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Previous SWAP Contests => SWAP 2018 => Topic started by: CCL on November 11, 2017, 04:21:37 PM

Title: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on November 11, 2017, 04:21:37 PM
Mutterings to self posted here, just to drain the brain and let me focus on other things.

My initial hopes were to sew down stash.  I am one for whom too many options shuts down mental ability.  So.   I also wanted to use my yet-to-be-sewn red coat as a center piece of the SWAP.  But then I wanted to use the just sewn brick/burgundy jacket, and I wanted to use a lovely knit blue turquoise stretchy boucle, and a wool green challis gauze... oh and those faux suede purchases as well as the beautiful magenta ponte from Sawyer Brook. You see the problem?

Now, thinking about aforementioned Sawyer Brook, I did some fabric oogling this morning and one fabric in particular jump-started a solid plan - yes, it will entail purchasing more fabric, but I think it will let me use up some existing pieces as well. It will, unfortunately, make me give up the idea of using the "to be sewn" red coat as my garment meeting the between the rules posted and beginning of the SWAP guideline.  When I decided that the red coat won't be in the SWAP, my brain freed up. (I plan on sewing it up anyway in the same time period.  I really want to make that coat and be able to wear it this winter.)

Neutral One - Brick/Burgundy - 3 garments
Neutral Two - Black - 3 garments
Accent - 2 garments
Print - 1 garment - or two if I can't find a good match on the green

WildCards - 2 garments, or one if I can't find a good match on the green

Of course, tomorrow, I will probably come up with an entirely new plan, with one of the neutrals being red.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on November 12, 2017, 05:48:32 PM
Sawyer Brook is sending swatches of the three fabrics on the left so I can see if they will work with the fabrics I have pulled out.  So far the fabrics I have pulled out of stash are the green wool challis from Mood; the jersey print from Sawyer Brook; the black rayon jersey from Fabric.com; and the silk print from Vogue Fabrics.   The jacket wool fabric is an old piece that I can no longer remember where I bought it.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4574/38334511072_27b842ae6f_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21puoA5)
fabrics-for-2018-SWAP (https://flic.kr/p/21puoA5) by CCL photos (https://www.flickr.com/photos/104062052@N04/), on Flickr

That green on the left is looking more green than the challis so I am not too hopeful, but the one in my pile is actually more foresty green than teal, so maybe.  We'll see when the swatches arrive.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on November 16, 2017, 03:09:38 PM
Swatches from Sawyer Brook arrived; colors won't work, but oh my what lovely fabrics.  Sigh.

So far though, the planning is helping me get ideas for "busting down the stash" - so even if I don't end up doing a SWAP, at least I will get some clothes out of those pieces that have been languishing unloved in the fabric pile.

Still, I am not quite ready to give up, so to keep me inspired... going to post the jacket again here (posting it for the umpteenth time).  Maybe it will help with my motivation.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4579/38259630926_814ea777be_n.jpg)
 (https://flic.kr/p/21hSBk5)bootstrap 4167 -jacket with ancient Ann Klein skirt V2433 (https://flic.kr/p/21hSBk5)
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on November 24, 2017, 04:28:11 PM
Still noodling around with ideas.   I want to stick to the fabrics that I have already identified and have on hand.  If I get those fabrics out of the stash and used in garments that I wear and enjoy, I will be more than happy.   

But but but, I also really like the swatch of the auburn wool crepe I just received from Sawyer Brook.  It's a new color for me and I have no idea if it works with my skin and hair tones...but I am in a "I don't care anyway" mental mode.  It's beautiful.  Still, I would have to purchase more fabric, so that's slowing me down a bit.  I need to look at Lyn-J's rubric to make sure I have the right number of neutrals (2), accents (2), and prints (1). 

Finished Better Half's fleece jacket, so now I am working on a muslin of the StyleArc Alexi top.  It's my first StyleArc pattern, so I read the StyleArc thread and realized I am not a fan of negative ease.  In that thread, because of negative ease, Marciae mentioned going up two sizes.  I am trying that.   If I can get this style to work, it will be used for two items (black knit top and print knit dress length).   Plus side is I am getting to use up an icky stretch poly knit for the muslin.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on November 25, 2017, 05:51:06 PM
More mutterings.   Trial t-neck is probably right on the shoulders, hips and bust, too big on the neck, sleeves, waist and torso.  Gonna adjust, probably by going down a size and grading out for shoulders and bust.

Revised plan.
Print One  Multi-color jersey - black, brick, rust and white. 2 garments (1 wildcard)Neutral One - Black - 3 + 1 extra (purchased jacket) garments
Accent  One - Blue green wool challis 2 5/8 yards of fabric on hand,- 2 garments + (1 wildcard) - a maybe complete here on the sweatshirt fleece jacket
Accent Two Burgundy brick wool - 1 garment plus maybe 1 wildcard
Neutral Two - still pondering purchase of Auburn wool crepe - -purchased 3 yards  3 garments
-----------substitutions----------------------
If I decide not to purchase the auburn crepe, I will substitute burgundy for neutral two and a second print for the burgundy as accent 2 (so instead of two accents and one print, I will then have two prints and one accent).

Neutral Two - Burgundy - 3 garments
Print Two - 1 garment
Patterns
I think which way I go depends on how committed to stash busting I am.  If I am committed to stash busting, I need to purchase only black skirt fabric and burgundy fabric for blouse - probably about 2-3 yards.  If not, I will be purchasing black skirt fabric and the fabric for Neutral 2 - the wool crepe - closer to 6 yards.

Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on December 06, 2017, 04:26:52 PM
I am not feeling very successful.  I am on my third trial of the Style Arc Alexi top.  I thought I had the fit about right so this time tried extending the top to a tee shirt length dress to assess different lengths for making up the print jersey for my SWAP.  I picked up this grey weird stripe that is a similar weight jersey at Joann's just to play.

Also, it's just basted in the photos(I have since sewn it up)...and clearly not hemmed on either the sleeves or the bottom.  What is bothering me is the neck...too soft and I am wondering if it's just a fitting issue (need to go with a smaller neck) or an interfacing issue.  Will need to post a question on the Style Arc thread.  Right now, I just don't like it and will need to rethink the SWAP plan for the printed jersey.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4539/38874883501_f28815cb36_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22eeWu6)(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4556/38874874031_49697198c5_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22eeTEP)
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on December 19, 2017, 05:16:22 PM
After several stabs at the drawing table on this very simple dress, I think I have my "made in December before the official start" garment finally almost done.  This is Print 1 - rayon jersey from Sawyer Brook, purchased several years ago.   

