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September 1, 2009 through November 30, 2009
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Date: 8/12/09 1:39 AM

Hi everyone! I'm going to be managing the wardrobe contest starting in September and am very excited about it. After looking at past contests, I know this one is going to be fantastic.

Since many of you are most likely "chomping at the bit" to plan your wardrobes, I'll post the rules without further ado.

Total pieces required: 10

These need to consist of:


  • 4 bottoms

  • 5 tops

  • 1 topper (see definition below)



Additional rules:

  • All tops must go with all bottoms, and the topper must go with all outfits.

  • Minimum of one print fabric must be incorporated.

  • A dress may be substituted for either one top or one bottom, but it must still follow the rule that it needs to go with either all the tops or all the bottoms.

  • You must do a 'wardrobe review' for the contest. You should also review all of the individual patterns used for your review. Include in the main wardrobe review links to those individual reviews.

  • Pictures of all items are required for voting. A composite picture is highly recommended, since it helps showcase the wardrobe and helps others see what was accomplished.

  • All cutting and sewing must be done between the contest dates to qualify.



Definitions

1. A topper is anything that has the basic function of covering your top. So a tailored jacket (not necessarily recommended unless you sew REALLY fast) counts. A loose jacket counts. A cardigan counts. A poncho counts. Ask the contest manager if you aren’t certain.

2. For purposes of this contest, a print is any fabric that has a patterned design on it:

  • stripes

  • checks

  • polka dots

  • plaids

  • geometric shapes

  • organic shapes

  • etc.


A "print" implies that ink be applied to the surface of the fabric somehow, but we're not going to get that technical. If it looks like a print, it's a print Our goal is to encourage you to use at least one fabric that isn't one solid color.

Prizes!

First and second place winners will receive Fabric.com gift certificates in the amounts of $175 & $125, respectively.

Winners of this contest will be decided based on the number of votes you get.

Good Luck to everyone!

FAQ & clarifications
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1. Can I enter more than 10 pieces?
You can enter more pieces in your Wardrobe as long as you meet the requirements above.

2. Can I enter items from my other contests on or outside of PatternReview.com?
As long as your entries meet the requirements of this contest you can enter the items.

3. Can I start sewing/cutting before the contest start date?
No. All the sewing and cutting should be done within the contest dates. You can use the time before that to make your wardrobe plan, test your patterns, pre-treat your fabric etc.

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4. How should I enter the items in the contest?

  • Entering the Contest


    • click on “contest gallery” in the sidebar

    • Select “Wardrobe Contest” from the list.

    • Click on “Enter the Contest.”

    • Follow the prompts.



  • Create reviews for each item you sew. DO NOT enter the individual reviews into the contest report.


  • Create your Master Review

    • When we refer to a “Master Review,” we mean a review that provides an overview of your entire wardrobe. This review should discuss the theme of your wardrobe, e.g. a travel wardrobe, a wardrobe for an expecting mom, a business wardrobe, a casual wardrobe for days at home, etc. It could also discuss your color palette, fabric selection, etc.

    • The Master Review MUST contain links to the pattern reviews you wrote for the individual garments comprising the wardrobe.

    • Your Master Review should contain a composite image of all your wardrobe items. Please see info on creating storyboards.

    • The Master Review is the ONLY review you should add to the Contest Report. Again, please do not add individual pattern reviews to the Contest Report.


      • To create the Master Review, you’ll create a new review just like always, except you’ll need to fill out the pattern company and pattern number fields as follows:

      • Select "Other" as the Pattern Company.

      • From the drop-down menu for pattern number, select “Wardrobe Contest Sep 2009.”


    • As you make items for your entry, you can just edit your master WIP review and add more info, i.e. add new links.

    • Until your wardrobe is finished, you can save your Master Review as a “work in progress.” This option is found at the bottom of the review form.


  • Add your Master Review to the Contest Report


    • Click on “all contests” in the sidebar.

    • Click on “Wardrobe Contest.”

    • Click on “Enter Items”

    • Follow the prompts.




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5. Are knitted (machine or hand) or crocheted items allowed?
No, they are not.

6. Do I need to do a storyboard?
No, it's not a requirement. If you'd like to do a storyboard, then please do. However, at the end of the contest you do need to have one photo with all your items in it.

7. Can I amend my storyboard after the contest start date?
Yes! As long as your wardrobe pieces all tie together by the end of the contest.

8. If I've entered an item in the contest and it turns out that it doesn't coordinate with my wardrobe, can I replace it?
Yes, you can.

9. Do the wardrobe items need to be coordinating?
Yes. The whole wardrobe should be cohesive and look like a wardrobe. Something you'll be able to mix and match in a jiffy and not worry about it. Any extra items you make (over the minimum 10) should also match.

10. Can I use the same pattern for more than one item?
Yes.

11. If a jacket is to be worn alone, can it count as a top?
Yes, if a jacket is made to be worn alone like a blouse, it can count as a top.

12. Here's what you'll need for the final photo:
The final photo should be a composite photo showing all your wardrobe items. All the items should be photographed on a dressform or on the person for whom this wardrobe was made. You don't need to photograph all the combinations - each item only needs to be shown once.


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*Rules that apply to all contests:

1. Contests begin on the 1st of the month, and all reviews must be entered for submission by midnight 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. If a person has won a contest in the last 6 months, i.e. from the ending date of the contest they won to the starting date of the new contest, they are not eligible for winning again.

