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"New to Me Pattern Company" Rules     Managed By: Sew Whatever

New to Me Pattern Company Contest

Feb 16 – March 15 2014

Have you ever come across a pattern company that has the BEST patterns but you haven’t had the time or inclination to sew them? Are you afraid to try a pattern that doesn't already have reviews on Pattern Review? Do you have a stack of BurdaStyle or Patrones pattern magazines but haven’t even traced off even one simple skirt?

Maybe your downloaded pattern file folder has reaped the benefit of the eruption of Indie pattern companies, but they sit there, unused! If any of those descriptions fit you, then this is the contest for you!

The idea behind the New to Me Pattern Company is to sew a pattern from a company that you have never tried before. Doesn’t February sound like the perfect time to become a trailblazer?!

Here are the rules…
1. Sew a pattern from a pattern company that is new to you. You must not have ever sewn anything from that particular pattern company before.

2. The patterns may be already in your stash, may be purchased prior to the contest starting or purchased during the duration of the contest.

3. The pattern must be made for an adult. Children’s patterns, Home Dec or Craft patterns are not eligible for this contest.

4. Eligible patterns…these are examples only.
• ”Envelope” patterns - i.e. Vogue, Simplicity, Jalie, StyleArc
• Downloaded patterns – i.e. FehrTrade, Lolita – either free or purchased patterns
• Pattern Magazines – i.e. BurdaStyle, Patrones. Individual issues do not count. For example- if you sewed a garment from BurdaStyle 08-2013, then you may NOT use ANY BurdaStyle magazine as your entry.

5. Patterns NOT Eligible…these are examples only
• Patterns from a pattern company that you have sewn from before- even if you did not review them on PR.
• Tutorials that do not include a pattern. ”Cut a 12 x 12 inch square” is not considered a pattern
• Self drafted patterns

6. Regarding Books - I.e. Pattern Magic, Alabama Chanin, Colette Sewing Handbook. If there is a PATTERN included in the book AND you have never sewn from that book OR THAT SERIES OF BOOKS, then it is eligible.
For instance if you sewed an item from Pattern Magic 1, then you cannot enter an item made from Pattern Magic 2.

7. As usual in PR contests you may not begin your garment before the start date of the contest- February 16th. You may trace or muslin before the contest begins.

8. You must write a complete review by the deadline, and include photos in the review.

9. If the Pattern Company you use is not yet in the Pattern Review dropdown list please let the Contest Manager know. Please give her enough notice to ensure it is added in time.

10. The Contest Manager has the final authority on the eligibility of patterns. Please contact her if you have any questions regarding the pattern you want to use.

General Rules for all Contests

1.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:
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:

Sponsored by Stitch Magazine.

First Prize: A yearly subscription of Stitch Magazine.
Second Prize: A yearly subscription of Stitch Magazine.

Voting guidelines:

Each member can vote on up to five entries.

Voting will begin 2 days after contest closes and will close 7 days after voting starts.

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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