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the 'un SWAP wardrobe contest' (Nov - Dec)
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Date: 10/29/08 7:03 PM

This is the official thread for the Endless Combinations Wardrobe Contest. I am happy to be managing this one, although I have to say I am a little sad I won't get a chance to win those great prizes (check it out!). The contest runs for 2 months--November 1 to December 31, 2008. The goal is to create a flexible, creative wardrobe of items that go together--no orphans allowed. And this contest is definitely one where 'quantity' will make it work better.

Official Rules:
Endless Combinations 2008


Ground Rules

Time frame.
This contest runs November 1 to December 31, 2008. Submitted items must be started on or after November 1st, 2008 and completed and reviewed by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on December 31, 2008.

Contest Purpose: Build a flexible wardrobe of pieces that always have something they can be worn with!

Qualifying Items.
In this contest, qualifying items are sewn items of clothing.

Patterns may be new, well-aged in the stash but never sewn, sewn before, or tried-and-true. Items may be based on commercial, free public-use or self-drafted patterns.

A minimum of 4 items must be included to count as an endless combination. One sewn accessory may be substituted for a garment for every 4 items entered. Example: 4 garments plus a handbag, 8 garments plus a handbag and a pair of gloves...

Only one chain per 'target person'--more than one chain can be sewn, but each garment sewn for a single person must work together.

How Endless Combinations Works:

Begin with one garment of your choice. Example, Skirt A.

The second garment, of any type, must coordinate and be wearable with the first one. Example, Top A may be worn with Skirt A.

The third submitted garment, of any type, must coordinate and be wearable with either of the two previous garments. Example, Jacket A may be worn with Skirt A or with Top A, or both!

The fourth garment, of any type, must coordinate and be wearable with any one (or more) of the previous garments and so on.

The more you sew, the easier it will become to match your latest project to a previous one!

You may include multiple endless combinations in your contest entry, either for yourself or for others, but each line of coordination must be among items sewn for a single person. Each line of coordination must be complete (and continuous) for a single person.

That is, you may enter Skirt A1 that coordinates with Top A1 that coordinates with Jacket A1 that coordinates with Top A2 that coordinates with Pants A1, all intended for wear by you. In the same contest entry, you may start a new endless combination with Skirt B1 that coordinates with Top B1 that coordinates with Pants B1 that coordinates with Jacket B1, all intended for wear by your daughter.

Of course, endless combinations sewn for different people may coordinate with each other, but your entry may not be Skirt A1 for you that coordinates with Top B1 for your daughter that coordinates with Jacket C1 for your husband that coordinates with Sweater D1 for your dog (although that might make for a fabulous holiday postcard).

Items intended for sale, or for which you were paid to make, do not qualify for this contest, but items made for charity are welcome!


Qualifying Entrants. Open to all members (free or paying) who joined Pattern Review prior to August 3rd, 2008 (90 days prior to the start of the contest).

Submissions

To enter an item in the contest, write and submit a review, including a photo, for each item sewn. In the review, include a statement that says this is garment number @ for the endless combinations contest, and a reference to its coordinating garment.

You also need to write and submit a composite review showing all elements and indicating which items coordinate to make it a endless combination. This composite review will be used for voting during judging. Because each garment need not work with all the previous garments, you may decide to structure your composite review in such a way that each garment is placed in succession with the garment it's meant to be worn with.

Points, Winners and Prizes


Points. In your contest entry, give yourself one point for each item sewn.

Winners.
There will be two winners of this contest:

The first prize winner will be determined by highest number of PatternReview member votes. Voting begins January 2nd, 2009 and ends January 11th, 2009.

The second prize winner is determined by the highest number of points (equal to the number of items entered).


Voting guidelines - points to keep in mind when you vote.

