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Hey all, so this is the longest title ever, but this challenge is super great and for a great cause!

The Sewing & Stitchery Expo held February 25-28 in Puyallup, WA is the largest consumer sewing show in the country. Coats & Clark is sponsoring this year’s charity Pink & Red Fashion Show, with BurdaStyle hosting the virtual event!

The Coats & Clark Pink & Red Fashion Show is partnering with both the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society to fight the two biggest killers of women in America — heart disease and breast cancer. To honor these two amazing charities we are asking everyone to create an outfit in pink and red. So here’s where the challenge comes in. By submitting a project, you will be entered to win an invitation to model it at the show on Feb 28th, an assortment of Coats & Clark Thread and more!

The project must be predominately pink and red. Any shade of pink or red can be used and the colors do not have to be in the same proportion. For example, a garment may be red with pink trim or accents. Neutral colors such as black or white or a coordinating print can be part of the garment, but pink and red must be the main colors. You must use thread as a design element in the garment. For example—decorative stitching, embroidery, thread painting, topstitching—be creative! Garment can be from or based on a commercial pattern or an original design. Click for free BurdaStyle patterns.

You have until 11:59pm EST January 31st 2010 to either upload or email an image of the completed Pink & Red garment to BurdaStyle.

E-mail photograph(s) of your entry with your name, complete mailing address and e-mail address to BurdaStyle: submissions (at) burdastyle.com or upload it as a project to the BurdaStyle website. You must put “Pink & Red” in the subject line or title of the project, if this is not somewhere in the title, we cannot guarantee it will make it into the slideshow.

The top ten participants with the highest number of votes will receive:
1. 18-spool Assortment of Dual Duty XP All-purpose thread from Coats & Clark
2. Ticket to the Expo, Sunday Feb 28 (travel to Expo not included)
3. An invitation to model (or have their garment modeled) in the live Pink & Red Fashion Show, February 28 at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA. (travel to Expo not included-see rules & regulations
4. BurdaStyle Bow-Tie Kit and Organic T-shirt

Grand Prize:
1. 50-spool Assortment of Dual Duty XP All-purpose thread from Coats & Clark
2. Amy Butler gift package including fabric from new “Love” collection
3. Ticket to the Expo, Sunday Feb 28 (travel to Expo not included)
4. An invitation to model (or have their garment modeled) in the live Pink & Red Fashion Show, February 28 at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA. (travel to Expo not included-see rules and regulations)
5. BurdaStyle Bow-Tie Kit and Organic T-shirt

Legal speak: Pink & Red Fashion Show Challenge! NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. (A purchase or payment of any kind will not increase your chances of winning.) E-mail photograph(s) of your entry with your name, complete mailing address and e-mail address to BurdaStyle: submissions@burdastyle.com or upload it as a project to the BurdaStyle website (www.burdastyle.com). Please put “Pink & Red” in the subject line or title of the project, if this is not somewhere in the title, we cannot guarantee it will make it into the slideshow. All entries must be received between the dates of January 11 – January 31, 2010. Winner Selection: Winners will be selected among all eligible entries via consumer and member voting on burdastyle.com. You must be a member of BurdaStyle.com to vote, membership to BurdaStyle is free at http://www.burdastyle.com/join Coats & Clark and its sponsors reserve the right to disqualify any entry that is believed to contain obscene, offensive or inappropriate content or that doesn’t comply with these official rules. Prizes and Approximate Retail Values: $ 1100 Winners will be notified via phone or e-mail on or before February 17, 2010. A list of winners will be announced on the BurdaStyle blog. If there’s a dispute as to the identity of an online entrant, the prize will be awarded to the authorized account holder of the email address. The “authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person to whom the e-mail address is assigned by an Internet service provider, online service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Challenge is open world-wide. Winners will not be provided travel or any expenses. If a winner would like to participate in person, it is up to the participant to provide his/her own transportation to the show. Void where prohibited by law. Employees of Coats & Clark, BurdaStyle and the Sewing & Stitchery Expo, its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies, the independent judging organization and prize suppliers (and members of their immediate family and/or those living in the same of household of each such employee) are not eligible. Each prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied outside of manufacturer’s limited warranty. No transfer, assignment or substitution of a prize permitted, except the sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize for an item of equal or greater value in the event an advertised prize is unavailable. All federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations apply. Entrants agree to be bound by the terms of these official rules and by the decisions of Coats & Clark, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this promotion. Prizes will be sent to the winners from the sponsor; Coats & Clark, BurdaStyle or the Sewing & Stitchery Expo shall not be held responsible for winners’ receipt of prizes. Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Acceptance of the prize(s) constitutes permission for Coats & Clark, BurdaStyle and Sewing & Stitchery Expo to use the winner names and/or likeness, biographical material and/or entry (including an altered form of the entry) for advertising and promotional purposes without compensation, unless prohibited by law. By accepting prize, winner(s) agree(s) to hold Coats & Clark, BurdaStyle and Sewing & Stitchery Expo, its advertising and promotion agencies and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, representative agents, successors, assigns, officers, directors, and employees harmless for any injury or damage caused or claimed to be caused by participation in the promotion or acceptance or use of the prize. Coats & Clark, BurdaStyle and Sewing & Stitchery Expo are not responsible for any printing, typographical, mechanical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the promotion or in the announcement of the prize.


