Who’s ready for summer? Or maybe you live where it’s summer now- or summer all year round (lucky you!)
IF you enjoy hot weather, lounging by the pool, splashing around in the ocean, showing off your curves, or swimming a hundred laps, then this is the contest for you!
Sew a bathing suit (swimsuit) for a female, man or child.
We will be limiting this contest to actual bathing suits. The following is a list of what will fall under the accepted items.
Bathing suit- one piece, two piece or tankini
UV protected wear swim wear
Swimming accessories such as cover-ups, Yoga wear, running attire or other leisure wear will not be allowed in this contest.
If you are thinking of entering the contest but are not sure if your item is appropriate for the contest, please contact the Contest Manager.
You may sew for a woman, man or children.
Fabric does not HAVE to be “swimsuit” fabric”.
You may use a commercial pattern, or draft a pattern yourself.
Vintage patterns are acceptable.
At least one photo is required to be in the review for this contest. While we would love to see a photo of you sporting your finished swimsuit, we do understand that not everyone is comfortable posing for a “swimsuit shot” A photo of the swimsuit on a dress form will be accepted. Of course a review with more than one photo is always appreciated, especially photos of construction and details.
The 1st and 2nd place winners will be decided by member vote.
1st prize $100 gift certificate from SCHMETZneedles
2nd prize $75 gift certificate from SCHMETZneedles
Standard Contest Rules
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.
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!
Unless otherwise stated in the rules, all reviews written for a contest entry must include a picture of the entry.
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.
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.
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).
Guidelines for Voting on Contests:
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.
You may choose to assign a point value to each of the following criteria in order to narrow down your choices.
How well does the garment/collection/ensemble/item fit the criteria stated in the contest rules? How well does it fit the spirit of the rules?
Are the construction methods, including but not limited to seam finishes, lining techniques, etc, well suited to the design? To the fabric?
Is the fabric choice well suited to the design? Are the lining and interfacing choices appropriate?
Is the review complete and well written?
Taking into account the stated ability level of the entrant, how well does the garment fit?
Creative points. You may choose to give credit here for extras including embellishment, creative interpretation of patterns, creativity in creating a pattern, or even for having the restraint to leave something strikingly simple.
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.