Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sew-vivor Season 2: AUDITIONS!

The last couple of Wednesdays have been full of details about Sew-vivor, and it has all led up to this day! I am so excited to announce that auditions are officially open! Everything you need to know is included on this post-- it contains info about our prizes/sponsors, judges, timeline, rules, challenges, and how to enter. At the end of this post is where you can audition to be in the competition!

I'm so excited to present the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Sew-vivor prizes packages! The grand total here is nearly $700. I have hand-picked each of these sponsors to participate. Each company offers a wonderful selection of fabric or patterns, and I am genuinely impressed with their customer service. I sincerely appreciate their generosity, and for making this entire competition possible.

1st Place:
($450 value)

$150 gift card to The Fat Quarter Shop
$100 gift card to Fashionable Fabrics
$50 gift card to Dharma Trading Co.
$35 gift card to The Fabric Fairy
1 fabric bundle from Sew to Speak
1 goodie bag from BERNINA
6 patterns from Fishsticks Designs
1 pdf pattern from Oliver + S
TBA from Nick of Time Textiles

2nd Place:
($225 value)

$50 gift card to Fabric Worm
$50 gift card to Fashionable Fabrics
$25 gift card to The Ribbon Retreat
$25 gift card to The Fabric Fairy
$25 gift card to Dharma Trading Co.
3 patterns from Fishsticks Designs
1 pdf pattern from Oliver + S

3rd Place:
($140 value)

$50 gift card to Raspberry Creek Fabrics
$25 gift card to Fashionable Fabrics
$25 gift card to The Ribbon Retreat
$15 gift card to The Fabric Fairy
2 patterns from Fishsticks Designs
1 pdf pattern from Oliver + S

*Discount Codes:
Fashionable Fabrics would like to offer you (anyone! you don't have to enter Sew-vivor to use this) a 5% discount off your entire order, valid Feb 27-April 30! Use code: sewvivor5  

*Thank you sponsors! 
Click on their logo to visit their site!

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Every Wednesday!

February 13: The Buzz Begins!
February 20: Official Rules, Judges, and Challenges revealed
February 27: Prize Packages revealed and Auditions begin!

March 6: Sew-vivor Giveaway
March 13: Top 10 contestants announced
March 20: Round 1
March 27: Round 1 results

April 3: Round 2
April 10: Round 2 results
April 17: Round 3
April 24: Round 3 FINAL results!

Say hello to the judges! Their job is to help me choose the Top 10 contestants who will advance to the competition portion of Sew-vivor. I have had the pleasure of meeting each of these ladies in person. Not only are they extremely talented seamstresses (each with her own style), but they are all incredibly kind, smart, and really fun to get to know. I definitely encourage you to check out their blogs!
Miranda from One Little Minute (last year's Sew-vivor Champion)!
Kirstin from Kojo Designs
Kate from See Kate Sew


--You may audition with ONE sewing project. It can be anything you've ever sewn before, or you can make something special just to enter. It must be made by YOU. It does not have have to be your original idea or tutorial, and it doesn't matter if it was made with or without a pattern. Machine and handsewing count. Crocheting and knitting do not. Be sure it is your best representation of you, your sewing skills, and your creativity!
--You MUST have a blog to enter. It doesn't need to be a fancy or popular blog; it can even be your family blog. Please note that you will see increased traffic to your blog by entering this competition. Blogs are free to create on

--Big Tip: Take good pictures! Besides your sewing skills and creativity, presentation will play a big role in a competition like this. Large, clear pictures are appealing to the eye, and it is easier for the judges and audience to see and appreciate detail.

--This IS open internationally! I love and value my international friends, and encourage to you participate! :)

--Entries will be accepted in the form of a link party, (see here for an example of a link party). There will be directions on how to enter next week.

--The Top 10 will be chosen by the Sew-vivor judges, and will advance to compete in the 3 rounds of Sew-vivor competition. (Judges will email me their Top 15 picks, and I will tally up and average everything to choose the Top 10). I am considered a judge this year, and my vote will count, in a fair and balanced manner, in all aspects of the competition.

