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Wardrobe Contest 2008
the official thread (Feb 1st - Apr 30th)
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Date: 1/24/08 6:44 AM

This is the official thread for the 2008 Wardrobe Contest
Contest dates: February 1st to April 30th

There will be two winners based on votes
The special condition has been removed. All members are eligible to enter the contest.

Prizes: First Prize: $175 gift certificate from Second prize : $125 gift certificate from Both winners are based on reader votes.

Rules and FAQ for the 2008 Wardrobe Contest

Total pieces required: 10

Out of which:
1 should be an accessory
- one of the following Scarf/Belt/Bag/Hat/Gloves/Shoes/Slippers. Since this is a standalone item, you don't really have to make it from the fabric you used for your wardrobe, but it should go with at least one or two outfits. So for a black/brown/white wardrobe, a purse with a wild geometric print in black and red is allowed. But gloves made from lime green leather are not.

A note on scarves and belts. A piece of fabric with rolled hem will not be allowed a scarf, same thing applies to a belt. Both items should have some design element to them. If you have doubts about your accessory not being counted, please check with the Contest manager or Deepika before you start to work on it.
1 should either be a Jacket or a Dress
- The dress should still have something in common with the wardrobe. So, either the fabric should go with the rest of the wardrobe, or the style should match, example if you are sewing a vintage style wardrobe, the dress should echo that. Or if you are doing a black/white/brown wardrobe, the dress can't be pink or aqua. Get the picture?? Same thing goes for the jacket. You can use a different fabric for the jacket. So for a black/white/brown wardrobe, you can use a tweedy fabric as long as it ties the colors.

4 Bottoms (Pants/Capris/Skirts)

4 Tops (T-Shirts/Blouses/Sweaters)

1. Can I enter more than 10 pieces?
You can enter more pieces in your Wardrobe as long as you meet the requirements above ( 1 accessory, 1 dress/jacket, 50% tops, 50% bottoms). So if you are entering 14 items, 6 of them should be tops and 6 bottoms.

2. Can I enter items from my other contests on or outside of
As long as your entries meet the requirements of this contest you can enter the items.

3. Can I start sewing/cutting before February 1st?
All the sewing and cutting should be done within the contest dates. So Feb - April. You can use the time before that to make your wardrobe plan, test your patterns, pre-treating your fabric etc.

4. How should I enter the items in the contest?
Create a Master WIP (work in progress) type review on PR with "Other" as the Pattern Company and "Wardrobe Contest 2008" as the Pattern Number. As you make items for your entry, you can just edit your master WIP review and add more info. If you are using a pattern which you haven't reviewed before, add a separate review for it so there is a record. Then you can just link to that review from your Master WIP review. When you are ready to submit the entry to the contest report, create a photo with all the items in it. See FAQ Number 26 for info on the photo

Need more help? Check out Deepika's tutorial: Participating in Contests on PatternReview

5. Can I enter cardigans or twin sets as tops?
Yes, you can.

6. Are knitted (machine or hand) or crocheted items allowed?
No, they are not.

7. I am doing hand rolled hems and hand beading the edges on my scarves. Will that count?
Unfortunately, this will not count. A good example of a scarf which will be allowed is Ripply Scarf from Issue #119 Threads Magazine

8. Do I need to do a storyboard?
No, it's not a requirement. If you'd like to do a storyboard, then please do. However, at the end of the contest you do need to have one photo with all your items in it.

9. Can I amend my storyboard after the contest start date?
Yes! As long as your wardrobe pieces all tie together by the end of the contest.

10. If I've entered an item in the contest and it turns out that it doesn't coordinate with my wardrobe, can I replace it?
Yes, you can. Please let me know and I will un-enter the item for you.

11. What is a 'design element' as far as the scarf or belt is concerned?
Think about sewn elements – so multiple pattern pieces, or pleats, darts, frills etc.

12. What about shoes and slippers?
Shoes which are moulded, glued or made with a special cobbler’s sewing machine are not allowed. Shoes or slippers which would count (and able to be made on a home sewing machine) could be ones made as part of a wardrobe for an infant or toddler, for example.

13. Can I make an apron or lingerie as my accessory?
Unfortunately, no. However, if you would like to make these items in addition to your other wardrobe items, please do!

14. Can I enter shorts as a bottom?
Yes, you can.

15. Do the wardrobe items need to be coordinating?
Yes. The whole wardrobe should be cohesive and look like a wardrobe. Something you'll be able to mix and match in a jiffy and not worry about it. Any extra items you make (over the minimum 10) should also match. Please see the rules above for more details on dresses and jackets.

16. A vest can count as a top or a jacket, depending on whether you wear it alone, or with something underneath.

17. A capelet (which just covers your shoulders) would count as an accessory.

18. A cape or poncho doesn't fall into any of the categories, so couldn't be included as one of the items in the wardrobe.

19. Can I use self-drafted patterns or patterns drafted from software (eg Bernina My Label)?
Yes, you can.

20. Can I use the same pattern for more than one item?

21. Can I make a wardrobe of 11 items that includes both a dress and a jacket?
That would be fine. The idea is to have a balance.
So if you were to make two extra items, they couldn't both be jackets/dresses.
edited 6 Feb 08 to clarify:
Your extra items can include up to 1 jacket/dress, 1 accessory, and equal numbers of tops and bottoms.

22. If a jacket is to be worn alone, can it count as a top?
Yes, if a jacket is made to be worn alone like a blouse, it can count as a top.

23. Can a jumper (dress) count as a bottom if I can wear a top under it?
If the jumper can also be worn as a sleeveless dress, it would count as a dress, rather than as a bottom.