In no particular order:
- How well do the items coordinate? Are the items truly endless combinations?
- Construction / skill of design and craftsmanship compared to the declared skill level of the entrant
- Designer creativity
- Presentation.
- Is the pattern/process reviewed well? Is the review thorough, informative, and helpful? Did it help you decide whether or not to pursue such a project yourself? See What do you look for in a review? Characteristics of good review and Tips for writing a good pattern review for a list of member-developed guideline for judging the quality of a review.

Prizes.
First Prize: $100 gift certificate from Fashionista Fabrics
Second Prize: $75 gift certificate from Fashionista Fabrics

Contest Report

How to write a composite Review

Hi all, I've created a special section for endless combinations. So when you go to write a new composite review for EC, here's what you need to do:

Option 1 From the Add Review page, choose Contest from the Pattern company drop down and enter endless combinations in the pattern number field. Then click on Find.

Option 2 From The Contest Page click on Write a review button. This way all the entries will be in one place.

Hope this helps

Update by Deepika 11/07/08

EC template loaded in review

When you go to write a review from one of the two options listed above and when you click the Click here to load a template to help you write a review, a template specifically designed for this contest will load in the review box. Once there you can copy and paste the Item # sections as many times as you need. Hope this makes sense.


-- Edited on 11/7/08 3:48 PM --
-- Edited on 11/8/08 8:23 AM --

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Sill working on Fabric stash reduction: Aiming to see the sewing room floor before 2009.

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Date: 10/29/08 7:05 PM

Contest Report

Instructions for entering reviews:

1. Write a review of the first garment using the regular template.
2. Write a composite review using the contest template, adding a link to the first garment you just reviewed.
3. Enter the composite review into the contest (You only do this once).
4. Write reviews of subsequent garments using the regular template.
5. Add each new garment to the composite review, by editing the composite review and adding links to the reviews for each garment.

Notes:

* Don't enter the individual garment reviews into the contest - they only get entered into the composite review.
* If you make the Composite review a WIP that's great, but if you inadvertently save it to a finished review, it's no big deal, you can continue to edit it with each new garment added.

I've also put the super detailed version of these instructions on p22, if you need more detailed instructions (about half way down the page).

Some of the other details (edited to put all the rules clarifications here):

The points sewn will be total points per person. This means if you are sewing a chain for two people, both sets of garments count towards your total points. You will still need the minimum number of garments to start a chain for each person (4). Only one garment chain per 'target person' (as in, if you are sewing for yourself, you must make one chain of clothes that all work together; if you are sewing for yourself, and Aunt Mary, each chain has to fit the basic entry requirements to count, and you can only make one continuous chain for each of you.)

All combo lines sewn by one person go in one final entry.
That is, one contest entry per person, but each entry may have multiple endless combinations. Each contest entrant will submit only one final composite review. To help keep it all straight (and your sanity at the end) a Work in progress Review is suggested as you sew through this contest.

All reviews have to be entered by midnight, December 31, 2008.

If you save your contest entry as a WIP review, and work on it as you go, just make sure that it is converted to a real review before midnight, December 31.

To show your garments, it is probably easiest to use one of the free photo-hosting sites, like flickr. You load all your photos there, and we can click through the pictures, and admire all your great work.

Details about garments:

A vest is a garment.

A twin set (tank or t shirt, and cardigan) counts as two garments as long as each can be worn separately. If they are sewn together, or won't be worn separately, they count as one item.

As long as you can justify your chain in the end, it doesn't really matter what order you sew things in; if it is becoming too much of a brain-challenge to keep the work moving in the chain (or you get tired of re-threading the serger/sewing machine, etc.) batch sew. As long as your chain works in the end, it will count. You just may need to do some 'creative photography'.

If you start with either a basic top or a basic bottom that will go with lots of things you want to sew, and then branch out from that, it will be easier to write your review. Then you don't have to worry about creative order of sewing. I haven't seen a bottom that doesn't go with a white shirt or t-shirt.

Do a WIP review as you go; if you haven't made it to 4 garments that chain together by December 31, I will delete your entry. Remember that you need to convert you WIP review to a real review before December 31, or it won't count.

