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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #420 on: November 19, 2017, 09:18:54 AM »
I think I may have too many prints in my plan.

I have updated it but still not sure if I'm right in the rules.

Melinda_B: Thanks for your reply. I was feeling unbalanced due to my choice of garment type rather than my colour palette. In my original plan I had 9 tops or overlayers to one pair of jeans. Which means all of my outfits would have to include that pair of jeans unless I was wearing a dress.

In my new plan I have added a sky blue pair of jeans (to make it up to 11) into my accent category which should be usable with almost all my tops and overlayers therefore making my plan that bit more flexible as a wardrobe. I'm thinking once i'm finished it would be nice to do the 10x10 wardrobe challenge with what I make to really test the different outfit combinations.

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« Reply #421 on: November 19, 2017, 09:32:47 AM »
Melinda_B: Thanks for your reply. I was feeling unbalanced due to my choice of garment type rather than my colour palette. In my original plan I had 9 tops or overlayers to one pair of jeans. Which means all of my outfits would have to include that pair of jeans unless I was wearing a dress.

In my new plan I have added a sky blue pair of jeans (to make it up to 11) into my accent category which should be usable with almost all my tops and overlayers therefore making my plan that bit more flexible as a wardrobe. I'm thinking once i'm finished it would be nice to do the 10x10 wardrobe challenge with what I make to really test the different outfit combinations.   

that makes more sense, I was envisioning multiple prints!  Love the idea of sky blue jeans, those will be gorgeous
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« Reply #422 on: November 19, 2017, 06:15:15 PM »
Mary and Beebee, I am having some of the same issues as you both, trying to fit the color requirement into my SWAP plan. Avoiding more fabric purchases is really putting a crimp in things.

I have decided to start with the piece I need the most and just keep sewing from there.  At some point, if I can't make it work, well then I'll have a 6-Pac or two.

I have also decided to consider "brown" rather loosely, but I am the designer and I get to decide!  ;D This allows me to use more of my stash.  I do love SWAP, but not at the expense of sewing things I don't need or even think I will like!  Luckily all my patters so far are quite simple, and I've sewn all but one at least once before.
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« Reply #423 on: November 19, 2017, 06:35:25 PM »
One of my two neutrals is cream, though my plans only call for it to be used in tops and toppers - but I think I am good company as the Queen has chosen to use a lovely cream dress for her official anniversary portrait.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/whats-hot/queen-elizabeth-prince-philip-release-anniversary-portrait-to-celebrate-70-years/ar-BBF8wwc?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp&fullscreen=true#image=1


(Sorry I don't know how to put up pictures - so just in case it doesn't work here is the link as well.)

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« Reply #424 on: November 19, 2017, 07:10:38 PM »
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« Reply #425 on: November 19, 2017, 08:20:27 PM »
Mary - how about ditching a garment (you were thinking of a midi skirt, but then, you got four dresses planned... ) in favour of a pair of leggins in a neutral. Than you could use the leggings for your neutral requirements instead of a cardigan. You are not planning to sew leggings, but seem to be planning to wear some...
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« Reply #426 on: November 19, 2017, 10:37:05 PM »
Eva, that's a great idea, thank you! I guess I don't think of leggings as a garment (though they are) because I just wear them like tights (i.e. an accessory). That would easily solve my problem of the navy fabric I don't like (or the problem of needing to buy new navy fabric) because I already have navy legging fabric in the stash waiting to be sewn. I am still trying to figure out how everything else would fit into the color puzzle... But this is a very helpful idea. ;D I do want to keep the four dresses because they serve as my tops for SWAP... I think only three tops is too few, unless of course one is planning more interesting or "statement" jackets or layers (I'm not) and the tops then would just be background. (Although I reserve the right to change my mind and ditch one dress! ;) )

Beebee, I guess you do have too many prints in your plan, technically speaking. However, to me the pale blue print reads as a solid, so I would include it in the category of your accent color (light blue) rather than a third print, if it were me. That way you have one accent color (light blue) and two prints (the darker prints) and fit right into the rules. :)

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and Beebee, I'm really glad I'm not the only one trying to figure out the color issue! I also want to use more prints or different shades of a given neutral -- although I'm making my designer decision ;) to count some of my subtle prints as solids. (Why not? that's how I wear them!) Wendy, I also like your plan for sewing up the things you need first and then see if the plan works out. I agree that (for me) it's useless to sew (or buy) things I don't need just to fit exactly into the rules.
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #427 on: November 20, 2017, 08:02:46 AM »
Melinda_B: Thanks Melinda! I think they'd be a nice addition to my wardrobe.

