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SWAP 2020 / Re: Mahgret's Choose Joy Fiest...
Last post by mahgret - March 14, 2020, 08:47:24 pm
I did finish my chiffon blouse for my nephew's rehearsal dinner last week.  This photo is before closures.  Since there was so much fraying, I decided against buttonholes- I sewed on black snaps and then just sewed the buttons on the outside.

IMG_0024 by Maggie, on Flickr

this had a lot of firsts, my first attempt at sewing with a sheer, I made the couture dart, sewed in silk organza as interfacing, made a template out of file folders to sew around for the collar and stand, made a rolled hem.  Also all the seams are either French seams or I bound them with bias strips of the silk organza I used as interfacing.

I wore it over a cami I made a few years ago as the muslin for my bathing suits and I felt like a million bucks!
SWAP 2020 / Re: anna.wahnsinn's More Of Th...
Last post by anna.wahnsinn - March 12, 2020, 06:04:49 am
Oh my... the craft room looks slightly better, but actually the stacks are just more condensed now. I haven't made a stitch or a snip of progress towards SWAP, I'm still trying to get through my mending pile (two large boxes and a rubber tote). The serger still remains unpacked, and I'm arguing with myself over skirts because skirts mean tops, tops mean sleeves. Shhh, please don't anyone mention my dresses will have sleeves too, those don't intimidate me as much, weirdly enough. Maybe it's not the sleeves after all?

I did add one or four or more pieces of fabric to the pile, there may even be some hat and cowl set or a skirt with a pattern. We'll see.
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by KathrynT - March 12, 2020, 03:01:36 am
Morsel, I like both your navy dresses. I agree, the second is more your usual style but the other is cute too.
CCL, your coat looks gorgeous with the stripey dress.
The weather here has definitely turned. Cooler mornings. Time for full length pants. Hopefully will get those done this weekend.
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by AnnetteB - March 11, 2020, 04:18:40 pm
I like both your dresses on you!! Well done.

SWAP 2020 / Re: Morzels smart SWAP *commen...
Last post by Morzel - March 11, 2020, 07:16:13 am
These are my new navy dresses, both made from the navy viscose crepe I also used for the Carrie trousers:
The first is a Cambie dress skirt with a self drafted bodice. It is okay, but I am not overwhelmed.
The second is a shirt dress, using my shirt pattern. This I really like - just my thing.
SWAP 2020 / Re: Morzels smart SWAP *commen...
Last post by Morzel - March 11, 2020, 07:09:50 am
I thought I post a few shots of some of my sewing so far. My daughter was so nice as to do quick shots with my phone.

First up todays outfit: the Crescent skirt from last years SWAP and the new this years SWAP shirt. I worked on the shirt pattern this winter to change the shoulder angle and the bust dart and I like the fit much better now than before. But, this top waits for the navy crescent skirt.

The second photo shows the simple silk top (I sewed with the help of gelatine stiffening), my inspiration piece. The navy pants are the Carrie pants (from Sewoverit), which are very comfortable, made from Viscose crepe (The shoes aren't the smart looking option, but what my daughter selected for the photo...). I am a bit disappointed, though - I am not sure if I think the colours of the top match with the colour of the pants - the pants have a purplish touch to them...

Site News and Announcements / Does anyone happen to have a c...
Last post by DragonLady - March 10, 2020, 02:17:01 pm
I uploaded the file to SG Classic years ago, along with a negative version so they could be printed & used on name tags at sewing retreats and such to help members find each other.

But I have gone through thousands of attachments and cannot find it.

If anyone has one, I'd love to be able to make it available to everyone here again.
SWAP 2020 / Re: CCL's Sew-Along SWAP - Fa...
Last post by CCL - March 09, 2020, 04:19:35 pm
My sewing has been at a v- e- r- y slow pace, but I did get my simple jersey dress made.

Apologies for the dusty mirror pictures:

dress without tie

dress with tie[/td

Here it with the coat (that fuzzy white thing on the collar is my cat's fur).

coat over dress

coat-over dress- lining

Have yet another idea for the coat closures - BH came up with the idea of doing the loop side of a frog on the inside of the top front center (under the covered button) and the knot side on the bottom front -- so when the coat is open - the half frog shows, but doesn't look tacky (he thinks snaps look tacky).

I am still contemplating button options - want to make up a set of covered buttons and see if I like those.
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by boppingbeth - March 07, 2020, 05:07:12 pm
No sewing this week. The sewing room is piled high after dealing with the basement.
SWAP 2020 / Re: Paris in November?
Last post by Susan in Saint John - March 07, 2020, 02:08:56 pm
Yesterday, I finished the first top.  I may wear it tomorrow to make sure I like it.  I've been having a shoulder issue and tops with front closures may be easier to manage.  I like this curved front closure and it could be made to work on a dress or tunic.  With some elegant buttons or even self fabric buttons it could look sophisticated.  Finishing the inside neatly turned out to be challenging because I used the doubled fronts as facings and the seam turned to the centre panel.  I may consider adding a shoulder pad to even out my low shoulder as it's more noticeable in the silk dupioni than it was in a rayon/linen blend.

Today, I have been working on another bra but after I realized I'd sewn the pieces together incorrectly, I've decided to move on to something else.  I have The Sewing Workshop West End Pant on the table to determine what modifications it needs and whether or not they are extensive enough that I need to make a muslin.  I'll use some of the things I learned from the Skirt Skills course to assess the changes needed.  The leg circumference is about 34" so it needs a fabric which drapes nicely and will tend to read like a skirt. 
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