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Message Board > Contest Discussions > How do you determine your favorite? ( Moderated by JEF)

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Date: 4/3/08 8:23 PM

Today I cast my first vote in a PR contest -- the fitted blouse contest. I was struck by how great looking all of the blouses were and how impossible it was for me to single one out as the best of the bunch. Eventually I just decided to go with the one I thought was the "most flattering," but even that was highly arbitrary. How on earth are we supposed to decide?

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Date: 4/3/08 8:44 PM

Hi nancy2001!
For me, my vote is quite subjective... I love the fabric, the cut, the colour... Actually, it's more about ME and my tastes than the blouses presented...
I don't know how else I could decide...
Rhonda, who voted for the blouse in the fabric, cut & colour I LOVED...

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Date: 4/3/08 8:50 PM

I agree Nancy.

It was tough.

I voted for the one that looked really great "on" and I liked the "cut" of it.

But it was tough.

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Date: 4/3/08 8:54 PM

And, I still can't decide. They are all gorgeous! I am in awe of the talent shown.

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Date: 4/3/08 8:54 PM

I had trouble too. Here is what I did:

First, I narrowed down the choices by those I thought looked well constructed, looked really great on, and that I generally liked.

Then for the entries I narrowed down to, I actually read the reviews to see what the contestant did (and went through) to create such a nice garment, and I based my vote on that.

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Date: 4/3/08 9:19 PM

I do pretty much what Karen does. If a piece looks nice and is well fitted, that's a qualifier in round one. Then I take into account the difficulty of the piece, creativity, extra details, etc. For example: a simple sheath dress might really catch my eye, but a fitted, lined, princess seamed dress with bound button holes (OY!!!) would be much more difficult to execute. Even if I PERSONALLY liked the look of the sheath better, I try to be objective and give extra kudos to the more difficult garment. Oh, of course there are extra credit points for a thorough, detailed review. It's important to me to remain objective and not judge according to my personal tastes in fashion.

Eve

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Date: 4/3/08 11:37 PM

I've voted in a couple contests and this seems to be my "method"....a bit of everything from all the posts above, then when I have it narrowed down if I still can't make up my mind I vote for who hasn't won anything yet (or who has won the list).....I like to spread it around :)

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Date: 4/4/08 10:24 AM

I sometimes make a mental note of a project that really stood out to me when I first saw it -- the construction details amazed me somehow (what the person did to get the final result), or the design was very cleverly put together (fabric choice, design changes the person made that took the item to a higher level, etc.) -- or maybe both. I'm also a sucker for careful crafts(wo)manship.

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Date: 4/4/08 10:27 AM

I am amazed at the amount of time you all spend determining which entries to vote for! It's humbling and intimidating at the same time.

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Date: 4/4/08 10:55 AM

I too found it very difficult to vote in the Fitted Blouse contest.

I pretty much do the same as Karen and Eve - narrow it down to two or three choices and read the reviews. Thorough reviews get more weight, for sure. If I'm still stuck, I'll vote for the person who I think has been the most helpful on the boards, or who I think has a reputation for writing good reviews.

That said, this contest displayed the most even level of talent and execution. It was really, really hard to vote.

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