Wednesday, 30 January 2008

PR Wardrobe Contest

The 2008 PR Wardrobe contest starts on 1 Feb which is this Thursday.
The discussion thread on Pattern review is here

Here's the rules:-
Contest dates: February 1st to April 30th

There will be two winners based on votes
Special condition: only PR members who have been on the site for more than 3 months can join this contest.

Prizes: First Prize: $175 gift certificate from Second prize : $125 gift certificate from Both winners are based on reader votes.

Rules and FAQ for the 2008 Wardrobe Contest

Total pieces required: 10

Out of which:
1 should be an accessory
- one of the following Scarf/Belt/Bag/Hat/Gloves/Shoes/Slippers. Since this is a standalone item, you don't really have to make it from the fabric you used for your wardrobe, but it should go with at least one or two outfits. So for a black/brown/white wardrobe, a purse with a wild geometric print in black and red is allowed. But gloves made from lime green leather are not.

A note on scarves and belts. A piece of fabric with rolled hem will not be allowed a scarf, same thing applies to a belt. Both items should have some design element to them. If you have doubts about your accessory not being counted, please check with the Contest manager or Deepika before you start to work on it.
1 should either be a Jacket or a Dress
- The dress should still have something in common with the wardrobe. So, either the fabric should go with the rest of the wardrobe, or the style should match, example if you are sewing a vintage style wardrobe, the dress should echo that. Or if you are doing a black/white/brown wardrobe, the dress can't be pink or aqua. Get the picture?? Same thing goes for the jacket. You can use a different fabric for the jacket. So for a black/white/brown wardrobe, you can use a tweedy fabric as long as it ties the colors.

4 Bottoms (Pants/Capris/Skirts)

4 Tops (T-Shirts/Blouses/Sweaters)

1. Can I enter more than 10 pieces?
You can enter more pieces in your Wardrobe as long as you meet the requirements above ( 1 accessory, 1 dress/jacket, 50% tops, 50% bottoms). So if you are entering 14 items, 6 of them should be tops and 6 bottoms.

2. Can I enter items from my other contests on or outside of
As long as your entries meet the requirements of this contest you can enter the items.

3. Can I start sewing/cutting before February 1st?
All the sewing and cutting should be done within the contest dates. So Feb - April. You can use the time before that to make your wardrobe plan, test your patterns, pre-treating your fabric etc.

4. How should I enter the items in the contest?
Create a Master WIP (work in progress) type review on PR with "Other" as the Pattern Company and "Wardrobe Contest 2008" as the Pattern Number. As you make items for your entry, you can just edit your master WIP review and add more info. If you are using a pattern which you haven't reviewed before, add a separate review for it so there is a record. Then you can just link to that review from your Master WIP review. When you are ready to submit the entry to the contest report, create a photo with all the items in it. I will provide more info on this later.

5. Can I enter cardigans or twin sets as tops?
Yes, you can.

6. Are knitted (machine or hand) or crocheted items allowed?
No, they are not.

7. I am doing hand rolled hems and hand beading the edges on my scarves. Will that count?
Unfortunately, this will not count. A good example of a scarf which will be allowed is Ripply Scarf from Issue #119 Threads Magazine

8. Do I need to do a storyboard?
No, it's not a requirement. If you'd like to do a storyboard, then please do. However, at the end of the contest you do need to have one photo with all your items in it.

9. Can I amend my storyboard after the contest start date?
Yes! As long as your wardrobe pieces all tie together by the end of the contest.

10. If I've entered an item in the contest and it turns out that it doesn't coordinate with my wardrobe, can I replace it?
Yes, you can. Please let me know and I will un-enter the item for you.

11. What is a 'design element' as far as the scarf or belt is concerned?
Think about sewn elements – so multiple pattern pieces, or pleats, darts, frills etc.

12. What about shoes and slippers?
Shoes which are moulded, glued or made with a special cobbler’s sewing machine are not allowed. Shoes or slippers which would count (and able to be made on a home sewing machine) could be ones made as part of a wardrobe for an infant or toddler, for example.

13. Can I make an apron or lingerie as my accessory?
Unfortunately, no. However, if you would like to make these items in addition to your other wardrobe items, please do!

14. Can I enter shorts as a bottom?
Yes, you can.

15. Do the wardrobe items need to be coordinating?
Yes. The whole wardrobe should be cohesive and look like a wardrobe. Something you'll be able to mix and match in a jiffy and not worry about it. Any extra items you make (over the minimum 10) should also match. Please see the rules above for more details on dresses and jackets.

16. A vest can count as a top or a jacket, depending on whether you wear it alone, or with something underneath.

17. A capelet (which just covers your shoulders) would count as an accessory.

18. A cape or poncho doesn't fall into any of the categories, so couldn't be included as one of the items in the wardrobe.

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