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New Techniques Contest
July 1, 2009 - July 31, 2009
Nancywin
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Date: 6/21/09 8:30 AM

I will be managing the New Techniques contest which will start July 1. The contest committee has determined the following rules:

Timeframe: This contest will run from July 1, 2009 to July 31, 2009. 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 in 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 April 1, 2009 (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

Winner will be determined by a panel of 3 judges

The prize will be (still to be determined)

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.

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Date: 6/26/09 3:02 AM

How is this different to the advanced beginner contest that also run in July? I mean I wanted to try to make a collared shirt for the first time in my life and it seems that this would fit both contests. Just checking.

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Natalija from Serbia (mom to 6 daughters and 1 son)

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Date: 6/26/09 8:15 AM

TalyQ, this is for a techique only, like the buttons on your shirt or the collar or cuffs, etc. And would be judged on that techique. That techique could be on your entry for the Advanced Beginner contest where you will submit the entire garment - the shirt. Which could contain your specific new techique, but will obviously contain other items.

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Date: 6/26/09 9:57 AM

Good question, and Bee Bee is right. However, if this runs like other contests in the past have, you can actually enter a garment in two contests if it meets the criteria for both. ALso, this contest is not just for beginners. Even advanced sewers are constantly learning new techniques!

BTW, I will be out of town and off line until tomorrow night. I will check the board when I return and answer any questions then

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Date: 6/26/09 10:03 AM

What category would embellishment fall into, or is that not allowed?

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Date: 6/26/09 11:24 AM

OK, I get it. Thank you for clarifying.

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Natalija from Serbia (mom to 6 daughters and 1 son)

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Date: 6/26/09 4:09 PM

I assume that as with all contests, we have to wait until the start of the contest to begin working on our new techniques. However, does this apply to the final garment/item? Let's say I want to do welt pockets, something I've never tried, and have my complete item be a pair of pants. Do I have to wait until the first to start on my pants? Or can I start working - aka cutting the pattern and fabric and beginning construction - on them now? (Yeah right, like I'm gonna be that proactive!)

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Date: 6/26/09 10:10 PM

Even though I consider myself to be very experienced in the art and craft of sewing, I have never made welt pockets and this will give me impetus to correct that lack. If I make pants or a jacket with 2 welt pockets will that be sufficient to qualify for the contest?

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Date: 6/27/09 5:25 AM

Another question about embellishment - would something like learning to use the pintuck foot on my machine count ?
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Date: 6/27/09 8:28 AM

Do you know where the list of all upcoming contests for the remainder of the year is posted? I thought it would be in the pinned topics, but didn't see it there.

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