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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #140 on: October 31, 2017, 11:37:15 PM »
No surprises here... some of these were meant for last years SWAP, and never got that far... they will fit seamlessly into my current wardrobe and expand my options considerably
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #141 on: November 01, 2017, 01:56:24 AM »
Do I dare to make red one of my neutrals?

Why not? Red as neutral is powerful - esp. if its a work wardrobe. If it's any help, I've decided on burgundy as one of my neutrals!  ;D

check these images out!



These are from Russian Burda site for a jacket I've been lusting after. English version of the jacket can be found here. http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/crop-blazer-082017


Thank you! Beautiful!! I would love to have a killer red suit. It's a small dream. Of course I think the people in my workplace would wonder what had suddenly come over the "blue" person. PS I think that burgundy is a dream colour. In fact, it would probably suit me better, but I've had this dream of wearing red for a long time. Not sure why.

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« Reply #142 on: November 01, 2017, 02:40:50 AM »
Beautiful!! I would love to have a killer red suit. It's a small dream. ..................... I've had this dream of wearing red for a long time. Not sure why.

You should absolutely go for it!  ;D

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #143 on: November 01, 2017, 02:49:54 AM »
Thank you Mudcat for the fantastic rules, I have been trying to stay focused at work and not dream about my new wardrobe. I have a print fabric that I purchased in 2011 that I need to dig out and see how that will determine my neutrals.

Oh treefrog love the Galah.


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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #144 on: November 01, 2017, 04:08:51 AM »
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I've had this dream of wearing red for a long time. Not sure why.
No time like the present to make dreams reality... Go for it!!
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #145 on: November 01, 2017, 08:09:08 AM »
Stephiecan, it might be worth checking the particular shade of red suits your skin colouring.
Very bright reds work on people with high contrast (dark hair light skin often) so are often too much for the majority of people, they also tend to have a Dramatic personality element.
There are lots of slightly softer reds through into the burgundy and plums which are more flattering for most people (I've gone for burgundy these days, I'm greying and the bright reds are too much for me now). I do have a dramatic streak but can still get that from the softer reds.


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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #146 on: November 01, 2017, 08:59:26 AM »
gotta post my recent favorite red suit look. Amal Clooney...also note that this is a working woman who just gave birth to two babies. If you need a style inspiration, this is it.



this is also worth looking at...the same red blouse combined with a different skirt to make another kind of outfit.


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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #147 on: November 01, 2017, 09:14:46 AM »
It is lovely to begin to see individual SWAP threads appearing already.  Thank you all for adding to our pleasure.

But can I please make a plea that you add a note somewhere on your thread reminding people - comments should be on this thread, so we don't have to keep rushing hither and yon in order to keep up with everything.

Thank you !
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #148 on: November 01, 2017, 10:31:07 AM »
I'm going to comment on the SWAP threads one by one...
Lisanne, I admire your minimalist plan. I visited the page you linked to, I didn't know it. I hope you're going to sew your plan and share it here.

I tried to design a collection but I think I have too many sewing projects, stashed fabrics and good clothes to comply with the rules. I don't have enough neutrals  on my fabric shelves and too many prints (sounds familiar ?) So my "plan" is to gather a wardrobe of 11 items which all work together, but using more prints, just one neutral and 4 previously sewn and RTW clothes I already have. I'm really sorry not to participate but it wouldn't be wise  ::) And this way I'll be able to hopefully sew a dress and a jacket for Christmas. So my SWAP will really be a Winter 7PAC, including a navy core of 4.

If I had started from scratch, with no full closet and fabric stash, I would have chosen navy and bright olive for my neutrals and rust for my color, with a navy rust and mustard flower print and a navy and olive sweater.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #149 on: November 01, 2017, 10:40:30 AM »
Elephun, I like the relaxed style of the patterns you chose. I'm especially interested in the denim Margot pants !

Indigotiger, you seem to have a nice stash of neutral fabrics which perfectly match with your own style.

