Sunday, September 1, 2013

Pattern Review's Mini Wardrobe Contest

I love Pattern's contests.  Not that I ever win.  Ever.  But there is something extra fun about sewing things with the companionship of others who also love sewing and who are also making things in the same general category.  I guess this is why sew-a-longs are so popular as well.

The really nice thing about the PR contests is that the competition is friendly, rather than nasty or bitter or downright hostile as you may have seen in other places.  Sure, we'd all like to win that $100 gift certificate to FFC.  Sure, we'd all like to get that blog badge that says, "I won blah, blah, blah."  But PRers don't let that get in the way of their friendliness (or at least civility) with other PR members.  And they help each other, give advice, and offer encouragement.  Which is awesome.

Mini-Wardrobe Contest 2013So this month's contest is the Mini Wardrobe Contest.  Create four garments that can be mixed and matched to make four different outfits -- without adding any additional pieces.

I'm pretty sure I can make one piece a week and I think I would like to make one pencil skirt, one pants, one top, and either a vest or a jacket.  I realize a jacket is a larger and more time consuming project that I may not have time for, but I like dreaming big -- and in color :o)  Besides, I've already traced out the jacket pattern, and that always seems like the most time-consuming part.

Now that I think about it, I do have everything I need to make myself a wool pants/skirt/vest ensemble, which I've been wanting for a really long time.  Fabric and patterns are already in my possession.  I may need to make a trip to the store for notions, but those don't count :o)  Hmmmm.  I think I have a mission.  Wish me luck.


  1. Go for it! I think your choices are doable, and a jacket is always well worth the extra time to make. Can't wait to see your Mini Wardrobe finished...J

  2. I joined too and am going to try and make a jacket too so I also say go for it. :) I am just going to do my best to try and finish by working on it a little each day if I can. Your further along than I am too. I am still finishing up a skirt I was working on because I ran into a little problem with it, but luckily was able to fix that. Cannot wait to see your finished mini wardrobe. It is always so much fun to see what everyone else comes up with. I think that's the best part about following all the contests. I am joining in because I want some motivation to use up some of my fabric :)

  3. I agree, I also love to see what everyone makes. And you guys are totally wearing down whatever (small) resistance I had towards making a jacket part of my mini wardrobe. I've made lots of vests, and I know I can make one in just a couple of days (one if I can wrangle the sewing time), so maybe I'll plan on making a vest and a jacket and use whichever one either 1) actually gets made, or 2) in the event I manage to make them both, whichever one looks better.

    Oh, boy. This dream is getting bigger by the minute and the colors are getting brighter, LOL.