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"Costume Contest" Rules     Managed By: Sharonspils

2012 Costume Contest

Get out your sewing machines, your scissors and your glue guns- Halloween is around the corner!

The Costume Contest will begin October 1 and run until October 31st.

This contest is not meant only for Halloween costumes. Any type of costume is eligible - a Santa costume for Christmas, an outfit for a Ren Fair or a Comic Con costume.

Patterns may be previously used or first time patterns. It is not a requirement of the contest that a commercial pattern be used. It is highly recommended that if you are using a self drafted pattern, or no pattern, that you write a review that clearly outlines how the costume was made.

Items cut and/or sewn prior to October 1st are not eligible for entry in the contest.

You can enter as many items as you want in the contest.

Costumes may be made for adults, children, babies, or pets.

A review including photos is required for each item which is entered in the contest. (If the item is made from the same pattern you've reviewed once, you can update that review and enter it into the contest.)

Prizes
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


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).

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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