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Date: 4/26/12 4:33 PM

Are you in love with natural fibres? Does the thought of wearing silk, bamboo, wool, cotton or linen make you sighhhhh with delight? Why not combine that love with this contest, and show us how you incorporate your favourite natural fiber into a garment.

Rules:
Make an item using only 100% natural fibres- silk, wool, cotton, linen, hemp, bamboo, leather or suede (not faux). For this contest, blends are not allowed. The fibre that you use must be 100% ONE fibre. Ie 100% silk NOT 50 silk/50 bamboo.

Lining and/or trims do not have to be a natural fibre.

Any wearable item is acceptable. A skirt, top, dress, pants, or coat for a woman, man or child.

Home Dec and accessories are not a part of this contest.
Photos are always a necessary part of a contest entry. At least one photo of the finished garment is necessary.

A review must be written and the PR member must enter the contest and link the review to the contest by 11:59pm of the last day of the contest (May 31st).

Prizes
The 1st and 2nd place winners will be decided by member vote.
First Place Prize: An iron from Reliable Corporation.
Second Place Prize: An iron from Reliable Corporation.
Grab your contest badge from this link.

Standard Contest Rules
1. 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.

2. 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!

3. 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).

Guidelines for Voting on Contests:
Because of the high quality of the garments we're seeing entered in PR Contests, we're setting forth some guidelines that may help you choose when voting.

You may choose to assign a point value to each of the following criteria in order to narrow down your choices.

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: 4/26/12 5:02 PM

I have what on the label said 'silkhaboutai' is this a blend or 100% silk? (I was planning to make some 'tap pants' from it).

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Date: 4/26/12 5:05 PM

I think I am in on this. I mainly have natural fibres in my stash. I just have to work out whether I work with the wool cupboard or the silk cupboard!

Very excited! I have several wool skirting fabrics I have meant to make a mixter maxter skirt from...using a variety of plaids all in one skirt. I saw some like that a few years ago and I have wanted one ever since. Not sure if I will do the exposed seams that it also had, or not.

and then there is the silk noil, the remnant of red silk velvet that is to die for, but I haven't worked out what it wants to be...and so on.

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Date: 4/26/12 5:22 PM

habotai is a type of silk - it comes in different weights. the weight you see for silk painted handkerchieves and the like would be too thin for tap pants. But a heavier weight would work. the weight goes in numbers.

If you want to check that it is real silk (some places sell as silk, but it is really rayon or even polyester) you can do a burn test.

burn test
The website on this link gives a very good chart which shows you how to determine what fibre you have when you do a burn test. It can help you determine whether you have 100% natural fibre or if you have a blend.

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Date: 4/26/12 5:49 PM

Thanks Sandy for the burn test link

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Date: 4/27/12 4:30 AM

Quote: Sew Whatever
habotai is a type of silk - it comes in different weights. the weight you see for silk painted handkerchieves and the like would be too thin for tap pants. But a heavier weight would work. the weight goes in numbers.



If you want to check that it is real silk (some places sell as silk, but it is really rayon or even polyester) you can do a burn test.



burn test

The website on this link gives a very good chart which shows you how to determine what fibre you have when you do a burn test. It can help you determine whether you have 100% natural fibre or if you have a blend.

I have emailed the shop to ask. Hopefully they will know. If not I've got some 100% cotton somewhere...I think. (Problem is not all the fabric is labeled, so I'm never quite sure what I am buying. lol!)

update: got reply its 100% polyester so not valid for this comp. I'll go find something else.
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Date: 4/27/12 5:43 AM

I'm glad you found out with lots of time up your sleeve to enter this contest

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Date: 4/27/12 5:52 AM

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I'm glad you found out with lots of time up your sleeve to enter this contest

Yep. Plenty of time to prepare.
I am looking to find a small project to make with a the smallest amount of fabric possible (as I hate to spend lots on fabric)...maybe a waistcoat( - would that count as clothing or accessory?). I need one so I can wear my pocketwatch.

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Date: 4/27/12 10:07 AM

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got reply its 100% polyester so not valid for this comp. I'll go find something else.

I was a bit afraid you'd find that out. A lot of people get duped by it. I am not sure the people who label things always know what they are dealing with in some of the shops.

I hope you find something. Sometimes you can get a straight skirt out of 1 metre of fabric.

Last night I was laying awake remembering "oh, and there is that linen print I got mumpty-mump years ago!" Maybe that will be the best plan, as I haven't got as much time this month to work on developing patterns. and I can wear it in the summer. I have plenty of wool winter skirts, but need some more summer things.

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Date: 4/27/12 10:32 AM

Quote: Sew Whatever
[QUOTE]got reply its 100% polyester so not valid for this comp. I'll go find something else.


I was a bit afraid you'd find that out. A lot of people get duped by it. I am not sure the people who label things always know what they are dealing with in some of the shops.



I hope you find something. Sometimes you can get a straight skirt out of 1 metre of fabric.



Last night I was laying awake remembering "oh, and there is that linen print I got mumpty-mump years ago!" Maybe that will be the best plan, as I haven't got as much time this month to work on developing patterns. and I can wear it in the summer. I have plenty of wool winter skirts, but need some more summer things.[/quote]
Where it said silk..I assumed it was silk. At 2.50 per metre obviously to good to be true.

Now this is my My stash

I know the blue flower fabric is 100% cotton. But I've already started the project for that fabric. I think the other flower print is cotton (feels the same as the blue and cost the same) but not sure if its 100%.
I suppose I could go back get some more of the blue and make the skirt to match the bodice.

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