24. Do skorts count as bottoms?
Yes, they do!

25. How do I make a storyboard?
Some very talented members share their storyboard tips and tutorials here:

Sherril Miller's SWAP Storyboard tip

This Storyboards thread has links for tutorials.
Click for links to angie.a's tutorial
SigridNL's Powerpoint tutorial, and
ChrisS' Photoshop tutorial

26. The final photo
Here's what you'll need for the final photo. A HUGE thanks to Deepika and the board moderators for working the details out.

The final photo should be a composite photo showing all your wardrobe items.
All the items should be photographed on a dressform or on the person for whom this wardrobe was made. You don't need to photograph all the combinations - each item only needs to be shown once.

How to make a composite photo?

CarolynGM has just created a fantastic tutorial which shows how to do it in Paint.
Thanks, Carolyn!!

Cindy-lou had the excellent idea of taking a printout of all the different photos you've taken and then place them on the floor and then snap a photo of the arrangement. That's the low tech way of creating a composite.
Thanks, Cindy-lou!!

I'll add more to the FAQ as they are discussed here.

Thanks to everyone for your enthusiasm, suggestions and comments so far! I'm new at this, but I'll do my absolute best to answer any questions and queries you might have asap.
Welcome everyone! And good luck!

Contest Report

Photo Gallery

Contest Rules

Contest Entry Form

Below are the storyboards which have links posted in this thread. Some may be works in progress.
I'll add them as we go. Please let me know if yours is missing.

angie.a's I Heart Licorice
AquariJenn’s Mint Chocolate Surprise
Birdie 757's Nautical Momsense
born2bead's What's Black & White & Red All Over?
Carol Wisman
Catmccall's Go Big or Go Home
causticmuse's Plum Crazy
ChrisS' Falling Leaves on Stone
Em's Summer's Morning Light
Emo's Clothes for Economists!
Irene Q
Jodi B.
Karen6790's Not Your Normal Neutrals
Kateo's I’d heart my job more if I went to work in this….
Kiwi Wendy's Stormy Seas
Leora's Spring into Action
Lexy Girl
Meggie LuLu's Spring is Fun
Marilyn B's Paris Bound 2008
Nancywin's Black & Tan Spring 2008 Collection
nosila's Sweet Strawberry Tart
Robin Denning's Workplace Casual Wardrobe 2008
RuthieK's Just before the sunset
salruss' The Solution to My Dilemma
Scarlin3's Ready for Anything
Sherril Miller's fabrics
Stephenie's Thinking Pink! (and Brown)
Stitchcakes' Spring Bling

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Date: 1/24/08 7:32 PM

I am doing the Timmel swap, but I want this wardrobe to have some new elements in it as well. I'm going to work on a story board this weekend. I have my plan for the SWAP here and will be using the black pants and skirt and the striped top. I'm also changing the peach colored print blouse to a Hawaiian print short sleeved shirt (for both contests) I'm really going for what will be most wearable, rather than what will be most fashionable. The deciding factor for me is always - "What shoes can I wear with this?"


Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6)


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Date: 1/26/08 12:28 PM

I've read the contest rules. I didn't see anything about which items have to work with which items under the tops/bottoms category.

If we could have a little clarification on that please.


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Date: 1/26/08 1:01 PM

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From what others have said, the nasty message came from Fitting Woes, NOT Misc Hot Topics or the Civility thread.

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Date: 1/26/08 1:17 PM

Just before the sunset

My plans for the Pattern review Wardrobe Contest 2008 are as follows:-
Burnt orange coat - might be navy brocade instead
Rust cropped pants - might be a skirt instead
Peach shell knit top - done
Burnt orange crinkle blouse
Cream blouse
Peach blouse - probably orange stripe instead
Navy pants
Navy skirt
Navy denim pants
Brown faux leather tote
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Date: 1/26/08 1:28 PM

-- Edited on 7/7/10 8:44 AM --

From what others have said, the nasty message came from Fitting Woes, NOT Misc Hot Topics or the Civility thread.

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Date: 1/26/08 1:30 PM

Your fashion board is soo cute, Ruthie! And the styles you picked are wonderful!

Isn't this fun?!


From what others have said, the nasty message came from Fitting Woes, NOT Misc Hot Topics or the Civility thread.

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Date: 1/26/08 4:06 PM

Quote: Em's Summer
Isn't this fun?!


Em, Absolutely. Hopefully lots of other people will join us.

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Date: 1/26/08 5:33 PM

RuthieK- your storyboard looks great!

Em- Can't wait to see yours...

Unfortunately, I have run into a problem with mine...

I have my heart set on doing the jacket in the pink boucle from my stash. Vogue 8346 (the shortest one) I have tried to fit that pattern onto the fabric every imaginable way; it won't fit. (I'm only a sleeve short!!) I've been to every fabric web-site that I can think of, and cannot find a match to the pink boucle that I have. I've driven to every Jo-ann store in the 25 Mile Missouri-Kansas radius and have had no luck. So, now, what do I do?

Option 1- Scrap the whole storyboard and start from scratch. But at least I have material in my stash I can use. Completely different color scheme, though.

Option 2- Use a different pattern for the jacket and the same pink boucle. But I SO had my heart set on Vogue 8346.

Option 3- Buy the 100% wool, $22 a yard, absolutely beautiful, pink and ivory herringbone boucle, imported from France, from Gorgeous Fabrics that I found while looking for the pink boucle, and use the Vogue 8346 pattern that I have my heart set on. (I need 2.5yds) Fabric

I'm really needing some guidance here. Help!!!
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Date: 1/26/08 7:38 PM


I would probably do both. Use the pink boucle for another top and order the other for the jacket you love.

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