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SWAP 2020 / Re: Demented Fairy's A-Lister ...
Last post by dementedfairy - June 23, 2020, 01:51:24 pm
Well, no progress on the SWAP but a fair bit has happened
I carried on sewing scrubs [current count is at 76] then made  a cock up of cutting and had to order a bit more fabric, which was out of stock, blah blah.  I have 24+ sets cut out after some mammoth sessions, but have lost the will. 
I made some masks for us , my parents, and colleagues
I made a  couple of very simple summer tops, which have been worn
I got hit with Bell's palsy just before my ruddy 60th birthday.  It's been unpleasant, has made my new glasses impossible to use, so my sight's been all over the place, plus lots of pain.  I was worried it would hit me as badly as it did my mum [she had it 20 years ago and it never healed] BUT it seems to be mostly better now bar occasional pain and twitchiness
Good side of it was combined with eyesight and age, I got out of having to go back into school, so I am working on a live online teaching project to start, hopefully to continue with long term to support my A level students
No progress whatsoever on the SWAP bar getting the rose sleeve shirt back onto the table.
I'm baking  a lot though, enjoying trying yeast recipes I haven't dared try before for some reason soft orange glazed rolls were LOVELY, and I'm doing bagels
  and soft finger rolls today
All the SWAP items have been worn before and after lockdown but are work clothes, so I'm not feeling any urgency to finish.  I suppose I might just wake up in the next 7 days and go crazy, but it won't be complete even then
I'll eventually feel happy to be photographed again and will blog what I have, but I think this is a bust as regards completing the competition on time!

Ah well, I love the clothes and WILL get the final items done for the autumn
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by Lisanne - June 23, 2020, 02:39:53 am
Quote from: Susan in Saint John on May 31, 2020, 09:50:23 am
Quote from: Lisanne on May 20, 2020, 02:27:02 amSusan in St John - I am very interested by your mention of the Alexandra Morgan fitting class
I have a successful bodice from Brooks Ann Camper's Top Class, but I do need to add some sleeves for it to be useful - and I have unusual armholes.
Does the Alexandra Morgan class deal with that, or assume armholes are a standard shape ?

The armholes start out as a standard shape but by the time you totally customize the pattern, you have custom armholes and custom sleeves to fit them. It may take a couple of samples to work this out.  I have to say that this is absolutely the best course I have ever taken on fitting and I highly recommend it.  It is well worth $300 CAD. 

Many thanks for your reply Susan.  Sorry for taking so long to react, I haven't been keeping up with SWAP recently (for some reason I've been into embroidery during shut-down), and at $300 I though it was birthday-present-worthy - but I now see the course is $130cad  :D
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by warpjr1965 - June 22, 2020, 06:01:21 pm
Stephanie, I hope you can get some sewing done, would love to see what you put together!  But take care of yourself above all.

I've had a think about my 2 items, and I do believe I can get it to work out.  I muslined the Farrow dress and it looks good as is, even the length, so this week sometime I will cut the fabric out.

I need to find some type of pullover pattern for the yellow fleece, but I only have 1.25 yards to work with, so that will be challenging. Tonight I'll take a stroll through the pattern stash and see what I come up with.
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by stephaniecan - June 21, 2020, 08:51:23 pm
You guys are all great! Mahgret, thinking of you and hoping you are healing up nicely!

I am within striking distance but I have been suffering in the heat wave without AC and admit I just couldn't bring myself to sew this weekend. I did trace a pattern, however, so will try to whip up one or two of those this week (and then can push through to finish my shorts and (cut out) pants next weekend. We'll see how it goes!
SWAP 2020 / Re: Ruthie's Red and Black Col...
Last post by Sew Ruthie Sews - June 21, 2020, 02:21:10 pm
New Look 6420 - Silk and jersey dolman sleeve top

I bought this silk fabric on a sewing weekend in London in July 2010. It is the inspiration for my SWAP colourway so I wanted to include it, but in a simple easy wear garment that suits the new normal.
The jersey was in my stash but bought before lockdown from the local fabric shop.

I picked New Look 6420, and initially made it up as the pattern. I then reshaped it so it came in closer under the arms and in the bust/waist area, flaring back out at the hem.

I also folded the neckband over and stitched it down for a clean finish and narrower neckband.
I finished the hems with a baby hem, as a coverhem hem would be prone to fraying on the woven silk.
I may shorten it in future, but reshaped it is much better.
SWAP 2020 / Re: Ruthie's Red and Black Col...
Last post by Sew Ruthie Sews - June 21, 2020, 01:34:44 am

My possibilities thus far. The two dolman sleeve tops are now tweaked but need pressing before photos.
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by warpjr1965 - June 20, 2020, 06:39:55 pm
Yes Ruthie, getting it all to match, and then for you does it fit under the coat!  That would have been my dilemma, except my coat will not be done. Sewing faux fur in June? Not for me.

I have managed to get one item cut and nearly sewn, I think I can finish it tonight if all goes well, then I'll cut the second.

I realized that maybe if I get my Farrow dress done I can have 2 go-with-everythings, since those 2 items don't have to be worn together. I could use one of my t-shirts (but only one) or my Elle pants. I'll have to think a bit about that.
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by Sew Ruthie Sews - June 20, 2020, 10:18:35 am
The challenges are different silhouettes (ie loose shirt, but peplum jacket) and too many things which are print/pattern, plus all the layers need to go under the coat.
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by warpjr1965 - June 20, 2020, 08:56:22 am
Planning to cut and sew a few items today, one might be a toss away as the fabric is just meh, the others will work well with everything I've done so far.

Like Ruthie, I am going to have to rework my plan, as my original "go with everything" will not be finished in time at this rate. I have plenty to work with right now, which is unusual for me.
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by Sew Ruthie Sews - June 20, 2020, 04:30:59 am
I've not caught up on all the other threads sorry, but decided to have a last push on a few extra pieces.
I've made a plain grey top from the Style Arc Molly pattern, which makes it an interesting basic.
The plus of a plain top is I can include my tartan trousers in the SWAP as I can make an outfit.

@indigotiger, great news on your pinafore. I too am looking forward to seeing all my pieces together as they've been sewn over such a long time frame I'm not quite sure what I've actually got!

If I finish everything I've got cut out then I have 16 garments (including the previously sewn jacket), but will have to see how things go together to make outfits as some things don't play together well.
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