Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mini-Wardrobe Contest 2013

I'm thinking about entering this contest, but would love some opinions on the pieces:

Mini Wardrobe Contest
September 1 � 30 2013
This is a contest to create a 4-piece wardrobe in 4 weeks. You will determine what clothing pieces you use in your wardrobe.
The 4 garments must combine (without adding additional garments) to create at least 4 "looks".
For Example, but not limited to...
1. tee, blouse , pants , skirt. Tee/pants, blouse/pants, tee/skirt, blouse/skirt = 4 looks
2. Dress, cardigan, top, pants. Dress, dress/cardigan, Pants/top, pants/top/cardigan = 4 looks
3. 2 pants, top, jacket. Pants1/top, pants2/top, pants1/top/cardigan, pants2/top/cardigan = 4 looks
As long as you can take the 4 items and wear them in at least 4 different combos, your entry will qualify.
Rest of the rules at the end of this post. **

This PhotoShop version of the dress is not made in my fabric

I have this gorgeous plaid fabric that I'm excited to finally find a use for!  I want to make it into a wrap dress using this pattern that I made for a client recently.  I want to make the dress (view C), but without sleeves (this is Texas after all!).

Here's the plaid fabric I want to use.  I really want to make a cute short yellow jacket that will go with many other outfits, but the only fabric I have enough of to make the pants and other pieces is a gorgeous deep purple.  I like bright colors, but a yellow jacket with purple pants is a bit much so I'll need to make a purple jacket..

These are the fabrics (although they look really washed out here!)

So I'm thinking purple slacks and a pretty blue blouse (the blue fabric is a pretty lightweight shiny fabric that almost looks like lining material and should make beautifully into something "flowy."  Here's what I'm thinking for the top.  Opinions?
Top A
Top B
 I want to make a jacket and have enough of the purple left for a cute jacket, but I'm tempted to make a reversible jacket using this interesting striped fabric which needs the purple to give it just a little oomph (it's not quite as exciting as it looks here - plus PhotoShop is not my friend on diagonals!).  You have to imagine it all in the stripey print, I only PhotoShopped 1/2 of it.  Love the way the stripes look on this one!

Jacket A
 I got lazy PhotoShopping this one - imagine it striped, not graffiti looking!  I like it with this outfit, but I'm trying to picture it as a solid purple with the printed wrap dress.
Jacket B

Blazer with "my" plaid
Which jacket do you like?  Do bolero jackets look right with wrap dresses?  I don't have enough fabric for a full sleeve so they'd have to be 3/4 sleeve (not even sure I have enough for that!).

Bolero - not my plaid

My husband (who has great taste) suggested that Top A and the bolero jacket might be a little juvenile so I've decided to go with the the drapey top and the blazer.

So my "wardrobe" would be:
1.  Dress
2.  Dress with jacket (purple side)
3.  Pants with top
4.  Pants with top and jacket (striped side)

**Choice of garment types and styles is entirely up to you!
Optional Storyboard: You may include a storyboard, or plan, showing the planned garments and the minimum quantity of outfits.
Entrants must do an individual review for each pattern used (can update previous reviews). The actual contest entry review is the "composite review" for the mini-wardrobe itself. The composite review must have links to the individual reviews. (If all items are from one wardrobe pattern, one review will suffice.)
Pictures are required for voting. There must be a photo for each of the 4 looks.
Final garments may be pictured on a dress form or worn by the garment's intended owner. Please consult with the contest moderator if neither of these is feasible for you, and options will be discussed.
This wardrobe/ensemble may be created for men, women, or children. Doll clothing is not admissible. Accessories do not count as one of the 4 items, but may be made and showcased with the mini-wardrobe.

First Prize: $100 Gift Certificate from Fashion Fabrics Club
Second Prize: $50 Gift Certificate from Fashion Fabrics Club

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 pretreated 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:
Accessory Challenge
Jeans Contest
UFO Contest
Fabric Stash
Sewing for Men
Sewing for Children
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. 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:
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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  1. You are right, the plaid fabric is very beautiful. I really like the ideas you came up with. It will be very interesting to follow the progress. I do admire your creativity in putting this together!


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