Warpjr1965:
Avoiding fabric purchases is always one of my goals in SWAP as I have so much and currently working part time at Fabric Godmother isn't helping the stash control! I think you can totally use brown as a general neutral under lots of different shades.

M Lambie:
Thats a good idea about the sky blue origami print being counted as solid. As you said we are the designer, if i'm adding sky blue jeans it should still work. I know will probably need to purchase one or two fabrics to make it swap happen but I may just ask for a voucher for Christmas. That way it doesn't seem as bad adding to the stash! I'm just so darn tempted by prints!

fourkid:
Cream is a great neutral! I too started with it in my plan but decided pink was more me. It will be a perfect choice and if its good enough for the Queen!

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« Reply #428 on: November 20, 2017, 08:23:22 AM »
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Cream is a great neutral! I too started with it in my plan but decided pink was more me. It will be a perfect choice and if its good enough for the Queen!

I probably would have gone with browns and creams - but I have to use what is stashed - and blacks and creams abound. But I do have some brown dominated prints that would work with blacks and creams. I am planning to do up my neutral pieces first - then see where I go from there. My motivational drive is that Tim Gunn would say it is a "collection".  ;)   

The Queen looks lovely, doesn't she?  :D

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« Reply #429 on: November 20, 2017, 12:57:42 PM »

The Queen looks lovely, doesn't she?  :D

I had to check out that dress. It's the same dress that is on the cover of Angela Kelly's (designer/dressmaker to the Queen) book :

https://www.amazon.com/Dressing-Queen-Wardrobe-Angela-Kelly/dp/1905686749

full length photo here

http://barryjeffery.com/wp-content/uploads/4Queen_portrait.jpg

note the pockets and the really fabulous fabric, cream shot with silver.

more photos here, when she wore the dress in 2012. beautiful matching coat ...

https://juliapgelardi.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/queen-elizabeth-ii-and-the-duke-of-edinburgh-a-diamond-jubilee-tour-of-wales-day-one/

 She first wore the dress is 2007, as far as I can tell.

http://www.gettyimages.ch/event/the-queen-and-duke-of-edinburgh-celebrate-diamond-wedding-anniversary-77911197?esource=SEO_GIS_CDN_Redirect#-picture-id77977500

I toured a mill that made fabric that was used in at least one of the Jubilee dresses. The mill specialiizes in couture fabrics and will "retire" the whole rest of the production if a particular fabric is used for a dress worn by someone really famous (like the Queen). I think they put the left over bolts in storage for a good long length of time before they haul them out and let them be sold again.




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« Reply #430 on: November 20, 2017, 01:24:39 PM »
I am  officially impressed with your research!
And ... I am impressed that the Queen will wear the same dress on differing occasions.
And ... I love that full ensemble.
That is a princess seamed dress and I have a pattern that will do that same style. This is food for thought.

I used to really dislike the Queen's style back 30 years or so ago. But lately I am really loving her looks. Does that mean I got old, or she got better?

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« Reply #431 on: November 20, 2017, 01:42:20 PM »
Wow. Thanks, bessiecrocker for those great photos. Kudos to the Queen for still being able to fit into a 10 year old dress. She looks marvelous in that entire ensemble.

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« Reply #432 on: November 20, 2017, 04:14:20 PM »
. Kudos to the Queen for still being able to fit into a 10 year old dress.


that was exactly my first thought!

I saw this exhibit last year at Buck Palace...very interesting, especially the hats. And the queen, in her younger days, was very very tiny. Probably some of it was post WWII food rationing...!!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/people/inside-the-queens-wardrobe-a-preview-of-the-royal-collections-ex/

These are images from the Kelly book...fascinating from a dressmaking standpoint and lots of insights into designing for a public figure.

http://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/queen-dressmaker-angela-kelly-book-dressing-the-queen-olympic-diamond-jubilee-outfits

check out that clothes rail. now that's a swap collection and will give you ideas if you need an "accessory".

The fabric that I saw close up (at the mill) was the mint dress on the right in the photo with the seamstress in the striped top. As worn here by the queen....

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2154791/Queens-Diamond-Jubilee-2012-Majestic-Queen-looking-mint-crystal-studded-coat-dress-designed-long-serving-couturier-Angela-Kelly.html

mta: can't resist posting another link. in case you need Swap inspiration...

http://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/the-autumnwinter-2017-trends-the-queen-wore-first
 

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« Reply #433 on: November 20, 2017, 08:35:17 PM »
Thanks, M lambie and Stephaniecan!

