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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by Lisanne - December 09, 2019, 02:10:20 am
Stephaniecan - your jacket and trousers outfit looks very elegant as is   :thumbsup: 
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by indigotiger - December 08, 2019, 08:10:07 pm
I am really enjoying reading about all the different plans folks have created using the guidelines, and look forward to finding out where people go with their plans!

anna - I hope that you find that your serger will become as much a valued sewing helper as I found mine to be... it seems complicated at the beginning, but there are is lot of online help to figure it out, as well as people here on SG. I struggled pre-serger to sew knits using a zig-zag, and the serger just zips through sewing knitwear seams, as well as finishing edges on woven fabrics. I use it in conjunction with my regular sewing machine quite frequently
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by kushami - December 08, 2019, 04:53:04 pm
Enjoying following the thread and people's plans. I haven't done any SWAP sewing yet but I have a simple jacket pattern on the way that may end up as one of my "two items".

I have been slowly making myself summer PJ pants, of which I have none. Today hits 38 deg C (help) so summer has arrived in Australia and I'd better hurry up.

@Philippa, I too have found the alteration tutorial videos from In-house Patterns Studio helpful as a beginner.
SWAP 2020 / Patricia’s Dress SWAP
Last post by Pagog - December 08, 2019, 01:24:13 pm
So happy dresses are not considered as a top or a bottom.  I want to make lots of them to wear after the snow melts.
CCL's Pre-2020 SWAP Jacket Challenge / Re: The Guidelines, deadlines ...
Last post by CCL - December 08, 2019, 11:23:41 am
Hi Wendy, I just reread the Guidelines for this year's jacket challenge and note that there is nothing specified about excluding items that have been cut out previous to the start date.  Since you didn't actually begin sewing on it until after the start date was posted (and admittedly a bit later than last year!), I am inclined to say that you could consider your DD's jacket for this year's challenge.
SWAP 2020 / Re: Stephanie's wool, silk and...
Last post by stephaniecan - December 08, 2019, 10:30:14 am
Well, I have not disappeared! The good news is that I still like all of my rustic wools and my earthy colours: brown, green, blue-grey, touches of the colours of the sunset and sunrise. Let's set the scene in the forest at sunset.

That said, I've been making toiles of a few patterns and the results are in progress. There's an old YSL jacket pattern that I started to toile and I am still undecided about adjustments so am not showing that here. For kicks, I decided toile a Burda Vintage flared pantsuit...That is in progress. Overall, I call anything that gets me sewing and thinking about my collection progress, even if the results aren't there yet.

Still trying to figure out what to do with a little bit of extra fabric in the front. Otherwise, I've been playing with adjustments to the front thigh area and the rear. :)

The jacket is also in progress. I sewed this together last night without any ironing (inadvisable). It still needs a lower band and sleeves. With a small FBA and a forward shoulder adjustment it is looking pretty doable so far.

I hope you are all having fun!
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by sewsy - December 08, 2019, 07:43:58 am
Quote from: stephaniecan on December 07, 2019, 07:09:15 pmBeautiful work, @indigotiger, and fascinating process. Thanks for sharing!

Yes! Absolutely wonderful work, Indigotiger! My thanks for sharing, as well.
SWAP 2020 / Re: anna.wahnsinn's More Of Th...
Last post by anna.wahnsinn - December 08, 2019, 04:01:03 am
Items I intend to make for the 2020 SWAP

O easy starter: black skirt from my own pattern (after a purchased H&M skirt)
O easy starter: purple skirt (that solid stripey jersey)
O black pants - copy favorite black corduroy pants (ballooney Lagenlook style)
O purple pants (daring!) - copy favorite black corduroy pants  or maybe StyleArc Ethel with tiny pintucks/pleats?
O black Linda pants for workwear
O purple dress (that solid stripey jersey) (Ottobre)
O brown dress with teal dots (Ottobre)
O black dress (thanate's pattern, adjust sleeves)
O purple or teal 3/4 sleeve shirt
O black 3/4 sleeve shirt                   
O goes with everything item: very slouchy stretchy black cardigan

I am facing several challenges or things new-to-me:
1. I am going to use the serger I bought explicitly to help me make clothes for me and my family (my daughters mostly, don't know if my husband actually wants handmade clothes)
2. Sleeves & shoulders! I've only sewn sleeves for a few doll clothes so far.
3. Sewing wearable clothes at all without fudging too much. Finding the right stitches. Often what sewing instructions suggest didn't work for me. Necklines for example will be visible. Twin needles? Serger.

My goes-with-everything black cardigan will be the previously purchased item, as I own three (slightly) different ones already. Four if I count the one I have at work but hardly ever wear. So this really goes with everything in my mix-and-match group of ten, but cannot easily replaced by a cardigan in another color. Pants are out here as I definitely need at least the three already listed. If it turns out I can make more than the required items I'll happily keep adding them to my wardrobe. Any dress, shirt or pant could easily replace one of the easy skirts, which consist of two identical pieces of fabric and one piece of elastic each, or just go into the collection and get worn!
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 - Official Rules
Last post by Pagog - December 08, 2019, 03:42:30 am
I love dresses, so I was happy to read that this year they are not counted as a top or a bottom. I also have been sewing for a very long time, but for some reason, I avoid invisible zippers, which would be a great technique to master.
SWAP 2020 / Re: anna.wahnsinn's More Of Th...
Last post by anna.wahnsinn - December 08, 2019, 03:35:55 am
My current clothes (basically what I had when I started on SWAP 2017) are showing very visible signs of wear and tear to the extend that some are only good for wearing as pajamas, my craft room is overflowing with stacks and boxes, and I have a sewing machine that I love and a serger that is still living in the box it came in, both intended for making garments.

I really just want multiples of what I have, but with improved fit (pants), more types of fabric (pants, dresses), and of course my favorite colors to make me happy. So this year too there will be lots of black, which I will be wearing to work with a ruby/claret colored apron, and everywhere else, as well as deep and calm purples and teal or maybe even sage or seafoam. I've definitely moved away from blueish shades and have arrived to greenish.

This is the perfect time to jump into SWAP 2020. I'll be busy tidying up & making space to work in the craft room, and getting all the fabric I've collected together to evaluate which pieces will go with which patterns. The patterns I want to use at least are all accounted for and in one place (sitting right next to me on the floor in a file folder and a magazine box thingy).

Since 2017 I have purchased a few more StyleArc patterns - and made another pair of Linda pants! The fit is much better than the first one, I did make notes both times, so I'm pretty sure the next version will turn out even better. Also since then I've aquired the issues of Ottobre that had those beautiful dresses I wanted, I hope to make at least one of those into a TNT pattern for myself. I will have to adjust the Ottobre patterns for size I guess, but I hope that making a loosefitting jersey/sweater dress bigger will work fine. Measuring first will be key!
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