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2023 Joyful Dressing Challenge Winner and Sweepstakes

You’ve voted Nisan Aktürk the winner of the 2023 Threads Digital Ambassadors’ Joyful Dressing Challenge. Nisan edged out her three competitors with a four-piece collection that included a linen blouse on which she hand-embroidered 50 motifs of her favorite things. Take a victory lap, Nisan, now that the Threads audience has selected your entry as their favorite!

We have also drawn and notified the winner of the Joyful Dressing Challenge sweepstakes. Be sure to check your emails if you voted in this challenge, as you may be the lucky recipient of the prize package valued at more than $500.

For this challenge, we had asked Threads Digital Ambassadors Nisan Aktürk, Pamela Howard, JW Loveday, and Gilbert Muniz to each sew a look that sparks their joy through the use of color, texture, and/or a silhouette. It could be based on a happy memory, hopeful plan or dream, a favorite activity, television show, book, exhibition, artwork, or whatever has given them positive energy.

“Many many thanks to everyone who voted for my entry,” Nisan says. “Pam’s, Gilbert’s, and Justin’s creations were all incredible, and it was so much fun to know we were all working from the same prompt all across the world.”

Learn how each ambassador interpreted this challenge while sewing beautiful garments.

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See the Joyful Dressing Challenge ensembles

Nisan Aktürk created a four-piece collection she can easily mix and match for every day. She explains her fabric and pattern choices and then details her techniques for hand-embroidering and finishing the linen shirt in her collection.

Pamela Howard sewed an Yves Saint Laurent-inspired safari jacket. This jacket lover shares her plan  and then walks through the fine lining, stitching, and clean-finishing techniques she used to complete the garment.

JW Loveday made a two-piece outfit consisting of a tie-dye shirt and polka dot shorts. He explains his garment choices, outfit design decisions, and pattern changes for the shorts. Then he discusses working with the tie-dye print for his self-drafted dress shirt with hidden-button placket.

Gilbert Muniz created a multicolored fabric print, then designed and sewed a vibrant dress with the help of artificial intelligence and a fabric printing service. Learn how he came up with the dress design in his first installment, and then discover the ins and outs of using a fabric printing service from his experience.

Voting closed June 22, 2023

We tallied the votes received between May 24 and 11:59 p.m. eastern time June 22, 2023 and the Threads ambassador with the most votes has been declared the 2023 Threads Digital Ambassadors’ Joyful Dressing Challenge favorite.

 A sweepstakes winner, too

Successfully cast votes entered each voter into a drawing for one prize package valued at more than $500 from sponsors ClothingLabels4U.com, Fit for Art Patterns, International Bra Sewing Bee, and Threads magazine.

The sweepstakes winner was selected by a random drawing in June and has been notified. The winner receives:

  • From ClothingLabels4U.com, a $100 gift card toward the purchase of woven or printed labels
  • From Fit for Art Patterns, one each of the patternmaker’s four core patterns—the Carpe Diem Dress & Tunic, Tabula Rasa Jacket, Tabula Rasa Knit Tee & Tunic, and Eureka! Pants that Fit in print format, sizes XS to 3XL, valued at $90
  • From International Bra Sewing Bee, a one-year subscription to The Vault: Full Collection, valued at $199
  • From Threads, Pamela Leggett’s 2023 e-learning classes, Fashion Serge and Serger Techniques, plus the book Sew Smarter, Better & Faster (The Taunton Press, 2014), valued at $124.93.

Fit for Art Pattern prize


Threads prizes for 2023 Digital Ambassadors' Joyful Dressing Challenge

Voting was open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states and D.C., 18 years or older as of the date of entry. Votes needed to be received between 12:01 a.m. May 24, 2023, and 11:59 p.m. June 22, 2023. No purchase was necessary to enter or win. See the full Official Rules for details. Void where prohibited.


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  1. melindy | | #1

    It wasn't easy picking who to vote for--they were all four fabulous and creative designs!

    1. jclegg | | #3

      Yes! All of us at Threads had the same reaction.

  2. carebear128 | | #2

    I'm surprised by the lack of color in a "joyful" dressing challenge!

    1. jclegg | | #4

      Thanks for your comment. Color does bring lots of people joy. We noticed, especially with this challenge, that everyone defines joyful dressing differently. That's what made this challenge so much fun. For some, the greatest joy is in sewing and wearing neutral tones with a focus on fine construction and sewing details. For others, choosing and mixing colors, while sewing beautifully, brings happiness. Having been lucky enough to see all the garments in person, I must say that all are inspiring me to get back to the sewing room!

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