Many thanks to RiverGum on the dresses thread  (http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.php?topic=1179.msg29164#msg29164) for suggesting I think about the necklines with dress lengths and contemplating the overall balance of the garment.  In these photos, the hems (sleeves and garment) are just basted in- garment is just over the top of the knees and I think I like it there - will work well in summer.  Right now I am wearing the dress over Smartwool tights and knee high socks.  (Obviously, I wouldn't be wearing these out in public, but it's a tad cold today!)

The dress goes with the Bootstrap jacket- photo above.  After many attempts at pattern matching, I went for an overall gestalt - where hopefully the effect is pleasing, but abstract and not matchy-matchy.
 
I am hoping there is enough fabric left over for a top.  We shall see.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4681/39161468181_5836f8bfcc.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22EyL8g)(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4737/25295615288_23ae93f524.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ExhD95)

ETA:  Notes on construction... I used the lingerie stitch over the 1/4 clear elastic on the shoulders.  Used a slight width zigzag on the seams (with tracing paper underneath near the feeddogs for stablizing; hand stitched the neck edges (rolled edge).  After these photos were taken, I did the actual hand work on the hemming.  I used a catch stitch on the hems - with a 100 silk thread.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on January 19, 2018, 04:04:26 PM
Some small progress.   I have the burgundy bootstrap jacket and the print dress as noted above.  I just finished what I call my casual capsule, with pants, tee-neck, and jacket.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4749/39070452484_e95a38c80b_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22wwhk7)(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4612/39070455284_1e9e5c7364_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22wwiao)(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4608/39070459154_2e2b877873_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22wwjj7)
Neutral One - Black - 3 + 1 extra (purchased jacket) garments

Other notes:
I bought the organic cotton sweatshirt fleece for the teal jacket hoping it would come close in color to the wool challis.  Not sure it's close enough.

Squirrel er, um, Sale!  -- Ended up getting the auburn wool crepe (3 yards) last cut from SA Sawyer Brook on sale.  I am not even sure if it will get used for this SWAP, but it was the last cut and I had already fallen in love with it and it was the last hour of the sale.  Lawd, I am so gullible.

Edited to add further musings
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on February 09, 2018, 12:36:53 PM
I have been sidetracked a little by this year's winter flu or whatever and sewing for others - dress for niece and costume French cheesemaker shirt for a friend.  But last night I managed to cut out a trial of a new top pattern that I hope to use for two pieces of the swap.

One of prints is a piece of silk chiffon Better Half bought me years ago.  I wanted to do something with a little more shaping than the standard two rectangles and side slits I have used in the past for delicate fabrics.  I am going to have to piece the facings on the trial sew up...but pretty happy to have used up another piece in the stash.

I am appreciating how Mudcat's great rules this year are really helping me work on fabric I normally don't think to use.

Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on February 18, 2018, 03:53:56 PM
Haven't been doing any sewing on the SWAP -- been mulling over my fabrics -  I think this top is now out...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4763/24910390517_48e99bf21a_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DXfgeF)
lekala 4398 finished sweatshirt jacket (https://flic.kr/p/DXfgeF)

It's something of an outlier -- I had hoped the color came close enough to the wool challis - but that's a darker teal.  My goal here is really to use up fabric on hand and not buy anymore.  So unless this is an accent not sure how it is going to fit in.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on February 24, 2018, 10:18:47 PM
Finished up the  Folkwear French Cheesemaker shirt (https://www.flickr.com/photos/104062052@N04/25571040427/in/dateposted-public/) for my friend.  Posted a photo in the Shirt making thread.  So now I am back to thinking about SWAP. 

I did all the machine sewing on a top pattern- Butterick 6221 (https://butterick.mccall.com/b6221) that I am auditioning for the silk print chiffon, auburn wool crepe or dark teal wool challis fabrics.  I used up some more stash (Yay!) on the trial but was also secretly hoped it would be wearable.    Jury is still out.  It's pretty thin and static clingy, but I like simple lines.  I need to do all the hand-sewing, sleeve and bodice hems.  then I need to figure out a way to keep the facing from showing through on the thinner fabrics - will probably only be a problem on the silk.

As an alternative, I am also considering Simplicity 2594 - I think this was my original choice - I have made it several times for my niece (https://www.flickr.com/photos/104062052@N04/36845591345/in/album-72157648279929208/), just need to trace it in my size, raise the front neckline drape a bit, and sew up another trial.

All in all, I am just happy to be back doing some me sewing.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on March 11, 2018, 01:26:50 PM
I just have the hand hemming of the sleeves to go to finish up the print top (same print as the dress).  Even though it's my standby boatneck tee pattern, I really am liking it and it's energizing me to skip working on the muslins and instead start sewing some of the coordinating pieces in the crepe and super 120 wools.

However, I checked how to prep wool crepe in Betzina's Fabric Savvy and now I am a little slowed down by her recommendation to prep by having dry cleaned...a garment created in wool crepe without pre-shrinking the crepe can shrink an entire size, she says.  I was going to just steam it. Now I have the delay and expense to overcome before I can start working on that fabric. Drat!

The other possibility are the black super 120 trousers...but after following along with Sizun's pants fitting as well as Marciae's advice in the pants threads, I am dithering.   The pattern is another tried and true, but I would like to tweak it just a little and want to do another muslin before cutting into the good fabric.  But I am sick of doing muslins.   I have one going for the drape neck top which since I know I will never wear - fabric is another icky one - I just can't get enthused about.  So there's delay there, drats again.

I am still mulling which pattern to use for the wool challis top and have no clue what to use for the skirt.

 I think all these delays, overthinking, stutter stops and starts, and assorted dithering pretty clearly illustrates why I have always started with the pattern and then went looking for fabric to make it up in.  This starting with the fabric and trying to figure out what to make of it is much harder for me. Pthufff.

But I know it's also good for me...how else am I going to learn?

Lining fabric arrived, however, and they are great compliments for the wool crepe and the wool challis.

Edited to add: Finished the hems on the top's sleeves.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on March 16, 2018, 01:48:09 PM
My fellow swappers are keeping me motivated.

I just finished a big work project which has left me pretty tired, but I am eager to work on a muslin for fitting.  I have been a bit inspired by demented faery's, lillie's and Ruthie's piecing.  I had originally thought about it but set aside the idea as I didn't have large enough fabric blocks for the piecing I had envisioned.  But seeing their work has given me an idea for coming at the problem a different way.

Also, my wool crepe is now steamed and pre-shrunk, and I am excited to work with it.

My work and life schedule is still pretty packed, but at least now I can do something a little more than a few minutes of hand sewing in the evenings.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on March 17, 2018, 10:04:43 PM
Had a productive couple of days.  Did a quick "muslin" of a skirt pattern (bought for niece, retraced for my size) that I wanted to use for a DementedFaery-Lillie-Ruthie inspired pieced skirt.  It's a nothing skirt pattern - three pieces plus facings.  However, I needed something simple that I can use to cut up.  I have a small remnant left over from making the bootstrap 4167 military jacket, but don't have enough length to make a bottom, not even shorts.  Thus the idea of piecing a skirt.

