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2018 SWAP Chatter
« on: October 09, 2017, 10:12:24 PM »
For some reason SWAP is on my mind and I have been looking at the original Australian Stitches SWAP and thinking how to incorporate it into my sewing.  Not that I need any more clothes but more as an incentive to make the wardrobe more cohesive.  When I first discovered SWAP I decided on my colors and since then tend to buy fabric within that range.  So the closet has become much more manageable.  I do have gaps.  Maybe what we need is a SWAP dedicated to filling in the gaps. 

And I seem to have two different color palettes in the wardrobe.  One is blue;blue jeans, blue print shirts, with a smattering of reds and the other is dusty olive green, sage, rust and gold.  Any discussion?

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2017, 11:07:39 PM »
It is about time we started to consider SWAP for the beginning of next year.
I do hope everyone continues with enthusiasm, despite all the disruptions and difficulties we had on the SG site earlier this year.
Even though I don't join in, SWAP is a big part of my life with a big influence on what I sew.  Nearly all my choices aim to make a 'wardrobe' grouping.
And it is such fun and such a pleasure to see what you all make, and hear about the thinking you do on what suits your life and your style.
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2017, 01:44:21 AM »
I love SWAP!  I've joined a few, and never finished. However, I really feel confident about this year.  I have a different job, no children left at home, and more time to actually sew. 

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2017, 03:14:27 AM »
After Soup up your Sewing Room September ended, I was beginning to feel a hole in my SG reading life  ;) Hee hee!

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2017, 04:40:33 AM »
I know I start out every year with good intentions of SWAP success, but somehow, most of the time one or another thing creates a snag and I don't finish... That said, pretty much all my sewing for myself is a form of SWAP, as all my clothing does coordinate together, and mix and match freely.
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Maybe what we need is a SWAP dedicated to filling in the gaps.
I know that there are gaps in my wardrobe, and filling some of those would be helpful.
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2017, 01:18:13 PM »
I would like to try and join in as I won't be working after we move. I have all my fabric colours in black and red with some blue. I can do a SWAP with it and would love to do one using jeans as the base. If we get the house we want bought I might join it but I may have to wait another year as it may take me that long to find everything.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2017, 08:02:37 AM »
A rather meandering train of thought has led to a rather extreme suggestion for a SWAP theme :

On another thread
http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.php?topic=1017
we’ve been discussing some issues of how to fit.

As an incidental comment I mentioned that, once you get a basic pattern to fit (in this case an a-line dress with fitted sleeves but no other style elements) you can use it as a starting point for an almost infinite number of styles with the same silhouette.

Why on earth, you might ask, would you want an almost infinite number of clothes with the same silhouette ?

Well, as far as I remember (have not checked back), both :
Colette patterns Wardrobe Architect series
https://blog.colettehq.com/wardrobe-architect
and the book The Curated Closet
https://www.amazon.com/Curated-Closet-Discovering-Personal-Building/dp/1607749483/
start with getting you to identify your favourite clothing silhouettes.  Then you acquire most of your clothes with those silhouettes.  2 reasons :
- you’re more likely to wear them,
- they co-ordinate easily.

So at last getting to the point - I suggest a SWAP theme based on co-ordination by silhouette rather than colour.
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2017, 12:52:53 PM »
I like that silhouette idea!  I've been thinking a lot about my sewing, and what direction to go in next, and silhouette/shaping has been on my mind, as has color. I'm one that thinks pink can function as a base/neutral, although I don't wear a lot of it most of the time, except on weekends/free time.

So, a SWAP based on silhouette, with minimal color rules would suit me fine!
Wendy

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2017, 12:59:51 PM »
Well if it's silhouette, mine would be jeans and a work shirt or jeans and a camp shirt based on what I normally wear ;D.  For me, SWAP is about expanding the look, although I can understand your viewpoint, Lisanne.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2017, 07:41:08 AM »
I love the SWAP and all the plotting and planning that goes with it. It never works for me though :'( Wrong time of year and following someone else's rules. I should be sensible and just sit back and watch all the fun  :) , but I'll probably make a stab at it anyway  ???
I'm known for wearing different silhouettes so that could be a challenge for me if it goes that way  :D It will make a change from the colours though.
One thing - could we please, please, please have the photography rules at the same time as the sewing rules. That way we can get on and wear the garments, rather than keeping them in reserve until the competition is over.

