Hhmm... I did this easy calculation: I need to make 5 SWAP pieces in 16 weeks, that is three weeks for each garment. I broke that down into one week for prepping, one week for cutting, and one week for sewing each. Doable! Now we are into week three and I just located the first fabric! In my defense, I just moved house and the windows were replaced. I do have a sewing room now and high expectations. The fabric I got out is the one I had earmarked for the medium-grey pants, and now it tells me it does not want to be pants, it wants to be a dress!
Last post by boppingbeth - January 19, 2021, 05:04:12 pm
I wore the dress to the funeral (which was beautiful and hard too). Between tidying our house, which started just before the new year, and the memorial quilt for two baskets of tee in my sewing room, my sewing room ended up a disaster. Next step is to put up the peg boards so that the serger thread has a home and reclaim the cutting table so that I can cut out a shirt or two.
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I stated on the other SWAP thread that I had planned on swapping out one of my tops for a cardigan (Milo 3139). I'm well on my way to getting if finished after sewing the collar backwards then puzzling over button decisions. I ordered two different types and I figure one will be for a second cardigan if there is one.
To back up a bit, I didn't have any knit muslin to make a muslin for this pattern. I decided to push ahead and just make the cardigan up figuring how much fitting would a cardigan require. Well, I think that line of thought was wrong. I guess a cardigan does require some fitting after-all but I'm going to wait to see if finished before I decide what to do with it.
This cardigan will mostly be worn in winter but also cooler Spring days as well.
I made this up in a size 10 using the measuing instructs on the pattern (thank you @Turquoise for the help with the interfacing).
I'm also including a pic of the pattern taping that I found out was not something "fun".
I am finally ready to start sewing. After getting my sewing room cleaned up, I made myself finish hemming the 7 pairs of pants I bought last fall (I lost weight and needed to replace staples).
Among the issues I resolved was how to get my serger working after it accidently fell off its table. Nothing was broken, but getting the threading fixed was a challenge. I was proud of myself, I was patient and worked through each issue at a time. I learned again how to replace a needle and the importance of tension.
@Diniecita What a great looking SWAP! I look forward to seeing your garments as you go along. You have a good mix there and the colours sound wonderful!
The title of your SWAP made me smile. My grandfather was a farmer before the war. When he returned from Europe in 1945, he married my grandmother, who was a big city girl. They moved to the farm after the wedding at Christmas, 1945, and within a few years my grandmother insisted that my grandfather go back to school/university so that they could leave the farm. (She wasn't too keen on the lack of indoor plumbing. She also loved a ball gown or two, so I am guessing that the farm wardrobe wasn't up her alley either. ) To each her own.
@mahgret I loved your pants story. I have done something similar! And the hoodie looks great. It's always so nice to wrestle a difficult sew to the ground and to be able to enjoy the final product.
@anna.wahnsinn I loved your story of the midnight snack! For photos, the easiest thing is to have them hosted elsewhere - flickr, a blog, and then to post the link using some simple code. I know there are threads here to show how to post photos, but a number of people here can explainin greater detail. When I post photos, I just post the link to another site between the code in square brackets: square bracket img width=400 close square bracket insert web address square bracket /img close square bracket
That may confuse you more, but you can search for the thread here that shows different options.
Last post by Diniecita - January 18, 2021, 07:24:09 pm
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This is the skirt that I want to do. I have not decided on a color. I know I'm behind on this but this being my first one I'm just trying.
You cannot see attachments on this board. This is my favorite dress pattern. I am making it with a friend (She's making one, and I'm making one.) This is the first thing I will make from my list. I'm working on the fabric prep now and will be cutting out fabric soon.
You cannot see attachments on this board. This is one of the shirts. I haven't found the right fabric yet. I'd like to do a rayon.
Last post by Diniecita - January 18, 2021, 07:05:08 pm
This is my first swap. (And first post) I hope I understand the rules correctly. I think this is a full monty with 2 pacs?
I picked out a few pieces and it might be to many for me. We will see what I can get finished. I am going to section it out like people in the above posts. (may alter this at a later date if I find I did it wrong.) 1 Swim pack. (4) This includes: 1940's swim top and shorts. Skirt and button up shirt mix and match.
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I want to do this top and shorts. I may do this skirt or another similar one that I have for another swim pattern.
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Farm pack (4) Overalls, short sleeve shirt, pants pattern that is the same as the overalls just with buttons on the side and without the pocket (or maybe 2 pockets? I haven't decided yet.) And a long sleeve shirt. I may or may not make a hooded version.
And I will add a few other pieces in if I have time. Which I will list here.
So that is 12 pieces total. Swim/bikini top in lemon print-Simplicity 8932 shorts for swim top in lemon print-Simplicity 8932 skirt to mix/match-Simplicity 3536 (Vintage pattern) button up shirt to mix/match
Farm overalls in denim-Simplicity 8447 pantaloons in sage green corderoy-Simplicity 8447 White short sleeve button up-Simplicity 8447 (I need to look at my stash) long sleeve button up-Simplicity 8447 (I hope I don't wear out this pattern!!)
Dress pattern that I love in pink linen-Vogue 8701 1940's Pinafore-Simplicity 3536 (Vintage pattern) Long sleeve shirt-Simplicity 8736 Short sleeve shirt in pink linen-Simplicity 1692
And that's 12! I might come back with some more detailed drawings once I go look though all my fabric and decide what fabrics and colors I am going to do.
I tried to upload photos but I got irritated at it!
I made this hoodie from a mystery knit which is very cozy but was a bear to sew! I am happy with it and will for sure attempt to get a better photo. The pattern is Annabeth from 5 out of 4 patterns.
Part of my plan is to repair/resize existing clothes to go with my half monte SWAP. I cut apart my favorite but too big and wearing out grey ponte slacks (I tapered to the existing hem to try to avoid them getting any shorter). Well, if you cut apart the crotch seam and resew a new seam, you are essentially scooping out the crotch. Which was ok for the fit of the crotch, but shortened the length significantly. and not in a look cute cropped pants kind of way. In a look at the big girl in high water pants way. I have a new piece of ponte for a new pair, so I will eventually replace them.
To show you what I mean by "purple" here is the one shot I have so far from my weird Ethel experience: It seems I am not able to post pictures here. Maybe as in "don't know how yet" - it has been a few years, and on the old site.
And this is the pair of mittens I made to see if I like the Soho Purl ,,Simple Felted Mittens" pattern (I do!) and if it fits (yes, as far as it goes). Also my phone keeps deleting everything I wrote so now I'm on the laptop. I'll be working on this. Just not right now, before bed, and as my 9yo is trying to distract me while the 7yo is sneaking into the kitchen to have her midnight snack of cucumber and tomatoes at 10.15pm...
Anyway, it's a nice, snug fit. So now I have to add a centimetre or two widthwise and maybe take away a little from the wrist, and then I can make that into an outer shell with the original pattern making a lovely lining. I have just the fabric too, gorgeous purple (boiled? felted?) wool and a cozy sweatshirt knit in grey with dandelions. And purple felt. I'll have to see where I want the fluffiness, on the outside or on the inside.
And maybe even more importantly where I need the hole in my desk top to run the sewing machine cable through so I can reach both the machine and the pedal (it is a rather big desk)... Have to get this little room in working order to be able to play with all of that fabric! I discovered another two boxes with 40-50% teal knits. I don't really wear much teal anymore, so there is my muslin fabric. Also maybe I could do a pair of lounge pants. Those would go with black, and probably also with the brown/teal polka dot fabric I still want to make a dress from.