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"Sewing For Children" Rules     Managed By: velosewer

Sewing for Children

December 1 December 31 2012

This contest is a chance to sew something wonderful - a garment, home decor, or craft item, as long as it's sewn -- for a baby or a child (your own or someone else's, including items sewn for charity).

For the purposes of this contest, a child is a human from newborn to age 12, elementary school age (That would be up to and including grade 6), and who still fit into children's sizing. This contest is to showcase your items that are sewn for children, children's styles, children's sizes. If your child has matured and is into misses sizes then consider saving your contest sewing for a different contest. All patterns should be baby or children's sizing.

The rules for this contest:
1) Sew a garment, home decor item or craft intended for wear or use by a child (see definition above) or for decorating a baby's or child's room. Doll clothing is not included in this contest unless sewn along with a matching child's outfit.

2) Items may be based on commercial, free public-use or self-drafted patterns. Patterns may be new, never sewn before, or TNT.

3) The contest period runs December 1st to December 31st, 2012. Submitted item must be started on or after December 1st and completed and reviewed by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Dcember 31st 2012.

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.

4) More than one item can be entered in the contest.

5) Final products may be pictured on a dress form, worn by the garment's intended owner, or photographed in situ. Please consult with the contest moderator if none of these alternatives is feasible for you.

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


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.

Prizes for the Contest
Sponsored by
Sew it Up

First prize $100 Gift Certificate,
Random Prize $50 Gift Certificate.


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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