Sewn Accessories include:
--purses, gloves, mittens, fleece socks, hats (cool hats sound like so much fun--anyone up for this???), shawls that are sewn, aprons, diaper bags, baby booties etc. Any accessory that is sewn counts; strung jewelry does not.

Accessories count in your points, but you can only count one accessory after every 4 garments.

Gloves, booties or mittens only count as 1 point, even though you make 2.

Remakes--If you are totally cutting a garment apart and reassembling it, it counts as a garment. If you are using it for yardage, and adding other fabrics to it to create a garment, it should count. If you are remaking an opening (waist, or bottom) to change it significantly, it counts as a remake. I. e. changing the style of the waist, or significantly changing the hem. If you are re-cutting it to fit you (the refashioned T's come to mind) it should count. Narrowing pants, or adding gores and pieces to the outside to widen them should count. Taking apart your 80's dresses to redo the sleeves, and narrow the hems, should count. Totally changing one bodice style for another, but leaving the skirt alone counts as a remake.

If you are just adding a little trim around the edges, or a small embellishment, but the garment is fundamentally the same, probably not.

-- Edited on 11/5/08 9:24 PM --
-- Edited on 11/8/08 8:28 AM --
-- Edited on 11/8/08 9:10 AM --

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Sew on through all ups and downs. Remember--it is only fabric.

Sill working on Fabric stash reduction: Aiming to see the sewing room floor before 2009.

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Date: 10/29/08 7:30 PM

This sounds great. I have a nice stack of fabric in greys, reds, and black to work with.

Is a shawl a garment or an accessory?

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Date: 10/29/08 7:31 PM

whether I enter or not, the entries will most excellent to view!! can't wait!

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Date: 10/29/08 7:37 PM

Quote: 3KillerBs
This sounds great. I have a nice stack of fabric in greys, reds, and black to work with.



Is a shawl a garment or an accessory?

For this contest, a shawl will be an accessory (you really can't wear it by itself, right...well, and go out in public...LOL).

You also need to consider that your shawl needs to be 'sewn' somehow--sewn and fringed? Sewn and ruffled? Sewn with trim around the edges? Lined and reversible?

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Sill working on Fabric stash reduction: Aiming to see the sewing room floor before 2009.

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Date: 10/29/08 8:35 PM

Oh, I am excited for this one. I could never get my mini wardrobe together because I never felt that it all went together. But I definitely can manage to do this one. And after sewing costumes for dd and dh this past month I am totally ready to sew for myself.

A few questions though...do you have to end one combo before starting one for someone else? Do both add up to your total items or is the combo total for each individual sewn for?

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Date: 10/29/08 9:13 PM

The combo is for each individual sewn. If you do one combo for yourself, and one for your child, they each count individually.

I believe this means that the most items sewn is for one combo series (not combined).

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Sill working on Fabric stash reduction: Aiming to see the sewing room floor before 2009.

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Date: 10/29/08 9:21 PM

Sorry to be a pest, but does that mean you would do two separate composite reviews too?

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Date: 10/29/08 9:23 PM

Also, you don't need to finish one before starting a second combination string. You just need to have enough pieces (4) for the initial entry for each starting entry. Then, if you want, you can go back and forth on each combination. You cannot combine the totals on each combo string to get enough for the first entry, or to get enough points for the accessories.

-- Edited on 11/1/08 8:24 AM --

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Sill working on Fabric stash reduction: Aiming to see the sewing room floor before 2009.

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Date: 10/29/08 9:29 PM

The rules committee has declared only one final review per person!

Yes, you would do a separate review for each combination wardrobe. So if you are sewing two wardrobes, for two people, which means two separate combination series-- you need to write two separate combo reviews, one for each.


-- Edited on 11/1/08 12:31 PM --

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Sill working on Fabric stash reduction: Aiming to see the sewing room floor before 2009.

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