m very excited about this dress and the fabric you’ve chosen… Hopefully it will inspire people to make their own!

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