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"Mini Wardrobe" Rules     Managed By: Pinkytoo

Mini-Wardrobe Contest - Expand Your Wardrobe

This contest runs from Sept. 1st to Sept. 30th.

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, known as the KEY item, can be something you already own, something you purchase, something you have made in the past, something you are sewing now or something you make during the contest. The KEY item must work with all the other pieces. It needs to co-ordinate with the other four ITEMS, but need not be included in every OUTFIT.**

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

Example: 2 bottoms, 2 tops, & a topper (eg, a shrug) as the KEY item. Each top matches both bottoms, & the topper goes with all. This gives 8 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 will not count as one of the 5 items.

Examples using the 5th item
You make for the contest:
long buttoned shirt
and the KEY item is leggings.
The leggings can be worn with the shirt alone, with the tee alone, with the tee and shirt.
They could be worn under the shorts
They could be worn under the skirt

Example: Your KEY item is a top. The top must COORDINATE with all other ITEMS in the wardrobe.

The Key Item definitely does NOT need to be worn with every item. The spirit of the contest is that if someone has a top that they want to be the Key Item, then they can also have a dress or another top that coordinates with it (i.e. similar fabric or color or style) but doesn't literally have to be worn on top of or underneath the second item. The second piece (the dress or other top in the example) needs to be tied to the Key Item via another piece - jacket, topper, pants, etc.

Another example:
If jeans are the Key Item and a dress coordinated with the jeans (denim dress?) and the tops/jackets/toppers made to go with the jeans also worked with the dress, it could be considered a collection without actually wearing the jeans with the dress. The jeans can be tied to the dress via the additional pieces - tops, blouse, jackets, toppers, etc. If you can wear a top/jacket with the jeans and the same top/jacket with the dress, the jeans coordinate with the dress. For instance, a white cami style top could be worn with the jeans and the same white top could be worn under the dress. Or perhaps a white blouse as a top with jeans and as a "jacket" over the dress.


The first- and second-place winners will be decided by member vote.
Prizes: First and Second Prize winners will receive a complimentary swatch service (a $30 value) AND a $75 Gift Certificate to shop at Vogue Fabrics Store.

Q: Does everything have to be able to be worn at the same time?
A: No, but the entire collection needs to coordinate and the Key Item should be viewed as the anchor to your collection.

Q: Can I make my KEY item now?
A: Yes - HOWEVER only the KEY item can be made now.

Q: Do I have to use a commercial pattern?
A: No, you can use a self-drafted pattern, a frankenpattern, a downloaded pattern or no pattern at all!

Q: Can I make a muslin and/or alter a pattern before the contest, or use a pattern I have used before?
A: Yes - HOWEVER, no cutting into the fabric to be used in the contest before Sept. 1 (with the exception of the KEY item noted above).

Q: Do I have to use different patterns for each item?
A: No. You can use the same pattern as many times as you wish as long as you have 5 items - including the KEY item - that combine to make a minimum of 6 different outfits.

Q: Can I make more than 5 items?
A: Yes - please remember that the KEY item must also coordinate with all other items entered in the contest.

Q: Does the wardrobe have to be street clothes?
A: No! You could make a lingerie wardrobe, a swimsuit wardrobe, a workout wardrobe, or whatever as long as it follows all the other rules.

Rules that apply to all Contests:

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.
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:

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 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). For this contest, first-place winners from the following contests are NOT eligible to win:

The first- and second-place winners will be decided by member vote.

First prize : To be Announced
2nd prize: To be Announced

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. 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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