Announcing the Muse Loves Merino sewing contest

When looking for fabric for the website samples of the Tahi pattern, several gorgeous lengths of jewel-coloured New Zealand merino leapt out, demanding to be stroked and loved. And since merino deserves to be shared, we then started thinking - how best to share this with the wonderful Muse customers?

And right then and there, in the middle of the fabric store, the idea of a sewing contest formed. Three generous lengths of top-quality merino knit were purchased, along with matching thread, for three sewing contest prizes. And now, it's your chance to win a length of that lovely, snuggly, gorgeously soft New Zealand merino!

Yes, that's right. We're running a sewing contest, from now until the end of November.

There are three categories:

  • Knit tops
  • Dresses
  • Skirts

Each category has a prize of a generous length of gorgeous merino knit, plus matching thread, shipped to the winner anywhere in the world. Here's the colours that can be won.

Knit tops contest: the winner will receive a 2m length of bright blue merino wool and matching thread:


Dresses contest: the winner will receive a 1.9m length of extra-wide merino in a dark teal blue shade, with matching thread:


Skirts contest: the winner will receive a 2m length of forest green merino and matching thread (this one is more green than in the photo. Sadly the colour refused to cooperate with the camera!):


Aren't they gorgeous?! It was a lot of fun choosing which colours to give away as prizes!

And now, let's talk about how to enter!

All you have to do is sew up a Muse pattern during November 2015. You can keep it simple with the original pattern, or modify it however much you like! Then show it to us in one of the following ways:

  • Instagram it with the hashtag #muselovesmerino
  • Email us a photo or a link to a blog post showing your creation

We'll round all the entries up onto a page on the Muse website, and choose a winner for each category at the start of December.

You can enter as many times as you like, as long as each entry meets these three simple rules:

  • The garment was created using a Muse pattern, 
  • It was sewn during November 2015,
  • You show it to us before 1 December via Instagram or email


Keen to join in? To kick things off, you can get 10% off any Muse patterns between now and 8 November with the code 'MUSEMERINO'.


  • Kat at Muse Patterns

    Hi Adrienne,

    A Sophie sweater would be super cute! There’s a tutorial on the Muse website on how to make a sweater (or tshirt) using the Jenna pattern – it would apply for the Sophie as well, in case it’s useful for you. :-)

    The distance between shoulder and bust is a bit longer than average, so I would strongly recommend checking it on you before you cut your fashion fabric. Since the Sophie pattern is designed for knits, it will be pretty easy to fold out the extra length and smooth out the seam for joining the sleeve. Just remember that you’ll need to remove length from the upper section of the sleeve as well – make sure the seam lines are the same length where the sleeve joins the front bodice, and again where it joins the back bodice. :-) The other areas it would be worth checking are the shoulder width (although this should be pretty forgiving for a raglan sleeve knit design, if you make any other Muse patterns you’ll almost certainly need to narrow the shoulders) and the sleeve length.

    If you have any problems or any questions, send me an email ( and I’ll see what I can do to help. :-)

    Happy sewing!
    – Kat

  • Adrienne

    Thanks for giving me the push to try one of your patterns! I have been longing after your creative knit patterns, but I worry because I am only 5’2. I am going to attempt to make the collared Sophie cardi (which I just bought) into a sweater!

    I do have one question about the pattern- as they are designed for such tall women, would you say the space between the shoulder and bust is longer than average, and not just the waist area? Being proportionally petite, this is an alteration I sometimes need to make (though I can usually ignore it by raising the bust dart if the neckline isn’t too revealing). This may be a challenging alteration with a raglan sleeve, but I want to be armed with the knowledge beforehand!


  • Kat at Muse Patterns

    Hi Chris,

    The lack of pattern options for tall women was one of the key reasons that Muse was started – I’m exactly the same height as you. ;-)

    Hope you enjoy the Sophie!

    - Kat

  • Kat at Muse Patterns

    Hi Michelle,

    Yes, the contest is open to everyone, no matter where you live! :-)

    Cardigan patterns definitely count as knit tops, and so does the new Tahi shrug pattern. Every Muse pattern will fit one of the contest themes, with the exception of the Melissa blouse variation (we felt it would be too hard to compare blouses with knit tops, and it would be unfair to compare blouses with dresses).


  • Michelle

    Nice! I have a couple of questions:

    Is the contest open to international contestants (I know that shipping to the US from NZ can be expensive.) Do your cardigan patterns count (as knit tops, I’d guess)?

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