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SWAP 2020 / Re: Noum's Vertical Variations
Last post by Noum - February 21, 2020, 03:05:40 pm
This is the maxi cardigan in a stretch crush velvet, worn with my Jalie Eleonore jeans and a purchased top that I eventually intend to copy. I am definitely making more of this pattern, and will try a knee length version next, as this one is too long to fit under a coat. I do plan to make a coat for the SWAP, but it's unlikely to be long enough to cover this.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Noum's Vertical Variations
Last post by Noum - February 21, 2020, 02:58:13 pm
These are the fabrics I think I will use for the gym outfit. It's a bit dark here, so the photo shows them a bit darker and more yellow than IRL.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: PatternReview "Sewing Bee"
Last post by warpjr1965 - February 21, 2020, 09:05:02 am
Quote from: Lisanne on February 20, 2020, 03:08:16 am
Quote from: warpjr1965 on February 17, 2020, 08:14:50 pmI have to say I find this competition difficult to follow, or maybe its that the challenges aren't following a logical (in my mind) progression. Just seems all over the map to me, but I guess that is not so different from the GBSB.
To my mind that's deliberate - the people who get through to the final round need to be able to display a wide range of skills and garment types !

Yes, I am sure that is the intent. I think there are just so many contestants, who interpret each challenge differently, that I would find it hard to choose!
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Demented Fairy's A-Lister ...
Last post by dementedfairy - February 21, 2020, 08:50:04 am
The blouse with cherry blossom appliqu├ęs is done, and I just ran up another polo top, white this time, with crinkle jersey sleeves.  Simple, but effective.  I'll get round to some pictures eventually!
Now back to the machine for white/cream polo neck #2
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by stephaniecan - February 21, 2020, 06:00:42 am
Wow - cool printing, @indigotiger . I also like that tower placket tutorial. I had to laugh because I have made a lot of tower plackets in that I have made a lot of shirts, but last night I struggled with a version of a tower placket on my silk shirt. The silk was really causing me some grief. :)
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Indigotiger's Misty Mornin...
Last post by indigotiger - February 21, 2020, 12:44:20 am
I found a length of tweedy (if thin) jersey in one of my fabric storage boxes, enough to cut out a pair of grey cropped leggings. It is still cold enough that these will be a welcome addition to my everyday wardrobe, as well as a good SWAP garment. I decided to trim the hemline edge with blockprinted bands using the two new counterchanged triangular blocks I carved a while ago. This was my first time using these particular blocks, and I am quite pleased with the design they make...
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by stephaniecan - February 20, 2020, 06:07:14 pm
Eva @Morzel: I nodded when I read what you said about indigotiger's plan getting you out of a "hiding hole." I have the same issue with jackets and coats in particular. I'm finally making a coat after saying I would for ages. :) I hope I survive the plaid pattern matching!
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by stephaniecan - February 20, 2020, 06:05:31 pm
Thanks @CCL for your thoughts! I'm glad to hear that you are feeling better about the coat project.

I was thinking about these issues while daydreaming today and I realized that I'm keen to do some traditional tailoring so I will do that this time. That said, I will look up the Singer book you mentioned.

PS I found some pale pink organza that I think will work well for the cuffs of the blouse. Will report back when done.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Noum's Vertical Variations
Last post by LyndaC - February 20, 2020, 04:26:57 pm
I am a fan of vertical designs, also!  I am 5'1" and going down.  I also have found that BIAS placement of fabric is VERY sliming AND unusual!  Sometimes I make the front on the bias and the back vertical.

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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by Morzel - February 20, 2020, 06:45:01 am
@Noum - I am with you on No.4!! It has been raining so much these past weeks (months), and I also feel I always need something rainproof to go out is essential. No wool winter coat for me in this part of the world...

@CCL how frustrating to not find the order of sewing practical. Hope you will come through, though.

I myself have been fiddling about with a "new technique", bagging a lining as recommended by the book "Jackets for real people". I think I got it figured out with scraps, but the actual bagging has to wait until some time next week. First off to work again for almost a week and then I have to put in those feared welt pockets (yes, the goal this SWAP is to learn something!) and to add a roll line to the lapel (also a new technique). I did use this bagging a lining technique in one jacket before, 8 years ago, (only did a lined jacket once since then, doing it differently then), and it left me satisfied but still a bit confused. So this time around, I take notes (about where to put what size of seam allowance, for example; which bit to sew first, etc.) and am planning on sewing a second jacket, so I get it down once and for all.

So, @indigotiger , I find that your innocent little goal of "using a new to you technique" really get me out of a hiding hole: I never like lining a jacket (only did three lined ones in 14 years of sewing now) and apart from one jacket always had help doing it. I am determined to come to terms with welt pockets. I will tackle scary fabric (slippery silk and velvet). And maybe I am brave enough to even start on complicated lapels? Up to now I am doing shawl collars for a reason... as I said, I need to take notes of my own, to get the thought process down and simplified. And when I do this, I got to go about the new technique and do it several times, as this really helps. I used to not like sewing  a front fly of pants - now I can do it without even thinking too much about it. That's where I want to get with those welt pockets and the bagging the lining!

Have a nice sewing weekend, everyone!
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