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"August Challenge Contest - Sewing for Men" Rules     Managed By: Sarsez

This two-week Challenge is geared towards the men in our lives. The challenge is to sew an article of clothing- pants, shorts, tee, shirt, jacket, bathing suit etc for a man. You can sew for your husband, father, boyfriend, son, the guy next door who never wears a shirt (but should!), or yourself if you are a guy member of PR!

The rules are simple.

1. Sew any article of clothing for a man. Acceptable garments include shirts, tees, jackets, pants, shorts, sleepwear, beachwear. Accessories don't count in this contest.

2. The project must be started and completed within the two-week time frame (August 1- 15, 2013). You may mockup the project beforehand, but the fabric you are using for the contest must not be cut out or pinned until after midnight on August 1.

3 .Review the garment including at least one photo. If you can't convince your guy to pose wearing it, a photo on a dressform or a hanger will suffice.

4. The garment must be adult men's sizing. While there is no absolute age minimum, the person you are sewing for should fit into at least a men's small. Eligibility of sizing is up to the discretion of the Contest Manager and the Contest Committee.

We are looking forward to seeing what you all sew for the men in your life!


First Prize: An Online Class of the winner's choice and a handcrafted PR Mug!
Second Prize: A Pattern of the winner's choice and a handcrafted PR Mug!

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. Although Contest Managers and Contest Committee will help with technical issues, they may not be available at the end of the contest so be sure to allow adequate time to post your entry before the contest ends.

The last day of this contest is 11.59 EST August 15, 2013
Voting will begin August 18 and will be open for 7 days. Voting will close 11.59 EST August 24th 2013.

*Fabric may be pretreated before the start of the contest.

* 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.

* 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, preferably on a live model.

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

Fabric Stash
Natural Fabrics
Accessory wardrobe
Pantone Colours
Pattern Stash

Voting Guidelines:

* The first, second and third place winners will be decided by member vote. Prizes will be awarded to the first and second place winners.

* Each member can vote on up to five entries.

* 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:
* Does the garment clearly reflect the pattern's line drawing?
* How well does the garment 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 extra credit here for an entry that reflects additional creativity (embellishment, fabric choice, etc.) while staying within the nature of the original pattern.
* 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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