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« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2017, 06:05:34 PM »
I'm not sure I need or have time to do SWAP but I shall follow along with interest.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2017, 07:43:33 PM »
If I can get my head around the rules, whatever they may be, I'll more than likely come up with several (dozen, maybe!) plans. I might attempt one of the plans, but I don't like to be pinned down - haha!

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2017, 09:56:40 PM »
Usually SWAP serves as a jump start for my sewing since I am a spurt sewer but this year I've been steady with sewing though not much in the way of clothes.  Mostly using up my cotton stash.  I will likely start up some fall/winter sewing in a few weeks as I have some actual needs.  My three pairs of skinny jeans are nearing the end of their life cycle and need to be replaced soon. I have several pieces of stretch denim stashed.



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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2017, 03:45:32 AM »
I was looking at all of the SWAPs from the past and in spite of my not finishing my favorite was 2014 which was 3 3packs and 2 wild cards with the goal of a cohesive collection much like what designers do.

http://artisanssquare.com/sg_classic/index.php/topic,21989.0.html

What was your favorite SWAP year?
http://artisanssquare.com/sg_classic/index.php/board,54.0.html



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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #14 on: October 19, 2017, 06:06:43 AM »
I would love to revisit 2014 aka the "algebra SWAP"...
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #15 on: October 19, 2017, 09:57:38 AM »
I'm delighted to hear that someone has volunteered to run this year's SWAP.
Kudos and thanks to them.
 ;D   ;D   ;D   ;D   ;D
« Last Edit: October 19, 2017, 02:17:45 PM by Lisanne »
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #16 on: October 19, 2017, 09:30:30 PM »
Thanks to our volunteer! Hoping to participate again, it would be my 5th in a row I think!
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« Reply #17 on: October 19, 2017, 11:02:42 PM »
How wonderful that we already have a volunteer coordinator for SWAP 2018! I am looking forward to when we hear what the rules/guidelines are, so I can decide if (once again) taking a stab at completing a SWAP will be "in the cards" for me - there are quite a few wardrobe additions I need to sew, but can they fit into whatever this upcoming plan will be... Only time will tell!
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« Reply #18 on: October 20, 2017, 07:23:43 AM »
Yes great to hear about the volunteer co-ordinator for SWAP.

I will be following along and may or may not actually enter depending on rules, timesframes and frankly stuff happening in every day life!

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« Reply #19 on: October 20, 2017, 01:48:54 PM »
Glad to hear there is a volunteer SWAP coordinator. I doubt I will be joining this year as I will be unpacking a house starting the end of November. If I do, I may do a doll's SWAP.

I will be following along with great interest to see what others are doing.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #20 on: October 20, 2017, 08:26:12 PM »
A rather meandering train of thought has led to a rather extreme suggestion for a SWAP theme :

On another thread
http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.php?topic=1017
we’ve been discussing some issues of how to fit.

As an incidental comment I mentioned that, once you get a basic pattern to fit (in this case an a-line dress with fitted sleeves but no other style elements) you can use it as a starting point for an almost infinite number of styles with the same silhouette.



My most used pattern is an A line dress with fitted sleeves... used for dresses and tunic. M6465  ;D
Working on refining a favorite silhouette is a good idea.
Or building a consistant wardrobe in any style of your choice. Pick a theme and sew on !

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #21 on: October 20, 2017, 08:52:08 PM »
Lovely to hear that a volunteer SWAP coordinator is in place and I'm another who is keen to see what the rules are.

Life this year has been hectic, not much sewing going on at all and at this stage I don't think I will be able to participate next year but I love seeing what the rules are and if I can make it work in my life. 

There are a lot of holes in my wardrobe.

Now to wait.

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« Reply #22 on: October 21, 2017, 02:57:12 AM »
Oh my :o There I was just dreaming along with visions of coordinated clothing dancing in my head like sugarplums, and I just realised that usually there are SWAP rules in place sometime near the beginning of November... November which is only two weeks away!  I have been doodling combinations of garments in my notebook, but until our fearless leader lets us know what the upcoming guidelines will be, it is all fantasy. I am hopeful that there will be the "usual" one garment made prior to guidelines, and one garment made between the announcement and the start of SWAP, as I would love to include something from my unfinished 2017 SWAP as a kind of continuation...
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #23 on: October 21, 2017, 10:20:48 AM »
Yes indigotiger - I already have several plans too - that's the aspect of SWAP I always focus on with enthusiasm  ;D
This year my theme is turning out to be 'all patterns from the same designer'.  Another way of getting easier co-ordination, but I know most people don't like any rules that severely limit their choices.
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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« Reply #24 on: October 21, 2017, 05:53:02 PM »
Indigotiger, I did not connect that November coincides with the announcement of SWAP rules!  I have many plans in my head, now mostly centered on the idea of silhouette and changing up my style. Have started up one item already, waiting anxiously now for rules! (no pressure on the SWAP coordinator!)
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« Reply #25 on: October 21, 2017, 08:45:28 PM »
I've tried a lot of SWAP over many years and have some observations


