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Costume Contest 2012 - Official Discussion
October 1 to October 31, 2012
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Date: 9/16/12 11:21 PM

Hi everyone, I'll be your contest manager for the Costume contest.

Get out your sewing machines, your scissors and your glue guns- Halloween is around the corner!

The Costume Contest will begin October 1 and run until October 31st.

The Rules
This contest is not meant only for Halloween costumes. Any type of costume is eligible - a Santa costume for Christmas, an outfit for a Ren Fair or a Comic Con costume.

Patterns may be previously used or first time patterns. It is not a requirement of the contest that a commercial pattern be used. It is highly recommended that if you are using a self drafted pattern, or no pattern, that you write a review that clearly outlines how the costume was made.

Items cut and/or sewn prior to October 1st are not eligible for entry in the contest.

You can enter as many items as you want in the contest.

Costumes may be made for adults, children, babies, or pets.

A review including photos is required for each item which is entered in the contest. (If the item is made from the same pattern you've reviewed once, you can update that review and enter it into the contest.)

The 1st and 2nd place winners will be determined by member votes.

General Rules for all Contests:

All reviews must be entered for submission by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the last day of the contest.
2. Patterns MAY be muslined prior to the start of this contest, however, fabric for contest garment may NOT be cut prior to the start of the contest. Fabric may be pretreated before the start of the contest.
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, preferably on a live model.
5. Interpretation of rules is subject to the discretion of the contest manager and the contest committee.

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 first place in a contest on Pattern Review that ended in the previous four-month period is ineligible to win another contest (during that four-month period).

The first- and second-place winners will be decided by member vote.

Prizes for the Costume Contest
First prize : To be Announced
2nd prize: To be Announced

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. Consider how well the entry fulfills each of the following criteria in order to narrow down your votes:
1. Does the garment clearly reflect the pattern's line drawing?
2. How well does the garment fit the criteria stated in the contest rules? How well does it fit the spirit of the rules?
3. Are the construction methods, including but not limited to seam finishes, lining techniques, etc, well suited to the design? To the fabric?
4. Is the fabric choice well suited to the design? Are the lining and interfacing choices appropriate?
5. Is the review complete and well written?
6. Taking into account the stated ability level of the entrant, how well does the garment fit?
7. Creative points. You may choose to give extra credit here for an entry that reflects additional creativity (embellishment, fabric choice, etc.) while staying within the nature of the original pattern.
8. 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.

Grab your badge for the contest here

Let the planning begin!

-- Edited on 9/18/12 0:50 AM --

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Date: 9/16/12 11:30 PM

Now I've got the official part done, I have already seen some discussions about Halloween costumes on the boards.

So now is the time to plan, muslin, sort out all the bits and pieces so when October 1 comes around you are all set and ready to start sewing.


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Date: 9/19/12 10:43 AM

Hurray! Thanks Sharon for managing this, one of my favorite contests.
Most years, I have some pretty elaborate costumes to make, but due to a recent car breakdown, I am no longer going to be making my steampunk coat/corset/skirt. Ah well.
I WILL be making a catsuit for my daughter from Jalie 3135.

I am excited to see what everyone else is planning!

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Date: 9/19/12 7:19 PM

Nice to see you have found the contest Aroura and sorry to hear about the car breadown, but that is going to be one cute catsuit for your daughter.

Like you I am really interested to see what everyone else is planning.

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Date: 9/21/12 1:29 AM

I've been absent from this site for a long while but upon dropping in today discovered this contest. Cool! I have to make a dance costume for an early December performance, so entering the contest makes good sense in several ways. I haven't decided which pattern to use, but I am leaning toward one of the Folkwear patterns.

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Date: 9/21/12 5:15 PM

BriarRose, what a great coincidence and there is still over a week to plan and organize. Look forward to seeing what you choose.

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Date: 9/21/12 6:06 PM

d'oh, I'd just put a freeze on new costumes for a couple of months while I sew desperately needed Real Life clothing. I've a couple of accessories to make but that'll be it.

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Date: 9/22/12 1:37 AM

About a year ago I visited one of my favorite second hand stores and found seven or eight unused Folkwear patterns for the amazing price of $2 each. Needless to say, they all came home with me to join my prized collection from this company.

For the costume competition, I've decided to make the Turkish dancer costume. I teach belly dance and since Halloween this year falls the night of class, we are going to have a hafla or belly dance party at class. Each student is to wear her favorite costume and bling and perform a solo for the rest of the class. Teacher is about to get a new costume. :)

Since one gets warm while dancing (in the words of dear Mr. Hurst, I glow), the entari needs to be washable. Black is my favored color for costumes, but it doesn't show up well against most stage backdrops and really- how many black dance costumes do I really need? I have a collection of rayon challis plains and prints to chose from for the entari and have forbidden myself to stray toward the black fabrics. Once I decide on the color of the entari, I can choose vest fabric from my treasured stash of fancies. The full harem pants that go under the entari need to complement the vest and entari without being so dark that they can be seen through the challis.

Is this too much to share? I don't want to bore folks, but I do enjoy thinking aloud about sewing plans. I've checked out the reviews of this pattern and barring unforeseen disasters should be able to make the garments and decorate the vest as well within the month time limit.

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Date: 9/22/12 4:12 AM

Oh KiwiWendy, you didn't mention this when I saw you today, maybe some of the not so right fabric could be used for this contest, that is except that brown that you can't wear.

BriarRose I don't think that is too much information, costumes are not something I make so it is interesting to read what and how the process works.
-- Edited on 9/22/12 4:13 AM --

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Date: 9/22/12 4:41 AM

I have a question. I like retro styling. What i wear could be interpreted as a costume by others even though its everyday clothing to me. What makes something a costume?

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