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Subject: Wardrobe Contest 2007 Date: 4/29/07 1:19 PM

Ok, here we go: Pattern Review Wardrobe contest
Revised rules as of June 8th

Enter Here (use the drop-down to select the Wardrobe contest)

Interval: May 1st to July 31st (13 weeks) (3 months)
Voting (determines winner): August 3rd through 9th

Link to Contest Rules (which are also below)
Link to contest photo gallery.

As those who have been following along, the rules changed a bit (for what I would call 'political reasons').


Concept:
Sew a wardrobe.

You want to make things you can wear, not stuff that sits in your closet but doesn't match other stuff in your closet. Planning out your sewing so that you know in advance that things go is a great way to do this.

10 items
13 weeks


Requirements:


  1. A total of 10 pieces are required. You can make more if you wish.
  2. One item must be an accessory sewn by you. See below for definition of accessories.
  3. More Tops than Bottoms
  4. At least 3 bottoms
  5. All Tops should coordinate with at least TWO Bottoms.
  6. One item can be a knitted item. (Hand knit by you, that is. Knitting machine items do not qualify)




Variations:
Here is a listing of the wardrobe variations that fit within these rules (that I have come up with so far):

  1. 3 bottoms, 6 tops, 1 accessory
  2. 3 bottoms, 5 tops, 1 dress, 1 accessory
  3. 3 bottoms, 5 tops, 1 jacket, 1 accessory
  4. 3 bottoms, 4 tops, 2 dresses, 1 accessory
  5. 3 bottoms, 4 tops, 1 dress, 1 jacket, 1 accessory
  6. 3 bottoms, 4 tops, 2 jackets, 1 accessory
  7. 4 bottoms, 5 tops, 1 accessory


----- See definition of "jacket" below
----- With that same definition, the jacket can be used as the accessory
----- Jacket as stand-alone item also has to match 2 bottoms (as accessory, it has to match all outfits)
----- A suit jacket / blazer or a vest can be substituted for 1 top
----- The accessory has to go with all outfits
----- Tops have to match 2 bottoms
----- Dresses only have to match your accessories
----- Additional items may be sewn & included in the wardrobe; the same rules (tops match two bottoms, accessories go w/ all outfits) apply to the additional items that you include.

For those that these apply to, there are two additional qualifiers:
----- If two tops can be worn over the dress, it can count as a bottom
----- If a dress can be worn over 2 bottoms, it can count as a top

Definitions
1) What is a jacket?
A jacket is anything that has the basic function of covering your top or dress. So a tailored jacket (not necessarily recommended unless you sew REALLY fast) counts. A loose jacket counts. A cardigan counts. A poncho counts. Ask if you aren’t certain.

2) What is an accessory?
The base description of the accessories for this contest is:
Bag, Hat, Gloves, Shoes/Slippers, Jacket
Scarves and belts are also allowed, as long they involve sewing (ie, simply cutting out a rectangle of fleece & calling it a scarf does not count).

3) Vests are defined by function (top or jacket depending on how it's worn)


Reviews and Judging
Judging is as a wardrobe. So you have to complete the whole thing. Requirements for reviews and judging:

--- All items must be completed and meet the contest rules in order to be eligible for voting

--- All items must be reviewed. The review is of the pattern used and the garment or accessory. (Yes, self-drafted is OK.) You can do each individually. If some are made from the same pattern, you have the option of grouping those in one review.

--- Prior to the end of the contest, create an additional review. This will be your consolidated, or composite, review. Requirements for this review:

  1. Pattern company will be 'other'
  2. Please put "Wardrobe Contest 2007" as the pattern number and pattern name
  3. In the body of the review, include links to each of your 10 individual wardrobe garments' reviews.
  4. You need to have a picture with the entire wardrobe together. You can lay all of them out on the floor for this, or on the stair railing, or you can photoshop individual pictures into one. Your preference. Please have the tops ABOVE the bottoms, for ease of reference.
  5. Include a review picture - this will automatically go into the contest gallery for voting.
  6. Ideally, you will also have photos of some of the various combinations, either in this composite review or in the individual reviews. (You can put additional pictures into the body of the review.) That is optional, however.
  7. Feel free to start the body of the review with the name & story, if either exist, of your wardrobe.
  8. Linking to your storyboard, if one exists, in your review is completely optional.


--- I will make certain that the only reviews left in the voting gallery are of composite reviews for wardrobes that meet the contest rules.

--- Your composite review has to be started and entered into the contest by the end of July. You have until the end of August 2nd to finish editing it and adding pictures and links. Voting starts August 3rd.