I'm getting ready and will be posting soon, I have to start if I want to finish on time!

Pagog, I am LOVING your fabrics! Lovely combination and features some of my favorite colors, too. Can't wait to see your pieces.

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« Reply #434 on: November 21, 2017, 03:11:18 AM »
sdBev  What a great suggestion regarding my scarf.  Cohesion!  I'm DUHING myself.

Scottiesews  I hope SWAP gives you a pleasant diversion from your troubles.

dagmaro, Grasshoppe, Nui  Thank you for the compliments on my fabric color choices.

Nui  Welcome!  Good luck with your first SWAP. 

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« Reply #435 on: November 21, 2017, 08:50:42 AM »
Interesting piece from Imogen Lamport on combining prints and solids
https://insideoutstyleblog.com/2017/11/how-many-patterns.html

P.S. even more interesting as I don't wear prints myself !  what I do wear is many different textures and embellishments.
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« Reply #436 on: November 21, 2017, 10:05:07 PM »
Thanks for all the information on the Queen's ensemble.  I particularly like the collar on that coat - It lays down flat and is V-neck - great for my short neck!  I need to copy that!
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« Reply #437 on: November 22, 2017, 08:15:21 AM »
A thought on SWAP.
SWAP is great fun, the rules, the challenge, the camarderie, but then for some of us life happens (illness, family, moving house, work etc) and it all gets a bit much. When this happens, please give yourself a break and be pleased with what you have achieved and don't beat yourself up over the things that didn't get sewn, you can do them later or not at all and that's OK.
This is a fun hobby thing and not super important in the scheme of things so please don't stress yourself out :-)

I'm writing this as much to myself as anyone else as my ongoing problems with dizziness has not yet improved and might be a while, so I'm resetting some of my expectations!

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« Reply #438 on: November 22, 2017, 10:16:45 AM »
This is a fun hobby thing and not super important in the scheme of things so please don't stress yourself out :-)

An excellent point Ruthie, I'm in the same situation with another big sewing project.
We're all getting big pleasure from SWAP but it's important it stays that way.

Best of Fortune with your health.
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« Reply #439 on: November 22, 2017, 03:21:59 PM »
A thought on SWAP.
SWAP is great fun, the rules, the challenge, the camarderie, but then for some of us life happens (illness, family, moving house, work etc) and it all gets a bit much. When this happens, please give yourself a break and be pleased with what you have achieved and don't beat yourself up over the things that didn't get sewn, you can do them later or not at all and that's OK.
This is a fun hobby thing and not super important in the scheme of things so please don't stress yourself out :-)

I'm writing this as much to myself as anyone else as my ongoing problems with dizziness has not yet improved and might be a while, so I'm resetting some of my expectations!

That's a great reminder.  And like every contest and sew along its all just for fun and the real prize is the new garments you make.
I have followed SWAP for years but never participated.  I am  jumping in this year, and am enjoying the planning and reading everyone elses plans but I do intend to stretch the rules a but in regards to color shades to allow me to use the fabric I already have.   I'm sure I won't complete everything, or maybe I will; either way I will have some new clothes to wear along the way.

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« Reply #440 on: November 22, 2017, 04:52:54 PM »
Ruthie, thanks for that reminder! SWAP can definitely get overwhelming and there's always something to deal with in real life, so I appreciate the perspective you offer. :) Also, I too wish you the best with your health challenge.

Cathyd, good decision on your shades of grey. After all the plan has to work for YOU! I was considering switching to grey as one of my neutrals, and if I had, I would have done the same. Your plan looks good and I like how you've allocated your colors.

Cherylanne, I love your simple plan! Your fabrics are beautiful, too. And I appreciated reading your thoughts about analysis paralysis and keeping to a simple and do-able plan. Your post helped me get my head back on straight. ;)

I actually feel pretty calm about my plan now, after reading Ruthie and Cherylanne's posts. :) I probably won't be able to start, even prep, until January, but I feel I'll be able to manage. Hopefully. Anyway, I've made my peace with the combination of my own wardorbe needs, my stash/fabric budget, and the rules. Whew!  :D

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« Reply #441 on: November 22, 2017, 07:32:51 PM »
I don't know if anyone else has this stumbling block.

