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Date: 3/5/08 4:19 PM

So, I don't know if I can start this discussion or not, but I'm pretty excited. I'm not sure if I'll be able to join in or not, but that doesn't matter. I'll still try making a storyboard and picking 4 garments to sew. I just finished the Ottobre women's yoga pants, and they were sooo easy and comfortable that I might try making another pair. I'm a stay at home mom, but I'd like to look a little more put together with clothes that aren't constantly digging into my stomach. (I've put on a little weight in the last year.) So....how many of you are already picking out patterns and searching through stashes and online for colors and fabrics?

Edited on March 6 by CindyLou to add:
It's just fine to start this discussion! I'm editing to post the rules here in the first post, as is traditional:

Pattern Review’s Mini-Wardrobe Contest
May 1 – May 31, 2008


This is a contest to create a 4-piece wardrobe in 4 weeks. Those pieces should fit one of the following three frameworks:

1) 2 bottoms and 2 tops - 1 may be a jacket

OR

2) 1 bottom and 3 tops - 1 (no more than one) may be a jacket

OR

3) 1 bottom, 1 dress or jumper, and 2 tops - 1 may be a jacket, and the top or jacket *must* be wearable with the dress or jumper.

If a jumper is made, it should go with both tops (i.e., function as a bottom).

All pieces must coordinate with each other. A coat may be substituted for a jacket, but also must coordinate well with all the other items in the wardrobe.
Patterns may be new, never sewn before, or TNT. Self-drafted patterns are fine. Patterns may be drafted, tweaked, and muslined before the contest date, but fabric for the pieces entered cannot be cut till the start date of the contest (May 1).

Each entry must be made as a storyboard or composite of all garments included in the wardrobe. It is suggested, but not mandated, that participants draw up a storyboard and post it as a WIP that can be followed, updated, amended, etc… during the contest.
Final garments may be pictured on a dress form or worn by the garment’s intended owner. Please consult with the contest moderator if neither of these is feasible for you, and options will be discussed.

Any individual piece entered into this contest may be simultaneously entered into another contest as long as it meets criteria for both contests.

This wardrobe/ensemble may be created for men, women, or children. Sorry, doll clothing is not admissible.

Accessories, while they may be made and showcased with the wardrobe, are not a part of this contest.

Swimsuits, while wonderful, are not considered admissible to this contest. Workout wear is admissible within the above parameters.

WINNER: to be determined by popular vote. Official voting criteria will be posted at a later date, but will be based on (and these are listed in no particular order): wardrobe versatility (is it wearable and do pieces complement each other well?), garment construction/ skill of designand craftsmanship, designer creativity, and presentation.

PRIZES: One first prize: a sewing machine donated by Greenberg and Hammer (thank you! )


-- Edited on 3/6/08 7:42 AM --
-- Edited on 3/6/08 7:43 AM --

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Date: 3/5/08 6:01 PM

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So, I don't know if I can start this discussion or not, but I'm pretty excited.

I don't know either, but I'm sure a lot of people want to continue discussing their mini wardrobe plans, especially now that the official rules have been set and we have that out of the way.
Some pretty green fabric called to me last night at the fabric store and said it wanted to be an 8-gore Burda skirt, like one in a review that was recently updated. I still may not be in this contest, but if I am, that skirt will be part of my plan.


-- Edited on 3/5/08 6:03 PM --

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Date: 3/5/08 6:15 PM

I'm glad to see the rules are finalized. I'm excited to participate in this contest too & glad we have several weeks to plan. I will have to learn how to do a storyboard before that. I think I might make 2 pair of knee-length shorts & 2 tops for vacation.

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Date: 3/5/08 9:41 PM

Because of the full wardrobe I'm working on, I definitely won't need more separates--I'll be working on dresses, so I'm going to pass on this contest and that great sewing machine!!!

Have a great contest and good luck to all!
Em
-- Edited on 3/5/08 9:41 PM --

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Date: 3/5/08 11:31 PM

I've been promising my husband some clothes, and I'm thinking a mini-wardrobe may be fun to do for him.

But my summer clothes never seem to have the longevity of my winter clothes (if it is comfortable here during 100 degree days I wear it all the time) so the selfish part of me thinks I would benefit more.

But it never hurts to build up that good husband karma!
~Linda (redsquid)

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Date: 3/5/08 11:47 PM

I NEED to do this - I'm teaching a college class next semester (yay! And yes, I'm finding ways to insert that into every conversation because I'm proud of it) and my current wardrobe is far better suited to my past lives as everything except a professor. Or instructor, at least. So I need some nicer stuff. I think I'll do a couple of nice skirts and two nice shirts - I want to do at least one more fitted button-up shirt but I might start with two nice knits just to keep from stressing myself out TOO much. And I love that there's a prize - I need something to 'fight' for. Never mind that I reeeeally don't need another SM (want, yes, need or have space for - not so much), it's the principle of the prize.

Anyway, back to paper and then to start dreaming of a storyboard and pattern fitting!

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Date: 3/6/08 1:33 AM

I need a few casual clothes for our coming winter so I'm looking forward to planning for this.

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Date: 3/6/08 2:04 AM

I also need late autumn/winter clothes. I acutally have 3 fabrics picked out. I was looking for grey and/or blue fabric on ebay about a month and a bit ago for the Timmel SWAP. In the process I randomly bought a donkey brown wool with alternating white and golden stripes and a mossy greens and browns paisleyish print floral stretch lace because they looked interesting. When they arrived I put them on the chair together to be washed and noticed they matched. I also had some British Army Green wool coating in that I bought last year and that also matches. I also remembered a strand of freshwater pearls (that I bought off ebay) which are bronzed forest green and match perfectly. So somehow I have the start of a new wardrobe that isn't the grey/blue one I intended.

The donkey brown will be a pair of pants, the mossy greens stretch lace a long sleeve jalie top, and the British army green a redingote. I also have all these patterns; I just have to fit and muslin them. The only downside to all this is that the person I purchase the donkey brown wool off was rather enthusiastic in storing camphor with their wool fabric and I'm having problems getting the smell out.

Of course, I need a fourth item. I have no fabric in my small stash that will match this theme of greens and browns so I will need to buy fabric. Hopefully I won't get so distracted this time. I'm not sure if I will make a top or a dress. I'm thinking I will prefer a top giving that dresses make for cold legs. And I won't be able to figure the pattern out till I have the fabric.

ETA: I've just realised the redingote assumes that I would be allowed to use a coat as a jacket. Is this a fair assumption or not?
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Date: 3/6/08 3:03 AM

What exactly is a redingote?

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Date: 3/6/08 10:11 AM

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What exactly is a redingote?

It's a riding-style coat/jacket (and/OR, this definition is new to me, a "dress open down the front to show a dress or underdress") but I'm sure since she's using wool she means a coat.
Here's a cool silk redingote from the 60's -- 60's redingote worn by Princess Anne

-- Edited on 3/6/08 10:37 AM --

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