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Subject: 'Try a New Technique Contest' Official thread Date: 11/17/08 8:17 AM

"Try a New Technique Contest" Managed By: NancyK
This contest is great for beginners or more experienced sewers alike! I am happy to manage this contest and I hope that it encourages you to try something that you've been hesitant to do.

Contest Rules

Timeframe: This contest will run from December 1st, 2008 to December 31st, 2008. Contest ends at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, as shown on the Pattern Review website. All reviews must be submitted by that time in order to be eligible for the contest.

Objective: Learn a sewing technique that is new to you.

Definitions for the purposes of this contest:
A New Technique is one that you never have tried before or have tried only once unsuccessfully. Any technique you have tried more than once, regardless of the outcome, does not qualify for the purposes of this contest.

Qualifying Items. For purposes of judging, qualifying techniques are limited to those that fall in the categories listed below. If you aren't sure if your technique qualifies, submit the technique to the contest manager in advance for approval.

Because the purpose of this contest is to improve your skill at a new-to-you technique, at least 4 examples of the use of the technique must be submitted. At least one of these examples must be in a finished item (garment, home dec, or craft). The other 3 or more may be either a finished item or as samples.

Any sources used, whether they be online, instructions in a book or magazine, or lessons from a class, should be cited. This will be helpful to others wanting to learn the same technique. No need to re-invent the wheel--it is expected that you will learn your technique from some resource.

Technique categories:
1. Closures. A technique used to close a garment, home dec item, or craft. Examples include, but are not limited to: buttonholes, zippers, snaps.

2. Seam Finishes, Edge Treatments and Hems. A technique to finish the raw fabric edges on your entry. Examples include, but are not limited to: serged seam allowances, bound seam finish, Hong Kong seam finish, French seams, narrow rolled hems, and machine hemming.

3. Construction Techniques. A technique used in the actual construction of the garment / item. Examples include but are not limited to: setting in a sleeve, inserting a lining, making a collar, stitching opposite curves (such as required of princess seams), stitching inside corners (such as for godets).

4. Pockets. A technique to make and attach a well-made pocket. Example: patch, in-seam, welt, trouser.

NOTE: An entry must be specific to one technique. An entry for buttonholes will require 3 or 4 examples of the same type of buttonhole. One example of a machine worked keyhole buttonhole, one example of a bound buttonhole, and one example of a handworked buttonhole does not constitute an entry. 4 bound buttonholes, 3 in a jacket and 1 in a sample Does count as an entry. An entry for set in sleeves should include 4 set in sleeves, not 2 gathered sleeves and 2 set-in sleeves.


Qualifying Entrants. Participation open to all members (free or paying) who joined Pattern Review prior to September 2nd, 2008 (90 days prior to the start of the contest).

Submissions

A review using the Contest Review Template for the New Techniques Contest, including clear photographs of the finished products and/or samples (for a total of 4 items/samples) is required.

A regular, separate pattern review should be written for the finished item using your new technique, and it should be linked to your contest review.

Include in your submission
- a brief description of the technique you are submitting. It may be as basic as "Learning to set in a sleeve without puckers".

- A description of your process of working on the technique.

- Clear photos of the final product(s) and/or samples of your work. Any unsuccessful attempts may also be included in the review. Multiple pictures of the finished product are helpful but not required.

Participants may submit multiple contest entries, one entry per technique. For each entry/technique, a separate composite review must be submitted.

Winners and Prizes
Winners will be determined by a panel of 3 judges.

Judging will be based on technique execution relative to experience of the entrant.

NOTE: All of the contests on PR are based on the honor system. It's hard to judge an entry from photographs, because it all depends on how good the photograph is. And yet, since we all strive to achieve the best results we can with each of our projects, it's important to remember that if you follow the rules and be true to yourself, you are the winner, no matter what.

CLARIFICATIONS FROM THE CONTEST COMMITTEE!

Some fabrics require a set of construction techniques so different from typical that they may be included in the construction category. For the purposes of this contest, these fabrics include (and are limited to)
Fur or Faux Fur, Leather or Faux Leather True Velvet (not velveteen, crushed, or panne velvet)
Lace (not stretch lace)

If a contestant chooses to make something using a Specialty Fabric in the Construction category they should be prepared to outline the special processes they use including cutting techniques and choices of interfacing/lining/seaming techniques/seam finishes/pressing techniques. They must show samples of their tests, and have a finished item or garment.
Regarding the rule of 4 - there must be 4 seams (or seam samples).

