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Formal Wear Contest
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Date: 3/24/10 2:10 PM

April is getting close, so lets get ready for the formal wear contest!

My name is Becki and I will be the moderator.

Here are the rules for the contest:

Formal Wear
April 1st to May 31st

For this contest, sew a Formal Wear outfit within the contest time frame. The outfit can be for a man, woman, or child. Formal wear is defined as clothing suitable for a formal social event, and which are perceived as less casual than typical outfits. These can be cultural specific outfits, or more general Western style formal wear.

For this contest, an outfit must be sewn. Possibilities include but are not limited to:
- a jacket and pants (the shirt does not have to be sewn)
- a one or two piece woman's dress
- a top / pant combination.
Items that require something else (other than a shirt for a suit) do not qualify. So a jacket alone does not qualify, nor does a fishtail skirt alone.

The winner is determined by popular vote. There will also be a Random Entry Prize drawn from all completed contest entrants.


*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. 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.

2. 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).


Suggested Guidelines for voting on Contests: These are just to help you narrow down your choices, and are suggestions only.

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.

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Date: 3/24/10 7:26 PM

I am really looking forward to seeing what people come up with for this contest. Formal wear is so much fun.

Red carpet, anyone?

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Date: 3/24/10 11:08 PM

ooh I bought some purple sequinned fabric I want to make into a long dress for next xmas/new year season, and I'm a bit nervous about getting started on it. This might be good incentive :)

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Date: 3/24/10 11:21 PM

Oooooh, sounds beautiful.
It also sounds un-fun to sew on.
I would go with a simple pattern with as few seams as possible.

I can't wait to hear more about it.

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Date: 3/25/10 0:31 AM

Oooh I have a late 50's wiggle dress, some stormy blue silk, and a need for a fantastic "dress up" dress. This could work.

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Date: 3/25/10 9:00 AM

We're going on a cruise in the autumn and I want to make a couple of things for this trip. If I get my act together, I may be able to enter something in the contest.

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Date: 3/25/10 11:57 AM

It sounds like we have pretty exciting ideas at work.

bellalass, your retro patterns have always facinated me and I can't wait to watch your progress.

That cruise sounds fabulous Kellie, where are you going?

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Date: 3/25/10 12:35 PM

Hooray! I've been stalking the Contest board waiting for this contest to start! :D

It's too early to start on my wedding dress for September, but I've set aside April and May to do my two bridesmaids' dresses. I'm using the Gant exclusive design dress from the Sept 2008 BWOF and using silk jersey and charmeuse. The girls picked out their fabric over a year ago, but with having to push the wedding back for a year I'm only just now getting started.

their fabric choices are here, which I posted about almost exactly a year ago, ha!

Luckily they're both a similar body type and with the stretchy jersey there's some room for gaining/losing weight between now and then. I've got my muslin fabric picked out, too, and I'm taking their measurements on Sunday!

(and yeah, I know I'm ineligible since I won the Lingerie Contest, but I can still play along, right?)
-- Edited on 3/25/10 12:37 PM --

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Date: 3/26/10 6:22 PM

Quote: squirrellypoo
It's too early to start on my wedding dress for September, ...

It is?

Not in my world.

Those bridesmaid dresses are actually ones they can wear again. Amazing!

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Date: 3/26/10 11:13 PM

We would really welcome you to sew along! It is never to early to start on your wedding dress, you must share!

Those dresses look fabulous! I can't wait to see your progress.

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