Suggestions (some blatently take from Marji's post in the other thread) for the process of creating a co-ordinating wardrobe:
- keep to simple lines and classic designs so you don’t get bogged down in details.
- Use TNT (tried and true) patterns
- Start with a print (1 top or bottom), and co-ordinate from there
- Make a picture board, with garment designs and fabric options
- plan your sewing and then assemble all the materials - including all the elastics, threads, zippers, etc (avoid having to stop or run to the store because you are missing ....)
- cut your patterns, then stack the pieces by garment in a row. (this assumes dedicated space that doesn't need to be cleaned off so the family can have dinner)
- assembly line some of the construction (you probably have similar colors so you might not need to change thread)
- When you thread your machine with the color that is common to several garments sit down and do all your staystitching at once, then stitch the main seams on several garments.
- If you're making bottoms with zippers, sit down and insert all your zips in all your garments in one session - by the last zipper it'll be a breeze.
- plan your sewing time. Then keep the appt with your sewing machine - don't get diverted by the computer, television or something else.


Questions and answers :

1) Can I include something that I already started?
Well, not as one of your 11 items. But if you want it to co-ordinate with the items you are making for the contest, so much the better. All items for the contest have to be started (meaning fabric cut) and finshed within the contest period (May through July, inclusive). Yes, you can use previously cut patterns & used patterns.

2) Can jewelry be an accessory?
Well, not for contest purposes. While it is a great accessory, since it isn't sewng or with fibers, I can't include it in the contest.

3) Do I need to include a print?
No, but it is recommened to give variety to the wardrobe. But if you like solids, well, make all solids. Just remember that all tops have to go with all bottoms. Having one Print can make this easier.

4) Can I substitute …
The new rules have a couple of 'free slots', which I am showing above as a dress or jacket. If you have something else you want to put in those 'slots', check - it might easily be valid.

5) Can I sew for someone other than myself?
Absolutely! It just has to have the appropriate number and types of garments. As Kitn’Rose said last year, if you want to sew for a historical renactor, you could make it work. If you want to sew for Barbie, feel free (but keep in mind that it probably won’t be voted as best wardrobe).

6) What defines “matching”
Note I didn’t really say “match” in the rules. The tops have to work with the bottoms, and the jacket has to work with both. I saw the phrase in last year’s thread that it means “can wear them together without looking silly,” and I think that is a good working definition. You are the only one who determines if it looks silly or works. If we don't agree, you might not get as many votes for your wardrobe, but the REAL prize is having a wardrobe you (or your recipient) will wear. So it's your call.

7) Can I use the same pattern for multiple items?
Yes. Can you make four pairs of black pants all of the same pattern? Well, technically that qualifies, but I don’t think that really is the point of a co-ordinated wardrobe. That would be a very boring version. I recommend against that. Use the same pattern with different fabrics, or the same fabric with different patterns, and you will get a much more flexible wardrobe.

8) Do I have to do a story board?
No. Many people find that the storyboard keeps them organized. But just laying fabric swatches on your table to make certain that they match, and visualizing your pieces will work just fine. You might want to jot down the pattern numbers planned, anyway.
Also - if you make a story board but then change your mind later, that's OK. Just remember that if you keep changing your mind it might slow you down.

9) Can I knit one of the items?
Yes, you can. You will still need to do a review of whatever pattern you use for that garment. (Note - to do the review, just write it up as if it was a sewing pattern. Link to an on-line source of the pattern if possible. Otherwise give details on company and source.)

9) Can I crochet one of the items?
I don't see why not, if somone else can knit one.



Prizes:
There will be two winners based on the votes.

First Prize: $300 gift certificate from Textile Studio Patterns and Fabrics

Second Prize: $200 gift certificate from Textile Studio Patterns and Fabric.

Thanks to Textile Studio and Deepika for sponsoring this contest.


-- Edited on 6/10/07 12:02 PM --
-- Edited on 6/24/07 9:46 AM --
-- Edited on 7/9/07 8:20 PM --

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Subject: Wardrobe Contest 2007 Date: 4/29/07 1:23 PM

I'll use this 2nd post to put in links to story boards. These are only the ones that have been put into various posts on this thread. Not all are complete at this time of posting.


aisling's Winter Seascapes

belphebe's Definitely not Goth and fabric close-up

cinderly's Seaside Holiday, and post-contest part 2

Em's Summer's A Wink and A Smile (aqua / green version)

HawkeMorningStar7's Fiery sunset in a Forest Glade

Irina's Carolyn's Cool Collection

jaeng's South East Asia on Shoestring

jeanbluecat's Summer Breese

jess12's

Jodi B.'s fabric (no patterns yet listed)

jorth's

Jules M.'s

Kiwi Wendy's Decadent Lush

krinn's Tuscan Summer

Larisa's Pink and Purple Princess (finished!)