Since the test muslin fits without major adjustments, I traced again for the pieces mixing in the faux suede with the wool to give me enough length for the skirt.
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/816/25994054907_7440f68c96_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FB1jUt)
Butterick 5466 - redrawn for piecing (https://flic.kr/p/FB1jUt)

Got the wool parts cut out today.  I will cut out the suede pieces tomorrow.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/814/25994056807_50536b94c4_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FB1kte)
Butterick 5466 pieces layout on wool remnant (https://flic.kr/p/FB1kte)

If this works, I will have to switch around Neutral 2 and Accent 2.  But at this point not even sure I will like it, but it's been fun playing with my jigsaw puzzle.

Did managed to get the boatneck tee made out of print #1 -- so I have my print item and one wildcard done.




Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on March 21, 2018, 02:39:25 PM
Slow progress.   Finally finished piecing the suede to the wool...more photos later... this is just the first of the piecing.  I used tailor tacks for placement, as I didn't want to use chalk on the wool - just in case.  Better Half said he thought the tailor tacks were fringe and he really sort of liked it.  Men.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4775/27021089208_ab2fe2b8d1_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HaL9qq)
suedeband-front-top (https://flic.kr/p/HaL9qq) by CCL photos (https://www.flickr.com/photos/104062052@N04/), on Flickr

Rethinking the pattern for my wool crepe dress.  I was going to do my old tried and true princess seam sheath dress, but am now thinking I want something a little less structured, still a sheath, but with fewer seams.  Unfortunately, that requires a muslin and fitting.  So I continue to progress slowly.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on March 26, 2018, 06:50:15 PM
Finished the simple skirt that took way way way longer than it should have.  Here are hanger shots of front and back.
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/787/27162148268_cc995110a1_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Hoe7nb)
B5466 front hanger shot (https://flic.kr/p/Hoe7nb)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/807/40991553142_ca4c0d04c5_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25shqCf)
B5466 skirt back - hanger shot (https://flic.kr/p/25shqCf)

and here are shots of one side seam and the center back.
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/797/27089534048_f6c1d70079_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HgNWFS)
pieced suede-wool skirt B5466 (https://flic.kr/p/HgNWFS)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/786/40960490871_e722071a00_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25pxdTR)
pieced suede-wool skirt B5466 (https://flic.kr/p/25pxdTR)

Last photo of the skirt on Emily with the jacket.  Not sure I would really wear them together, but it was fun to get something wearable out of the scrapes of wool and faux suede.  More photos on my flicker page.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/791/27162270688_ae42ff269b_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HoeJKS)
B5466 skirt with bootstrap jacket (https://flic.kr/p/HoeJKS) by CCL photos (https://www.flickr.com/photos/104062052@N04/), on Flickr
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on March 27, 2018, 04:18:38 PM
More photos of the skirt, this time paired with the Style Arc Alexi top.  Last photo is of the Lekala jacket with a cap of the scraps - just made up the pattern.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/869/27184782278_7260553ef7_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Hqe7EJ)
suede skirt other side (https://flic.kr/p/Hqe7EJ)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/864/40344537404_d46169e030_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24t7iou)
SA Alexi
- B5466 -front  (https://flic.kr/p/24t7iou)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/816/27181240698_c08fd70357_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HpUXT1)
SA Alexi
 - B5466 -back (https://flic.kr/p/HpUXT1)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/790/40344552084_f3c0c47561_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24t7nKA)
 B5466 - Lekala 4398 and
  hat (https://flic.kr/p/24t7nKA)
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on April 07, 2018, 03:57:56 PM
Why it takes me so long.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/865/41297972201_2f00532f63_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25VmUkt)
hug snug seam binding on trousers (https://flic.kr/p/25VmUkt)

Still finishing the seam allowances on my super 120 wool trousers.  I am just plugging away at my own speed - which is slower than slow.

I am hoping to finish these pants this weekend - been working on them in little 1/2 hour chunks each day.  Decided I wanted to use the auburn crepe for trousers as well, so will be using the same pattern.  I might get both pair done by end of April, but still then need to make dress, top and second accent.  Will probably be finished in July.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on April 10, 2018, 07:31:29 PM
First pair of trousers done - if I am able to get the second pair done by the end of April, I will be happy. I don't plan to wear these with heels, but thought I would check it out.  Hemmed to work with low heels or flats. Worn with the muslin of the top pattern I am considering for the green challis - I am thinking this is a no-go or at a bare minimum, down a size.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/804/26500475557_25e2e46bf4_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GnKS7Z)
trousers-side view (https://flic.kr/p/GnKS7Z)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/786/41371608241_41cd4f6471_n.jpg)
 (https://flic.kr/p/262SiLn)trousers-front (https://flic.kr/p/262SiLn)
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on April 15, 2018, 12:57:10 PM
Did a little work on the wool crepe trousers yesterday, though my sewing time has been limited all week (had to get the peas in, after all!).  When it is all said and done, I want to think about why this year's SWAP exercise has been such a good for me.

One thing I know and as Treefrog mentioned in the SWAP chatter thread, I am finding that I really appreciate Mudcat's rules.  The emphasis on texture got me thinking about the different textures  of my fabrics (wool flannel, challis-gauze, crepe, super 120; suede, and rayon jersey) and doing so has stretched my abilities and imagination. 

I did manage to get the trousers mostly cut out, with my last set of tweaks marked on the fabric itself.  The front and back darts are in as is the zipper.  I actually applied the seam binding before putting in the zip, a construction sequence that worried me, since I didn't feel confident that it wouldn't somehow change the tension on the seam.  However, it seems (hahaha) to be okay.  I stumbled on pocket lining fabric which stopped my progress.   I think I have that resolved and will carry on today with the front pockets.  I fI can get them finished today I will be feeling productive.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on April 18, 2018, 06:48:07 PM
I did finish the pockets on the wool crepe, but I am going in for medical procedures tomorrow and don't know when I will be able to sew again, so this may be as far as I get.  I wanted to post at least the photos of the major makes before I disappear for awhile. Not included in the photos are the print top and the crepe wool trousers I am currently working on. If I am able to finish up the trousers before the end of April, I will add another photo of that set.   Still have the two teal garments and other two Auburn crepe garments to go.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/841/41525315821_332c047676.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26gs6F4)
Trousers_Bootstrap-jacket (https://flic.kr/p/26gs6F4)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4681/39161468181_5836f8bfcc.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22EyL8g)
SWAP Dress Print 1 Front
Style Arc Alexi - modified (https://flic.kr/p/22EyL8g)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4579/38259630926_814ea777be.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21hSBk5)
bootstrap 4167 -jacket
 (sleeves from v2655)
 with Ann Klein V2433 (https://flic.kr/p/21hSBk5)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/902/40344038944_06dcacf743.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24t4Kdm)
Style Arc Alexi
with B5466 suede pieced skirt (https://flic.kr/p/24t4Kdm)

