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Date: 2/19/13 4:57 PM

I'll be your contest manager and I'm really looking forward to seeing the PR talent creating wonderful fitted blouses for this contest. There are so many options to choose from so please consider entering this contest.

While this contest has clear criteria to follow, if you have a basic fitted blouse pattern in your pattern stash that you've been meaning to use, this is the contest to enter.

Contest Theme: Cut, sew, model and review a fitted blouse to showcase fitting skills.

Contest Specific Rules

1. Contest will run from March 1 to March 31, 2013.

2. The following elements are required for each entry. Blouses missing any of the following elements will be disqualified:
a. The blouse must use shaping through the use of darts, or dart equivalents such as princess seams, gathers, tucks, or pleats, to follow the contours of the body through the bust and waist
b. Closure required (buttons and buttonholes, loop buttons, zippers, hook and eye, tie, frogs, etc). Because the blouse is fitted, it can't be a pullover.
c. Collar required. Here is a link to Wikipedia list of collar types.
d. Fabric - Woven or Stretch Woven only. Knits are not allowed. Can be a print or a solid - any color.
e. Set - In Sleeves required - Either short or long. Raglan/Dolman/Cut on sleeves not allowed.
f. Wrap-type blouses with tie closures ARE allowed. (Change from 2008 rules).

3. The gallery entry must be a photograph of the fitted blouse on a person since the judging criteria includes 'best fit'. Additional photos of the fitted blouse on a dressform, hangar or lying flat are allowed but the gallery entry photo must be on a live model or entry will be disqualified.

4. First and second place winners will be selected through a vote open to members of PR. Voters should select the entry that has the best fit. Quality of construction and evaluation of how well the entry meets the guidelines of this contest should also be taken into consideration when voting.

5. All cutting of the fabric and sewing can only be done from March 1 - March 31st. You may, however, pre-wash fabric, work on muslins, and cut pattern pieces before March 1st.
6. Commercial or self-drafted patterns allowed.

7. Voting will begin on April 3 and close on April 9.

Contest prizes
The prizes for the Fitted Blouse Contest:
First Place: complimentary online class plus a pattern of their choice.
Second Place: a pattern of their choice.

General Rules for all Contests

1. All reviews must be entered for submission by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the last day of the contest. It is suggested to start your review as a Work In Progress (private or public) so that you can get any bugs ironed out prior to the deadline. Although Contest Managers and Contest Committee will help with technical issues, they may not be available at the end of the contest so be sure to allow adequate time to post your entry before the contest ends.

2. Fabric may be pre-treated before the start of the contest.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Interpretation of rules is subject to the discretion of the contest manager and the contest committee.

Contest Eligibility:

***Rule #1 is changed for 2013
1. Any member of Pattern Review, either paying (FoPR) or non-paying, who is a registered member on the site before the contest begins 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). For this contest, first-place winners from the following contests are NOT eligible to win:
� Little Black Dress
� Refashion / Repurpose Challenge
� Sewing for Children
� One Pattern Many Looks
� Handbag
� Pinterest Home Dec Challenge
� RTW Contest End date

Voting Guidelines:

1. The first, second and third place winners will be decided by member vote. Prizes will be awarded to the first and second place winners.

2. Each member can vote on up to five entries.

3. Voting will begin 2 days after contest closes and will close 7 days after voting starts.

4. 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 fulfils each of the following criteria in order to narrow down your votes:
� Does the garment clearly reflect the pattern's line drawing?
� How well does the garment fit the criteria stated in the contest rules? How well does it fit the spirit of the rules?
� Are the construction methods, including but not limited to seam finishes, lining techniques, etc, well suited to the design? To the fabric?
� Is the fabric choice well suited to the design? Are the lining and interfacing choices appropriate?
� Is the review complete and well written?
� Taking into account the stated ability level of the entrant, how well does the garment fit?
� 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.
� 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: 2/19/13 5:03 PM

In this post, I'll collate the questions raised by you and the answers to help you quickly pick through the issues already raised by your PR colleagues.
I'm more than happy to put any tricky issues raised about this to the contest committee if need be.
Please be aware that because we all live in different time zones across the globe, you may need to be patient with responses to questions.
JEF addressed this issue in this thread.

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I thought I might attempt this, but just realised the pattern I was thinking of, Decades of Style #3102 won't meet the criteria. Although it's fitted enough, there aren't any darts.