-it really needs to be for one season, or somehow fairly seasonless (cotton sundress and wool jacket rarely worn together!)
-you want to wear the clothes so sew something suitable for your actual real life
-it seems to work better if the colour palette is fairly restrained (though some have successfully broken this) I prefer only 2 or 3 colours
-if you have 3 similar bottoms it will look too samey in photos - for example one year I had green wool tweed pencil skirt, dark teal skirt and dark grey skirt and they all looked pretty much the same in photos even though they were all different in real life.
-it is a lot of garments and therefore a lot of sewing, try not to be too ambitious in the garments you choose
-something always goes wrong (at least for me anyway) so have some alternate options in there
-tried n true patterns are a life saver
-and the hardest one, don't sew something that will make the plan work but you won't actually wear, the prize here is clothes you wear in your real life
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #26 on: October 21, 2017, 08:57:31 PM »
I liked the suggestion on SewingPlums blog

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For a 12-item wardrobe like those suggested by Nancy Nix-Rice, make :
– a Core 4 in a dark neutral.
– a second core 4 in a light neutral.
– a couple of tops (the same pattern) in an accent colour.
– top and skirt in a print combining all 3 colours.

I would quite like to do something along those lines.

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« Reply #27 on: October 22, 2017, 12:22:46 AM »
Ruthie's observations are spot on as far as I have also observed...
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-and the hardest one, don't sew something that will make the plan work but you won't actually wear, the prize here is clothes you wear in your real life
I did that, the last time I completed a SWAP (2013), I made a bunch of tee shirts, because the rules said "tops"... It turns out that I don't actually wear tee shirts, and they are still in my knit top drawer, barely worn, four years later

While I may be the only one on the entire message board that doesn't wear separates, and for whom a "core 4" would be the height of not going to be worn... it does occur to me that a mashup of the nix-rice idea and the algebra swap would probably work from most folks including me. What if the SWAP, which is usually eleven pieces, penciled out as:

3 garments in "neutral #1", 3 garments in "neutral #2", 3 garments in "accent color or colors", and 2 "wildcard garments" which could be in any of the three color groups.

of these garments: at least 3 "bottom" pieces (skirt, or pants, or pinafore/jumper), at least 3 "layering" pieces (jacket, cardigan, vest, coat, or poncho), and the additional five garments can be personal choice as needed for each persons chosen wardrobe style (tops, blouses, dresses, and/or additional bottoms or layers) Since we all have very different lifestyles, climate, and current wardrobe contents, adding some flex to the SWAP rules makes sense to me

Oh, and include the usual caveat: one garment may be RTW, one completed prior to the announcement of the 2018 rules, and one made between the announcement of the rules and the beginning of SWAP sewing on Dec 26...
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #28 on: October 22, 2017, 01:51:44 AM »
indigotiger, can you take your tshirts and sew skirts to them and turn them into dresses, or night clothes?
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #29 on: October 22, 2017, 07:46:26 AM »
it does occur to me that a mashup of the nix-rice idea and the algebra swap would probably work from most folks including me. What if the SWAP, which is usually eleven pieces, penciled out as:

3 garments in "neutral #1", 3 garments in "neutral #2", 3 garments in "accent color or colors", and 2 "wildcard garments" which could be in any of the three color groups.

of these garments: at least 3 "bottom" pieces (skirt, or pants, or pinafore/jumper), at least 3 "layering" pieces (jacket, cardigan, vest, coat, or poncho), and the additional five garments can be personal choice as needed for each persons chosen wardrobe style

What an excellent idea.
Unlike you and I, who mainly wear neutrals, some people might need to expand the concept of 'neutral' to 'any colour you would wear pants in'  ;D
« Last Edit: October 22, 2017, 07:48:06 AM by Lisanne »
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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« Reply #30 on: October 22, 2017, 08:18:44 AM »
I fell asleep last night pondering something like that discussed above in burgundy, teal and then either brown or navy. I have this great fabric I never used last year.....

