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Date: 5/8/07 9:05 AM

EDITED ON 5/29 TO ADD:
Here are the official rules for the OPML contest. They also are posted on page 12 of this thread. Commentary and discussion of rules is on pages 1-12. Happy sewing!

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES
2007 ONE PATTERN, MULTIPLE LOOKS CONTEST

1.The contest will run from June 1 to July 31, 2007. Specifically, all entries must be entered into the contest report before midnight, Eastern Daylight Time, on July 31st evening. Because of this deadline for entry, sewing may begin on June First at 12:01 AM, Eastern Daylight Time.

2. Eligible entries can only be cut and sewn during the time of the contest. Previously used patterns can be used.

3. Wearable muslins count as long as they were made during the time scope of this contest.

4. The change(s) to the pattern must be visible from the public side of the garment.

5) Contestants each choose one physical pattern sewn to result in multiple looks. If the pattern includes multiple types of garments (e.g. a wardrobe pattern), then just ONE of the garments can be used (e.g., the skirt, the top, the jacket or the pants).

6. This contest utilizes the Threads Magazine concept for multiple ‘Looks’ from ‘One’ pattern: 'Change the fabric, change or add trim, lengthen, shorten, change (or add or remove) the sleeves, fold the edges, but don't change any of the pattern’s fitting seams'. Please refer to pages 1-10 of the contest discussion board for further clarification of this principle and further definition of ‘fitting seams’.

7. The winner(s) will be determined by two methods, each with its own prizewinner:
a) At the end of the contest, there will be a straight vote for most creative/best set of garments.
b) A running tally will be kept for each garment entered into the contest-- one point per garment entered. The person with the most points wins.
(‘a’ and ‘b’ above can be won by the same person, or by two different people.)

8. One ‘entry’ consists of at least two items created from one basic pattern. Keep in mind, however, that any individual may enter more than one time (e.g., Jane can submit a pants entry consisting of two pairs of pull-on pants, then place a second entry that is a set of 3 A-line skirts). No limit on the number of entries that can be made, or the number of garments per entry.

9. This contest is for wearable garments, and as such does not include Home Dec or Accessory patterns.

10. Self-drafted garment patterns are acceptable, as long as each item within a single entry comes from the same pattern with no changes in fitting lines.

Feel free to contact me if these rules bring up any new questions...
AND WE'RE OFF!!
I am so excited to see what comes out of this contest.

-- Edited on 5/31/07 3:34 PM --

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below is the discussion thread that started on 5/8/07...

Hi all!

I'm SO excited to be the moderator for the upcoming contest, "One Pattern, Multiple Looks", which will run from June 1 to the end of July. Please, everyone out there in Internet Land be kind to me, as I've never done this before. I promise to check in daily (unless I'm out of town, which I will be the week of July 4th); to *not* enter the contest myself; to try to answer all questions promptly... and to steal all of your sewing secrets as you post your new creations. Now, if I could just put all of the *talent* on this website in a bottle and have it shipped to my house...!

Anyhoo, let me tell you a little about this contest. This is the SECOND annual OPML contest-- the first was last year. Below are the rules that were used in last year's contest. I am open to adjusting them if need be.

1) The contest will run from June 1 to July 31.

2) Eligible entries can only be cut and sewn during the time of the contest. Previously used patterns can be used.

3) Wearable muslins count.

4) The change(s) to the pattern must be visible from the public side of the garment.

5) Contestants each choose one physical pattern sewn to result in multiple looks. If the pattern includes multiple types of garments, i.e. a top and a pair of pants, then just ONE of the garments can be used (either the top or the bottom).

6) The winner(s) will be determined by two methods, each with its own winner:
a) At the end of the contest, there will be a straight vote for most creative/best garment.
b) A running tally will be kept for each garment entered into the contest. One point per garment entered, the person with the most points wins.
If the same person happens to win via vote and tally...then super-kudos to her/him!

Inspiration for this contest came from Threads magazine. If you have these issues, take a look back for the concept:
- June/July 2004, page 52 (Shirt Dress);
- Aug/Sept 2004, page 32 (Vest); and
- Oct/Nov 2004 (Coat).