Stephaniecan, I love dark red as a neutral. It's very easy to match with lots of colors and neutrals.

Ruthie, fitting pants is part of my plan as well. I recently saw a lady with beautifull olive pants in a flowy fabric, with open darts on the front and I'd like to have some like these. I think ejvc fitted an Ottobre pattern I have that could give a similar result.

Kay I hope you do complete your SWAP. Last year I did and I now have a terrific collection with a very easy to mix and match wardrobe.



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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #150 on: November 01, 2017, 11:17:03 AM »
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #151 on: November 01, 2017, 11:17:26 AM »
Its great seeing the threads starting up. I've reused pictures from last year but will dig out the fabrics at some point. I'm really pleased to be getting another chance to use some of the lovely fabrics I chose last time but with a tocuh of reality added.
I was hoping to lose the weight I had gained this year but its not happening at the moment, so I am not going to punish myself, just sew some clothes that fit as a way to care care of myself.
That does mean that I need to work out a way to get my preferred trousers/pants pattern in my current size. Its a Burda magazine pattern but only goes to a 42 and I'm bigger than that now.

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« Reply #152 on: November 01, 2017, 11:19:03 AM »
Options could be
take that pattern and split the centre front and back and add tissue.
look through my years of Burda magazines and find a similar pattern in the plus sizes and trace that
buy a Burda envelope pattern in that style.
take a non Burda pattern in the style and change the crotch curve to be more Burda-ish
Either way I need to do additional scooping of the back crotch.
If really desprate make skirts instead, though that's my last resort!

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« Reply #153 on: November 01, 2017, 11:20:25 AM »
If I keep having problems posting I shall porbably get discouraged from doing so :-(

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #154 on: November 01, 2017, 12:05:45 PM »
Sizun - on the previous page bessiecrocker pointed out that in the Sonya Philips photo ’neutral’ is ‘earth-tone floral print’.  Could you do something similar with your prints - we've previously said a ‘neutral’ is anything you would wear pants in  ;D
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #155 on: November 01, 2017, 12:16:50 PM »
I visited the page you linked to, I didn't know it.

100 Acts of Sewing is a good example of the gulf between different groups of sewers.  There is not a single review of her patterns at Pattern Review, but her Etsy page has 1500 enthusiastic comments from beginners who have made her patterns.
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #156 on: November 01, 2017, 12:31:04 PM »
Thanks, Kayotic, indigotiger, Bessiecrocker and Ruthie, Sizun (and I hope I'm not forgetting anyone)!  The thing is that I already have a mid-red in stash (a beautiful wool crepe), so I'd like to use that if possible. I have a collection of wool fabric that has built up over time so I want to try to do this SWAP from stash if I can. It has been bothering me that my sewing has slowed down and my stash has been sitting there, forlornly (though fortunately I have resisted adding much to it this past year). You're right, Ruthie, that colour analysis is a good guide: I look better in more of a burgundy or plum. I'm a muted, cool, medium person in terms of the colours that suit me. I definitely don't have the deep colouring that Amal Clooney has. Sometimes though, you just want to wear bright colours!

Ruthie: I was just reading above what you said about caring for yourself. I think that's exactly right. I need to do a bit of that loving care thing, too. Life is stressful and things are up and down but you always deserve to sew things that make you feel great (so I tell myself)! I have a whole list of Christmas gifts to make for other people, but first I'm going to make something for myself. :)

I keep modifying this as I keep on having additional thoughts. Sizun: Your idea of a deep red is also a great idea. I do like a deep red. I wonder if I could mix a bright red with a dark red for the neutral. I need to reread the rules to see if the shades need to always be very close. I know they have to go together at least.
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« Reply #157 on: November 01, 2017, 12:32:14 PM »
Kay I hope you do complete your SWAP. Last year I did and I now have a terrific collection with a very easy to mix and match wardrobe.

Thanks Sizun! Me too!

That does mean that I need to work out a way to get my preferred trousers/pants pattern in my current size. Its a Burda magazine pattern but only goes to a 42 and I'm bigger than that now.