Tutorials for Storyboards

Here are some tutorials for creating storyboards:

1. Paint.net Tutorial (the techniques shown here can be used with most image editing programs)

2. Powerpoint Storyboard Tutorial

3. ConnieBJ's Powerpoint Tutorial

4. Mosaic Maker (requires free flickr account) - see pages 10 and 13 of this thread for brief tutorials.

5. Mac Storyboard Tutorial

How to Add Photos to This Thread

Here's how you add a photo to a thread.

1. Upload your photo/storyboard to an image host such as your PR photo gallery, flickr or photobucket.
2. Right-click on the photo you want to add to the forum thread.
3. Select "properties" from the drop-down list.
4. Use your mouse to completely highlight the address (url).
5. Copy the url (CTRL-C)
6. Go to the thread where you want to post the image.
7. Click on the "post reply" button.
8. Above the text box, you'll see some buttons. Click on the "image" button.
9. Paste (CTRL-V) the url into the box that appears.
10. Click "OK."
11. Click on the "post message" button.

Flickr Photo Group

Since many of us host our photos on flickr, I thought it would be fun to have a special flickr group set up for this contest. Feel free to join the group and to add your photos to the group pool. This is not a requirement, nor is it meant to replace participation on the PatternReview forum and Review Gallery.

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Date: 8/12/09 3:26 AM

Quote: quixoticpixels
Total pieces required: 10



These need to consist of:



  • 4 bottoms


  • 4 tops


  • 1 topper (see definition below)







What's the tenth item?
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Date: 8/12/09 7:01 AM

Well spotted, I would love to know that too!!

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Date: 8/12/09 7:51 AM

Oops - I think that was a typo on my part; I sent the rules along.

5 tops
4 bottoms
1 topper


ETA: Links to storyboards

AquariJenn A (more) Fashionable Fall

cabinbaby plan

camerio's Fall Leaves

Claire in Montreal Winter Work Wardrobe

CTBarb Down to Earth

Ellenatlga fall closet staples

Elnoramarie Fall Fashion Wardrobe 2009

Em's Summer Em's Summer

emcrorie Rubelitte wardrobe plan

geraldine wardrobe styles

HawkeMorningStar7 Nature's Element's inspirations

JennyAnne Fall '09 SWAP

josie e Parisian Spring in Perth

JuneHawk Storyboard

katharin Autumn in Tokyo

Kimmysue Postcards from Paris

kittykate Wardrobe 2009

knitlitcamper Beespeckled Wardrobe

littlejazzbird everyday wardrobe

loti "Adonising" Dressing for Dinner

Lynnelle Not Your Usual Fall Colours

MamaSewing Lydia's Fall Wardrobe

Marie-Claude Fall / Winter Wardrobe

MaryLynn in Long Beach unofficial When I Am Old I will wear Purple and Red and Hot Pink

Melody Storyboard

msladyj Gray Skies

Nancy K A Plan I can be excited about

nellc A wardrobe full of indecision

nglalala fall / winter

nosila Primary Colors

okie2thdoc Dreaming of the South Pacific in KC

pterion Dress me up & take me out

quixoticpixels sew-along Amy's Fall 2009 Wardrobe & fabric

Re Becca Fabric Shopping at Work

redhotpepper wardrobe 2009

Reverie Panther theme

Rosesred classic inspired wardrobe

RuthieK Inspired by the Sea

samiroquai Corporately bold

sandramary Spring / Summer 2009

sewer76 The Simple Life

Sewstamper Wardrobe

SheBear0320 Fall Wardrobe Planner 2009

Sickofitcindy Vintage Wardrobe

TamaraK wardrobe

Terri A wardrobe

tlkodjo Cruise 2009 (day)

tr1c14's wardrobe


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With a great wardrobe that's still in the flat-fabric stage.

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Date: 8/12/09 9:32 AM

Question for the contest manager:
Does a winter coat (specifically Simplicity 2812) count as a topper?
I would like to know before I start planning my wardrobe!
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Date: 8/12/09 12:06 PM

Good catch! I'll fix that above.

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Date: 8/12/09 12:53 PM

September 1, 2009 through November 30, 2009? 3 months... That could work. Think, think think.... Can't commit unless it looks more possible than not.

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Date: 8/12/09 1:13 PM

3 months? wow, that gives lots of time to people with busy lives to maybe get something done.

I will start planning but I can't commit to it now.

What about if you end up doing a wardrobe for someone else? and example would be a sister, mother or even brother.

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Date: 8/12/09 2:07 PM

Quote: quixoticpixels
  • A dress may be substituted for either one top or one bottom, but it must still follow the rule that it needs to go with either all the tops or all the bottoms.

  • I'm having a hard time understanding this one - do you mean that any dress has to be also wearable as a jumper/pinafore (with tops underneath) or a tunic (with bottoms underneath) with all your other items?

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    Date: 8/12/09 2:43 PM

    Quote: Reverie
    3 months? wow, that gives lots of time to people with busy lives to maybe get something done.



    I will start planning but I can't commit to it now.



    What about if you end up doing a wardrobe for someone else? and example would be a sister, mother or even brother.

    Sewing for someone else is fine, as long as you meet all of the requirements, i.e. number of pieces, everything coordinating and sewing everything during September-November.

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