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Date: 1/25/10 8:30 PM

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Hey folks! It's almost time for the Fabric Contest and I'm sure some of you are eager to start planning. Here are the much-awaited rules:

Description and Rules:

The objective of this contest is for each contestant to reduce the size of his or her fabric stash.

1) Sew an item (usable or wearable) using fabric in your stash. It counts as stash if you had it in your possession for at least 6 months (so prior to August 1, 2009). If you aren't certain when you got the fabric, your educated guess is fine; the concept is to exclude more recent purchases, not track exact dates.

2) Any sewn item is allowed (clothing, accessories, home dec, pets). However, each individual project is limited to 5 yards eligible for contest entry. (Curtain sets count as one 'project'. Slip covers count as one project per piece of furniture.)

3) Points will be awarded based on the total yards sewn up by each contestant during the contest. Each yard sewn earns the participant One point.

4) Any item entered must have been made entirely in the contest time frame (no earlier than February 1st 2010, and finished and reviewed by the end of March 31, 2010 Eastern time). Item must be completely finished (it's ok if you have to press or wash it still) to count.

5) Definition of Age of Fabric: The age of stash yardage is determined from the date the fabric came into your possession.

6) Have fun! Even if you know you can't do the most yardage, enter your yardage to increase the contest total. We all love seeing how much fabric gets sewn up during the contest, and at the end we are all winners, whether we sewed one yard or one hundred yards!

How is the Winner Determined?

The winner is the person who has used the most fabric during the contest period. There is also a random prize winner, drawn from all contest entries (excluding the 1st place winner).

Prizes
First Prize $150 Gift Certificate Second Prize $125 Gift Certificate from G Street Fabrics.

Q&A:

1) Can I do anything beforehand?
Patterns can be ones used before, or you can make muslins before hand. Fabric can be pre-washed before hand. Any other work with that fabric must wait until the start of the contest.


2) What if I don't have enough fabric to make my item?
You may purchase fabric to complete a project but only the yardage that was stash yardage may be counted. For example, if you need additional fabric to cut out sleeves, and buy another 2/3 yard, that 2/3 yard is not included.


3) What types of things can I make?
Clothes, home dec, costumes, doggy beds, Linus blankets, anything that can be sewn from fabric counts - as long as it is useable or wearable by the intended person or object. This mean muslins do not qualify.


4) I bought this 1908 fabric last year; is it's age 100 years old?
No; it's stash age is only 6 months or so. Another example: If it was your grandma's and she had it for 20 years, then she gave it to you for the 4th of July last year, that fabric has only been in your stash less than a year - not 20 years plus 8 months.


5) Can I count these old pants that I want to make into a skirt?
No. Stash is fabric in it's natural state only (so to speak). Recycling garments, curtains, or other items does not fit with this contest.

6) I sewed 2.5 yards. Does that round to 3?
No, it counts as 2.5 yards, and two points. When you sew another 1/2 yard, you will reach 3 yards and 3 points.

7) But someone can make a big home dec project using oddles of yards and I'm making this complex...
Don't knock it 'til you've tried it. Home dec isn't as easy as you might think. And the goal here is to use up YOUR stash in the way YOU want. So if home dec is what you need, great! If a tailored jacket with welt pockets and hand-stitched lining is what you need, great! Everyone has the choice to make anything they want for the contest, as long as it uses stash fabric.

8) What counts as a yard of fabric?
Fabric is any material that is wider than 24 inches. Everything below this width is a trim.

9)If a pattern envelope countains patterns for multiple garments, e.g. a top, skirt, trousers and jacket, how should the individual garments be counted? As one or multiple projects?

You may count each item as a separate project.

10)If I make the same item multiple times, do I have to write a separate review for each?

No, you do not have to write separate reviews for each. I will be reviewing the contest report to make sure participants don't go over the 5 yard rule, so it's important for you to clearly indicate within your review the total number of the items and the total number of yards sewn for the contest.

11) Are photos required? No, photos aren't required, but they are encouraged. Pictures are worth 1,000 words!

Tips for Keeping Track of Yards and Points

Contestants should enter the yards including decimals. The points are a total of what they have sewn, rounded down (roughly). So if they sew 1.5 yards, that is one point. If they sew a 2nd project that uses 1.5 yards, they then have 3 points.