Decades of Style #3102 has no collar so it won't qualify for this contest.

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I just wanted to check if the banksia pattern was excluded from this competition as it is described as a "semi fitted" blouse:
http://megannielsen.com/products/banksia-top-sewing-pattern

The reason the banksia top is semi-fitted is because it's not fitted through the bust and the waist.
The banksia style blouses at the waist which is really feminine. It has a very romantic feel to it. This style has a collar and set in sleeves.
You should think about adding darts or something to make sure this blouse has darts 'to follow the contours of the body through the bust and waist'.

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Is it allowed to draw the pattern yourself

Yes. Commercial or self-drawn patterns are allowed.
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I believe Butterick 5526 will be O.K

Just make sure you have shaping from the bust to the waist along the conture of your body.
From the line drawing, try to make views D and E because of the body shaping both on the front and back of theses views.
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I am thinking of M6076, M6035, KS 3199

All of these patterns qualify.
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Are we allowed to submit multiple entries?

Yes. This will showcase your ability to fit patterns.
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can we frankenpattern?

Yes. Commercial or self-drawn patterns are allowed.
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How form fitting are we talking about? I like to follow the contours of my body, but for those of us who are plus size we definitely need more ease than a smaller woman does. A semi fitted blouse can follow the contours of the body through shaping with darts etc and have to fit properly as well, but will be more suitable for a larger figure.

That's a good point. Form fitting doesn't mean no ease but I'm not going to define a number for ease. The point of the contest is to showcase your fitting skills. You're right in saying that the shaping needs to suit your figure.
Whether you're plus size or petite even a semi-fitted blouse follows the contours of your body from your bust to your waist and everyone's measurements are different.
When I sew for my Mum (petite plus), while her waist is much different now, she still has a waist that I have to cater for. So the outfit has no unnecessary folds and fabric doesn't pull yet she can relax as she does or look good when she's out on a bus trip with her house mates.
When I sew for my sister in law (mature shape), I do a waist feature using a waist band with folds for shaping but use dark coloured fabrics or an all over print.
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I was thinking of entering either S4487 or My Webpage. I would give you a picture of the first but it is an opp that I can not find a picture of, and using a Rayon Challis.

I hope you can make either of these blouses because they have all the elements for this contest. Rayon Challis will make the blouse more romantic and soft.
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I was hoping to enter this contest using Colette Pattern's Ceylon dress (http://www.colettepatterns.com/shop/ceylon) as the base for the fitted blouse. Would I need to draft some sort of collar or is the top alright as is?

You've read the criteria correctly because your blouse (not a dress)will need a collar and be fitted.
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I'm totally new to this contest thing and I guess I don't understand patterns too well either. I am looking at Butterick 5678 (http://sewing.patternreview.com/patterns/49348#.USrC6le1Nrk) pattern for this contest and it says semi-fitted.

Each contest has it's criteria. This one focusses on your ability to make a blouse fit your form.
This pattern qualifies so make sure that while the pattern describes this shirt as semi-fitted, you will be judged on how well this blouse fits you. So stick to the fitted version of this pattern to showcase your fitting skills (not view B).
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I'm thinking of using this vintage DuBarry pattern for a blouse for my sister: DuBarry 5426

This is really pretty. Make sure you make this blouse form fitting and provide a picture with your sister wearing this blouse.

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would a tie front blouse be ok as for the collar rule ?
Just waiting for clarification from the committee.
A tie front collar does qualify. That's good news because this feature is in fashion at the moment.
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Would a loose butterfly style sleeve be allowed? It is a separate piece but not fitted. The bodice of the blouse is fitted.

Yes but keep the blouse bodice form fitted.
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If one project fits the criteria for each contest (a fitted blouse started March 16 from a stash pattern), can the review be entered in both contests?
I say, go for it and enter both contests with your new fitted blouse.

If you're new to entering contests go to this link to learn about posting your entry. At the end of the contest period, the picture on your post is what will show in the contest gallery and sometimes you might overlook this step when you're trying to get your contest entry in on time.

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Would Vogue 8815 qualify if I added a removable collar?
If you add a collar, this would blouse is fitted and would then qualify for this contest.