The first photo was taken after we'd been out and about Sunday to various events.  I am finding the jacket is worn a lot.   I have the two shots (open with the suede facing showing and closed for the more military look).  The skirt and the white bateau neck top are previous sews).   Not shown are the black pajama pants...included in the SWAP count (8 garments completed plus 1 purchased jacket) and the teal jacket - which I am not really counting.  So, if I finish the trousers, my count will be: 
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on April 26, 2018, 09:52:02 PM
The top and trousers below are probably the last of what I can get sewn before deadline.  I call these my Ms. Phryne Fisher  (https://www.google.com/search?q=phryne+fisher&rlz=1C1JZAP_enUS776US776&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=Y1222ACV7Xc5ZM%253A%252Cpjy9IP7N4KAEcM%252C_&usg=__ZGtYReUOb5KVDPHDYpGA_ysSnBQ%3D&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi378S59djaAhWLuVkKHWlDAG4Q_h0I-AEwGA#imgrc=Y1222ACV7Xc5ZM:)trousers after the lead character in Ms. Fisher's Murder Mysteries.   My plans for the weekend sewing is to do a muslin of the sheath dress (changed my mind about the pattern) to be made up in this terra cotta rust wool crepe.  I loved sewing on it for the trousers, so am looking forward to getting it made, but it won't be done before the deadline. 

I have made 8 garments (not counting the teal sweatshirt jacket) - with the black leather purchased jacket - I have nine garments (and with the teal jacket- I'd have 10!), but I still need two more of the Neutral 2 - which would be the sheath dress and a top... plus I don't really want to use the teal sweathshirt as my second accent and would rather use the teal wool challis, which I still plan on trying to get a top / skirt / or AO Dai out of that fabric. 
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/830/39917091060_c607b1a4f4_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23PkwtW)
Print top (out)
and Neutral 2
trousers (https://flic.kr/p/23PkwtW)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/982/41007006544_a1ece9561b_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25tDCod)
print top (tucked in)
 and Neutral 2
trousers-front (https://flic.kr/p/25tDCod)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/947/39917085770_5793dffa91_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23PkuUJ)
Print top
 and Neutral 2
trousers - back (https://flic.kr/p/23PkuUJ) 

The rust color in the first two photos is more accurate than the third photo.

Edited to make photos smaller.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on May 01, 2018, 01:56:22 PM
The SWAP deadline has come and gone and I am still working on my Neutral #2 garments.  :suspicious:

Stitched up the muslin and am now working on the trial make of the sheath dress...might end up a dud. Posted progress over in the dress a month thread.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on May 09, 2018, 01:05:42 PM
I am not exactly sure where to keep posting progress on the "slow sewing," so for now, will just post this here.

Finished the trial makeup (except for hemming and attaching lining to kickpleat) of the dress pattern intended for the rust colored wool crepe...at this point I am still not sure about it.   May put this one on a back burner.
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Post by: CCL on May 10, 2018, 08:19:25 PM
Quick snapshot of the practice dress - Crossposted from the Dress a month thread (http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.php?topic=1179.msg38458#new) and more about the sad saga there.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/903/41302801064_ccccbc54f6_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25VMDMJ)
Vogue 8146
 hanger-front (https://flic.kr/p/25VMDMJ)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/825/42023003041_bbbd289d1a_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/272qSKc)
Vogue 8146
 hanger back (https://flic.kr/p/272qSKc)

Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on June 01, 2018, 10:11:45 PM
Made up a second trial muslin version of the Butterick 6221 top pattern I was considering using for the dark emerald teal wool challis.  This time in a cotton batiste and a size smaller.  Shown here with the trial muslin of the Butterick 5466 skirt pattern that I eventually used for the pieced wool and suede skirt. (I had about 4 yards of this irregular multi stripped shirting fabric - so far it's been used for a dress muslin and a skirt muslin -- and I think I have enough left over for a shirt).

Seems as if I have an almost complete "Muslin" SWAP  while I still work away at the "real" SWAP (albeit a v-e-r-y slow sewing SWAP).   I still don't think this top pattern will work, but at least I ended up with a summer quick throw on outfit that will be cool on those really hot days.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1737/28629808368_3f4ef768e2.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KBVfzE)
muslin-trials-side (https://flic.kr/p/KBVfzE) by CCL photos (https://www.flickr.com/photos/104062052@N04/), on Flickr
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: bessiecrocker on June 02, 2018, 06:36:57 AM
MODS/SWAP coordinator: Could we move the non-completers (me included) who are still slow sewing swap to another thread, or start a comment thread so we can comment on things still in progress? No one is now regularly kooking at the Swap comment thread.

So, sorry if me posting here is breaking the rules.

CCL...I'm thinking it might be time to ditch the B6221 pattern and move on. It's just too baggy for the rest of the look you  have in your swap collection. At a minimum, I'd try going down another size...this is still falling off you in the upper bodice.  And I suspect that was what was intended in the original design...so it's not a fitting issue.  Look for a similar style, but one that is more fitted through the shoulders. Also, will this kind of sleeve work under your lovely fitted jacket? Do  you want a blouse that also works with the jacket?

I'm still swap sewing too...we need a turtle catagory. For the also rans crawls.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP
Post by: fzxdoc on June 02, 2018, 04:08:56 PM
MODS/SWAP coordinator: Could we move the non-completers (me included) who are still slow sewing swap to another thread, or start a comment thread so we can comment on things still in progress? No one is now regularly kooking at the Swap comment thread.

So, sorry if me posting here is breaking the rules.

I'm still swap sewing too...we need a turtle catagory. For the also rans crawls.

Bessiecrocker and all, just keep posting in your individual SWAP topics as you have been doing. Anyone can comment on those topics now that SWAP is over. You may want to edit your very first post of your own SWAP topic where the topic title is and eliminate the request to reply on the main SWAP discussion thread.

So, to reiterate--now that SWAP is over, all comments are now welcome in the individual SWAP threads. Carry on, slow SWAPers. I for one am very interested in seeing your projects progress to completion. You all have done some lovely work. :)

Kathryn
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: Sew Ruthie Sews on June 02, 2018, 10:03:38 PM
Looking good CCL glad you are still working away on your plan and enjoying it.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on July 04, 2018, 09:41:42 PM
Here's my new inspiration photo for the teal wool challis.
 It's an Ann Taylor blouse - smocked square neck.  I would make it with plain cuffs.
(https://s7d2.scene7.com/is/image/AN/461514_1362?$122x150$)

Repost of the fabric picture.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1752/28755739048_a9c9821745_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KP3Foh)wool-challis (https://flic.kr/p/KP3Foh)

I am thinking to line the bodice but leave the sleeves unlined.

