Single Pattern Contest

Norwescon is excited to announce the pattern for this years’ Single Pattern Contest: Simplicity 8517 (S8517), a trio of ponchos fit for characters from ancient fantasy, modern cyberverse, future dystopia, or any worlds—now, ahead, or past. With three distinct silhouettes—and a hood!—you can mix-and-match looks, alter, embellish, and layer to your heart’s content. All three versions end near the hip line, so the fabric requirements are minimal, but you can make yours any length, from large collar to sweeping the floor. Bring us your most imaginative takes on this universal bit of classic outerwear! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Competition awards will include, but are not limited to, best workmanship, best use of convention theme, and best in competition. Awards will be given out during the masquerade half-time.

The patterns can be purchased from Simplicity or at your local fabric store.

Entry and Judging

Judging will be noon-1 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 in Cascade 5&6. There is no pre-registration required to compete in the Single Pattern Contest, but a Norwescon membership is required to enter. Please bring your completed entry to Cascade 5&6 at noon for judging. Please provide a short description of your entry, its inspiration, and any special techniques or materials used.

Show and Share

The Show & Share for The Single Pattern Contest is 1 p.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 in Cascade 5&6. Please come and see all the entries and learn firsthand about them from their creators. The People’s Choice award will be decided and the winners will be announced at this panel along with the show and share of the items.

The front of the pattern envelope, with three line drawings of possible variants, and a photo of a Black woman wearing a finished grey poncho.
Black and white line drawings of front and back views of the pattern variants.

If you have any questions about the contest or are interested in being a judge, please contact us at