Dear ASDP Board

2021 Threads Challenge Theme:

The Salvage/Selvage Challenge

Smart designers and sewers are mindful of their materials. They see potential in a wide range of fabric sources and find ways to use them creatively. This year, Threads challenges you, the members of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals, to expand your definition of fabric and incorporate pre-worn garments into your designs. We also ask you to include coordinating yardage and make use of it all the way to the edge.

We would like you to create a garment or ensemble worthy of a professional setting, whether that means going to an office or appearing in a high-definition video conference from your home workspace. Please define the “office” you are designing for. Consider how your ensemble will look in that space. You may need a head-to-toe look for giving in-person presentations, or an outfit that looks dynamic on camera from the waistline up, with a comfortable, easy-to-wear bottom half.

Your entry should contain at least 25 percent fabric or design elements from one or more used ready-to-wear garments. You may select garments from your own closet or another source. We encourage you to look at menswear, knits, and even special-occasion dresses, in addition to more conventional office-wear pieces, when you are choosing pieces to upcycle. Feel free to incorporate embellishments, closures, and other features from the garments you pick. The remaining fabric can be of your choice, but you must include a total of at least 36 inches of visible fabric selvage in the design. You can use it as a finished edge on your design or cut it from the fabric and turn it into a trim.

We request that you document the original garments in photographs before taking them apart or otherwise modifying them (at least one full-length image; two if the front and back come into play in your finished design). In your artist’s statement, let us know which elements you used, and why and how you chose them. We are excited to see how you bring new life to garments and fabric pieces that might otherwise be discarded.

Questions? Contact the Challenge coordinator at

Challenge Terms:

The Challenge is open to formal, emeritus, 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

Important Dates To Remember:

April 2, 2021: Intent to Enter Form and fees submitted online by 10:00 PM EDT.

April 30, 2021: Entry Number(s) sent to Entrant via email. First round submissions will be handled electronically, so please add to your safe list and save all Challenge related emails.

August 2, 2021: 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 15, 2021: Notification of status of all entries by email.

October 28, 2021: Finalist entries are due at Conference for final judging.

October 29, 2021: Winners will be announced at Conference during the Runway Fashion Show and Member Showcase.

Threads Challenge Documents

Challenge Terms and Schedule

Entry Submission Requirements

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