Larisa's 2nd entry , Tropical Popsicle (finished!)

Larkin's Bit by Bit

LauraLo's Always Falling in Love at the Seaside.

ldpaulson's Tentative Spring

leigh7911's bottoms & jacket, plus tops

Leora's

Leslie in Austin's Cherry Coke Float

Levone's

licarrit1's Black, Cream, No Sugar

Linda E's

lizziwhizz's

Lois K.'s Hobo Storyboard

lyra's

Marie_P.'s

MarilynB's

marthamyers's Martha's Material World

Mary in FL's Knit Wardrobe

Missy*spring's Red Redondo

Nancy K's Wedding Weekend in the South (and links to more pics)

Nancywin's Summer Sensations

Pinkytoo's Think Pink(y)

Rosie (who used to be Rose) Desperation Sewing

RuthieK's City Safari

Sherril Miller's

squilts' Basics & Blues

susinok's Summer Wardrobe

Touran's Mossy Garden

varga100's

vespabelle's I'll be your condiment tonight

VickiRC's Marilee's Wardrobe

Wendy Hahn's Rainbow Sherbert

yummymummy38's Winter Iris Wardrobe

-- Edited on 7/4/07 9:11 AM --

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Subject: SWAP contest 2007 Date: 4/29/07 1:45 PM

Quote: AnneM

Interval: May 1st to July 3st (13 weeks) (3 months)

AnnM. Can I assume that July3st is a typo and should be July 31st??


ETA: To correct my own typos snd take out extra quote data




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Subject: SWAP contest 2007 Date: 4/29/07 2:14 PM

Anne, in the Stitches swap, they reccommened that one bottom and top be made from the same print fabric. Then, all tops have to match all SOLID bottoms, but not the print. This give a little more versatility. This is the link Stitches swap. I have coordinated mine to all go with solids, but a print skirt would be nice, but then it wouldn't go with any other print tops.

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Subject: SWAP contest 2007 Date: 4/29/07 5:14 PM

I am so inspired and excited reading about everyone's plans.. Hey I want to play too. I have el zippo computer skills to put together those super storyboards...my biggest challenge is to stick to a plan...TOO many choices.
Plus joining in will compel me to finally cut into all these gorgeous burnt-orange, chartreuse fabrics i have been collecting this past year, scared frozen to cut into them, irredescent cross dyed orange-green dupionis, silk tweed with perfect orange-green tones, sandwashed silk, rayons and linens. I have them all out on living room floorEnjoy here
and and here
HEE HEEIt may take me a month just to decide. First step decide on 11 Phew.
But it will be fun

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Subject: SWAP contest 2007 Date: 4/29/07 6:26 PM

I really want to see your fabric, but your links aren't working. Do you have to make the album "public" or is there something else that needs to be done? Looking forward to enjoying the photos.

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Subject: SWAP contest 2007 Date: 4/29/07 6:52 PM

me too, me too! I want to see! Sorry. yahoo links do this all the time. Can you change your album to public so it will work?

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Subject: SWAP contest 2007 Date: 4/29/07 6:53 PM

OH- I meant to say, this contest is already saving me money! I resisted several fabric buys because they don't go with my SWAP! Hows that for motivation?

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Subject: SWAP contest 2007 Date: 4/29/07 7:19 PM

I'm really excited about this too. I've never participated in a SWAP before. This will really get me on track for all of my Summer sewing so I will not be all over the place.

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Subject: SWAP contest 2007 Date: 4/29/07 7:42 PM

Hawke - your picture links aren't working.

Linda - thanks for pointing out the typo.

Quote:
... all tops have to match all SOLID bottoms, but not the print.

Hmm. Well, after much consideration, I think I'm going to stick with all tops match all bottoms. This could mean using the same print for the skirt and either a co-ordinating print for a different top, or solids for the other tops. Or it could mean using different prints but only for tops (or only for bottoms). Or a dress in a different print. But non-matching top and bottom defeats the 'eyes closed dressing' concept.

All-right, Nancy - hadn't thought about this as stash-control.

Welcome to the contest, Erica! It will be great fun to see what you come up with for your SWAP.

And welcome everyone else also! 22 participants already signed up. I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone's ideas be created.

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