I started planning and sewing my SWAP already, based on last year's rules that suited me down to a T.
What I've learned from last year's experience is:
- the timing of the SWAP doesn't work for me. I mostly make winter clothes (Hong Kong's hot and extremely humid summers mean I usually wear cotton dresses lined with cotton from late April until late October), thus I start earlier and finish earlier in order to get the most wear out of the clothes I made and not having to wait for a year again.
- there was one blouse that didn't get worn at all, the black and white striped pussy bow blouse. Each time I put it on, it didn't seem quite right. After having a good look, I decided that I chose the wrong fabric quality in order to finish it, the fabric was too heavy. However, the blouse has since found a loving home and I'll make a new one in a cotton/silk fabric that is just screaming to become a blouse.
- as last year I'll just sew along - as I'll be probably breaking most of the rules
My key SWAP garment is almost finished, a sleeveless coat made for Mr Manuela's Sherlock coat leftovers. Next in line are one white lace and one black lace pencil skirt. Some blue dresses will and maybe a black and blue faux fur jacket also scream to be included.