If they have one project that is less than a yard, that would typically be considered no points until they sew some additional projects.

Here's an example:

for the 1st item @ 1.5 yards, they would enter 1 point. For the 2nd item @ 1.5 yards, they could enter 2 points because they now have a total of 3 yards and should have 3 points.

JanNW suggests the following:

If it helps...last year I kept a post it note next to my computer screen. When I entered a project, I entered the whole number and wrote the fraction on the note..when that totaled one, I then entered that extra one with the next project. That way, you get every little bit of sewing credit and don't forget where you sre fraction-wise....

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The contest report page shows the yards used and the points. They should match, with the yardage rounded down to the points. So for example if it shows 29.25 yards used it should show 29 points. I'll be double-checking these numbers toward the end of the contest and will make corrections if necessary.


*Rules that apply to all contests:

1. All reviews must be entered for submission by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the last day of the contest. Contest dates will be listed for each contest.

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 1st place in a contest on Pattern Review ended in the previous 4 months is ineligible to win another contest (for that 4 month period).

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Date: 1/25/10 9:45 PM

Thank you! Now I can start planning some projects - I have stash to move!

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Moving the stash...
2012 - 55.5 yards out, 78.25 yards in

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Date: 1/25/10 10:18 PM

The Contest Eligibility says all reviews must have a picture but the rules doesn't specify if we actually have to do a review...

Are reviews required or simply encouraged?

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Date: 1/25/10 10:22 PM

Oh Wow! I want to enter this. I hope my machine gets out of shop by the time it starts. It has been there for 3 weeks and 5 days. I have an uncontrollable amount of stash. This is really going to motivate me. I have way too many patterns that have never come out of their envelopes!

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Date: 1/25/10 10:42 PM

So the maximum yardage anyone that is doing a single Home Dec project can count toward the contest is 5 yds., even if the project took 12 yds. to complete. Am I reading #2 correctly? I believe last year it was the total number of yardage sewn and someone posted a review at the 11th hour for a Home Dec project that used a large number of yds. of fabric that were all counted. I guess this is to prevent that from happening again.

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Date: 1/25/10 10:58 PM

I have a pattern for a "Terrific Trio Vest, Top, and Skirt". This three-piece coordinating outfit features a "salsa" type skirt with different colored panels and calls for 5-1/4 yards floral print, 2 yards light blue, 2/3 yard dark blue, and 2/3 yards black fabric for the total outfit. It is broken down into requirements for each piece. I assume that I could not count the entire outfit as one project, but must count each piece separately to qualify for this contest.

I am not sure I will attempt this outfit, but was going to try to coordinate fabrics while looking through my stash. Didn't want to go to a lot of work and only be able to count part of it when I could spend the time on something else and tackle this project later in the year.

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Sewn in 2012: 176.212 yds.
Total sewn in 2013 -- 225.848 yds.
Total yards in inventory 1/1/14 -- 1752.5
Goal for 2014 -- 400 yards

Machines: Designer Diamond, #1+, H Class 100Q, and Viking 400 Serger: 936 Singer Coverstitch

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Date: 1/26/10 0:02 AM

Yes, your interpretation of that is correct.

The big change is a 5-yard limit per entry. This is to prevent huge yardage disparities between clothing and home dec. There are dress (and even skirt) patterns that call for 5 yards of fabric, so this will even the field without eliminating the home dec options.

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Date: 1/26/10 0:03 AM

You'll need to write reviews for all items you'll be entering into this contest.

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Date: 1/26/10 0:09 AM

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have a pattern for a "Terrific Trio Vest, Top, and Skirt". This three-piece coordinating outfit features a "salsa" type skirt with different colored panels


Since the same fabrics will be used in all three pieces and all three are intended to be worn together, I would say you could enter the ensemble as one item.

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Date: 1/26/10 1:42 AM

Gee, should we list things that take a lot of fabric?

I'll start:

Vintage-looking dresses with circle skirt bottoms

Curtains

Wrap and tie tops

Long nightgowns

Long winter coats

Bedspreads

Couch covers

Large Pillows--Stacks of them

Bean bags

Do tablecloths count?

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