Single Pattern Competition

Welcome to the Single Pattern Contest!

This competition is a little different from the others. You are provided with a choice of specific patterns to play with, and then construct to change it up and make it your own. You can change the fabric, the concept, the height of neckline, hem and/or sleeves, embellishments, anything to be creative, the only caveat is that the judges must be able to visually identify which pattern(s) you began with. The patterns are a starting point: adapt it, transform it, have fun!

This year will be a little different from past years. There will be TWO Single Pattern Competitions! Yep, you read that right: We will be holding not only the competition for our own CC40 patterns, but will honor CC38 Single Patterns as well. We recognize that some people worked very hard on creating a single pattern entry for a con that sadly had to be canceled. So, in an effort to honor the work that CC38 put in to planning and the entries that were never seen, if you have already made an entry for CC38’s competition we will run a show for those patterns before the CC40 patterns. These 2 years’ worth of competitions will be held as separate shows running sequentially. Yes, you may enter both but be prepared for a quick change in the green room. However, you must tell me in advance that you are planning to do this. The CC38 will run at the beginning of the contest and you will need to quickly change back stage into your current contest entry, I will do my best to put you towards the end of the run time, but we cannot hold up the competition. Please, only folks who had originally planned to compete in Montreal should enter this, it is not to be an opportunity for just anyone to compete 2 outfits. We feel badly for those who did the work and didn’t get to show and are giving them a delayed opportunity.

Both competitions are expected to be held on Sunday after noon.

You must be a registered attendee of the current convention to enter or model garments in this contest.

The Single Pattern Competition will use a simple fashion-show walk-on (no skits or individual music), there is no tech-rehearsal. Entrants will meet with the judges in a separate area for workmanship judging, and then present their costume on stage while the MC reads a brief description that you will have provided on your registration form – one each for the CC38 patterns and/or one for the CC40 patterns.

Entrants may make and enter more than one garment, but each person may walk the stage only one time within each ‘show’.

And here are the Costume-Con 40 pattern choices!

Threads Magazine Custom Bog Coat

Link to Threads Magazine

PDF of Threads Magazine Custom Bog Coat Pattern


Simplicity 8769 Misses’ Costume Coats

Link to Simplicity Pattern 8769 page


Simplicity Pattern 5443 Women’s & Men’s Plus Size Scrubs

Link to Simplicity Pattern 5443 page


Virtual submissions will be happily accepted regardless of whether CC40 is live or entirely virtual! To submit a virtual Single Pattern entry, please arrange to video your costume in front of a plain background, do a simple walk on, slow turn and walk off out of frame. Do not bother with any sound, skit, or virtual background as that will be handled by the con and we are making everything uniform. If you wish to submit a video entry, please email regarding the necessary format to keep our tech folks happy.

If you have any questions, please email the director at singlepattern@Costume-Con40.org

Judy Mitchell
Single Pattern Director