--If you enter Sew-vivor, I encourage you to proudly post a Sew-vivor button on your sidebar! If you make it into the competition round, you'll need to have the button on your sidebar for as long as you are in the competition. (Button codes will be available next week).

--To enter, you MUST be a Family Ever After follower-- take your pick. :)
Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, RSS, Instagram, GFC
(Yahoo, now we're friends)!

The following weekly challenges will only pertain to the Top 10 who are chosen to compete in the actual competition. I wanted to put them out there so you would know what the competition will entail so you can decide if entering Sew-vivor is right for you or not. 

The following weekly challenges will only pertain to the Top 10 who are chosen to compete in the actual competition. I wanted to put them out there so you would know what the competition will entail so you can decide if entering Sew-vivor is right for you or not.

--If you think that you've got a chance of making it into the Top 10, you are welcome get a head start working on projects for the following themes for the 3 weeks of challenges at your own risk! I am not responsible if you make a project but do not make it to the Top 10! All projects submitted for the 3 weeks of competition cannot have been made any sooner than February 20, 2013. Do not reveal them on your blog until they are revealed on Sew-vivor.
--Contestants may use patterns and online tutorials for projects. When you post your projects on your blog, you'll need to cite your sources. If you create your own pattern, we'd love to see a tutorial in pictures! Full tutorials will be featured on YOUR blog (giving you all the traffic).

--Projects will be revealed on Wednesday mornings 7am EST. Voting will be occur Wednesday at 7am-Friday at midnight PST. Advancing contestants will be notified via email the following Saturday morning. They will not be announced on this blog until the following Wednesday at 7am. This gives 10 days to work on projects.

--This means that contestants.... every project will need to be emailed to me by 7pm PST Tuesday night. You may submit 5 captioned pictures + 1 paragraph describing your project. Pictures should be 500 pixels or smaller and paragraphs must be 300 words or less. You are welcome to send the HTML.

--You will be allowed to post the full tutorial on your blog, the day it is revealed on Sew-vivor. Hopefully, this will help you get lots of fun traffic to your own blog!

--Voting: Every week, there will be 2 guest judges. Their job may entail choosing their favorite project to get "immunity." (It's like that on Survivor! That means that even if that project receives the lowest number of votes, they cannot be voted off). The audience (readers) will also vote via an online poll. Contestants are allowed to rally votes from their family, friends, blog readers, etc. Each device is allowed 1 vote. The guest judge vote + the public vote will each counts as 50% of the entire vote.

--Elimination Process: 
  Round 1- Top 10 
  Round 2- Top 5
  Round 3- Top 3
If you plan to audition, please add this button to your blog's sidebar or post. If you plan to simply follow along, you're also welcome to grab a button!

From your blog, click on the title of the post that contains a picture of the project you want to enter. Then find the URL address of your post, highlight it and copy it. Then come here, click on the blue "Add your link" button, paste it, title it, and leave your email. You'll be taken to a page to choose the picture you'd like represented. Click "select," and then you're done. No flickr, instagram, facebook or Google+. Only enter one project!

--Make sure you have read everything above and below before entering. 

--All entries must be family friendly, and will be deleted if they are not. 

--I reserve the right to make any changes along the way as necessary! I commit to being fair and honest throughout this entire competition.

--You must be a follower of Family Ever After before entering. (You won't want to miss the behind-the-scenes action)!

--For anyone who would like to sew along, I have started a Sew-vivor Flickr group or you can post on Instagram with hashtag #sewvivor! (The themes are: emerald, buttons, and quilted)!

--Email or leave a comment if you have any questions!
--Auditions close on March 11 at midnight EST.
Top 10 will be announced on March 13 at 6am 10am EST.

Now the question is....
  Who will Sew-vive?