I think the style might work with the other pieces, though it's al little more hippie-dippy than they are.

I am still sewing on my navy and green oxford cloth sleeveless shirt so it will still be a while before I get back to this, but Turquoise's post Turtle Sewing chatter got me mulling about this yardage again.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: SheriC on July 14, 2018, 05:35:41 AM
I really like the look of the Ann Taylor blouse.  Will be looking forward to seeing when you’re done.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on July 21, 2018, 06:50:45 PM
Thanks, SheriC.   I don't know what is wrong with me, but every time I think I am ready to commit on this fabric, something holds me back.  Now I am thinking the fabric really wants to be a dress.   It might make up really well in  V1544 (https://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v1544) - which I have - and I have the fabric already for the lining and the color is a great match, but I would have to muslin and I would get rid of the long ties in back - not sure exactly how I would change them.
(https://voguepatterns.mccall.com/sites/default/files/styles/p_xl/public/products//V1544_01.jpg?itok=oqofVxex)(https://voguepatterns.mccall.com/sites/default/files/styles/p_xl/public/products//V1544_02.jpg?itok=mC8wVXRE)

Argh!
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: Towanda on July 21, 2018, 08:22:51 PM
I think this pattern and the fabric are a perfect match. I've been wanting to make this dress to wear to church. Can't wait to see your version and how you solve the collar conversion.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: fzxdoc on July 21, 2018, 08:35:25 PM
I want to make that Vogue 1544 dress too, but morphing it a bit for a daywear look. That may simply involve choosing a less dressy fabric.

Kathryn

Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on July 21, 2018, 11:29:13 PM
I think this pattern and the fabric are a perfect match. I've been wanting to make this dress to wear to church. Can't wait to see your version and how you solve the collar conversion.

Thanks, Towanda! --  Are you thinking of including the long ties?  I can them as totally working in a dress worn to church or an evening social.  I like the look of the ties, just not sure if they dress it up too much.

I want to make that Vogue 1544 dress too, but morphing it a bit for a daywear look. That may simply involve choosing a less dressy fabric.

Kathryn
Kathryn, would you leave the ties and just change the fabric or try to figure out a back collar treatment.

You two are encouraging me to go for it.   I am going to study up a bit on how the lining is attached -- my fabric is a bit transparent so I'd want the seam finishes to be clean.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: bessiecrocker on July 22, 2018, 09:07:42 AM
Love the Vogue dress...are you thinking of using your teal challis for this dress? It would work nicely.

Is it just the long ties that bother you about the back? Or is the back neckline too deep? Because, if it's just the long ties...you could easily shorten the ties and finish with a pretty flat knot instead...keep the "feel" but make the dress more wearable. You could even pre-tie the knot and just use a snap on the other end of the tie, no fiddling when you get dressed.

If you want to raise the neckline, you're facing more work.  :devil:
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: fzxdoc on July 22, 2018, 12:13:35 PM
CCL, on my dress I would leave the ties--that's the part I like best. I might try to lower the front collar a bit, since high-necked styles are not flattering on me. Mostly I was thinking to make it in a fabric/print that is not too dressy.

I think it would be a perfect style for that teal challis. If you don't like the long ties, you could just connect the collar pieces at the center back into a V, eliminating any sort of tie at all.

It looks as though the pattern's dress was made from 4 ply silk.

Kathryn
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: Towanda on July 22, 2018, 01:46:03 PM
CCL, on my dress I would leave the ties--that's the part I like best. I might try to lower the front collar a bit, since high-necked styles are not flattering on me. Mostly I was thinking to make it in a fabric/print that is not too dressy.

Kathryn
I agree that high-necked styles are not my best look but I really like this dress. What fabrics do you think would make it look less dressy? I was thinking about a very lightweight denim and adding big patch pockets. For the hot weather that we are having, I can see it in a chiffon with a separate slip. I'm going to order the pattern when they have the next sale. I won't get to it until the fall. I think it would work for the winter if I combined the neckline and ties with a long sleeved sheath dress.  Can you tell that I've been admiring this dress since it came out. I have to search the stash to see what fabrics would work.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: fzxdoc on July 22, 2018, 06:09:18 PM
Towanda, they're having a sale now on Vogue patterns $5.19 if you're a Club BMV member on the Vogue website.

I haven't decided on the fabric type--I was thinking seersucker or linen cut on the bias and/or maybe a not-too-dressy chiffon print over a slip just as you are thinking. I'll be stash diving for the fabrics.

I like your idea of denim too.

Kathryn
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on July 22, 2018, 09:44:18 PM
Towanda and Kathryn, oooo, can't wait to see what you guys come up with.   Bessie, yup, for the teal fabric.  I like your ideas for how to change up the ties.

Kathryn, I like the ties too-- funny, I love the front collar as well -- Since I wanted to make this for SWAP and wear it with my jacket, the ties probably won't work with the jacket - or any short jacket...I should probably just play with a couple of ideas on the muslin and decide then.  However, Mudcat said explicitly that all the pieces did not have to go with each other... so there's that.

I am always befuddled about how my mind works... in mulling over this teal fabric, a decision popped into place about which pattern to use for the rust wool crepe.  So I think I am going to cut that one out and let the ideas for this teal and V1544 simmer while I am working on it.

Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: Towanda on July 22, 2018, 11:26:00 PM
I like the seersucker and linen ideas. I just ordered the pattern and a couple of others, lol. I'm going on a sewing retreat in August so I think I'll take this with me to work on. I can get some help with fitting from the other folks attending. At least I have one project picked out for the trip.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: fzxdoc on July 23, 2018, 12:58:00 PM
CCL, I agree that this dress would not play well with any sort of jacket. It's the drama of the back that makes the statement. Plus that type of collar (assuming you eliminated the ties) would not work with a jacket except perhaps a bolero.

Being the sewing magpie, I posted a dress idea on the Sewing Inspiration and Project Photos topic (http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.php?topic=108.msg40373#msg40373) this morning that is drawing my attention as well. Calm down, Kathryn.

Kathryn
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on July 29, 2018, 12:22:28 PM
Kathryn, so funny isn't it, when the brain just gets going and excited about more projects than the reality of available time can handle?  I am kind of in that same place.  And then all the ideas kind of clog up my brain and I can't start anything.  I really like the dress you posted...it reminds me of a dress pattern of my grandmother's from the 50's.

