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The 13th Quarterly Challenge is over, so it is time to start thinking about the next one!

Challenge #14 is entitled “UNDER IT ALL”

Show us your costume undergarments!  Have a frilly underskirt, a fabulous corset, a unique pair of knickers?  This is the challenge for you!

The submission deadline on July 1st, 2017 at midnight CST.

The Rules

1. The submissions window opens on April 1st, 2017 and closes July 1st, 2017 at midnight CST. Any costume/garment/piece finished within the last year qualifies. When you began your costume doesn’t matter as long as it was FINISHED within the time period of 4/1/2016 – 7/1/2017.

2. This challenge encompasses all sorts of costuming genres– fantasy, vintage, historical, etc.– and all types of undergarments including corsets, stays, pairs of bodies, bras, knickers, bloomers, bustles, hoop skirts, shifts, chemises, petticoats, corset covers, camisoles, slips, stockings, garters, and more! Creative interpretations are welcome. Entries can be single garment or a set.

3. The garment (s) must have been made or majorly modified by you. Ideally, for this challenge, judges are looking for garments that you made completely yourself, but majorly modded and creatively re-purposed items can still be submitted. We want to see your creativity and hard work on display, not someone else’s! Recreations of fashion plates, paintings, digital artwork, etc. are fine, but if you do reinterpret or take inspiration from someone else’s previous design, please give proper credit to them in your submission description.

— You are not required to enter a challenge to join the Facebook Group, but it is encouraged!—

How to Submit Your Challenge Entry

Challenge entries must be submitted to:

before midnight CST on July 1st, 2017.

Submissions must include Your name, a TITLE for your entry, Up to 5 PICTURES, and a DESCRIPTION.

PHOTOS: Photos are VERY IMPORTANT and can make or break an entry! You are welcome to pose in your undergarments for the photos, but some people prefer not to have photos of themselves in their knickers all over the internet, so undergarments can be modeled by mannequins, dress forms, or laid out neatly on a clean background. Please keep photos “Safe for Work!” Make sure you have at least one straight-on front shot so all the details can be seen. Include close-ups of specific details you are proud of like embellishment, stitching, texture, etc.

DESCRIPTION: Along with your photos, include a description of your piece. Tell us about what makes your entry special! Did you try any new techniques? Is it made for particular person/persona? Have you worn it to any events? If you ran into any problems you had to tackle, tell us how you solved them. Judges greatly appreciate construction details!

See sample submission here.

Be sure to give credit to any artists if you chose to reinterpret their artwork!

If you can, please include a photo of the artwork and/or a link to the original source.

HAVE FUN! This is not something we want you to agonize over. This is to be a fun and inspiring challenge for you as a costumer to help you grow and express yourself. And if the entire thing doesn’t get finished? Oh well! Share or submit what you have!

Limit of two (2) entries per person per challenge.


Costumes posted in Facebook comment sections will not be counted as part of the challenge—they must be submitted via email ( to qualify. Contestants can share the progress of their outfits on their blogs or on the Shear Madness Facebook page. However, please do not post entries in their final state on the Facebook page until after judging is complete.

Judging and Awards

The judges will review the entries and the winners will be announced during the first week of July 2017. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners, as well as honorable mentions as chosen by the judges. Winners will be given a Shear Madness logo with their winning placement for display on their blog/website and will have their creations featured in the header on the Facebook group page from July 2017 to October 2017. All submissions will have a photo featured on the Challenge’s final blog post!

Group administrators and moderators have the final say on any rules for challenges and may update them as needed.


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