I have a short attention span. When something fires my imagination, I want to run with it - as fast and as far as I can. When that fire burns out, I'm pretty much done with the project.

I've tried to participate in SWAP several times. The idea never fails to ignite the creative flame. The delay between that year's contest parameters being stated and the actual start date, Dec 26, feels like eternity. Even though two garments can be made ahead of time, I still falter. Right now I'm in the "dead zone". I've finished what I'm allowed to do. Now what?

If I move on to other projects, there is a very good chance (almost 100%) that my enthusiasm will wither and die. I can only tell my creative self  "no, not yet" so many times before it turns to something else. Making muslins and cutting the fabric, and then waiting, waiting, waiting does not appeal to me. I'm not wired that way. I immerse myself, I don't dabble very well. (Ok, reasonable people would call it pacing themselves. ???? )  I *like* focusing. For me, it's very productive.

Does anyone else have this problem?

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« Reply #442 on: November 22, 2017, 08:08:04 PM »
I don't know if anyone else has this stumbling block.
I have a short attention span.
I've tried to participate in SWAP several times. The idea never fails to ignite the creative flame. The delay between that year's contest parameters being stated and the actual start date, Dec 26, feels like eternity. Even though two garments can be made ahead of time, I still falter. Right now I'm in the "dead zone". I've finished what I'm allowed to do. Now what?

Does anyone else have this problem?

I'm feeling that way a bit.  The planning is done and now it's a waiting game.   

I packed my SWAP fabrics away in a bin that I won't open until after Christmas when I can start sewing.  Hopefully I will not feel the need to totally change my plan.

It would be easier if I would just ignore the thread for a month.  But that's hard. 

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« Reply #443 on: November 23, 2017, 03:44:34 AM »
Ruthie, so sorry about your health issues. Hope Docs will find a good solution since there are many causes for that symptom.

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« Reply #444 on: November 23, 2017, 07:30:42 AM »
things you can do if you want to sew but can't sew SWAP things

- sew alternates which co-ordinate and if SWAP takes a different route you could use instead

- make up a pattern that you will later use for SWAP but in a different fabric to check you like the style/fit etc on you

- sew something for this season (which is opposite to SWAP) whether it be a warm coat, cool summer top, festive party outfit

- make things for Christmas/holiday season - gifts, decor or for some charitable endeavour (hats etc.)

Or decide that your plan so excites you that you will sew it anyway and not worry about the SWAP timeframe.

I made a couple of festive tops, tried a pattern I wanted to use (and didn't quite finish) and am knee deep in fleece as my contribution to Santa's workshop. I'm having a lot of fun and not missing out on doing SWAP.

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« Reply #445 on: November 23, 2017, 11:46:45 AM »

It would be easier if I would just ignore the thread for a month.  But that's hard.
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It would, wouldn't it, CathyD!

Thanks for the excellent suggestions, Ruthie.

It seems I'm doomed to be disqualified from SWAP, either because I start too soon, or because I don't finish. Or lie, and pretend to do one thing while doing the other. (Not happening.) I guess I'm bowing out.

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« Reply #446 on: November 23, 2017, 01:11:18 PM »
Happily none of us are 'disqualified' from SWAP.  Some people do manage to complete according to the rules, but there are many of us who make 11 garments which don't follow the rules (11 prints anyone  ;D), or just make a few garments, or thoroughly enjoy the planning and make very little, or just enjoy following along.  There are many ways of joining in the fun and inspiration.
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« Reply #447 on: November 23, 2017, 01:44:03 PM »
Happily none of us are 'disqualified' from SWAP. 

Woohoo! I can still play! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! ????

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« Reply #448 on: November 23, 2017, 01:45:54 PM »
things you can do if you want to sew but can't sew SWAP things - sew alternates which co-ordinate and if SWAP takes a different route you could use instead
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This is my tactic. I made a list of non-SWAP coordinating garments and have started working on them. This week, I've been working on patterns and making muslins. It keeps me busy and helps to narrow down which garments to include in the collection. It took away the stress of trying to make the collection all inclusive. Some of the garments will be finished before the SWAP time frame and some afterwards. I'm also making notes about fabrics and patterns that I want to use along the way. 