I managed to get the rust colored wool crepe cut out yesterday, as well as the cotton batiste for the underlining.  I originally wasn't going to underline, but in playing around with the fabrics, decided it would be best.    Bonus is that I have enough of the crepe left over to make a top... I don't have a pattern yet for that effort. 

 But given my new fondness for Towanda's guideline for sewing up stash...the top will probably be next up after the sheath dress.  I will come back to the teal then.  I did measure what I have of the teal challis, and I should have enough to include the ties, but then I would have to give up my idea of the teal top to go with trousers and skirt.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: fzxdoc on July 29, 2018, 12:29:44 PM
Well, guess what, CCL and Towanda. I got the Vogue 1544 pattern yesterday and am dismayed to find that the collar has a seam in the right front. What? It doesn't show on the pattern photo of course, and is not mentioned in the description but is in plain view in the line drawings.

(https://voguepatterns.mccall.com/sites/default/files/styles/p_xl/public/products//V1544_01.jpg?itok=oqofVxex)
(https://voguepatterns.mccall.com/sites/default/files/products//V1544.gif)

Of course there would have to be a seam somewhere or the collar wouldn't be able to lie smoothly, but I honestly didn't think of that.

I think the seam would be less noticeable on a print, but I had been thinking of a print dress with a solid collar. :'(

Also, both the dress and lining are cut on the straight of grain (not the bias as I had envisioned); the dress is not darted but the lining is.

Kathryn
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: Towanda on July 29, 2018, 01:35:16 PM
The pattern is on the way to me. That seam is a game changer. I wonder if it can be moved to the side seam? The missing dart is an issue for me. The girls are not little and I have a narrow upper chest. I always end up with too much fabric in the upper chest area. I'm working on a dolman sleeve dress and want to remove the excess fabric above the bust. I spent a lot of time last night searching for a solution. Didn't find what I was looking for, ugh. I ended up making a muslin. I was able to pinch out an inch of fabric and it solved the problem.  I did a narrow shoulder adjustment right over the bust area to remove the excess fabric. I added the inch back at the side seam. I'm going to cut out the dress today so I'll see how it turns out.

I might try to combine the upper part of the Vogue pattern with a dress drafted in PMB. I could use a darted front. The only reason that I bought the pattern was the collar and ties. I don't have time to try to figure out how to draft it. I'm taking the whole thing with me on my sewing retreat. I want to make it in a navy blue fabric that I just bought.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: fzxdoc on July 29, 2018, 02:15:56 PM
That  collar seam might be invisible in a navy blue, Towanda.

What a bad place to put a collar seam--especially in a designer pattern! I'm amazed, and not in a good way.

I may have to work out a full bust correction too, although my bust is not all that large (36-38B depending on the bra manufacturer), my shoulders are small.

Kathryn
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: indigotiger on July 29, 2018, 02:59:43 PM
I am wondering if it might be possible to move the seam to having it underneath the place in the center back, where the collar forms a sort of tie effect? That might necessitate cutting the collar in three sections instead of two, so as to have one section for the central portion, and one each for the collar ties, and would probably need more fabric than what is called for. I don't have the pattern so cannot speak to how straightforward it would be to do this, but it would move the visible seam(s) to a potentially less obtrusive place.

Also, when I just view the image, and enlarge it, the seam in the front collar is actually visible, out near the edge
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: fzxdoc on July 29, 2018, 03:26:33 PM
I assumed that it had to be seamed due to limitations from fabric width only, since it's on the bias.

I agree, indigotiger, the seam could be moved to where the tie starts, if the fabric is wide enough.

Looking at the cutting layout, you could come close with 60 inch wide fabric, perhaps, and could at least move it to somewhere in the back for 45 inch fabric.

Plus it needn't be on the true bias, I'm thinking, which would buy more real estate for the collar pieces, joined.

Kathryn
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on July 29, 2018, 04:07:51 PM
The pattern is on the way to me. That seam is a game changer. I wonder if it can be moved to the side seam? The missing dart is an issue for me.

As I have been musing about this dress and the collar - I was thinking of doing it as three pieces - one across the collar ending just below the center back and tie with the other two pieces seamed there. I think this idea is the same as what IndigoTiger mentioned.  Maybe just the front part needs to be on the bias.

But I have to admit, I kind of liked the diagonal slash of a seam at the front -- especially on a solid.   Almost like one of the Queen's brooches.

Edited to add:  I imagine one could cut the dress front and back on the bias... the lining is interfaced so that would provide support.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on August 05, 2018, 12:20:59 PM
Sewing has come to a screeching halt here.  BH has been describing pain, and after visits to his doctor and several follow up calls and trips to the pharmacy, he said to heck with this, take me to the ER.  That was Thursday morning, so after a long saga including being transferred to another hospital and middle of the night emergency major surgery, he was out of recovery and in his room by 4:00am Friday.  He is recovering and we are still waiting for the pathology report.  I am so grateful.

Before his ordeal, I had managed to get the wool crepe sheath dress and underlining cut out and painstakingly basted together with some lovely 100weight silk thread I had lying around.  They expect to keep him for aweek, but when he gets back, I will probably put "me sewing" on a back burner and concentrate on sewing up some things for him.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: Lisanne on August 05, 2018, 02:43:28 PM
Best Wishes to you both CCL   :heart_smilie:
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: sewsy on August 05, 2018, 04:14:41 PM
Best Wishes to you both CCL   :heart_smilie:

Yes. Sending positive energy to you and BH. Hope everything works out alright. Sewing is always there for you, just like an old friend.  :heart_smilie:
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: fzxdoc on August 06, 2018, 11:35:53 AM
Wow, CCL, sounds as though your BH had a close call. How frightening for you both. I hope the pathology findings are negative, and that he can comfortably continue to recover with your help and care when he returns home.

No wonder all thoughts of sewing and other non-essentials have flown out of your brain. Take time for yourself, when you can, though.

I wish you and him all the best,

Kathryn
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: Helen M on August 06, 2018, 12:19:03 PM
Hope the results come back good CCL, thinking of you both.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on August 09, 2018, 11:53:46 AM
Thank you, Helen, Fzxdoc, Sewsy and Lisanne. Your kind thoughts meant a lot to me on those lonely times in the hospital.   We think he gets to come home today!  It's been a long week, but I believe his long term prognosis is good, we just have to get through the next six months.  I have been reading SG on my mobile phone and watching every one's beautiful sews has cheered me.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: Turquoise on August 09, 2018, 07:58:51 PM
Keeping my fingers crossed for you that he is allowed home today.  Really good to hear the prognosis is good - every best wish to you both.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: fzxdoc on August 09, 2018, 08:14:11 PM
Oh I bet your BH be so happy to be home with you again, CCL.  Best wishes to you both as he continues to heal.

