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Date: 2/23/08 10:58 AM

I know there is a lot of talent on PR. So many of you make your own patterns so why not have a contest on that? I know that self drafted pattern reviews don't get as much attention as those of commercial patterns but I think it's time to change that don't you agree?

What do you say?

EDITED BY CINDY-LOU ON 3/14 TO ADD:
Hooray! It's official. THis is a new PR contest! Here are the official rules, placed here on page 1 for ease of viewing. I'll edit again once the dates are established.
Happy Sewing!:

Contest Name: MY Pattern (or maybe MY Pattern-MY Design??)

Objective: A finished garment made from the participant's own design and/or original pattern.

Definitions:

"Block": In this context a block is defined as a basic pattern which fits the individual. A block (or sometimes called a "sloper") does not have any design elements.

"Pattern": In this context a pattern is a derivative of the block or draping process used to create the final garment, or is the result of original drawing if a block or draping is not used.

"Draping": In this context draping is the art of manipulating fabric on an individual or a dressform to achieve the desired garment. A draped garment may or may not originate from a block and it may or may not result in a paper pattern.

Rules:

1. All who have been members of Pattern Review for three months or more may participate in the contest.

2. This contest will run from ________________ to _________________, 2008.

3. Blocks can be pre-existing and can be from any source, including a commercial fitting shell such as McCall's 2718 and blocks generated from pattern software. See limitations on pattern software below.

4. If a pattern is used, the pattern must be entirely the participant's own creation. Pattern can be derived from a previously created block (see definition above). Pattern should not have been copied or morphed from a commercial or someone else's pattern. Even if you are inspired by some designer's design, you have to still create your version of it. All cutting and sewing and pattern creation (or draping) will be done within the two months the contest is running.

5. Pattern can be created by any method - such as measurements, draping, flat patternmaking, or Computer Aided Design. If using a computer to draft, CAD computer programs are allowed only as a manual drawing tool and as a subtitute for pencil and paper. Shortcuts to add seam allowances, markers or rotate darts, for example, are allowed but no programmed (via macros or program options) or non-original pattern pieces or design/style elements are allowed. Please ask the contest manager (Debbie Cook) if you are not sure if your process will be allowed.

6. One entry per person. An "entry" may be one garment or a coordinated outfit.

7. A WIP (work in progress) review should be started for each entry (either public or private) documenting the entire process, including photographs of the block (if used), the draping in process (if draping), and the finished pattern pieces (if pattern pieces were created). I understand that you'd rather spend time designing and sewing, but the documentation will be educational for all and will also help us decide who the winner is. Plus it's a good journal entry for you too.

8. When the garment(s) is complete, three clear photographs (front, back, side) of each completed garment in the entry should be added to the review. Photographs should either be on the person for whom the garment is designed or the dressform.

9. Winners will be ___________________ (voted or judged??).

10. Prizes are __________________________

A Sidenote: All of the contests on PR are based on the honor system. It's hard to judge an entry for fitting because it all depends on how good the photograph is. And yet, since we all strive to achieve the best fit we can with each of our projects, it's important to remember that if you follow the rules and be true to yourself, you are the winner, no matter what.


-- Edited on 3/14/08 8:38 AM --
-- Edited on 3/14/08 8:38 AM --

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Subject: Contest suggestion - Self drafted pattern Date: 2/23/08 11:15 AM

Great idea!
It should be made clear whether or not a morphed pattern would qualify. IMHO a fresh draft from measurements or a block should be the basis of judging and morphed should be disallowed.

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Subject: Contest suggestion - Self drafted pattern Date: 2/23/08 11:50 AM

Yes yes yes! I would love a self-drafted pattern contest! It would be the perfect kick in the butt for me to both finally finish my block AND actually use it! IMO, now would be the perfect time since all the pattern companies are coming out with such poo

I also totally agree that patterns should be drafted from scratch, not morphed. That is what the "multiple looks" contest is for, and since that contest usually excludes drafting, we absolutely NEED a drafting contest! But then there is the question of using a commercial sloper... that would seem more like drafting than morphing, but still...

Anyhow, I think it should be a 2 month contest. Maybe it could be could be around the mini-wardrobe contest so people could cross enter? OR after Sharon Gifford's patternmaking class! That would ensure maximum participation. Ooo, I'm so excited!

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Subject: Contest suggestion - Self drafted pattern Date: 2/23/08 11:56 AM

I like the idea of a self-drafted pattern contest. That's one I might actually join.

I agree that a "morphed" pattern should be disallowed if it means that it started as a commercial pattern, regardless of how much it has been altered. Actually, if *any* part of it is copied from a commercial pattern.
And I also agree that a fresh draft should be required (whether from scratch or from a block would be up to each contestant). I'm not likely to start with measurements and start from scratch when I have several well-fitting blocks already (that I drafted). I would want to take an existing block and make style changes to come up with a new pattern.

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Subject: Contest suggestion - Self drafted pattern Date: 2/23/08 12:07 PM

I like this idea - though I don't think I have the skills and would probably just watch. Related to this...would it be possible to have a Contest Suggestions Thread where we could suggest contest ideas - with no obligation on your part to go forward. Just a brainstorm kind of thing.

Charity

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Subject: Contest suggestion - Self drafted pattern Date: 2/23/08 12:09 PM

Yes of course morphed or modified patterns from commercial patterns or slopers will not be allowed. Only patterns made from scratch using the moulage method or any other method using your measurements will be. How many methods are there?

Also I am thinking that only adult wearable patterns should be allowed. No accessories or child patterns.

What else?

Timeline, how about may-june? That'll be after her class finishes.

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Subject: Contest suggestion - Self drafted pattern Date: 2/23/08 12:11 PM

What about starting with a PatternMaster Boutique sloper - would that be A Good Thing, or very, very Bad?

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Subject: Contest suggestion - Self drafted pattern Date: 2/23/08 12:11 PM

Like Charity, I'd just be an observer on this one, but I'd love to see what the more advanced designers at PR can do!

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Subject: Contest suggestion - Self drafted pattern Date: 2/23/08 12:13 PM

Quote: Karla Kizer
What about starting with a PatternMaster Boutique sloper - would that be A Good Thing, or very, very Bad?

LOL Karla! I dont have PMB but doesnt it print out the pattern for you when you enter the measurements?

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Subject: Contest suggestion - Self drafted pattern Date: 2/23/08 12:14 PM

Quote: Deepika
I dont have PMB but doesnt it print out the pattern for you when you enter the measurements?

Yes, it does.
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