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SWAP 2020 / Re: Pre-rules discussion SWAP ...
Last post by Sew Ruthie Sews - October 21, 2019, 01:04:42 am
The jacket might be just the starting point for a SWAP. It could be the inspiration and be worn with some of the pieces but not actually part of the collection.
I have a few black and red fabrics and the more my hair goes grey the less well they work for me, so the time is now to make and wear them I feel! Lots of red lipstick helps :-)
I'm getting excited, just need to keep the excitement going through to next year!
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Pre-rules discussion SWAP ...
Last post by Susan in Saint John - October 21, 2019, 12:12:09 am
Ruthie, your jacket is lovely and just the piece to pull a SWAP together.  So often there are pieces of fabric left when you cut something out.  With some advance planning, I could cut jacket pieces at the same time -- more planning.
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Sewing Related Items / Re: Burda 7780 men's coat
Last post by kushami - October 20, 2019, 08:55:35 pm
Quote from: Turquoise on October 20, 2019, 12:08:36 amSuccess! It was still there - it's on it's way to me and then I can send on to you.  Will send you PM.  I look forward to seeing the finished coat one of these days  :)

Funnily enough after a failed shopping trip yesterday I am thinking of making my husband a jacket and am now searching for a pattern close to the ones he liked in the shops but that were all too short for him.  Maybe we will see a flurry of men's garment sewing on SG.

Thank you so much!

I hope you find a suitable pattern for your husband. My dad tried a couple of times to get a coat in a style similar to Burda 7780 - would you call it a mac? - but no luck. He ordered one from Uniqlo that looked promising, but when it arrived it was gigantic. Fingers crossed I can make him something wearable!
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Sewing Related Items / Re: Burda 7780 men's coat
Last post by kushami - October 20, 2019, 08:48:29 pm
Oh, I hope I can start it soon! It will be for my dad, but I've got a more casual one lined up first - Foreman Jacket by Merchant & Mills.

https://merchantandmills.com/store/patterns/the-foreman/

When I get to Burda 7780 I'm hoping to use a nice twill that I got from Acorn Fabrics in the UK, if my dad likes the colour.

https://www.acornfabrics.com/fabrics/solid/kingston-sand-fabric.html

Maybe we can start a men's coat thread?
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Pre-rules discussion SWAP ...
Last post by indigotiger - October 20, 2019, 06:52:35 pm
Ruthie - I'd love to see you include that stunning jacket as part of your future SWAP, particularly as you have coordinating fabrics.

I'm still mulling over my own possible SWAP directions (once I have the rules in their final form, which I am still working on) I'm pretty sure I will be including grey in my SWAP wardrobe this year, since it has been several years since I began craving a replacement grey pinafore. With the thought of grey in mind, I have been playing around with a potential "funky" cardigan jacket in an assortment of grey scrap knits and silks. Not sure where I am going with that one, and hopefully it will turn out wearable!
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I usually approach my sewing with a fairly utilitarian attitude. I love planning out what I want and need to wear, and figuring out how to make that happen. This project is rather the opposite. At first, I was thinking about the Zambeesi Jacket. But I realised that what I found appealing about that pattern was how creative the designer has been with her collage-style fabric combining, which appears much more playful than my usual more structured designs...

So, with that in mind, and because that sort of thing is not part of my repertoire, I gathered a bunch of my "too small to make a garment pieces of knit fabrics in grey colors, and some of the interesting silk scraps from the last Gathering of the Guilds, and started cutting out pieces and simply zigzagging them together!
Starting with a base of two fronts cut from striped grey and pale blue hemp knit, I overlaid the very sheer chiffon shibori dyed scrap, and added a few extra bits along the front edge, and the shoulders. I didn't expect/realise that the circular spots, which looked transparent, were actually dyed black, which caused an interesting effect laid over the striped background...
not being very keen on purple, I cut out some of the blue/grey/black tie-dyed silk and added a few rectangles. The rest of that fabric will be added to the back of the cardigan, and as bands on the sleeves. While the front isn't yet finished, it will sit for a while while I think about what else to add, to balance out the asymmetry. Am considering what sort of surface design will be best, currently leaning towards adding some stenciled motifs...
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CCL's Pre-2020 SWAP Jacket Challenge / Re: The pre-2020 SWAP jacket c...
Last post by Towanda - October 20, 2019, 05:15:59 pm
Quote from: CCL on October 20, 2019, 06:26:47 amYay, Towanda!  Off topic, I have been using your guideline of "make something of the remnant instead of returning the left over fabric to the stash."  Wanted to thank you again for that tidbit.  I find it surprisingly satisfying.

I am flattered that you like the idea. I agree that it works really well to use up leftover fabric. Camisoles, princess seam tops and skirts work well to use up leftover fabric. I have a piece of leftover lace & some sweater knit. I'm hoping to combine them to make a lace front sweater.

On another note, the Lekala collarless jacket didn't look right when I printed it out. I trashed it and drafted a collarless jacket pattern in Patternmaster Boutique before I left home.  It is printed out and waiting for me to glue it together tonight. I might start the first muslin this week. Hopefully it will only take a couple of muslins to get the fit right. I was being lazy by using the Lekala pattern. I'm glad I only wasted 3 bucks.
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CCL's Pre-2020 SWAP Jacket Challenge / Re: The pre-2020 SWAP jacket c...
Last post by CCL - October 20, 2019, 06:26:47 am
Yay, Towanda!  Off topic, I have been using your guideline of "make something of the remnant instead of returning the left over fabric to the stash."  Wanted to thank you again for that tidbit.  I find it surprisingly satisfying.
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Sewing Related Items / Re: Burda 7780 men's coat
Last post by CCL - October 20, 2019, 05:56:46 am
Turquoise, what type of men's jacket? Blazer?  Fleece? Bomber? Oddly enough, BH recently mentioned wanting a sports jacket - it's been years since I made him one.  But I have a ton of patterns to choose from in my stash. I have some beautiful pic and pic wool that would be gorgeous in a sports  coat. I immensely enjoy sewing men's garments - do we have sewing menswear thread around here someplace?  I have a bunch of projects I have to get to first, but I would love to see what you and Kushami are doing!

Kushami, oh that's a lovely coat pattern!  Can't wait to see your fabric and how your project unfolds.
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Sewing Related Items / Re: Burda 7780 men's coat
Last post by Turquoise - October 20, 2019, 12:08:36 am
Success! It was still there - it's on it's way to me and then I can send on to you.  Will send you PM.  I look forward to seeing the finished coat one of these days  :)

Funnily enough after a failed shopping trip yesterday I am thinking of making my husband a jacket and am now searching for a pattern close to the ones he liked in the shops but that were all too short for him.  Maybe we will see a flurry of men's garment sewing on SG.
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