Member since 11/29/04
Date: 4/21/08 11:47 PM
Welcome to Pattern Review's first (and much-anticipated) Mini-Wardrobe Contest, which will start on May 1 and end on May 31. This is the first of two mini-wardrobe contests in 2008. The other will be held during the month of August.
This contest is open to all members (free or paying) who joined Pattern Review prior to February 2nd 2008 (90 days prior to the start of the contest). Those who vote for a contest winner also must have been members for at least 3 months prior to voting.
Official Mini-Wardrobe Contest Rules
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
2) 1 bottom and 3 tops - 1 (no more than one) may be a jacket
3) 1 bottom, 1 dress or jumper (overdress), and 2 tops - 1 may be a jacket. If a jumper is made, it should go with both tops (i.e., function as a bottom). If the dress option is chosen, it need not be worn with the other garments in the wardrobe, however it should tie to the rest of the wardrobe in theme and possibly be compatible with the same handbag or shoes or accessories.
All pieces must coordinate with each other.
Patterns may be new, never sewn before, or TNT (tried and true). 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 presented as a collage 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.
You may submit more than one contest entry, however each entry must be four, and *only* four items. While many participants may be planning to use these four garments as part of a larger coordinating wardrobe for themselves, the choosing of just four items that coordinate well together is one of the particular challenges of this contest.
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 design and craftsmanship, designer creativity, and presentation. Voting will begin on June 1st and end on June 10th.
Prizes:One first prize: A Sewing Machine sponsored by Greenberg and Hammer. Also, the first one to complete and review the mini wardrobe will receive a PR Button and a Pattern of their choice.
Entering Project to Contest
Add a Pattern Review
Composite Photo Tutorial This is a tutorial for using a Microsoft accessory called Paint (for those using on Windows computers).
Some other links for storyboard tutorials:
Sherril Miller's SWAP Storyboard tip
This Storyboards thread has links for tutorials.
Click for links to angie.a's Paint.net tutorial
SigridNL's Powerpoint tutorial, and
ChrisS' Photoshop tutorial
Options for Macintosh users (and I am one!): You could try the Powerpoint or Photoshop tutorials above, if you have access to Mac versions of those programs.
Cidell mentioned a software in the pre-contest thread called ComicLife which you can read about and download a free 'unhindered' 30 day demo here (sorry no storyboard tutorial available for it that I know of).
I'll be updating this post as necessary as clarifications will undoubtedly need to be made
I'll try to answer your questions and address your concerns as quickly as I can. I've been really impressed at the level of excitement this new contest has generated! This is my first time as a contest manager but as some of you may know, Pattern Review now has a Contest Committee which determines the rules for contests and if there is question I can't answer myself, I'm sure I can rely on their expert guidance.
Good Luck to everyone!
-Terry (aka 'pterion')
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Member since 11/13/07
Date: 4/22/08 10:11 AM
I have a couple of questions. It says that we can't cut into the fabric until May 1st,...so does that mean we can pin the pattern to the material and get it ready?
And what happens if I enter but am unable to finish? I think I'd like to join this challenge but I am a newbie so 4 peices will be a challenge. (although I guess it IS suppose to be a challenge)
ps Yay for getting to be the first poster! I feel so special
Member since 11/29/04
In reply to MapleCandy3
Date: 4/22/08 10:50 AM
does that mean we can pin the pattern to the material and get it ready?
Welcome, MapleCandy! Now that is a question I had not considered. Will have to get back to you on that one
All four wardrobe items must be finished and reviewed by May 31st to qualify as a contest entry. My advice is to go ahead and enter and try your best, and if you don't finish until after the deadline, look at it this way: you have four great new items in your closet! However if you prefer the camaraderie of a sew along without the pressure of a time-constraint, check out the Wardrobe Sew Along thread which was recently started by paulag1955.
Member since 4/5/02
In reply to pterion
Date: 4/22/08 11:40 AM
Sounds great. I need these contests to keep me motivated. Thanks!
I don't have any plan made yet, but have been considering options for several days now. I've never made a storyboard, but all the links and tutorials should make that much easier.
Beth H in Georgia
Member since 10/8/04
Date: 4/22/08 9:07 PM
I have never done anything like this before. It sounds like fun though..
I do have some fabric for my travel wardrobe that I purchased at the Tampa Expo and I already have the design plans. I also have a job, a community service project, a husband, grandchildren and our older parents to deal with.
What if I don't get done in time?
Member since 8/13/06
Date: 4/22/08 10:41 PM
Here's my tentative storyboard (click for a larger picture):
I have all the patterns and have ordered the fabrics from Gorgeous fabrics. The jacket will be an extra "if I have time" item, but it will be completed later if not during the contest. All the patterns are new to me, so here's hoping they are good ones! I'm still not entirely sure about the tops - I may switch to a couple of knit tops I am planning for my larger summer wardrobe, which may be easier to finish within the time constraints. I'm excited to see what everyone else comes up with.
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Member since 8/24/02
Date: 4/22/08 10:47 PM
I won't finish the wardrobe contest, so I can cut-down my plan to 4 garments that I haven't started and hopefully finish them for this contest.
Member since 9/4/04
Date: 4/23/08 1:39 PM
I'll join this contest. I don't hope to win, but I just need some motivation (a kick in the behind), to actually plan and sew something. The way I figured, if I don't make a plan, I'll never start and finish anything.
I'm planning on making 2 knit tops, a pair of pants and a dress. I'll make and post my storyboard over the weekend.
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"Only creativity brings us close to paradise." (Hundertwasser)
Member since 3/27/06
Date: 4/23/08 2:56 PM
I want to make pants with a top and jacket plus a dress that can be worn with the jacket. My problem is the rule that all pieces have to go together. How can i make the top go with the dress, or am I being to analytical here?
Member since 4/5/02
In reply to lizabelle
Date: 4/23/08 3:17 PM
If the dress option is chosen, it need not be worn with the other garments in the wardrobe, however it should tie to the rest of the wardrobe in theme and possibly be compatible with the same handbag or shoes or accessories.
I don't think you actually have to wear your dress with a top.
I was considering making a top that I could somehow wear underneath a dress. Maybe a shirtwaist dress with the top buttons undone to reveal a sleeveless top underneath or something. I've also seen sleeveless dresses worn with a top unbuttoned over them. I think it could be done, but it doesn't appear that you are required to for this contest.
Beth H in Georgia
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