Dear ASDP Board

2024 Threads Challenge Theme:

Top to Bottom Challenge


Threads asks the members of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals to create a dress with an innovative collar and coordinating hem design.

Your entry should be a one-piece garment, with the silhouette and proportions of your choice and designed for the occasion or use of your preference. The collar may be cut in one with the bodice or attached with a seam. The hem can be subtle or detailed.

A key goal in this challenge is to work toward a cohesive design, in which every element complements the garment as a whole. Whether you create something highly detailed or minimalist, keep your editing eye attuned.

At each step of your process, ask yourself what might be changed, added, or removed to achieve true cohesion. You will know when you get to "yes," and we look forward to meeting you there.

Questions? Contact the Challenge coordinator at challenge@sewingprofessionals.com


Challenge Terms:

The Challenge is open to formal and retired members with at least one year of continuous membership in the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals. Entrants must maintain their membership in good standing throughout the entire Challenge process, from submission of Intent to Enter through publication of winning garments by the magazine. The winner of Best Overall is asked to serve as a judge for the next year's challenge, and therefore cannot enter.

If you are currently a student, emerging, or patron of ASDP and would like to change membership categories so you can enter, contact the VP of Membership at membership@sewingprofessionals.com.


2024 Challenge Guidelines and Schedule

Submission Requirements


Important Dates To Remember:

April 10, 2024: Intent to Enter Form and fees submitted online by 10:00 PM EDT. 

May 8, 2024: Entry Number(s) sent to Entrant via email. First round submissions will be handled electronically, so please add challenge@sewingprofessionals.com to your safelist and save all Challenge related emails.

August 15, 2024: First round entry submissions are due 10:00 PM EDT as registered on the Challenge inbox. Complete the Challenge Submission Form online. You will be attaching your photos, Artist Statement and Runway Commentary in the form. You will also need to complete the Fashion Show and Member Showcase Entry form.

September 25, 2024: Notification of status of all entries by email.

October 24, 2024: Finalist entries are due at Conference for final judging.


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