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Date: 5/2/08 8:58 AM

Three contests just ended and are ready for voting. Lots of options to look at. It won't be easy, but now is the time to select one from each contest!

Some people have asked about how to decide when voting, because it can be very difficult. There are so many good entries. Marji came up with a great summary of suggestions, which I repeat here.

Keep in mind that these are just suggestions; use only if you want.

Because of the high quality of the garments we're seeing entered in PR Contests, we're setting forth some guidelines that may help you choose when voting. You may choose to assign a point value to each of the following criteria in order to narrow down your choices.
1. How well does the garment/collection/ensemble/item fit the criteria stated in the contest rules? How well does it fit the spirit of the rules?
2. Are the construction methods, including but not limited to seam finishes, lining techniques, etc, well suited to the design? To the fabric?
3. Is the fabric choice well suited to the design? Are the lining and interfacing choices appropriate?
4. Is the review complete and well written?
5. Taking into account the stated ability level of the entrant, how well does the garment fit?
6. Creative points. You may choose to give credit here for extras including embellishment, creative interpretation of patterns, creativity in creating a pattern, or even for having the restraint to leave something strikingly simple.
7. Complexity of the project. Relate this to the skill level of the participant. If a participant is a beginner then a princess seam may get the same complexity level as an underarm gusset gets for an advanced sewer. This is purely subjective, but a complex garment may garner more points than a simple one if a tie-breaker is needed.

One Fabric - Silk
This is the most important contest to vote in. (Just don't tell the moderators of the other two contests I said that.) An additional consideration on where to place your vote is how well the garment took advantage of the characteristics of silk fabric used. Of course, that characteristic coud be drape, shine, or body depending on the silk fabric selected.

Handbag Contest
In addition to meeting the contest requirements (handbag, lining, interfacing) an additional voting element might be if you would consider buying it for yourself or someone else, or does it fill a stated purpose particularly well?

Wardrobe Contest
This is always a tough one to pick because of the scope of the contest. (Must be even tougher to sew for!) An additional item to think about when voting for this is the wardrobe aspect. Does it seem like a wardrobe, or just separate items for the closet? Does it project a certain style, theme, or viewpoint?


So, get out (or in) and vote!

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Date: 5/2/08 3:04 PM

Thank you for your specifications and helps! :)

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Date: 5/2/08 3:50 PM

Anne M,
Thanks so much for setting out these criteria. I've been away for business and recently returned. Now, I face many, many unread Reviews for these gorgeous items. How in the world to decide?! I shall be immersed in the details of these works of art for a few days to come, and appreciate the guidance you've provided. --Lily

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Date: 5/2/08 6:45 PM

I had forgotten that there were THREE competitions to vote for! I'd just got through the hard work of voting for the first one You've all done such lovely work.

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Date: 5/2/08 9:04 PM

All I can say is WOW!!! You all did an amazing job!! It was so hard to vote...I think you all deserve a prize!! I just voted for my "personal favs", but wanted to vote for many, many more!! Well done to everyone!!

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Date: 5/3/08 8:29 AM

ok, Three contests just ended. Everyone is putting forth such amazing effort and work that I'm trying to be diligent and going through and really reading every review and looking at all the pictures and giving full consideration before voting.
LOL, so far I've made it through a little more than 2/3 of the silk contest entries. Have glanced at but not really studied the entries for the wardrobe contest, and havent' even opened the gallery for the handbag contest. And we are into day 3 of the voting period.
Whew!

But you know, the entrants for the contest deserve full consideration.
And the benefit to thoroughly reading each review is that there are a lot of wonderful ideas, and good inspiration there.

If you're just going to be able to start looking this weekend, be sure to check out Susanne's (FineFabrics) entry in the silk contest for her construction method of a simple elegant sheath. She used a couture method to create a one seam skirt in this sheath, preserving the integrity of the large print motif.
And check out 2 different interpretations of using sari fabrics. Kellie and CindyLou each created gorgeous dresses, totally different from each other, using sari fabrics. And Maiaj, a beginning sewer, made a lovely silk first communion dress.
And there are 5 self drafted entries. And there are a whole bunch that I haven't mentioned.

I'm so impressed that so many are not only sewing but really putting forth a lot of effort to document the process and share their knowledge and skills.
It's definitely worth the time to read it all.

Happy voting!
I'm going to go look at the handbag gallery now,

edit to add I just opened the handbag contest gallery (see link in Anne's post above) and I'm absolutely blown away! No need to ever again spend $500 or $5000 (like I ever have! ha) to get a designer bag. There are some incredible entries there. And inspiration abounds.

-- Edited on 5/3/08 8:35 AM --

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Date: 5/3/08 9:12 AM

I tried to vote and I am not sure I actually did or that I only voted once. So, please forgive me if I voted more than once, I didn't mean to. *insert hilarious election year Chicago joke here*

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Date: 5/8/08 7:27 PM

It is getting to the end of the voting period, so I would like to remind folks to check out the contest entries.

Anne

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Date: 5/8/08 7:45 PM

Yes, a lot to read and enjoy in these three Contests. I've got my choices narrowed down, after a lot of brain wracking and pondering and pondering. I'll vote in all three early tomorrow morning, as I need one more evening to writhe in indecision and to scan a final review of the rules. Thank you to everyone for all this Eye Candy, not to mention the hours and hours of hard work. I just love these PR Contests!

My method: I'm trying to envision everything I know about the particular contestant, pretend that I'm a close friend or a "peeping tom" neighbor, and decide which item (or items, in the case of the Wardrobe) is best suited to and most cohesive with her life and fashion preferences. --Lily

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Date: 5/8/08 8:48 PM

I know, I haven't put in my votes either, actually. Still working on it! I might have to give up adding comments in order to concentrate on reading.

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