Deepika just published the new rules that apply to all the contests, and the following is a new.
3. Any member who's won a prize (1st or 2nd place) in a contest on Pattern Review ending in the previous six months is ineligible to enter.



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Subject: Official thread 'New Techniques Rules' Date: 11/17/08 8:45 AM

I will try to answer any questions you may have as quickly as possible.
Here is the contest template hot off the presses! Thanks Deepika.

Category technique falls into?
Closures / Seam Finishes , Hems / Construction Techniques / Pockets

Name or describe the Sewing Technique You're working on?

What source(s) did you use to learn this technique?
Were the instructions easy to follow?

What did you particularly like or dislike about the technique?


Describe your process. Did you make samples, how many? What were your challenges?


Link to garment(s) or item(s) reviewed using this technique?


Will you incorporate this technique into your sewing? Will you sew using it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Conclusion:

CLARIFICATIONS FROM THE CONTEST COMMITTEE!

Some fabrics require a set of construction techniques so different from typical that they may be included in the construction category. For the purposes of this contest, these fabrics include (and are limited to)
Fur or Faux Fur, Leather or Faux Leather True Velvet (not velveteen, crushed, or panne velvet)
Lace (not stretch lace)

If a contestant chooses to make something using a Specialty Fabric in the Construction category they should be prepared to outline the special processes they use including cutting techniques and choices of interfacing/lining/seaming techniques/seam finishes/pressing techniques. They must show samples of their tests, and have a finished item or garment.
Regarding the rule of 4 - there must be 4 seams (or seam samples).




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Subject: Official thread 'New Techniques Rules' Date: 11/17/08 9:30 AM

Now would be the time to try welt pockets. But boy do I fear welt pockets. :(

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Subject: Official thread 'New Techniques Rules' Date: 11/17/08 9:46 AM

It sure would.
This would also be a great place to post links to all those great tutorials.
Sadi, AnnR wrote a great tutorial for welt pockets recently that a lot of folks have had success with. Find it here
Kathleen F has her tutorial here
Debbie Cooks is here
Threads issue 122 from January 2006, "Foolproof Welt Pockets" by Ann Steeves (Gorgeous Fabrics)

and then, just for giggles, check out the film clip at Taunton Press - talk about making something look easy. Manuels Piped Pockets

of course, there are more, but this ought to get you started.

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Subject: Official thread 'New Techniques Rules' Date: 11/17/08 11:32 AM

Sigrid has set up a great site with links to a lot of tutorials on different blogs and websites.
It's a great resource all in one place.
here
Here's a great welt pocket tutorial from Ann Rowley.

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Subject: Official thread 'New Techniques Rules' Date: 11/17/08 11:38 AM

I am in, but I wish you all would extend the ending date till January 31st! You have this wonderful contest in the middle of all my Christmas sewing. I am going to be looking like a pajama factory down here in my sewing room!

Welt pockets, and bound button holes----BE AFRAID---VERY AFRAID!

I love Melody from Fashionistas wonderful saying: Face the fear and sew anyway! Sooooo true. While I am doing taglines, I think I will make a duplicate of hers and hang it in my sewing room.

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Subject: Official thread 'New Techniques Rules' Date: 11/17/08 5:12 PM

I am in the endless combinations contest and was planning a pair of trousers with welt pockets (a new technique for me). Can I include an entry for the trousers in the endless combinations and the welt pockets in the trousers in this contest?

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Subject: Official thread 'New Techniques Rules' Date: 11/17/08 6:12 PM

If it meets the rules for this contest too, absolutely! Don't forget that this contest is about process as much as a finished project. You'll have to make and photograph your samples too.
Clarification here. There must be 4 examples of a technique. This can be any configuration between finished garment and samples as long as it adds up to 4.
In other words, if you are making welt pockets on a pair of pants, then you might have 2 pockets on the pants and 2 samples.
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Subject: Official thread 'New Techniques Rules' Date: 11/17/08 6:36 PM

Samples, samples, samples! That is the key to any new technique and they are required for this contest.
Even though I have made bound buttonholes and welt pockets for many years, I still make a sample or two before I make them in my garment.

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Subject: Official thread New Techniques Rules Date: 11/17/08 7:17 PM

Bound buttonholes are something I have wanted to try also, but I am not sure about the timing. I am with Ody, I still have gift sewing and usually work to the last minute.

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