- Women's Outfit
- Gentleman's Outfit
- Regimental Outfit
- Children's Outfit
Each winner in each category will receive a season ticket to the Jane Austen Festival, plus a special "award winner" icon to place on their website or blog.
All you need to do is remember to keep good records of what you've done and what you've learnt in a "Dress Diary" - this diary will be considered as important as the final outfit itself. You won't be required to send the outfit away; we'll use photographs and email to keep your creation safe, wherever you are in the world!
We'll be looking at historical accuracy, skilful workmanship and thriftiness in three different levels - Beginner, Improver and Experienced.
Please join the JAFA Costume Competition Google Group if you plan to enter so we have an idea of how many will be entering and can keep you updated on any changes.
You're a Beginner if you've been sewing for less than a year in total (if you've made three outfits in your lifetime, the first of which was ten years ago, count that as less than a year when you put your experience together.) If virtually every project you can think of is a completely new experience, you're a Beginner.
You're Experienced if you're a confident sewer who's been making clothes or costumes for more than five years, and/or you make or have made a living from sewing. If you think you could probably make a good job of most costumes, you're Experienced.
Anything inbetween these two counts as Improver - say, if you have some experience and you think you could make a passable effort at a selection of different types of costumes.
EntryIn order to enter we need to receive your entry email by 5pm on Friday February 4th, 2011. The title of the email should be "JAFA Costume Competition" and it should be sent to email@example.com. We have four judges from the UK, the USA and Australia.
The email will need to contain:
- Your name
- Your email address (if different from the one you're writing from!)
- Your sewing skill level: Beginner/Improver/Experienced
- The category or categories you'd like to enter into
- The title of your entry
- Brief description of your entry, including inspiration, fabric, unique or historically accurate techniques or materials, any particular challenges you overcame, etc.
- Link to your dress diary,
- Links to photos or a word document with photos attached.
Take up to ten photographs of the clothes you've made; we'll use these photos and your dress diary or documentation as your entry. Your permission to use those things on the JAFA site and in the Festival brochure/book is granted by entering them, but the copyright on the photos and text remains your own.
You can host your photos at a site like Photobucket or Flickr, or paste them into a word document and email it to us - if too large to email send it through www.yousendit.com.
A dress diary is a journal that you keep during the making of an outfit that documents how you made it, what problems you came across and how you solved them, including any making-of pictures, and all your triumphs and tribulations during the project.