My goal is prevent adding more orphans to my closet. The plan is to combine SWAP garments with chain sewing. For example, today I start work on a black/white tunic. Next up are two knit tops and a long sweater. After these are finished, I'll make a pair of black slim leg pants and a black wrap skirt. This helps to use up stash fabric and identify what fabric I'm missing. As i work to develop the collection, I realized that I didn't have a print that tied the three colors together. I can either change the garment or search for the fabric.  Now I'm on the lookout for a medium scale print that includes black, red and cream. I started looking but haven't found what I want yet. I think that I'll try looking at smaller indy fabric shops.

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« Reply #449 on: November 23, 2017, 06:33:09 PM »
I have a short attention span. When something fires my imagination, I want to run with it - as fast and as far as I can. When that fire burns out, I'm pretty much done with the project.

If I move on to other projects, there is a very good chance (almost 100%) that my enthusiasm will wither and die. I can only tell my creative self  "no, not yet" so many times before it turns to something else.

Does anyone else have this problem?

Yes, as the creative juices are flowing, I feel like sewing  the stuff. So I start  on my muslins and a garment  that will be ‚extra‘, as I got more patterend fabric that goes with SWAP than allowed. But still this will keep me in the flow .

It seems I'm doomed to be disqualified from SWAP, either because I start too soon, or because I don't finish. Or lie, and pretend to do one thing while doing the other. (Not happening.) I guess I'm bowing out.

Really, SWAP is primarily for YOU to have a fun sewing goal and garments that combine into outfits. You don‘t have to wait for the starting date: decide to start sewing now and we all will be thrilled  to cheer you along! Granted, you can‘t enter your Collection in the end, but what is more important? Please, you made a plan for yourself, so go for it and sew!
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« Reply #450 on: November 24, 2017, 05:35:57 PM »
CCL - re the negative ease in SA patterns - look at the measurements for your size and determine how many inches of negative ease there is - then go up accordingly.  On the pull on jeans - name escapes me - I think I'm using the size 20?? and I'm a 14.  Marie-Louise is the one that posted how to do the actual math - it's probably on the old board as I've not "seen her" since this board is up.  HTH

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« Reply #451 on: November 24, 2017, 07:07:16 PM »
Thanks, Marciae!!  I went up two-three sizes for the Alexi, but also measured the underarm circumference against a old lekala boatneck tee.  This trial might still be a bit too snug - and I decided to make it straight and use it to figure out what I need to do for rounded back, forward shoulders etc. 

Your advice is great! Thank you, I am thinking I might need to go up another size, I am hoping to have this trial finished over the weekend.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #452 on: November 26, 2017, 01:39:44 AM »
I have located a few fabrics to use for muslins.  One I forgot about, and am very happy to have found, its a bright pink madras plaid that I bought at Hancock's back when I did SWAP for DD.  I'll cut out a quick shirt no. 1 tomorrow, and whip it up at the same time I work on the muslin for DH's fleece jacket.

I do wish I could find my actual muslin fabric though. Sigh.
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #453 on: November 26, 2017, 05:15:27 PM »
Medea beautiful dress!!
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #454 on: November 26, 2017, 08:23:11 PM »
I agree -- Medea, your dress is gorgeous! It fits so beautifully. I'm sure the ponte version will turn out just as nice.

Wendy, I'm sorry you can't find your muslin, how frustrating! (And I can relate!) Good thing you've found something else to use, though. I hope you like shirt no. 1 once you make it up. :)

Kay, I enjoyed reading about your thought process as you figured out your SWAP neutrals. Reading other people's SWAPs has helped me also. I really like your new color scheme.

Dagmar, your holiday schedule is very very busy! :o I hope you find it enjoyable. :) Have you had a chance to play with your new fabrics yet?

CCL, I hope your Alexi trial is going well. :) I like how you've laid out your new plan options in your thread. That auburn fabric is a gorgeous color! Actually I think your whole color scheme is great with all those lovely autumn colors.

I haven't managed any sewing over this holiday weekend in the US. My sister arrives on Friday so I hope I will have a skirt or two done by then (or mostly done, I can hem while she's here).

I did play around with my fabrics a little and I'm still feeling good about the new version of my plan. I did make a minor substitution, but one that I'm quite pleased with. :) I have two "1 yard" lengths of Alabama Chanin organic cotton mid-weight jersey -- one is 35 inches long >:( and the other is almost 40 inches. I had planned to use the longer piece but I realize I don't need the extra length for my cropped 3/4 sleeve cardi/bolero. The color of the shorter piece is actually a more faded-looking or soft black that is more flattering to my skin. So just this small change has made me a lot happier about including the black cardi (I had considered replacing it).

Official start of SWAP is only a month away! :D ;D