  1. FUN!! So excited for the contest to start and to see the Top 10! Thanks for hosting :)

  2. Can't wait to see all of the projects! Thanks for having such a fun and awesome competition!

  3. After my season of Project Run and Play, my husband made me swear that I wouldn't enter another competition again…. shhhh. :)

  4. I loved this competition last year, and am so excited to see it again!! I would love to enter but I know I just don't have the photography chops yet to have a chance. Maybe next year!

  5. I would love to join in the fun, however I am hopeless at blogging. I started a blog page at Blogger, but have yet to put anything on it. I don't know if I'd be able to handle the technical side of this adventure!

  6. Such fun projects already. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with in the challenges.

  7. This looks like so much fun! Whether or not I make it to the top 10 I will definitely be sewing along. I love the categories!

  8. I think I found your blog last year about the end of this competition! I just entered something this time just for fun!

  9. Awesome prizes!!! Wish I could sew ;) xoxo

  10. I found you from Diary of a Quilter. I have now subscribed to you and all the judges. Your blogs are awesome!!! I just posted my entry, Vintage Vogue. I am so excited to be part of this. I'm already thinking of my 3 projects. Thank you!!!

  11. So exciting! Thanks for the opportunity!

  12. woo hoo! Thanks for such a fun contest! Can't wait to see all the contestants! For some reason your button isn't showing up in my sidebar. I'll add it to my post and see if I can't figure it out! : )

  13. Hey Rach,
    I hope I can participate. if not, it will be fun to watch anyway! Enjoy your weekend. i will. It's going to be in the 80's tomorrow here!

  14. Can anyone help me add the Sew-vivor button to my Blogger blog? I am having trouble as I am new to blogging! Thanks in advance!!

  15. I'm throwing my project in the hat! What a fun idea! Even if I don't make it to the top 10 I'll still sew along!

  16. This competition looks amazing! Does a completed quilt TOP count? Or does the quilt have to be quilted and bound before it can be entered?

  17. Just curious about the "quilted" challenge - is the intent a pieced item, or quilted as in a pattern of stitching on a sandwich of fabrics and batting. The reason I ask is that if by some chance I make it into the competition (and even more unlikely to that week) I literally just completed a pieced dress that I was planning to post about. If a pieced item qualifies then I may hold off...

  18. Thanks so much for hosting this competition! What a great line up!

  19. I found you via Fashionable Fabrics, and wanted to say- thanks for hosting something open to international readers! This little Aussie is in like Flynn. Looking forward to following along ;) Sarah

  20. Hey Rach, I am coming over thanks to the, Lollyjane girls. I just entered!! You may or may not remember me when I was blogging under "Ruby Jean" I have the same blog just new name :) Looking forward to all the fun!!

  21. Sounds like great fun. This is the first time I've seen this and I was confused by the "There will be directions on how to enter next week" sentence under "Entry Rules." After reading last week's entry I figured out that this is the time to enter, but maybe you could just delete that sentence to clarify. Thanks. Now to see what I can cook up, I mean sew up, so I can enter!

  22. I am having the best time looking at all these great projects!


  23. Thank you so much for hosting this Rach! All of the entries are fantastic.


  24. Ooh I want to play, but, bad timing on my part, having just had a baby last Sunday, I'm not exactly dripping with sewing time right now. Definitely going to keep an eye on everybody else's projects though!

  25. Thanks, Rach, for hosting! I hope I make the top 10, but if not, it will be so much fun to watch all the creative competition :-)

  26. Oh dear, I'm not sure I made it by midnight! But, man, what a motivator to get her Easter dress done, LOL:) Can't wait to look through all the entries! Yeah Sew-Vivor!

  27. Missed it by half hour :-((
    Guess i will be sewing along!

  28. Oh so exciting!! It's begun!! Can't wait for Wednesday!!

  29. I was so excited when I found this competition on last Thursday. I wanted to create a new project and I had almost finished it when I got the flu and was too sick to complete it:( good luck to everyone that entered though and I can't wait to see what the top 10 come up with!

  30. I am having the best time looking at all these great projects!

  31. I enjoy reading youor articles. You really have a wonderful blogs. Keep up the good work. Thank you also for the information!



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