Kathryn
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on August 12, 2018, 06:05:19 PM
Thank you Turquoise and Fzxdoc,  we are home, eating well, moving around okay.  Still downstairs and sleeping on the couch, but I think it's only a matter of time before he tackles the stairs to the bedroom.  We feel very fortunate that the docs moved quickly, though it was a bit scarey to do emergency surgery in the middle of the night.  Visiting nurse comes again tomorrow and then he checks back in with the surgeon in two weeks, but I am much more calm and after hemming some comfy pants etc. for him to wear about the house, I may try sewing up my sheath.  I actually had some time to cut some fusible strips to reinforce the zipper.  I may be doing this as a  5- 10 minute a day sewing project, but I would like to keep going.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: fzxdoc on August 13, 2018, 04:22:32 PM
In times of stress (and subsequent hopefulness), it's usually good to keep going with the routine as much as possible. I'm guessing your BH needs a lot of rest, so sewing while he is napping is a good way to keep your mind and hands busy.

I wish you well, CCL.

Kathryn

Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: sewsy on August 13, 2018, 05:32:19 PM
In times of stress (and subsequent hopefulness), it's usually good to keep going with the routine as much as possible. I'm guessing your BH needs a lot of rest, so sewing while he is napping is a good way to keep your mind and hands busy.

I wish you well, CCL.

Kathryn



Me too. Glad you're both at home and able to get a bit of rest and calm. Also glad getting in a bit of sewing is helpful.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on September 19, 2018, 09:07:36 PM
BH is getting stronger and better every day (well, with occasional backslides).  Looks as if he might be released from Visiting Nurse care next week. (Yay for him, boo for me!).  Thanks, Sewsy for your kind thoughts.

At any rate he was well enough today to take some photos of the sheath dress I finished last night.  I am getting all excited about my SWAP again...  (https://www.flickr.com/photos/104062052@N04/albums/72157691661764134)the oddball colors seem to be working... well seem to be working for me... maybe others would disagree.

Here's the wool crepe sheath dress (item #2 of neutral #2).

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1896/30918473168_2d085ef820.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/P7afTA)
B4343 Wool Crepe -front-01 (https://flic.kr/p/P7afTA)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1864/44740097622_304ac318e1.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2bawGiu)
B4343 Wool Crepe -side-03 (https://flic.kr/p/2bawGiu)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1875/30918475928_3cf398e8f0.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/P7agHb)
B4343 Wool Crepe  -back-02 (https://flic.kr/p/P7agHb)

It doesn't look like much, but here's what it is really beginning to get me excited:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1862/44740102822_2a53b5e94c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2bawHR9)
B4343 With necklace-04 (https://flic.kr/p/2bawHR9)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1875/30918486988_16ff7b0e76.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/P7ajZS)
B4343 With sweatshirt jacket-05 (https://flic.kr/p/P7ajZS)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1850/30918491088_3aa7443a4c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/P7amdy)
B4343 With bootstrap jacket-06 (https://flic.kr/p/P7amdy)

Edited to add: Finally got around to posting pattern adjustments on the flicker site to photos of front, side and back.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: angelsweb on September 19, 2018, 11:03:17 PM
Wow! What a great basic dress. Even though it's not a classic neutral, I think you are going to find it is quite versatile.

Well done!
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: sdBev on September 19, 2018, 11:24:27 PM
Wow! What a great basic dress. Even though it's not a classic neutral, I think you are going to find it is quite versatile.

Well done!
:applause2: :applause2:
DITTO!
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on September 20, 2018, 02:04:15 AM
Thanks, Angelsweb and Bev!  Angelsweb, I am already surprised at how many things I have that will work with it - I have turquoise wool jacket made a few years ago and other pieces that are a little off the beaten path, but make me smile.

Bev, I have you to thank for getting me off my pinks/purples.   Your avatar with the lovely pink/browns made me think of some of the colors combinations my grandmother used to sew for me -- rusts, apricots, turquoise.  And then of course, Sawyer Brook had this tempting fabric.

I am really psyched that all the fitting adjustments I have made to this pattern (hollow chest, rounded back, sway back, small bust adjustment etc. etc.) finally all came together.  I am pretty happy with the fit. 

I need to update the info on the flicker site, but basically, wool crepe, underlined with cotton batiste, a cinnamon colored bemberg lining (I let Sawyer Brook pick a lining that matched after I wasn't completely sold on the lining color that I got from Britex.  Oh, and I used a titanium sewing machine needle.  I was given a couple to try out and I think I really like them, so may be buying some in other sizes.  I believe they are Smertz (but since they were gifted to me, I don't have the box).

Thank you again, your kind comments mean a lot to me.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: sdBev on September 20, 2018, 02:15:57 AM
Ccl Thank you for the lovely compliment.

but I understand about all the alterations.  The older I get the more I have to do.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: Morzel on September 20, 2018, 08:54:28 AM
CCL, those fitting adjustments - they are spot on! This dress looks just perfect on you - the fit and look is great.  :applause2:
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: Turquoise on September 20, 2018, 12:55:40 PM
Wow CCL your dress looks fabulous!  It’s so good when all the fit is sorted isn’t it. The SWAP is really starting to come together  :applause2:

So good to hear that BH is doing so much better too :)
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on September 22, 2018, 03:58:28 PM
Oh my, Bev, I have learned so much from you!

Morzel and Turquoise, thank you for your kind words.  It's taken me a long long time to get the fit right on this pattern, but I am glad that I kept going with it as it is such a basic design.  Turquoise, I hope your husband's surgery went well.

I am starting the last piece of the auburn wool crepe.  I didn't have enough left over for the top I envisioned, but I am hoping I came up with something that will still work.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: kowgiirl.up on September 24, 2018, 02:31:16 PM
Great fit CCL. The dress looks perfect  on you!  :thumbsup: I’m a sucker for most anything red.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: SheriC on September 30, 2018, 02:28:42 AM
Wow, great dress CCL.  Fit is perfect and the color is fantastic, such a deep pure red. :thumbsup: :applause2: :notworthy:
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: fzxdoc on September 30, 2018, 04:55:55 PM
As I mentioned on another topic, I give that sheath dress 10 thumbs up, CCL!  :)

 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Kathryn
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on September 30, 2018, 11:36:10 PM
Thank you SheriC!  Do you think they will ever do another Expo close to us? Kathryn, you are always so kind!

I finished the last of the three wool crepe pieces today.  It's a crop top vest thing from a late 1980s pattern - Vogue 8820 - but I couldn't find any images of it online (lots of the 1956 Vogue dress, but that's not the one I have).  I probably spent way too much time making it, but it might become an often worn piece - or not.  I underlined, lined, made covered buttons - kind of a theme I guess with this SWAP - did a lot of hand work.  Sigh.  Can't stop myself.

