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Refashion Contest -- Official Thread
November 1 - November 30, 2011
ElizabethDee
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Date: 10/15/11 12:42 PM

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the Refashion Contest, which starts November 1. To inspire you to start planning, here are the official rules. Any questions, please post -- I'll be checking the thread several times a day. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

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Refashion Contest
November 1, 2011 - November 30, 2011

Refashioning, reconstructing, recycling or upcycling -- whatever you call it, this is the contest for it.

Objective: Take an item or items and create a new and different garment.

Requirements: A photo of your "material" (the initial item or items) and another photo of the final garment must be included in your review. Additional pictures may also be included.

Your original items can be anything you want, but they may only be turned into garments or accessories to qualify as "new" items for this contest. The garment must be sewn. Self drafted patterns or commercial patterns may be used; they may be previously used or new.

The "original" item or items must be changed substantially to create a new garment. The item can be of the same type (dress to dress) or something entirely different (tablecloth to dress). However, the new item must be distinctly different from the original (for example, embellishments only do not qualify).
At least half of the new item must be made from reconstructed / recycled items (notions such as zippers or interfacing do not count in the total).

Examples that qualify for the contest:

Making a skirt from pants. Making a fitted top from a tunic. Making a hat from a sweater.

Examples that do not qualify for the contest:

Hemming an old bridesmaid dress to make it a short cocktail dress. Taking the sleeves off a blouse to make it a sleeveless blouse. Resizing a t-shirt to a smaller t-shirt.

Suggestions for reviews & to help with voting:

For entrants: Include in your review a description of the original article, and what steps you took to make the new garment. You may also want to explain why you chose the original article to reconstruct or recycle. This can help inspire others to do something similar.

For voters: How different is the final item from the original item or items? How functional is the final garment?

*Rules that apply to all contests:

1. All reviews must be entered for submission by 11:59 PM Eastern Time, as shown on the Pattern Review website, 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: 10/15/11 1:08 PM

Looks like we can use nongarment items as the original item.

But, does the new item need to be made from just one old item? Or, can the new item be made from a combination of old, recycled items?

Thank you.

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Date: 10/15/11 4:26 PM

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At least half of the new item must be made from reconstructed / recycled items (notions such as zippers or interfacing do not count in the total).


Does that mean half the yardage can be NEW fabric and half the yardage must be old/refashioned/recycled?
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Date: 10/15/11 6:33 PM

Hmmmmm.... I hadn't intended to enter any more contests this year, but this is intriguing!

Reasons to enter:
1. I just went through my closet & removed a whole bunch of clothes - some of them went into a pile to re-fashion. I mean, literally, I did this 2 days ago. Coincidental timing, indeed!
2. I have a goal of eventually having my closet filled with only items I've made or refashioned, but I haven't yet done anything other than alterations on existing items, so this could be good motivation.
3. The inspiration & camaraderie in a contest is so awesome! Especially so in a contest like this, I think

Reasons not to enter:
1. I've barely been finding any time/energy to spend more than a few hours a week in the sewing room for the past couple of weeks :(
2. I already have 2 projects underway that are challenging & time-consuming (& fun!) and I want (need) to get them done!

Even if I don't enter, I'll definitely follow along on this one

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Date: 10/15/11 7:04 PM

Oh, I love this contest! I may participate, even though I will have just returned from traveling. Maybe I'll find some interesting garments in Mexico which need a new life???

JillyBe, are you overwhelmed with daily life and responsibilities? Hard, huh?

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Date: 10/15/11 8:40 PM

Quote: marec

JillyBe, are you overwhelmed with daily life and responsibilities? Hard, huh?

Yup, pretty much. I wonder how single parents manage to do it all, and then I remember that they're usually in their 20's or 30's!

I wouldn't want to give up the experience that comes with age, but oh how I would like that 20-yr old energy sometimes!

Do you have access to a sewing machine in Mexico?

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Date: 10/15/11 11:03 PM

You can use more than one item. Lots of possibilities, aren't there?

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Date: 10/15/11 11:09 PM

Yes, you have it right. Up to half of your item can be made from new fabric.

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Date: 10/15/11 11:22 PM

JillyBe, you know your reasons to enter outweigh your reasons not to, don't you? and who knows, maybe by the time the contest starts in November, your schedule will have lightened up. (Yes, and the elves will magically do all our housekeeping, too.... Or so I keep hoping.)

This is a great contest, and I hope you join it.

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Date: 10/15/11 11:26 PM

Oh, please do enter, Mare! Have fun in Mexico.

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