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"2013 Spring Pantone Contest" Rules     Managed By: Sigrid.

2013 Spring Pantone Contest

Spring is all about new colours, energy and of course:new outfits!

The 2013 Spring Pantone Fashion colour picks have been out for a while and the colours can be seen all over the runway. This Pantone contest encourages members to sew an outfit using these colours.

Here is a description of the palette from

This season, designers overwhelmingly address consumers' desire for self-expression, balance and the need to re-energize.

The prevalence of green this spring is undeniable. Like the first signs of spring, Tender Shoots, a vibrant yellow-green, is invigorating, active and cheerful, while Grayed Jade, a subtle, hushed green with a gray undertone, brings about a mood of quiet reflection and repose. Sophisticated Emerald, a lively, radiant green, inspires insight and clarity while enhancing our sense of well-being

Exotic African Violet is a statement color that brings a touch of intrigue to the palette, as purples often do, and can be incorporated into many unexpected combinations. Try pairing it with exuberant Poppy Red, a seductive, sensual and celebratory shade.

Nectarine, a bright, effervescent citrus orange with coral undertones, provides a tangy burst of flavor while cheerful Lemon Zest brings out a piquant taste with its refreshing, spritely greenish cast.

Signifying the time of day when everything starts to wind down, Dusk Blue offers a calming sense of serenity akin to its green counterpart, Grayed Jade. Both of these colors act as the season's newest neutrals. For an unexpected mix, pair Dusk Blue with the intensity of Nectarine.

A warm neutral, Linen is light and airy, providing a nude-like basic that is a must have for spring. Try pairing Linen with Grayed Jade or Dusk Blue.

Anchoring Monaco Blue is a classic shade that offers both stability and depth to the entire palette. Combine Monaco Blue with Poppy Red and Linen, or Monaco Blue and Emerald for a fresh collegiate look.

There are colors for women and colors for men. I'll post two pictures in a separate post.


1. Sew a two-piece outfit for a woman or a man. There are many possible combinations- blouse/pants, tee/skirt, dress/cardigan to name but a few. The two pieces must be able to be worn together. Note: Only two items may be made for this contest.

2. The 2013 Spring Pantone colours must be the prominent colour in the outfit. Note that there is a separate Pantone Spring 2013 palette for men. While other colours may be incorporated, the Pantone colour(s) used must be obvious. The fabric may be a solid, print, stripe etc.

3. Multiple 2013 Spring Pantone colours may be used and in fact is encouraged!

4. Stay as true to the Pantone shade as possible. For example- Monaco Blue is not navy. Linen could be some shades of champagne. If you are not certain if a colour is the right shade, the Contest Manager can help decide.

5. In the review, make sure that the colour (s) are identified with the Pantone colour name and number used.

6. Review each piece of the outfit separately, and make a composite Contest Review that links to those reviews. Enter the composite Contest Review to the contest NOT the individual reviews. The review must include photos. Outfits may be modeled on a person or a dressform/hanger, but please note that reviews that include photos of the outfit on an individual usually far better at voting time.
**Ensure that there is a photo of the complete outfit (shown together)
***The photos may only show the two items that qualify for this contest.

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

First Prize: $100 Gift Certificate
Second Prize: $50 Gift Certificate

Sponsored by Elliot Berman Textiles

Voting guidelines:

Each member can vote on up to five entries.

Voting will begin 2 days after the contest closes and will close 7 days after voting starts. For the Spring Pantone Contest entries will be closed April 30 at 11.59 EST. There will be a two day wait- May 1 and 2 so that the manager can ensure that all reviews fit the rules of the contest and are complete. Voting will begin on May 3 and end May 9th at 11.59 EST.

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? (if applicable)
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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