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Date: 12/26/06 9:28 AM

This challenge brings out some real creativity and also lets us stretch our sewing skills. Along with the Stash Reduction contest I think it's great that it's first up for 2007.

This is a challenge to copy or create a garment inspired by RTW (ready- to wear) or a designer collection, that can be worn by either a child or adult.

Like Rhonda with the Stash Reduction contest, unless there are strenuous objections, I'd like to open this contest to begin sewing and cutting on December 30th, the weekend prior to Jan 1, as Jan 1 is a Monday.
All garment construction should be started and completed within the contest dates, beginning Dec 30 and ending Feb 28. (this is not the contest to bring out that old UFO).
There will be two prizes, TBA.
Feel free to post here the garment that inspires your project, along with any information you have about it; what fabric(s) were used, what buttons, trims etc.

Rules will be posted along with the sign up here as soon as is possible.

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Date: 12/26/06 9:43 AM

I'd just like to post some internet sources for designer inspirations.
Style.com
Net-a-Porter
Bluefly

any catalogue or store site, from J. Crew to Macy's to Neiman Marcus.


If you have pattern drafting to do or are using a commercial pattern that will need altering along design lines, I see no problem with starting designing and muslining this week. Just no cutting the fashion fabric until the contest officially starts.

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Date: 12/27/06 9:34 AM

just bringing this topic back up to the top of the Active list.
I know there are some incredibly talented and creative people sewing here, and I'm hoping some of you sign up here to try your hand at creating your own versions of what is out there in the stores and on the runways.
For inspiration check out some of the pattern reviews here of members previous Knock-off projects
Vonnevo's Jackets
Erica B's version
Erica B's knock off of the InStyle knock off of a Armani runway jacket
I've just finished a dress that is a knock-off of a Missoni dress, however don't have finished garment pictures.
Process of Missoni knock off can be seen here.

I know that Eme here on Pattern Review is in the process of stitching up a pair of khaki pants lined with flannel where the flannel shows at the hem, directly inspired by a pair from one of the catalogues (if I say J. Crew then it will undoubtedly be Lands End or LL Bean...so suffice it to say it is one of them).

Your project, to qualify, doesn't need to be a complex jacket, it can be a Duro-type dress, it can be a Laura Ashley dress for a little girl, a top, a pair of pants, a plaid flannel shirt for the hunter husband whose Woolrich shirt has worn out.

If anyone has an idea but isn't sure how to go about executing the idea, post here about it, and I just know that other PR members will chime in with ideas/advice.

Who's game?

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Date: 12/27/06 1:55 PM

I'd love to participate in this contest this year. I have a couple of questions, since I didn't follow the rules last year. How namy entrie can I make? Am I limited to just one garment? Also, how similar my version have to be to the original? Can I incorporate some details (sleeves for example) but not copy the rest of the orignal version?

I am looking forward to this contest. I goes well in line with my goals for 2007.

Natasha

PS: Thanks for starting it on the weekend, it make the difference.

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Date: 12/27/06 4:44 PM

Natasha, Great! glad to have you and glad the weekend start is going to work for you.
As far as it goes, the contest is named RTW/Designer knock-off, but if you want to make something that was inspired by a RTW design and make changes to the design that suit you, I say Go for it. After all, isn't that in large part why we sew?
We'll still want to see the garment that inspired your design, then maybe you can tell us what elements of the design you chose to use, and what you elected to change.
Edit to answer the rest of the questions:
As many garments as you want may be entered. You may enter an ensemble as one entry or as individual garments. You may enter as many separate individual garments you can get made.
Since the prizes will be awarded by popular vote, you may increase your chances of winning by having separate garments, or you may divide up your own vote pool...but the truth is, I think the real win is in creating the garment and getting to share it with others who can appreciate what went into the creation.

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Date: 12/27/06 5:33 PM

I've created the contest in the system so you can sign up for it now.
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Date: 12/27/06 6:06 PM

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but the truth is, I think the real win is in creating the garment and getting to share it with others who can appreciate what went into the creation.


I am looking forward to seeing many entries in the RTW knockoff contest this year. I know you all can do it, the contest is a great motivator to make us think about the design elements in RTW, particularly the higher end garments. Mostly they are quite simple and easily achieved with the use of readily available patterns.
Sometimes, they are identical, see the link above for Erica B's fabulous coat recently reviewed.

One way to recognise a compatible pattern is to make a list of the design elements in the garment and then look at the line drawings of the patterns. Sometimes, the look may need a piece or two from a second pattern or the addition of something as simple as a trim.

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make something that was inspired by a RTW design and make changes to the design that suit you, I say Go for it. After all, isn't that in large part why we sew?

Definitely.

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Date: 12/27/06 7:03 PM

I struggled through this contest last year and have the UFO to show for it. LOL.

I won't be put off by that... I did learn a few new things so it wasn't all for naught.

I am excited to get my plan together and see what new techniques I'll be forced to learn this year!

Right off the bat, I'm thinking of a recent issue of Threads regarding pin tucks. I might try a poplin shirt in a KS pattern and modify it to include the tucks. I know I saw one on Nordstrom sometime in the early part of fall and thought how nice it would be to make that and save $110 bucks!

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Date: 12/27/06 10:35 PM

I think this a terrific idea and a bit of a coincidence. Just two days ago I started thinking about knocking off the Linda jacket from the superexpensive Gorsuch catalog. It's a fitted fleece warmup jacket with flattering princess seams and black binding around all the edges and seams.

It's a little uncanny because, I just already have everything I'd need (patterns, fleece, zipper, binding) in my stash. And these items are all leftovers from other recent projects. In fact, the only thing I don't already have is a digital camera. I guess I'll have to buy one before the contest ends.

Anyway, I've only begun thinking about the Linda jacket and don't plan to actually start working on it until sometime in January.

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Date: 12/27/06 11:52 PM

Wow, that's crazy, I was looking at the same site but I was thinkin of doing either this onehulda coat or this one
orange jacket not in orange.
Either one would work with SWAP that I am participating in.
I'm not sure how hard thoes ruffles would be though.

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