Ruthie, Do you have a line drawing of that Burda magazine pattern? If you have other Burda magazines, chances are a similar plus size pattern are available in other Burda magazines..

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« Reply #158 on: November 01, 2017, 12:39:51 PM »
Thanks, Kayotic, indigotiger and Ruthie, Sizun (and I hope I'm not forgetting anyone)!  The thing is that I already have a mid-red in stash (a beautiful wool crepe), so I'd like to use that if possible. I have a collection of wool fabric that has built up over time so I want to try to do this SWAP from stash if I can. It has been bothering me that my sewing has slowed down and my stash has been sitting there, forlornly (though fortunately I have resisted adding much to it this past year). You're right, Ruthie, that colour analysis is a good guide: I look better in more of a burgundy or plum. I'm a muted, cool, medium person in terms of the colours that suit me. I definitely don't have the deep colouring that Amal Clooney has. Sometimes though, you just want to wear bright colours!

Stephaniecan, You already have that beautiful red in your stash. Go for it! I bet you’d look lovely in it. I’m dark skinned and look great in blue reds ...  I avoid orange reds but will try every other red in stores  and I’m surprised that a few different shades of red work on me..

And yes, I’m going to sew from my stash too. 

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« Reply #159 on: November 01, 2017, 12:42:59 PM »
I keep modifying this as I keep on having additional thoughts. Sizun: Your idea of a deep red is also a great idea. I do like a deep red. I wonder if I could mix a bright red with a dark red for the neutral. I need to reread the rules to see if the shades need to always be very close. I know they have to go together at least.

They don’t ‘have to’ go together.  I understood it as every garment should be able to go with atleast 2 other garments. Not all. 

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« Reply #160 on: November 01, 2017, 12:49:34 PM »
If I keep having problems posting I shall porbably get discouraged from doing so :-(

Ruthie,you may want to post only one or two links/pictures in each post,if you see "forbidden" while posting. Sometimes I can post more links/pictures than two on SG,(in free embroidery designs). Other times I see "forbidden",then I show the links/pictures in several posts.

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« Reply #161 on: November 01, 2017, 01:24:37 PM »
I keep modifying this as I keep on having additional thoughts. Sizun: Your idea of a deep red is also a great idea. I do like a deep red. I wonder if I could mix a bright red with a dark red for the neutral. I need to reread the rules to see if the shades need to always be very close. I know they have to go together at least.

They don’t ‘have to’ go together.  I understood it as every garment should be able to go with atleast 2 other garments. Not all.

Hi Kayotik. I meant the shades of red need to be close to be considered part of the same neutral group. It seems there is a stipulation about shade. No matter! PS Thanks for the encouragement. I'm very tempted to wear bright red!!
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« Reply #162 on: November 01, 2017, 01:25:27 PM »
I visited the page you linked to, I didn't know it.

100 Acts of Sewing is a good example of the gulf between different groups of sewers.  There is not a single review of her patterns at Pattern Review, but her Etsy page has 1500 enthusiastic comments from beginners who have made her patterns.

And you're a good example of a bridge  :-*

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #163 on: November 01, 2017, 01:33:12 PM »
AAAHH...All of my fabrics are packed in boxes for moving this weekend so I am scanning my memory and trying to create an imaginary plan in my head. I feel a bit like Prufrock: Do I dare to make red one of my neutrals? (I know that for some people red is definitely a neutral, but I almost always wear blue...I mean, always...and I'd like to break out of my rut.)

My fabrics are all packed also for a long trip across Canada. By the time I unpack, SWAP will be well under way and I will be admiring everything being posted here. Such is life when I really like the rules.

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« Reply #164 on: November 01, 2017, 01:46:29 PM »
And you're a good example of a bridge  :-*

Thanks Sizun, what a lovely comment   :D
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #165 on: November 01, 2017, 01:51:08 PM »

Hi Kayotik. I meant the shades of red need to be close to be considered part of the same neutral group. It seems there is a stipulation about shade. No matter!