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #31 on: October 22, 2017, 06:15:56 PM »
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some people might need to expand the concept of 'neutral' to 'any colour you would wear pants in'  ;D
I have an old friend who considers hot pink to be a neutral color... and on her, it works! That is part of why I worded my SWAP idea the way I did, to create structure, without which sewing is just random garments, but allow for the kind of personal variation that defines individual style...

Diane - I may simply send my unloved almost new tee shirts to the thrift store, where some other plus size woman might enjoy them more than I have... I love to wear long sleeve knit tops, but tees have the short sleeves that I feel draw a line right across my top half in line with my bust, which is not an area that needs additional emphasis! ( I think this is why I tend to decorate the hemlines and necklines of my clothing, actually)
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« Reply #32 on: October 22, 2017, 06:31:31 PM »
indigo tiger, would your unworn t-shirts work for sleepwear in the chilly pdx winters?  Or are the fabrics not suitable for that?

I like your swap idea.  It would also work pretty well for those who like the 3 pack or 4 core concepts.  I think in general swap is more difficult for those who prefer dresses/pinafores over separates. 

Hot pink would probably work as a neutral for me too since I would wear them as pants.

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« Reply #33 on: October 23, 2017, 09:55:08 AM »
I am also very happy that a coordinator has stepped up.

Here is some more food for thought in the planning process.


3 garments in "neutral #1", 3 garments in "neutral #2", 3 garments in "accent color or colors", and 2 "wildcard garments" which could be in any of the three color groups.

of these garments: at least 3 "bottom" pieces (skirt, or pants, or pinafore/jumper), at least 3 "layering" pieces (jacket, cardigan, vest, coat, or poncho), and the additional five garments can be personal choice


I like Indigo's general concept, but it is very unfair/unworkable for those who do not need/want layers. (Example: Aussie sewing hot weather wardrobe who wants shorts and tanks and 1 guaze sun protecting overshirt. Or non pant wearer who want a bunch of dresses, maybe a skirt and top and one shrug to go with all.)  It also does not conform to NNR's basic concept: 1:1 ratio of top to bottom plus 2.5:1 ratio of outfit to layer. (12 pieces:  5 bottoms, 5 tops, 2 layers.)

So here is my proposal:

Core: 1 or max 2 of a
Layer
Top
Bottom
Combi (dress, romper, ie top + bottom,)++
Total, make 3 pieces. all pieces within a core must work together.
++Combi is a substitute for a core top+bottom but does not need to be worn with them, but must coordinate. Combi must be able to be worn with a core layer.

You make 2 "cores" ... you may make both cores in the same or a different neutral. (Same neutral gives you a core 6.) Max 2 neutrals.  *Neutral means you will wear it as a bottom (for those who don't wear pants). Neutral could be plaid, print, stripe, etc. but 3 pieces must work together. (Allowing a colorful person to make a plaid skirt, pant and jacket, plus a print top, pant and dress.)

In addition, you Make 1 accent piece. Accent color must go with Both cores, all 6 pieces. Any type of garment.

In addition, swap includes 1 layering garment .It must layer Over or Under all (or some/ how many of?) the basic core/maybe all? pieces of your swap. Layer is to be worn so it is at least partly visible? The required layer may come from any part of the swap: core, accent or wild card.

(If you want more layers, you have that option. You could decide to make 10 layers and a top and bottom, for example. You could also option for 9 dresses, and 3 petticoats.)

You also Make 5 wild cards, free choice of color, fabric, garment type. Resulting in a cohesive wardrobe, ie "collection".

7 required pieces, minimum 1 netural, 1 accent, 1 layer. (plus maybe free use of white**: a neutral non-color: such as white, cream, ivory, and very very pale tints of a hue, pale grey, pale pink, whatever.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #34 on: October 23, 2017, 10:03:31 AM »
Sorry Peggy, but my eyes and brain glaze over when the instructions get very complex !
That's the problem with trying to devise a scheme which suits everyone.

I do admit that as I usually wear innumerable layers, I tend not to notice when a scheme doesn't work well for people who don't wear any ;D
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
https://uk.pinterest.com/sewingplums/ - style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - good basic sewing techniques
https://easyjackets.wordpress.com - no need for tailoring, unless you want to
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - Peggy Sagers sew-alongs