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Date: 5/24/09 5:01 PM

OK folks, it's official - the start to your summer fun! I am honored to be the conest manager, and in order to give you time to dig through your stash to the bottom to find that really obnoxious fabric, following are the rules. Please remember though that any cutting and/or sewing cannot start until 12 am (midnight) on June 1st.

Ugly Fabric Contest
June 2009

The concept of this contest is to take an UGLY piece of fabric and make something wearable with it.

1) If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then so is ugliness. You must include a 'before' picture of your fabric, and explain why you think it is ugly (print, texture, color, overall impression, ...). Note: low quality, while not pretty, does not qualify as the sole reason for 'ugly' in this contest.

2) You must include at least one picture of the finished product.

3) The finished item must be useable. Clothing or accessories only for this contest. Make something you can take out of the house and show off!

4) Muslins do not count for this contest. While useful, they aren't really useable.

5) The ugly fabric must be visible in the final garment. A hidden lining or a batting is handy, but doesn't count for this contest.

6) The ugly fabric must comprise most of the garment, but other fabrics can be used as well. ("Most" means more than the other visible fabrics combined, or 51% "ugly" fabric)

7) Bonus points: Make a 'look' out of the item - a complete outfit. Show it with something else in your wardrobe if a separates item, or just show the "I can wear this out of the house" view. A picture like this will help you actually get use out of what you make, and show that to the voters.

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General Contest Rules
- 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.

- 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.

- 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!

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


* Contest Eligibility

- 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.

- 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.

- 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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Have FUN, and I want to see some serious hideous going here!



Edited by Deepika
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Date: 5/24/09 6:11 PM

I have an ugly print knit I am going to use. I bought it because it was a knit and had certain colours I wanted in it, without really considering the print. And then when I got it home and showed it to DH, his face said it all, and I realised it reminded me of the orange and brown floral curtains we had in our family kitchen in the 1970s.

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Date: 5/24/09 11:09 PM

I can't wait to see what you'll make of it. after all, Scarlet O'Hara worked wonders with her drapes!

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Date: 5/25/09 9:14 AM

I'm excited to see some of the fabrics people have.

Keep in mind that this is a fun contest. Some people will think a fabric is ugly that you really like. For me personally, I can't wear orange, it doesn't look good on me, and I don't really like the color because of that. I've seen orange look FABULOUS on some other people. But in my stash, a piece of orange fabric is ugly. That's just the way it is.

My current ugly fabric is a pale blue, green, orange, purple, muddy yellow paisley print. It is also a wonderful linen, really nice washed. The print actually wouldn't be too bad except the muddy yellow parts.

Perhaps people can post pics of their fabrics here and swap ideas on good uses for them.

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Date: 5/25/09 5:19 PM

I finally decided on my "ugly" fabric. We were at a fabric shop last year and my dd yelled that she wanted it and the shop owner heard her and gave it to me for free because she had never been able to sell it! It is swim suit material with gold metalic stars and huge red stripes.

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Date: 5/25/09 6:58 PM

If I was going to enter this (I'm not as I don't have the expertise) I would think about making a reversible jacket. Ugly fabric to the outside for the 'brave days' and to the inside for days you want to be conservative - I don't think this would violate the 'not to be used as a lining rule' ??

Also think about boxer shorts and pj's - if these are eligible
bow ties or normal ties for that matter
hawiian shirts (pretty much any ugly print is acceptable for these)
board shorts
summer capris - think beach wear, some of these are made up in 'interesting' prints .like these
beach cover-ups - see above
hippie dresses & tops - using appropriate fabric for the era
dog coats ??
Also old lady dresses (have you seen the awful prints old ladies prefer? You could donate to charity after

Just some random thoughts to help some of you get started

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Date: 5/25/09 9:32 PM

RuthieK, that fabric sounds like a good match for the carpeting we had in the basement of our house. Apparently someone (no doubt in the 70's) had decided that fake-wood panelling and brown, orange and gold tile-patterned indoor/outdoor carpeting would make a really groovy rec room.

You could go totally retro and use one of Burda's recent Nehru jacket patterns...

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Date: 5/26/09 4:58 PM

I found my fabric today. It's a batik - which are normally gorgeous fabrics. I rarely see them in the clearance section. But this one is a horribly dead shade of gray. Not even a pretty dove gray or a rich charcoal. Kind of a not really taupe. Not really gray. Dead skin gray. And the resist pattern on it is so oversized that it's going to make the design scale of the garment difficult. The only color is a rather random blob of turquoise.

I have about 5 different designs in mind and am doing sketches. I'm debating doing some trapunto with some japanese shibori type embroidery. Or maybe a little boho sundress. Or something totally off the wall for the mood of the piece...like a cowboy shirt!

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Date: 5/26/09 7:19 PM

To everyone who is considering entering, I think a "before" picture of the fabric and posted here would be great. Not required of course!



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Date: 5/27/09 1:49 PM

Time permitting, I am in on this contest. I even took a picture of my ugly fabric the other day, and considered making a spring type coat out of it, mainly because I have some great wool that I want to make a winter coat out of and want it to fit over jackets so am not quite sure what size to make; but did not know if I really wanted to go through that much work for an ugly fabric contest. But yesterday as I was cruising Nordstrom website I saw a jacket with details that I think would make even my ugly fabric look great. It is an Armani with a price tag of over a thousand and believe it or not the fabric kind of looks like my ugly fabric! So I hope to get time to start and finish it during the month of June. I am planning on taking some time off during the month; that will help, but I have lots of things to sew and gardening to do. I got my fabric in a free bundle at Fabric Mart and I got the same fabric in two bundles...must not have been a good seller! ... so I have way more than I need, I think I will still have enough to make a fitting muslin of that winter coat! I am not sure if it is garment fabric or decorator fabric. I will post a picture. It is black and white woven one inch diamond shapes, probably poly and maybe cotton blend, I have not given it the ole burn test.

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