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    Jan 15, 2010, 03.30 PMby nenasew

    So exciting. I dont know if I have something in mind in red and pink but will meditate on it and try to get inspired for a great cause.

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    Jan 15, 2010, 01.20 PMby silke

    I am also ready to participate. Today I already spent some money on red and pink fabrics… I can’t wait to get started but have to until my two little boys are sleeping…

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    Jan 14, 2010, 07.53 PMby jseth23

    I sew mostly dresses for little girls, can the garment for this competition be children’s outfits?

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    Jan 14, 2010, 12.21 PMby ninaribena

    Hmmm, cute competition! I think I might be able to magic something up for this. Stay tuned.

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    Jan 14, 2010, 03.13 AMby couturecutie

    Can you be under 18? If you can’t, I have a problem….

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      Jan 16, 2010, 04.26 PMby amw1dancer

      I have the same question too! The “Legal Speak” doesn’t say anything about age. It also doesn’t say how many pieces we can enter!

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      Jan 16, 2010, 08.21 PMby couturecutie

      That is so disappointing, because what if we enter, and then they say that we aren’t old enough. I imagine that you can only enter one piece though, but it would be so much easier to win if we could enter more than once.

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      Jan 28, 2010, 12.00 AMby alden

      You can enter as long as you have consent of a guardian!

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      Jan 28, 2010, 12.38 AMby couturecutie

      Which I do.

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    Jan 13, 2010, 10.49 PMby loyl8

    Super excited. We will see if I can get it done!!!! got ideas!!! I love making something toward a good cause, plus I love red & pink!!! Prefect for valentines day too.

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    Jan 13, 2010, 08.07 PMby sewglam

    I just have a question regarding one of the dresses pictured in the competition ad. The one on the left looks a lot like a knockoff JCrew dress from an earlier season that I loved. I was planning on trying to recreate the dress myself. Is there someone who’s already created a pattern for the dress shown. If so, is it available? Thanks!

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      Jan 15, 2010, 05.01 PMby alden

      hey sewglam,
      If you search “gertie” it was the winning variation in the Malissa dress competition

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      Jan 26, 2010, 08.14 PMby sewglam

      Thanks for the tip, Alden! :-)

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    Jan 13, 2010, 06.14 PMby wzrdreams

    More than a week for a contest! WOOT! I’m all over this. I love a challenge and I’ve never really used red and pink before. I just ran out on my lunch break and bought a bunch of fabric…. I have some ideas, but nothing concrete yet of course. I just gave myself a budget and made a quick sketch with some thoughts and fabric ideas. Wish me luck!

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      Jan 13, 2010, 06.42 PMby Close My Account Please

      Good Luck, wish I was as organised! lol

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      Jan 15, 2010, 05.00 PMby alden

      We took to heart “someone’s” feedback and have shifted it to a three week model :)

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    Jan 13, 2010, 04.38 PMby zibrash

    question : is this open to Israelian citizens too ?

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      Jan 14, 2010, 04.24 PMby handsomerobot

      of course, this competition is open to everyone!

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    Jan 13, 2010, 10.22 AMby Close My Account Please

    Is this just for ladies wear or can it be mens or childrens too?

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      Jan 13, 2010, 02.59 PMby alden

      Noppe! we would love to see some mens/childrens wear!

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    Jan 13, 2010, 08.53 AMby ladysophie

    What a shame!! All my fabric is packed away along with my sewing things, and cannot be retrieved until we unpack and thats on the 4th of Feb!! ARHHH!! So gutttered, but maybe I can make it work out.

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      Jan 13, 2010, 03.02 PMby alden

      don’t worry lady sophie, I have a feeling there will be more oportunities ;)

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    Jan 13, 2010, 07.36 AMby Jean M

    whoa look at all the buzz this comp is generating, how exciting!

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    Jan 13, 2010, 05.13 AMby bubbley74

    I am one of your bigger ladies and the thought of wearing Pink and Red terrifies me.I am going to make something thou, it don’t say in the rules we have to wear it out of the house.As you have all said short notice.not clear on where the event is taking place could someone let me know please I live in Wales U.K. Well here goes cant wait to see what we all come up with.

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    Jan 13, 2010, 01.03 AMby damianadesigns

    I can’t wait to start! Getting fabric this weekend….have to wait for payday, of course…

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    Jan 12, 2010, 11.53 PMby couturecutie

    Omg!!! I have never used pink fabrics before!!!! That’s really sad!!!! I already know what to do though, because I have had this really good design for the longest time in my head, and I really want to support this cause because my grandma has breast cancer…

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    Jan 12, 2010, 10.45 PMby freakusbzzz

    oh drat.. my overlocker is being serviced. I may still have time when it gets back if I cut out the dress first.

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    Jan 12, 2010, 10.03 PMby zickzack

    Same for me – no time. There has always been a great competition when I had to study or nedded to write a termpaper. Could you use some magic powers to consider my exams next time? ; ) Looking forward to seeing other members’ creations!

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