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Date: 8/26/13 1:44 PM

If this question is in the wrong place, sorry, but I have not been here very long.

Re: these contests. As an example, a jacket-making contest.

Where does one send the jacket, and how long does it take to get it back?



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Date: 8/26/13 2:42 PM

We just enter photographs and a review. HTH, marec

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Date: 8/26/13 3:43 PM

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We just enter photographs and a review. HTH, marec

The actual jacket (for instance) is not examined in real life?

Forgive me for this thought, but in that case how to you know that it hasn't been put together with a staple gun and glue? Or that the interior is a complete rat's nest, held together with pins?

These thoughts occurred to me today as I complete another jacket, all my own work, with painstaking attention to detail on hidden parts of the tailoring (such as herringbone stitch on one part) all hidden by the lining..........

How to the contest judges know what has gone into the construction if they only have finished photographs to go by?

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Date: 8/26/13 5:00 PM

hmmm. those are good questions. Most of the judging is done by members to the site, so it wouldn't be possible to inspect each project. Appearance is everything, I guess

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Date: 8/26/13 5:06 PM

Our contests aren't put together for the "professional sewist" who sends garments out to shows. So no, when voting is done- and the contests are all peer voted, anyone who is a PR member can vote- the only things that are "judged" are what can be seen from the photo or the description.
These contests are offered to encourage people to sew, to get them to think outside the box, and as another way for us all to showcase our abilities. Some people enter many contests, some one or two a year, and others pass on the contests altogether.
I encourage you to join a contest to see how they run!
Kudo's on the fine finishing job you do on your tailoring! There are members of all skill levels here, and we would love to see some more of your work!
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Date: 8/26/13 5:15 PM

Hola Handshake,
As Ashford said, we are mainly hobby sewists. I look forward to contests because they force me to complete projects. And you will find the comradery to be rich and deep and the differing opinions to be lively. There is a real sense of community here. I have made some very good friends on PR.
The entire site is on the honor system. If someone can live with themselves by duping their peers with staples and glue, well they have to look themselves in the mirror every morning.
As the contests progress, many of us post our in-progress photos to seek advice, brag about a success, and to encourage others.
If you decide to join a contest, take photos along the way and show off the fine work that you do.
The mini-wardrobe is a lot of fun and one of my favorites.

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Date: 8/26/13 5:38 PM

Quote: ConnieBJ
Our contests aren't put together for the "professional sewist" who sends garments out to shows. So no, when voting is done- and the contests are all peer voted, anyone who is a PR member can vote- the only things that are "judged" are what can be seen from the photo or the description.

These contests are offered to encourage people to sew, to get them to think outside the box, and as another way for us all to showcase our abilities. Some people enter many contests, some one or two a year, and others pass on the contests altogether.

I encourage you to join a contest to see how they run!

Kudo's on the fine finishing job you do on your tailoring! There are members of all skill levels here, and we would love to see some more of your work!
-- Edited on 8/26/13 5:07 PM --

Hi Connie

This is all new to me - contests for sewing. I had no idea that people send garments out to shows, I don't think that happens in UK, but if it does, someone will tell me.

I put the above question to a non-sewing man (who is, frankly, speechless at the amount of trouble I go to in sewing jackets, and the hours of work in construction which are all hidden inside, to try to make the jacket as good as possible. I'm not aiming for perfect, I'm aiming for as good as possible, for me) and his response was as follows: why bother with a staple gun and glue, go for CGI to win photo-only contests. !

This jacket will be finished within days, Connie, and I'll put up a review by the end of the week. I will show photographs of interior work too - that which is not hidden by the lining; you'll have to take my word on the number of HOURS of work which have been put into trying to make the fit as good as possible with engineering-think and fabricated solutions all made from flat cloth and interfacings of different weights, working on concave surfaces upside down and inside out to try to make sense of a possible solution to a recent problem; try 3D architecture in your head and hands with a needle and thread. Just saying.......
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Date: 8/28/13 2:46 AM

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Appearance is everything, I guess

Yep...it's all down to the photos IMO. If your photo is good, then you will attract more votes.

I came second in the One Pattern Many Looks contest with 2 unfinished hems!


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Date: 8/28/13 6:50 AM


Do you have a blog...as someone just venturing into the world of jackets and tailoring I find it a bit intimidating. Would love to see a jacket construction from start to finish. I find a lot of bloggers leave out sections of the construction to just show a few key bits.
Particularly interested in the 'hidden' stuff. As a handsewer (trying to get to grips with having to use the machine to finish projects on time) I like the little touches.
Do you machine stitch your buttonholes or hand sew...or are they bound buttonholes?
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