I'm sure there are more examples out there-- if you know of them, would you please post them? Thanks.

A common question last year was just how many garments needed to be made to constitute 'multiple looks.'. Does the entrant need to make the item at least two different ways, or can contestants make just one garment that is considerably different from the package envelope and call it an entry? As an example, see my Vogue 2267 >here. It looks different than Vogue intended. Would I be able to enter it, with no other version of the dress made by me? My *personal* opinion is that at least two versions of the garment should be made by the contestant-- but I'd like to get input on this.

Another question from last year is whether or not self-drafted patterns should be accepted. My opinion here is that self-drafts are fine, as long as at least two physical garments from the *same* basic pattern are entered into the contest. An example of this would be nicegirl 512's tube dress that she self-drafted (see it here). In the review she shows her original self-drafted pink dress, then details the changes she did to make the new column dress. I think this would meet criteris for a OPML entry-- can you all comment on that for me?

OKAY... this post is long enough. I look forward to your input, and to a really fun contest!

XOXOXO

Cindy Lou
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-- Edited on 5/15/07 12:56 PM -- Edited on 5/29/07 4:23 PM --
-- Edited on 6/1/07 2:16 PM --

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Date: 5/8/07 9:29 AM

One added note: I just heard the above links aren't working for some of you. They are behaving fine for me, but I did have to turn off some sort of pop-up blocker my DH installed. Try that if you're having trouble-- if that doesn't work, do a search for Vogue 2267 and for Self Drafted Pattern: 0002 (Column Dress w/ Godet) --

Thanks!

CL

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Date: 5/8/07 12:11 PM

This is a fun contest! Great way to get more value from your pattern, so to speak.

My 2 cents, which is probably all it's worth since I don't know if I will be entering:
- two garments minimum from the pattern. One can be identical to the pattern & one a variation (or two variations). I can see the arguement both ways, but to me the idea is to learn how to get more out of a pattern, & just using it once as a base isn't doing that.

- self drafted patterns OK, as in your example.

Thanks for the advance notice on this contest.

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Date: 5/8/07 12:41 PM

Great Cindy-Lou that you are moderating this.

question already as to what constitutes multi-looks:
Talleymom just reviewed this McCalls 5094 which has two distinct bodices, and I'm about to cut out Vogue 8383 which has a halter version and a version with a back in it.
Does it count to make differing views that are so drastically different to start with that they have different pattern pieces?
That would certainly make it easier to get mileage from a pattern without having to employ drafting techniques.

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Date: 5/9/07 0:38 AM

I'm sorry, but I don't have access to back issues of Threads and am completely confused. How much of the original design needs to be retained? Should the garment still be identifiable as coming from the original pattern?

For instance, say I have a plain old jewel-neck T-shirt pattern. Is the contest to create many variations and make multiple garments? Where do you draw the line? Would it be a suitable entry (if lacking in innovation) to give it a v-neck? Make it open down the front and close with buttons? Give it princess seams? Give it puff or tulip sleeves? Add collar and cuffs? Add a peplum? Make it from silk velvet instead of cotton jersey? If I did all of the above on a single garment, it would be hard to believe it was a T-shirt pattern, and, in fact, I would have had to drape/draft those design elements.

I am intrigued by the premise of this contest, but, again, would be thankful for some guidance. (And, in fact, am now visualizing a princess-seamed button front t-shirt with a peplum.)

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Date: 5/9/07 9:02 AM

I do have the back issues of Threads so thought I would look it up.

My first thought about this contest was that it is a way to provide inspiration to "think outside the box" and make garments that don't look like carbon copies of the pattern envelope. I was thinking that it might also be a way for those who've never done it to see how darts can be rotated to princess seams, etc.

