We are so excited! The match is ON. With nearly 100 entries, we had some very difficult decisions to make. We read every audition email, perused every blog, wowed over all of the beautiful, creative sewing links, attachments and stories… In the end we selected ten sewists we feel have both the style and skills to do well in the competition.

YOU can participate in the Community Match throughout the contest dates. We’ll have more info this week on how you can sew along to win some great prizes. Learn all about our Super Online Sewing Match II here, plus check out our fabric sponsors. Here’s the Match Calendar. We also have an awesome Grand Prize sponsored by Janome!

Now, let’s meet our contestants! Our first challenge kicks off tomorrow…

Shannon from Adventures of a Young Seamstress

Shannon blogs at Adventures of a Young Seamstress. She is an eighteen-year old microbiology student and writes, “I love sewing, knitting, and vintage fashion as my creative outlet.” This is Shannon in a dress she made from a duvet cover! We also loved her high school graduation dress, her Bombshell Swimsuit and so much more.

Teresa from Dandelion Drift

Teresa Behr of Dandelion Drift (and Instagram) is a prolific sewist who really wears the garments she sews, like her recent Syrah Skirt, Southport Dress and Shoreline Boatneck. Teresa knows her style and shares it beautifully.

Kristina (@kehdeebee)

Kristina writes, “I’m a born-and-reared-and-educated-and-matured-Southern city girl who now lives in suburban New Jersey.” Kristina focuses a lot on sewing work-appropriate dresses, and sent us a great selection of shots from her Me-Made-May participation this year. Find more from Kristina on Instagram, like some of her pretty Me-Made-May selfies.

Barbara of Zibergirl Sews

Barbara of Zibergirl Sews has over fifty years of sewing experience. Barbara writes, “I definitely am a ‘sewing’ fashion fan. I subscribe to Burda, Threads and Seamwork magazines, plus I follow many great sewing blogs. I enjoy sewing up designs from indie pattern companies, as well as the Big Four. Sewing for me is how I creatively express myself. I’ve perfected my skills over the years, but still enjoy the challenge and the process of making something for the first time.” Barbara’s fun personality shines through in her photos and the garments she sews! This is Barbara’s latest dress, a Cambie with great use of the fabric design.

Cheryl from Red Knits

Cheryl blogs at Red Knits and she’s also active on Instagram. We fell in love with her recent colorful birthday dress, but every one of Cheryl’s dresses suit her well like her very latest Royal Green.

Leah from Sew Spoiled

Leah from Sew Spoiled writes, “I love to sew! I love sharing that love with anyone and everyone I meet. I enjoy making new garments, bags and accessories. I have a preppy style, with bright, upbeat fabrics. I love a challenge. I learn so much from each sewing pattern… That is why I make so many pieces.” We love Leah’s enthusiasm, and her Scallop Skirt, Coat, Cecelia Dress and more!

Meredith from Olivia Jane Handcrafted

Meredith of Olivia Jane Handcrafted used to have a Janome Memory Craft 9000 to meet all of her sewing needs. She writes, “Unfortunately it suddenly died and is beyond repair (the part is no longer made), so I have been doing 100% of my sewing on my five year old daughter’s Hello Kitty machine. This has been a massive learning experience and I have, thankfully, been able to adapt so that my garments and bags and other projects still look clean and professionally finished even though the machine lacks a finishing stitch. Hello, French seams!” Meredith is feeling the incentive to win the match, and she has the skills to compete; she sent us some beautiful, detailed examples of her work.

You can also find Meredith on Instagram.

Lori from Sewing Myself Stylish

Lori of Sewing Myself Stylish is also on Instagram. She shares, “I would love to strut my stuff as a seamstress and artsy type who loves putting twists on basic projects.” We really like all of the polished, pretty garments Lori shared with us; she sews for herself and for her daughter.

Tanya from Mrs. Hughes

Tanya of Mrs. Hughes has an impressive archive of both contemporary and retro garments, with recent “favorite me-mades” like her 1950’s Embroidered Peasant Dress and her Jenny Lee Dress. Tanya is also a regular on Instagram.

Michelle from Sewn Henge

Michelle from Sewnhenge (and Instagram) gets a lot of satisfaction from perfecting patterns to fit her style and body, like this Burda dress— pictured– and this self-drafted, one yard dress. We can see the joy she gets from her “selfish sewing” (which inspires us to do more of the same!).