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Beginner Contest and Advanced Beginner Contest (Official Contest Thread)
June 1st - June 30th
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Date: 5/19/08 8:35 AM

Contest for Beginners and Advanced Beginners

We leave it to you to define your sewing level and ability.

If you think you are a beginner, you probably are.
If you think you’re between advanced beginner and intermediate, and aren’t sure whether you qualify, please look at the list of skills below and make a decision.
This contest is as much about advancing your skills and learning within the context of the group setting as it is about a contest.

*note that there will be two separate contests in which to submit entries - please take care to choose the correct one BEFORE entering your project. You may only enter One project and you must choose to enter in either the Beginner or the Advanced Beginner contest. For the purposes of voting the entries are being kept separate. For all other purposes, this board will be used to discuss all entries for the contest.

Contest requirements:
Beginner – Make any sewn item: garment or accessory or home dec.

Advanced beginner – Make a Garment incorporating at least one technique new to you.

Fabric preparation (preshrinking etc) may be done before the start date of the contest - June 1st, but no other work (laying out, cutting or construction) may begin before then.

Write a review with a picture.
In addition to the standard information on the form the review should include:
-A very brief description of your previous sewing experience.
-Information regarding what outside help you may have received, other than online help here on Pattern Review.
-If you’re entering a garment into the adv beginner category, please describe which techniques were new to you.
- If the item was made as a part of a class it should be mentioned in the review, AND the instructor may not have had any part in stitching or construction

Contest eligibility
The 90 day membership rule will be waived for participation in this contest.
Anyone may enter, regardless of length of PR membership.
However, Only those who’ve met the 90 day membership requirement may cast votes.


Prizes
There will be a 1st and 2nd prize for the Beginner Category.
There will be a 1st and 2nd prize for the Advanced Beginner Category.
1st place winners will be chosen by a judges panel (judges TBA).
2nd place winners will be determined by membership vote.
Each PR member who meets the qualifying membership date (prior to March 1 2008) will get one vote for each category.
Please be aware that you can enter the contest with less than 3 months membership, but you will not be able to vote until you have 3 months of membership

1st prize = Choice of an online class + 1 year of FoPR membership
2nd prize = A free pattern and a PR button


Clarification
If you're a true beginner, you probably don't have any doubt which category you belong in.
If you're an advanced beginner but wonder if you've crossed the line to intermediate, check out the following for qualifiers.

Skill set: if you’ve attempted and are proficient with more than 5 of the following techniques, you’re probably ready to bump yourself up to the intermediate level.

Zippers – (lapped, slot, fly, invisible)
buttonholes
facing
lining
curved seams (such as princess seams)
collars
set in sleeves
welt pockets
sewing with knits
various hand stitches including but not limited to: hemstitch, fell stitch, hand rolled hem, catch stitch


I will be managing this contest.

-- Edited on 5/19/08 11:35 AM --

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Date: 5/19/08 8:36 AM

to join the contest click here then click on the JOIN button.

For everything you need to know about how to enter and how to enter your reviews. Contest Tutorial
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Date: 5/19/08 8:50 AM

I just want to jump in and encourage folks to join this contest!

PR contests are fun! I always enjoy the ones that I participate in. Apart from it being a great opportunity to get motivated, try something new and expand your skills, the camaraderie is fantastic!



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Date: 5/19/08 10:05 AM

Chiming in to second Costume & Retro Kellie's sentiment -- PR contests are a great way to jump in and enjoy the best of sewing.
The challenge is your own (i.e. what you make of it); it's fun and friendly; and the sense of community, encouragement, and accomplishment can't be beat!
I'd say it's win-win all around!

ETA: Based on the criteria set out in Marji's post, I've just promoted my sewing skill level to - gulp - Intermediate.
-- Edited on 5/19/08 10:21 AM --

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Date: 5/19/08 10:19 AM

Thanks for posting the skill set - I had actually been wondering if I should bump myself up to Intermediate, and that helped me decide that I should. :)

I hope a lot of people enter - it will be fun to see what everyone comes up with!

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Date: 5/19/08 11:28 AM

This sounds fun. I'm not sure what I am...definitely not Intermediate though. Based on osmosis (learning from my mother and grandmother), I'm probably Adv. Beginner. My personal skill set though is probably not quite there. It is amazing what you pick up but have no clue what it is until necessary...

Does it matter what type of garment? I have several things in the "want to make" bin.
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Date: 5/19/08 11:33 AM

So happy Kimmysue that you want to enter!
Any type of garment you want to make is fine.
And do not hesitate to come here (either this thread or the entire Beginner message board) for advice and help.

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Date: 5/19/08 11:56 AM

I'm definitely going to enter. Now I just have to decide what to make . . . .

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Date: 5/19/08 12:01 PM

Quote: Kaitlinnegan
Thanks for posting the skill set - I had actually been wondering if I should bump myself up to Intermediate, and that helped me decide that I should. :)



I hope a lot of people enter - it will be fun to see what everyone comes up with!

Same here!!

The only thing I haven't done now is welt pockets, and that I'll get that this summer when we do the coat sew along.

When I first signed up for PR, I put myself in as intermediate, but then when I saw the level of discussions that people who called themselves "beginners" were participating in, I downgraded myself to advanced beginner.

It will be exciting to officially become an "Intermediate!"

But you all have my encouragement to participate and I am looking forward to seeing what people come up with!!

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Date: 5/19/08 1:07 PM

Quote:
The only thing I haven't done now is welt pockets, and that I'll get that this summer when we do the coat sew along.

When I first signed up for PR, I put myself in as intermediate, but then when I saw the level of discussions that people who called themselves "beginners" were participating in, I downgraded myself to advanced beginner.

It will be exciting to officially become an "Intermediate!"

I'm in the same position -- the only thing I haven't done from that list is welt pockets. But I still have many "beginner" type questions about fitting (and a few other things, most of them technical or to do with spatial "how do these two pieces go together" issues [e.g. when I did my first collar stand]) -- so many that I can't quite bring myself to upgrade my level. Also, many of the Intermediates on here would clearly be "Advanced Intermediates," if there were such a level. Perhaps there should be?
Anyway, that list at least confirms that I shouldn't be entering this contest. Good luck to all of you who will be participating, though!


-- Edited on 5/19/08 1:10 PM --

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