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Expand Your Wardrobe! March 1 - March 31, 2011
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Date: 2/19/11 9:37 AM

Hi, for those who didn't read the Pre-contest Thread - I'm Pinkytoo and I'm very excited to be your contest manager for this year's Mini-Wardrobe Contest. I've done a few mini-wardrobes so I hope to be able to help as well as admire, cajole and cheerlead. The contest is now open to join so let the fun begin!

The contest runs from 12:01 am March 1 to 11:59 pm March 31 (all times U.S. EST)

Mini-Wardrobe Contest - Expand Your Wardrobe
March 1 through March 31, 2011

This is a contest to create a 5-piece wardrobe in 4 weeks. Four of these pieces must be sewn during the contest period. The 5th piece should be something that you already own. It can be a neutral item or a hard-to-match item that needs help getting incorporated into your daily wear.

These 5 items must combine to make a minimum of 6 different outfits.

Example: 2 bottoms & 3 tops. Each top matches both bottoms. This give 6 outfits.
Example: 2 bottoms, 2 tops, & a topper (eg, a shrug). Each top matches both bottoms, & the topper goes with all. This gives 8 outfits.
Extreme example for someone who likes layering: short sleeve tunic dress, skinny pants, turtleneck, shrug, long skirt. Potentially 13 outfits.

Storyboard: It is suggested that each entrant make a storyboard, which is a plan showing the planned garments and the minimum quantity of outfits. This will help the entrants visualize the garments together, and to complete the mini-wardrobe in the contest period. The storyboard can be drawn and posted in a work in progress (WIP) review that can be updated during the contest.

The actual entry review will be a "composite review" for the wardrobe itself. The composite review should have links to the individual reviews of each item. (If all items are from one wardrobe pattern, the one review will suffice.)

This wardrobe/ensemble may be created for men, women, or children. Doll clothing is not admissible. Accessories, while they may be made and showcased with the wardrobe, are not a part of this contest. An accessory that is not part of the official wardrobe will not count as one of the 5 items.

There will be a 1st place winner determined by Pattern Review member vote, and second winner randomly drawn from all qualified entries.

*Rules that apply to all contests:

1. All reviews must be entered for submission by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the last day of the contest. Contest dates will be listed for each contest.
2. Unless otherwise stated in the rules, patterns may be drafted, tweaked, and muslined before the contest date, but fabric for the pieces entered may not be laid out or cut till the start date of the contest. Fabric may be pretreated before the contest date.
3. Items intended for sale, or for which you were or will be paid to make, do not qualify for any contest, but items made for charity are welcome!
4. Unless otherwise stated in the rules, all reviews written for a contest entry must include a picture of the entry.

* Contest Eligibility

1. Any member of Pattern Review, either paying (FoPR) or non-paying, who's been a registered member on the site for 90 days prior to the start of a contest is eligible to enter.
2. Any member of Pattern Review, either paying (FoPR) or non-paying, who's been a registered member on the site for 90 days prior to the end of a contest is eligible to vote in a contest.
3. Any member who's won 1st place in a contest on Pattern Review ended in the previous 4 months is ineligible to win another contest (for that 4 month period).

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Date: 2/19/11 9:39 AM

Helpful Hint #1
Storyboard Tutorial from Angie

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Date: 2/19/11 10:01 AM

We have some questions from the Pre-Contest thread that I think might be useful for everyone to read:

Q. Can the piece that we already own be RTW?
A. Yes

Q. If the existing piece is a coat, can you count clothes+coat and clothes alone as two different outfits? E.g. skirt + blouse + coat, and also skirt + blouse?
A. Yes. A coat would be considered a "topper," the same as a cardigan or jacket. However, bear in mind the coat must coordinate with the other items; I don't think a winter wool coat would coordinate with a summery sleeveless dress...

Q. How strong is the meaning of 'the 5th piece SHOULD be something you already own'? Is it mandatory?
A. Yes, it is mandatory that the 5th piece is already in your wardrobe. The point of the contest is to expand your wardrobe - to make what you already have more useable.

