Saturday, June 28, 2014

Enter our Fashion Show!!

Are you a designer? Do you love to sew? Do you want to use your creativity and talent for a good cause?  Do you want your designs to get noticed at the Edinburgh Festival?

Enter our Fashion Show Contest!!

I'm super excited to tell you all about this exciting news.  We have managed to secure space during the Edinburgh Festival – the largest arts festival in the world!!  And we are planning to have a Weaving Destination fashion show and we are inviting you to submit garments or crafts using Weaving Destination fabric that we can showcase in the show.  

How to Enter:
Register and Purchase your Weaving Destination Fabric
Enter 'FESTIVALFABRIC' as the code in Etsy to get a 20% discount on your purchase 
Weaving Destination is a social enterprise benefiting women weavers in India, many of whom are survivors of human trafficking.  Their beautiful hand-woven, cotton and silk fabrics are organic, ethical (vegan), naturally dyed and of the highest quality. Proceeds from the sale of fabrics go back directly to the women weavers and their families. All contest participants will get 15% off their purchases. Email us your name, contact details, category and number of entries at: We will confirm your participation.

The Categories:
 1. Garments
a.    Sew Up a Garment Using the Weaving Destination Fabric and Send it to Us.
Send us Your Garment Postmarked by 20th July, 2014 (outside the UK) and 28 July (within the UK). The address for posting your garments will be sent to you when you register.

b.     We will Include Your Garment in the Fashion Show
Your garment will feature in the Fashion Show on 14th August 2014 (18:00 – 19:30) in Edinburgh right during the month-long Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city.  We will showcase all the designs featured in the fashion show and your design may get media attention!

When purchasing your fabric, let us know if you plan to model the garment yourself in the fashion show or if you would like to make the garment for one of our models.  If it is for one of our models, we will send you measurements and you can get started on sewing up your dream designer outfit!

                 c. You Will Be Automatically Entered in the Fashion Show Contest
You will automatically be entered in the fashion show contest which will feature a long list of fabulous prizes (to be announced soon).  The winners will be decided by a split vote between the audience at the fashion show and an online vote through the 'My Happy Sewing Place' blog.

  d.  At the End, You Can Either Donate Your Garment to Weaving Destination or We Will Post it Back to You. We are happy to send you back your garment for you to cherish or you can donate it to Weaving Destination!  Just let us know what you prefer!!

2. Housewares, Crafts and Other Items

Garment sewing not your thing?  No worries!  We are opening the contest to housewares and craft sewers as well! We will be having a Weaving Destination stall at the Fashion Show event if you want to showcase your creativity.  Do you love making bags, pincushions, headscarves, etc?  Why not use Weaving Destination fabric and we can showcase your items in our stall and sell them for you!!  You get to keep 60% of the profits and the remaining 40% will be donated to Weaving Destination.  If you'd like to participate, email us your contact details, what you plan to make and how much you would like to charge.  That way, we can plan our stall accordingly.  All items made for the Weaving Destination stall will also be entered into a separate category of the contest with equally cool prizes!! 

You can send more than one entry.  Do let us know your number of entries when you register.

You can also come and see the show, tickets on sale here.

Don't wait, precious sewing time is ticking away :-)  We will share all the photos from the event with you all!  I can't wait!! 


  1. Whoa! You were able to get space at the Festival? Amazing! This is a brilliant idea and I'm looking forward to seeing the entries :)

  2. WoW!! What a splendid idea! This is just awesome :D

  3. What a fabulous project! Utterly worthwhile too. I shall definitely spread the word. Happy Sunday my dear! Mayx

  4. Debi, this sounds very exciting! I have a million questions.

    1) how much of the garment has to be made from the Weaving Destination fabric. Can we use other fabrics too? Eg, if I made a denim dress with just the waistband in your fabric, would that be OK? I assume other fabrics are OK if they can't be seen, eg lining?

    2) Will you accept upcycling/refashion projects that include some of your fabric?

    3) Can you clarify what the discount is, is it 20% (yes please) or 15% with the code?

    4) Can I send separates, eg a skirt, will you pair it with something? Or do I have to make a whole outfit?

    5) Can I make a bag/hat etc to go with it?

    6) If I order multiple metres from your shop, will you cut it as one continuous piece? (just checking)

    7) if I order the black scarf rather than fabric, and make something out of it, will that count as an entry?

    8) I assume it's OK to combine more than one type of your fabric in the same garment?

  5. Hi, Charity Shop Chic,
    Thanks for your excellent questions!
    You can make anything you wish - be inspired! We would prefer that the Weaving Destination fabric be showcased, as the fashion show is about our line, but showing innovative uses for it is great as well, so go to town!

    Upcycling is fine as well.

    The discount is 20%.

    Separates and accessories are fine. Make anything you feel like making! We want to show off your innovative skills as well as our fabric.

    Using the black scarf is all right as well, as is any combination of our fabrics - ethical silk or organic cotton.

    Thank you for your interest and I hope you'll make something for the show!

    David & Debi

  6. Thank you!
    Yes, we're very excited about this. We hope you can make it!
    -David & Debi

  7. Thank you!
    Please spread the word.

    -David & Debi

  8. Thanks for answering David, I'll have a think about how much sewing time I have between now and then!


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