Ah! got it..   :)

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« Reply #166 on: November 01, 2017, 02:14:28 PM »
Hello everyone!
I am a long time reader and follower of SWAPs and a first time participant.  Somewhere in last year's tech issues, my identity was lost and I just rejoined in order to participate in SWAP 2018. 

Stephanie was a big inspiration for me to be interested in this year's SWAP as she recently launched a discussion on her blog on being in/getting out of a colour rut - in her case, blue.  I am also a lover of all shades of blue on me and when I open my closet, this colour represents over 50% of the real estate!  The only problem is that I have been aging, (now 56), I find I often need to lift the blue with another shade to make seem more vibrant.  When retail shopping I also noticed that I was trying on things in many other colours and even in prints but nervous about buying the items out of fear that I would have orphans. I know this need to inject colour into my wardrobe is pressing because I have been unable to restrain myself in the shoe area and have already invested in shoes/boots to match the future wardrobe!
 
With this in mind, I am trying to develop a SWAP in new colour directions and interesting textures that I can use this winter.  First thoughts involve deep teal/spruce and mustard with navy and merlot as neutrals.  These colours would be quite a departure for me and I think really work well with the plentiful navy of my closet.  I am trying not to buy too much fabric as I have an abundant stash but purchases would be required for the mustard component.  I have several cuts of red to garnet fabrics but nothing in merlot so I am pondering where to go on this front.  I have an EOS cut of faux leather still on her website (http://www.emmaonesock.com/fabrics/fauxleather.asp?lcd=134605) which I am hoping to use as my base print from which to draw all the other shades from.  Interestingly, it features more vivid reds/garnets as well as merlots so I might be able to use my existing stash. :-) 

I am also hoping to really feature neat textures:  I have several velvets//crushed velvets, a beautiful wool crepe, a boucle knit, the faux leather and I am hoping to find a silk satin for a top.  My SWAP clothing items will probably focus on skirts/pants/jackets and one dress which can be combined for a collection of elegant separates that I can wear during the day and evening in my big city environment.  I am super excited for this challenge and as my colour/fabric selections firm up and I get to the pattern stage I will post an individual thread.
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« Reply #167 on: November 01, 2017, 03:20:34 PM »
I have been ruminating on the rules for a couple days. I really like the rules, but I just wasn't fully "getting it". Last night I checked the links of the collections mudcat provided. Then slept on it. When I woke up this morning it all just popped into my (somewhat - okay very - thick head.) It isn't about the actual pieces as much as it is about a "collection!" This changed everything for me. I will still keep my black jumper, black dress, and black skirt that I was planning. But I switched up my other neutral to an ivory knit that I have. (Using stash is very important since I have lots of stash and no fabric funds for the foreseeable future.)

Now I am liking this even more. I have never done anything like this - I have always just dealt with doing "pieces". A push to a new - and better - direction. Time to sort the fabric stash - and pull the patterns to be used (keeping it simple and TNT as the focal point.)

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« Reply #168 on: November 01, 2017, 03:35:01 PM »
This is so exciting. Dagmar: It is so nice to see your lovely face and to hear about your lovely plans. In fact, the colours you are considering are on my list, too, although I don't think I could wear mustard. That said, I've gotten away with gold in the past.

Back to work but wheee(!!) this is fun.

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« Reply #169 on: November 01, 2017, 04:19:57 PM »
Thanks Stephanie!  I am so excited by this new project and by the fact that for the first year in several, I may actually be able to devote the necessary concentration and effort to it.

You are right about mustard.  It can be a difficult colour to wear.  I may in fact veer more to its golden hued cousins as they are easier on my skin tone than the colour of Maille brand Dijon mustard.  I may also veer a bit into curry.  I have some fabric being sent to me in this shade and if it is golden enough without getting too orange, it will be part of the mix.