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I wanted to know if the following patterns will work: McCall 5145 , McCall 5673 , or Butterick 5721
That's a good selection to work with. These all qualify. Make sure you have a sleeve to qualify for this contest because there was a no sleeve option with McCalls 5145.

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does a ruffle classify as a collar. I have Kwik Sew 2927 and fancied view B in a cobalt blue polyester
Yes this does qualify.
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I was wondering if view C of Simplicity 2936 would qualify.
No. This blouse has a raglan sleeve and raglan sleeves are not within the contest criteria.
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can a man's fitted shirt also be entered or does it have to be a woman's only fitted shirt/blouse?

The gallery entry photo must be on a live model.
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Doesn't my blouse need waist darts?
Your blouse needs to fit the contours of your body and waist darts are just one way of achieving this.
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Date: 2/19/13 6:13 PM

I was patiently waiting and hoping to enter this one but I can't with the new "on a person" rule. Now I'm off to cry but I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else does.

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Date: 2/19/13 6:45 PM

The rules seem very straight forward and clear - well done Contest Committee.
I will have to think about this as fitting is not a big skill of mine but it might help me think about it and learn a bit more.

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Date: 2/19/13 6:47 PM

I am so excited for this contest! This and the Pantone contests are the ones I am most excited about this year.

Sewmodest, I'm sorry that you cannot enter. I understand why a "Fitted Blouse" would need to be judged based on real person fit, though.

Velosewer, thank you very much for managing this contest! I am hoping to use McCalls 6035, it is a TnT for me, though I've put on a bit of weight through the waist and hips (booo!!) so I'll have to adjust for that.

I have a lovely woven pink and green rose print (on white) that my MiL gave me. Just enough of it, too. I plan to use the gathered/tie sleeves and the normal pointed collar. I even went and purchased buttons yesterday (Pres day sale was buy one set of buttons get one free!), so I was able to pick out some very pretty green floral printed buttons.

I will prewash the fabric, and make the pattern adjustments to the waist/hip area, and I'm ready and raring to go as soon as the contest starts!

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Date: 2/19/13 7:01 PM

Hi Sewmodest.
I understand your concern but it's great to see that you'll be cheering on your fellow sewers.

Aurora, I thought you might be interested in this contest. A bit of pattern tweaking always makes for a better fitting blouse.

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Date: 2/19/13 8:29 PM

sewmodest,

I don't understand your concern. Perhaps if you articulate it, we can help you find a work around. For example, if you don't want to show your arms but are making a short sleeve blouse, the shirt could be worn over a turtleneck to cover your arms.

I'd hate to see someone not enter a contest she/he's been looking forward to if we can address the concern.

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Date: 2/19/13 9:35 PM

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sewmodest,



I don't understand your concern. Perhaps if you articulate it, we can help you find a work around. For example, if you don't want to show your arms but are making a short sleeve blouse, the shirt could be worn over a turtleneck to cover your arms.



I'd hate to see someone not enter a contest she/he's been looking forward to if we can address the concern.



JEF

Would it also be OK if her head was not in the photo? Cropped out or something?

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Date: 2/20/13 3:44 AM

Thanks JEF for the concern But I am okay with it and I understand the reason for the rule. If this was a woman only board than it would be no problem.
Yes I had been looking forward to this contest ever since the contests were posted. Because my shirts in the past have not been all that but they are one of my favorite things to wear (even more than T-shirts)I really wanted to use this contest as a way to sharpen up my shirt/blouse making and step it up a bit and sew along with others. And so I had started my reading (Shirtmaking, Shirtmaking DVD and some others), looked through my patterns, I even checked out the old rules to get and idea for the contest, started working on make samples of the new techniques I wanted to try, and waited patiently for the official contest thread (there was a few times I thought about asking this week to see when it would be posted but I decided to be patient). So when I saw the rules, Yes I was a bit upset BUT I completely understand. I'm going to still try to sew along and make my shirt/blouse and maybe even post a pic here when I'm done. In the end even without the contest building my skills and make the best shirt I can I'm still a winner and can still show my creation to others who share my passion. Thanks everyone and Happy sewing

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Date: 2/21/13 5:28 PM

Hi I just wanted to check if the banksia pattern was excluded from this competition as it is described as a "semi fitted" blouse:
http://megannielsen.com/products/banksia-top-sewing-pattern
Appreciate your advice. Thanks Manju

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