For example, take my fantasy wardrobe that I posted in the pre-contest thread - a dress, jacket, pants, and top. With that I have a total of 5 outfits, which is stretching it (wearing the jacket without a top). However, if I add a pair of gray pants that I already have, then I have 8 outfits. If I add a silver twinset that I already have...well, I need a calculator to figure that out but I think I could make it through a month without repeating!

Also, some of you who already started your plan may be stymied by the addition of a garment already owned, but take a look around and see what you have. Aroura had planned a pair of cargo pants, a top, and a green skirt with a white embroidered edge. If she already has a white T-shirt, she's good to go. Raymondmom planned a beige/blue striped linen for pants, a beige cotton with a bit of stretch for a skirt, blue embroidred linen for a top, and a poly beige crepe for a blouse. Got a pair of jeans?




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Date: 2/19/11 10:27 AM

Pintytoo, thanks so much for starting up the official thread, and for all of the rule clarifications!

I admit, last night when I saw the 5 item (one that you own), 6 look change, I thought "Oh no!", mostly because most of what I currently own is old and/or ugly, lol. But after sleeping on it, I think this will actually allow for a lot more creativity. I was totally stumped on what to MAKE for my 4th item anyway (since I am not skilled enough, not do I have the correct materials to make a topper), but now I can use my favorite gray cardigan (it matches everything!)...also seen in my LBD reviews, so people know I already own it.

This also means I can make what I already said, (Top, cargo pants, skirt), and add in a dress! I've got 2 simplicity patterns I like, one is a used 80's style my MiL got me (I love this style) Simplicity 9887, one brand new from the winter catalog Simplicity 2249 , so I'll have to decide, but I think I can get 6 looks this way, please correct me if I'm wrong.

Top+Pants, Top+Pants+Cardi, Top+Skirt, Top+Skirt+Cardi, Dress alone, Dress+Cardi = 6 looks!

Well, now I have to decide if I want a more modern dress in lavender, or a more old fashioned look in black and gold floral, much like the fabric shown on in view A on the pattern itself (both fabrics are gifts from the same wonderful woman). Hmmm, which fits the over-all wardrobe? I'm terrible at color coordination. The lavender is going to be clashing (I think?) alongside the green skirt, but the dress and skirt don't have to match, right? Just the dress and cardi?

I'll HAVE to do a storyboard, and that sounds like fun! See what I mean about how contests inspire me and get those creative ideas flowing? I love it!

Pinkytoo, if anything now I'm even more excited! Thanks so much for posting the official thread and answering all those questions so quickly! I really look forward to joining in, and seeing what all the ladies (and men, if any join us), create!

Ps, sorry for my uber long, rambling posts.

-- Edited on 2/19/11 10:55 AM --

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Date: 2/19/11 11:22 AM

Can the 5th item be something that I've made? OR does it have to be RTW?
-- Edited on 2/19/11 11:22 AM --

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Date: 2/19/11 11:35 AM

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The lavender is going to be clashing (I think?) alongside the green skirt,

Not if you get a print with lavender and green and gray...and depending on the tones of each, I don't think lavender and green (like a spring green or kelly green) are clashing!

Here's a couple of samples I randomly picked off the FFC website

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Date: 2/19/11 11:36 AM

Q. Can the 5th item be something that I've made? OR does it have to be RTW?
A. Either, as long as you already have it!

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Date: 2/19/11 11:49 AM

Thanks Pinkytoo, you have a great point, thanks for the tips!
Very good example, the first print you have linked has colors pretty close to the ones I've got on hand, though my lavender is even a bit paler (maybe should be called Lilac?). The green is almost spot on.

I pulled out both fabrics, and they are both very pale spring-like colors, though both are solids (minus the embroidered edge). Next to each other, they look fine. Though I won't be wearing them together, they would look nice as part of a the same wardrobe.
But the black and gold looks good with the other fabrics, as well, so it's still a toss up. Though I'm now strongly leaning toward the lavender/lilac.

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Date: 2/19/11 12:00 PM

Thanks Pinkytoo!! I think I may be in on this one then.

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Date: 2/19/11 12:12 PM

I'm excited too - just ordered the fabric for my LBD (the Carolina Herrera black-on-black glen plaid). This is one dress that is definitely getting muslined before I cut into THAT fabric!

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