Goes with several things in the SWAP, so I am happy about that.  I will try to get better photos in the morning.  I took a couple these evening over the the black Alexi turtleneck and the TNT wool trousers, but they aren't the greatest mirror shots (and I realized how dirty my mirror is!) 

Next up for sewing is BH's jacket.  His weight is still way way down and he'll need the extra warmth as the temperatures get cooler.  After that, I will try to get back to the last piece(s) of this very slowly sewn SWAP. 

I think I am chickening out again on my last idea for the green wool challis, so I went pattern stash diving and came up yet another idea, Vogue 9428.  I can make either the dress or the two pieces (top and skirt) to get a bit more mileage out wear.  I wouldn't line the sleeves.  Would skip the pockets as the challis is too fragile.  Still mulling though and have BH's jacket to keep me busy while I do so.

(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/4fcAAOSwFMdae8Fd/s-l640.jpg)
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on October 01, 2018, 02:46:48 PM
I gave up on the idea of getting a better photo.  These with the dirty mirror will have to do for now.  First photo is of the "front" of the vest over the Style Arc Alexi turtleneck and the OOP V9610 trousers.   Second photo is of the "back" of the vest over the Frankenpatterned dress based on SA Alexi body and the neckline of another OOP Vogue dress pattern of which I cannot remember the number.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1908/31146812518_af076a44cd.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PskydW)
OOP V8820 vest (https://flic.kr/p/PskydW)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1965/44971087042_62c865acbc.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2bvWzpG)
V8820 vest  (https://flic.kr/p/2bvWzpG)

PS.  That streak down the front pants leg and the sprinkles on the vest over the dress are all evidence of my lousy housekeeping.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: fzxdoc on October 01, 2018, 03:59:55 PM
Nice use of the remaining wool crepe, CCL. The vest (front and back) looks impeccably made, which is your hallmark. Congratulations. It's always a pleasure to see your sewn garments.

And never mind the mirror--you've got a pretty full plate right now, and housekeeping can and should wait its turn! :D

Kathryn
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: sdBev on October 01, 2018, 06:16:07 PM
Wow that is a great set.  I especially love the fabric of your dress.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: Lisanne on October 01, 2018, 06:51:51 PM
I probably spent way too much time making it, but it might become an often worn piece - or not.  I underlined, lined, made covered buttons - kind of a theme I guess with this SWAP - did a lot of hand work.  Sigh.  Can't stop myself.

Do what makes you happy - why else do we sew    :heart_smilie:
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on October 06, 2018, 03:51:03 PM
Thanks, Lisanne - that was timely encouragement!    And thank you, Bev!  That's some print rayon jersey I bought from Sawyer Brook several years ago.  When it arrived, I thought whatever was I thinking? (which is sort of a refrain!), so it's been lingering around.  Since it's turned cooler, I have been wearing lots of these pieces fairly frequently - almost every day this week in fact.

So I am needing to put together a little group shot of what I have so far... I have 11 garments made (plus the black skirt previously sewn) but I am really needing to make up the teal challis to get some pop color (plus I did want to sew down the older things in stash).  Anyway, here's where I am.  I am going to try yet another two piece dress idea in a cheap challis to see if that pattern will work. 

All in all, though, even if I stop here, I have met the rules and I pretty much love every piece in this collection.  So thank you mudcat for such excellent rules.


(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1908/31146812518_af076a44cd_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PskydW)
V8820 vest;
SA Alexi;
V9610 trousers (https://flic.kr/p/PskydW)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/830/39917091060_c607b1a4f4_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23PkwtW)
Lekala boatneck;
 V9610 trousers
 (https://flic.kr/p/23PkwtW) 
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1862/44740102822_2a53b5e94c_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2bawHR9)
B4343 Wool Crepe  (https://flic.kr/p/2bawHR9)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/902/40344038944_06dcacf743_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24t4Kdm)
SA Alexi;  B5466 skirt (https://flic.kr/p/24t4Kdm)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4579/38259630926_814ea777be_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21hSBk5)
bootstrap 4167;
V2433 skirt (https://flic.kr/p/21hSBk5)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1965/44971087042_62c865acbc_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2bvWzpG)
V8820 vest;
 mishmashed dress (https://flic.kr/p/2bvWzpG)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4612/39070455284_1e9e5c7364_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22wwiao)
SA-Alexi;
B6262 pants (https://flic.kr/p/22wwiao) 
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/790/40344552084_f3c0c47561_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24t7nKA)
 Alexi; B5466 skirt;
 Lekala 4398 jacket  (https://flic.kr/p/24t7nKA) 

The full SWAP album is here 2018 Whatever was I thinking?  (https://www.flickr.com/photos/104062052@N04/albums/72157691661764134) and includes the muslins and other stuff ad nauseum for anyone interested. 

I am going to take a page from Ruthie and keep sewing for this collection until I get the challis done.

Edited for afterthoughts and links.

Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: DragonLady on October 06, 2018, 04:41:53 PM
Very nice -and well worth all your hard work. :)

Great job!
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: warpjr1965 on October 06, 2018, 09:04:25 PM
CCL, that is a gorgeous collection!  I am so glad you persevered, you have some beautiful pieces.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: AnnetteB on October 06, 2018, 09:17:34 PM
CCL, that is a gorgeous collection!  I am so glad you persevered, you have some beautiful pieces.

I couldn't have said it better!!
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on October 10, 2018, 02:34:53 AM
Thank you, AnnetteB, DragonLady and Wendy...  I really do seem to be making a habit of dragging the SWAP season out to last at least a year!
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: Sew Ruthie Sews on October 11, 2018, 06:18:41 AM
How lovely everything looks. I am so impressed that you continued past the deadlines sewing impeccably and producing such a beautifully fitting and equisitely made collection. I hope you are hugely pleased with yourself?
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: mudcat on October 12, 2018, 03:27:35 AM
Nice cohesive result, CCL.  And, you've finished just in time to start again in a couple of months.  :applause2:
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: Lisa Laree on October 12, 2018, 04:34:40 PM
ooo!!! So pretty! :applause2: :applause2:
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: CCL on October 14, 2018, 12:14:17 AM
Ohhh, thank you Ruthie, Lisa and Mudcat.   

Mudcat, I do believe I need to finish up the teal dress/top/skirt whatever for this SWAP before I contemplate any more planning.  I fell pretty hard off the stash busting wagon last month with multiple purchases from various online sources - so there may be a lot of disjointed orphan sewing in my future.
Title: Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
Post by: Morzel on October 14, 2018, 05:20:02 AM
Wow, CCL, what a collection! Beautiful. Interesting. Perfect fit.

I especially liked seeing the waistcoat. I like that look. I have been thinking about sewing one for years now, even drafted one a long time ago (it surely does not fit any longer), but it never got over the planning stage. Maybe this year ?