Thank you also to Mudcat for already clarifying several questions.  I was not going to ask questions and try to figure it out on my own as per the excellent suggestions of previous participants, but I was glad others did as the answers I came to on my own, with respect to pieces 10 and 11 were incorrect!
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« Reply #170 on: November 01, 2017, 07:32:00 PM »
I have been having too much fun planning out possible garment combinations. Initial plan is up, but always subject to changes. I had forgotten, until I went back to check, that I did actually complete SWAP 2017, just never entered the actual contest. I plan on taking photos as soon as my sewing each garment is completed this time, as last year the thought of a giant photoshoot, especially at the end of April when the temperature had become quite warm, and wearing multiple layers was anathema.

This year I intend to actually make the Alabama Chanin style cardigan I have had on my wishlist for ages now, since it fits so well with this years structure... My thought is that cutting out those pattern pieces, and doing preliminary stenciling and embroidery could be started now, along with the cutting out of other known TNT pattern garments, and continuing to work on muslins for the Tabula Rasa pattern. A/C style is very time consuming, but the actual garments tend to be simple, to show off the techniques. If I start on the embellishment now, I might finish before the weather gets too warm again in springtime to want to wear cardigans
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« Reply #171 on: November 01, 2017, 07:53:23 PM »
It's wonderful to read through everyone's personal planning boards.  Hopefully, I will get mine up soon.  I have been tossing ideas around all day yesterday and today on what I wanted to do.  Once I really got into the throes of planning, my brain kept coming up with unworkable ideas.  I started going through my stash last night and sadly, I don't have much that suits my new Zesty color palette.  However, I do have some dark brown gabardine and a camel gabardine with dark brown pinstripes.  And, finding a print that brings all the colors I initially wanted to use together was next to impossible.  However, once I opened my mind to other accent colors, things started to fall into place.  My current thoughts are:

Neutral #1 - Chocolate (pants, knit top, jacket)
Neutral #2 – Warm Burgundy (knit top, pants, cardigan)
Print - Patchwork Knit from Mood Fabrics (https://www.moodfabrics.com/italian-red-and-beige-floral-madras-printed-jersey-316638) (top, skirt)
Accent #1 – Camel Pinstripe (pants)
Accent #2 – Pumpkin (knit top, ponte skirt)

As of right now, I'm not sure what I'm planning to do for the optional accessory.

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« Reply #172 on: November 01, 2017, 08:16:26 PM »
Grasshopper, You and me both. I kept on writing out completely unworkable mixes last night, but things will come around. I envy you being able to wear camel. I have always thought that camel is such a beautiful, classy colour, but I look absolutely like death in it. :)

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #173 on: November 01, 2017, 08:34:11 PM »
Grasshopper, You and me both. I kept on writing out completely unworkable mixes last night, but things will come around. I envy you being able to wear camel. I have always thought that camel is such a beautiful, classy colour, but I look absolutely like death in it. :)

Yes, I agree that camel is beautiful.  Years ago, I naturally wore warm colors because that's what I liked.  Then, I had a couple of incorrect color analysis sessions that put me on the cool side of the spectrum, so I stopped wearing camel.  Finally, my most recent analyst put me as warm, light, and bright, so I am excited to wear it again!  I just wished I had kept listening to my own instincts.
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #174 on: November 01, 2017, 08:51:08 PM »
Another pointer for newbies - there's no need to prepare a complete plan before the beginning of SWAP or to stick to it once the sewing time starts.  Some people like to start with a plan and stay with it.  But that isn't required.  Some people want a detailed plan, some people just want a general concept of the effect they're aiming for, and some people like things to develop over time.  Most people keep changing their mind about what they want in their collection right until the last minute. 

There's a starting date and a finishing date, and some 'rules' about the end product.  But that's it.  How you get from beginning to end is up to you.  That's one of the reasons why following all the thoughts, decisions and makes can be so interesting.  Though there's also no 'rule' about taking part in the discussion.  Some people like to be public and some private about the process they go through.  Some people appear at the last minute having said very little previously about what they're making.  There are good surprises for us all throughout.
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