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2014 Pants Contest
May 16 - June 15 2014
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Date: 5/10/14 9:33 AM

Greetings! I'm Kelly and I'll be the contest manager for the Pants contest.

This contest is to sew a pair of pants (trousers in the UK) for yourself or someone else. For the purposes of this contest, we will define pants as a two legged garment made out of a woven or stretch woven fabric with a closure (zipper or button fly). Jeans do not qualify for this contest. You can sew any other type of two legged, long trousers (wide leg, straight leg, skinny leg, boot cut). They can be casual or dressy and lined or unlined. Ultimately, your pants will be judged on how well they fit given the style, how nicely they are sewn and the special details you add to make them stand out from the crowd (eg: pockets, cuffs, waistband, interesting finishes).

The rules for this contest:

- Make a pair of pants that fits the spirit of the description above.
- Your pants must be made out of a woven or stretch woven fabric. Jeggings or leggings do not qualify for this contest.
- Not allowed in this contest: overalls, rompers, capris, shorts, jumpsuits/onesies, pull-on/elastic waist pants, and jeans. Ankle length or traditional length pant legs are allowed. Trousers made of denim are allowed (they must have a trouser cut and styling rather than a jeans cut and styling).
- You must take a minimum of 3 photos for this contest. We would like to see the front of the pants and the back when worn. We would also like to see at least one photo of any special detail or finishing you added, such as pockets, cuffs, waistband treatment, lining, etc. A composition photo is helpful but not required.
- Self-drafted or commercial patterns are allowed. Combinations of multiple patterns or self-drafted and commercial patterns are allowed.
- Pants may be for women, men, or children but doll clothes are not allowed.
- Entrants must submit photos on live model because fit is a key criteria for voting.
- First and second place winners will be selected through a vote open to members of PR. Voters should select the entry that has the best fit. Quality of construction and evaluation of how well the entry meets the guidelines of this contest should also be taken into consideration when voting.

General Rules for all Contests

All reviews must be entered for submission by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the last day of the contest. It is suggested to start your review as a Work In Progress (private or public) so that you can get any bugs ironed out prior to the deadline.
2. Patterns MAY be muslined prior to the start of this contest however; fabric for contest garment may NOT be cut prior to the start of the contest. Fabric may be pretreated before the start of the contest.
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, preferably on a live model.
5. Interpretation of rules is subject to the discretion of the contest manager and the contest committee.

Contest Eligibility: ***Rule #1 is changed for 2013

1. Any member of Pattern Review, either paying (FoPR) or non-paying, who is a registered member on the site before the contest begins 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 first place in a contest on Pattern Review that ended in the previous four-month period is ineligible to win another contest (during that four-month period).

The first, second and third place winners will be decided by member vote. Prizes will be awarded to the first and second place winners.

Prizes for the contest

Sponsored by StyleArc Australia!


First Prize:50 AUD Gift Certificate
Second Prize: 25 AUD Gift Certificate

Voting guidelines:

Each member can vote on up to five entries.

Voting will begin 2 days after contest closes and will close 7 days after voting starts.

Because of the high quality of the garments we're seeing entered in PR Contests, we're setting forth some guidelines that may help you choose when voting. Consider how well the entry fulfills each of the following criteria in order to narrow down your votes:
1. Does the garment clearly reflect the pattern's line drawing?
2. How well does the garment fit the criteria stated in the contest rules? How well does it fit the spirit of the rules?
3. Are the construction methods, including but not limited to seam finishes, lining techniques, etc, well suited to the design? To the fabric?
4. Is the fabric choice well suited to the design? Are the lining and interfacing choices appropriate?
5. Is the review complete and well written?
6. Taking into account the stated ability level of the entrant, how well does the garment fit?
7. Creative points. You may choose to give extra credit here for an entry that reflects additional creativity (embellishment, fabric choice, etc.) while staying within the nature of the original pattern.
8. Complexity of the project. Relate this to the skill level of the participant. If a participant is a beginner then a princess seam may get the same complexity level as an underarm gusset gets for an advanced sewer. This is purely subjective, but a complex garment might garner more points than a simple one if a tie-breaker is needed.

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-- Edited on 5/13/14 12:24 PM --

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Date: 5/10/14 11:23 AM

Could we get clarification on the difference between trousers and jeans? I'm a bit foggy there.

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Date: 5/10/14 4:49 PM

If there are any questions regarding rules, clarification or any other issues that arise, I will add the question and answer here. That will save you from having to scroll through numerous pages of discussion for answers.

Q: What is the difference between pants and jeans?

Typical jeans might include rivets, a jeans button or button fly, top stitching (often gold), flat felled seams, a back yoke, back patch pockets and/or be the classic "5 pocket" style, and often have less ease than trousers.

None of these elements on its own makes a pair of trousers a jean, but contestants should judge whether what they are sewing would be sold as trousers or jeans as RTW, or would be worn as jeans or trousers.

There was a jeans contest in 2013 which is why this contest is identified as pants/trousers. Pants/trousers can be made of denim.


-- Edited on 5/10/14 11:15 PM --

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Date: 5/11/14 8:41 AM

I need to make myself some pants, so this contest is at the right time for me. Now to decide on a style & pattern.

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Date: 5/11/14 9:27 AM

Months and months ago I signed up for the two Craftsy classes from Sandra Betzina. I decided now was the time to do those classes. One is mainly on fitting and the other on making her Vogue pants pattern. So I am in.

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Date: 5/11/14 9:38 PM

I have started to trace model 134 from this April's Burda magazine. (For some reason, I can't put a picture in this post, but here is a link to it: pants 134).

I have not yet found fabric to my liking. I have some blue/black denim that I could use, but I am not sure that this is what I want to use.

I also hope that I will have time to complete the pants before the end of the contest. I know I will be pretty busy in the next few weeks...
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Date: 5/14/14 1:43 PM

I'm tracing a Burda magazine pattern too. I might make a quick pair to test the fit.

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Date: 5/14/14 2:36 PM

What a great opportunity to work on pants fitting. I definitely am in and hope to perfect a pair, which will actually fit me when I'm done. What I'd like to do is make it easy to alter, based on loosing/gaining a few pounds. I will use my SureFit Pants Designing kits and probably details from another pattern, work on some welt pockets and things like that I never do.

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Date: 5/14/14 3:12 PM

I will be sewing along for this contest! It's about time I had another pair of red pants!!!!

I had a well-loved pair of RTW red wide leg pants that are sadly now about 2 sizes too small. But I have a perfect cut of RPL in the stash and a pattern in mind. :)

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My Big 4 Sizing: Medium | Tops 14/16 | Pants 18 | Skirts 16/18.

My Measurements: 36 HB | 38.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

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Date: 5/14/14 3:32 PM

I'm have a muslin for pants in process.
They're from Sandra Betzina's Craftsy class. It's OOP now but in another Craftsy class, One Pattern, Many Looks: Pants with Kathy Ruddy (yes I'm hopeless at fitting pants!) she says it's a well drafted pattern. So I'm going to join you all in sewing pants. I really need new pants!!




Vogue 2948
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HB: 34"
B: 37.5"
Under B: 32.5
W: 29"
H: 38.5"

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