However the Threads challenges issued to their designers put end to that thought.
Come to think of it, they did a whole series for a number of years entitled "one pattern/three looks"
On line article from Threads re the series, one pattern/three looks
The criteria given to the graphic design team at Threads:
"Change the fabric, change or add trim, lengthen, shorten, fold the edges, but don't change any fitting seams"
They chose patterns that only had one View, so there weren't different variations already included in the pattern envelope. There weren't even different sleeve lengths included.
to sum up the articles:
July 2004 issue 113, Variations on a Classic Shirt Dress
They used Burda 3222, a princess seam button front dress with collar and short sleeves.
variation 1 eliminated the sleeves, added ruffles all along the princess seams (my editorial comment here- Yuck!), (sorry), elminated the collar, and used self covered buttons.
Variation 2, used a sheer fabric so that it is worn over a T-shirt dress or colored slip, put a purchased belt with it, added to the sleeve hem allowance so that the short sleeves could be cuffed.
Variation 3, made of red silk noil, substituted a Japanese yukata print (looks like a big block print - blue with flowers) for the left front panel, used toggles instead of buttons and moved them over to the princess seam and added long button loops to acheive the closure from the right front panel, which button loops cross the entire print panel.

issue 114, Creative Vests

Pattern: Silhouette 800, a vest with shawl collar
version 1 lengthened it to a dress, used a sheer silk burnout so it still goes over another dress, bound every seam on the right side using bias strips of china silk, and used ribbon ties to close it instead of buttons.
Version 2 used a silk matka, added drawstring top cargo pockets, and added a drawstring casing at the back waist to emulate a menswear vest.
Version 3 is what they pictured on the cover of that issue.
They used a smocking pleater or Clothildes "perfect pleater" to pleat silk gingham and used that for the collar. and again added a tie to the back waistline ala menswear.

Issue 115 Christine Jonson Easy Coat pattern.
Version 1 They used 4 colors of melton wool and dividing the pattern pieces into quadrants, color blocked it. They shortened it to mid thigh, omitted collar and pockets, used button loops for closure instead of traditional buttonholes.
Version 2 they used a coated linen to make a raincoat, added epaulets to the shoulders and buckled straps a few inches above the wrist to give it a trenchcoat look., and angled the tops of the pockets.
Version 3 used purple wool crepe with velvet for the collar and facings. Then they turned back the facing to make it look as if it is a lapel, but upon close inspection, it isn't. They also appliqued handpainted decorated squares around the hem giving it more an "art-to-wear" flair.



So, if this contest is going to be built around the Threads concept then only one view of a pattern is acceptable, and no design line changes may be made to the pattern, just superficial ones.

My own opinion, for what it's worth, is that I'd kind of like to see what people can do with patterns. It's always an inspiration to see what can be done when people are willing to cut their patterns up and add their own design lines.
Personally, I would have liked to see someone add a waistline seam to that shirtdress pattern they used, then add inches to the skirt that then had to be pleated or gathered back in.

edit After some little thought, I'm thinking that as much as those of us who want to redraft patterns may grumble, it would be easiest for Cindy-Lou to moderate, and easiest for the judging that will eventually happen, to stick to the Threads rules - One pattern, One View
"Change the fabric, change or add trim, lengthen, shorten, fold the edges, but don't change any fitting seams"
Note that in their articles they do allow for adding or eliminating sleeves - evidently those aren't fitting seams ;)
-- Edited on 5/9/07 9:18 AM --

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Date: 5/9/07 9:42 AM

Thanks for the shout out, Cindy-Lou! I loved this contest last year and am looking forward to it again next year.

I believe last year it was required to use the same view, same pattern pieces, just put your own twist on it. This doesn't really require a lot (or any drafting skill). I did a simple A-line skirt pattern last year with three variations. The "pattern drafting" component just involved tracing the pattern and cutting it into different shapes.



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Date: 5/9/07 1:29 PM

I'm looking forward to this contest; thanks for moderating, C-L.

I agree with Marji and nicegirl - one view of one pattern that is changed seems best. I also think that at least 2 versions of something should be made - if one version has already been sewn, perhaps that can count as the 'baseline' if not as a garment for the contest.

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Date: 5/9/07 3:58 PM

Well you have cerainly got me thinking now! This is a very doable contest . Great! Looking forward to it !
Probably won't sleep tonight for thinking about what I want to sew.
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Date: 5/9/07 7:01 PM

O dear! I've been thinking about the swap and now this! What's a poor girl to do?

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