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Message Board > Contest Discussions > Vintage Pattern Contest 2009 -- Official Thread ( Moderated by JEF)

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Vintage Pattern Contest 2009 -- Official Thread
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Date: 3/22/09 7:59 PM

I'm pleased to announce the rules for the Vintage Pattern Contest have been finalized. And I'm delighted to tell you our contest sponsor oldpatterns will provide a $100 gift certificate to the first place winner and a $50 gift certificate to the second place winner.



Contest Manager: nancy2001

"Vintage Pattern Contest" Rules

April 1st through April 30th, 2009

Vintage Sewing Pattern Contest: This contest is a chance to try out vintage patterns, learn the differences between those and current patterns, and possibly try some traditional but new-to-you techniques. The rules for this contest:

Make a garment using a vintage pattern. For the purposes of this contest a pattern is considered Vintage if it was issued between 1920 and 1976. Earlier than this becomes antique patterns and historical costume instead of vintage and wearable garments.

Patterns must be original vintage prints, or exact re-prints of the vintage pattern (for example, reprints such as those that are available at Vintage Fashion Library and Vintage Pattern Lending Library). Re-issues, vintage inspired, retro, and self-drafted patterns are not included in this contest. Reissues are those that are reissued by the Pattern companies and sold in the Vintage and Retro sections of the catalogues.

Minor design changes are allowed. If major changes are required to make a wearable item, please pick a different pattern for this contest.

Fabrics and techniques do not need to be vintage. However, it is encouraged for you to follow the vintage guidesheet if it is available, to reap the benefit of some older techniques. This is not a requirement, but a suggestion.

Contest is restricted to clothing. Clothing for children and men are included. Crafts and home dec items are not included. Accessories as part of a clothing item can be included.

The garment must be started on or after April 1st, and completed and reviewed by April 30th. This includes cutting out the items. The pattern can be one used before, and muslins and fitting can be done in advance. Fabric pre-washing may also be done in advance.

More than one item can be entered in the contest.

Winner determination: Decided by member votes.


Guidelines for voting on Contests

Because of the high quality of the garments we're seeing entered in PR Contests, we're setting forth some suggestions 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 might garner more points than a simple one if a tie-breaker is needed.

Additional voting guideline suggestions for the Vintage Pattern Contest: Remember, these are just suggestions.

1. Use of vintage techniques either from the guidesheet or a book source. Traditional seam finishes as opposed to serged seams would be an example.

2. On a scale of one to ten, how well does the entrant adapt this vintage design to make it wearable in todays world? IOW, does the resulting garment look like a costume from another era or something that is Vintage inspired but eminently wearable today?


*Rules that apply to all contests:

1. Contests begin on the 1st of the month, and all reviews must be entered for submission by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the last day of the month.

2. Unless otherwise stated in the rules, Patterns may be drafted, tweaked, and muslined before the contest date, but fabric for the pieces entered may not be laid out or cut till the start date of the contest. Fabric may be pretreated before the contest date.

3. Items intended for sale, or for which you were or will be paid to make, do not qualify for any contest, but items made for charity are welcome!

4. Unless otherwise stated in the rules, all reviews written for a contest entry must include a picture of the entry.


Contest Eligibility

1. Any member of Pattern Review, either paying (FoPR) or non-paying, who's been a registered member on the site for 90 days prior to the start of a contest is eligible to enter.

2. Any member of Pattern Review, either paying (FoPR) or non-paying, who's been a registered member on the site for 90 days prior to the end of a contest is eligible to vote in a contest.

3. Any member who's won a prize (1st or 2nd place) in a contest on Pattern Review ended in the previous six months is ineligible to win another contest for a period of 6 months.

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-- Edited on 3/27/09 4:21 PM --

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Date: 3/22/09 9:26 PM

There are always some great garments from this contest!

Here is a link to last year's contest. I'm throwing it out here because the 1st few pages have LOTS of links on dating patterns, etc.

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Date: 3/22/09 9:45 PM

In the previous thread, Lisanne wanted to know whether patterns from companies such as Eva Dress or Decades of Style would be allowed. I've confirmed with AnneM that patterns like these which are not exact reprints of original vintage patterns will not be allowed in this contest.

I've also confirmed that this year's rules are identical to last year's with one exception -- this year the cutoff date for inclusion is 1976, one year later than last year's cutoff of 1975.
-- Edited on 3/22/09 9:50 PM --

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Date: 3/23/09 8:55 AM

I'm in!

Nancy, thanks again for managing this contest! You are enthusiastic and so much fun!

I'm going start working on a muslin later today or tomorrow. I hope to see lots of people join this year; this is my favorite!

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Date: 3/23/09 10:12 AM

Kellie, I can't wait to see your muslin. I hope we see lots of entries too -- from many different eras.

I'm planning to sew along with Yves Saint Laurent's classic double breasted blazer . I believe the pattern was issued in the mid 1970s, right around the cutoff date for the contest. Here's a photo of the former Glamour model and actress Cybill Shepard from the 1976 film Taxi Driver. The photo doesn't show her entire outfit but it's almost identical -- navy double breasted blazer with enormous peaked lapels, white pleated skirt, scarf tied around the neck. Even the loosely curled shoulder length blonde hairstyles are similar.

I've always loved YSL's classically chic look, but I plan to trim down the over-the-top lapels and eliminate the pockets.

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Date: 3/23/09 11:13 AM

I have quite a few vintage patterns that I was getting ready to make. Could I enter more than one garment?

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Date: 3/23/09 1:13 PM

Grace, someone entered more than one garment last year, so I assume it would be all right for you to do so this year. Just to be safe I'll confirm and let you know.

Edited to add: The rules state that it's all right to submit more than one entry.
-- Edited on 3/23/09 2:23 PM --

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Date: 3/23/09 4:12 PM

Are you required to submit a picture of the pattern you plan on making for the contest and is there some type of entry form that needs to be filled out or can you just post your finished garment before the deadline?

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Date: 3/23/09 8:17 PM

Queensh, you will need to: 1, enter the contest; 2, post your project review including a photo; and 3, link your project review to your contest entry. The link for posting your review appears at the end of the first message on this thread. The links for entering the contest and connecting your review to your contest entry will be posted as soon as the contest starts.

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Date: 3/24/09 1:56 PM

Woot! Cannot wait!! I can now finish those all those projects I've been *cough* working on with the vintage sew-a-long. (i.e. quit just staring at the patterns and make something)

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