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SWAP 2020 / Grace's Santorini SWAP
Last post by GraceNZ - February 16, 2020, 03:53:24 am
I've been aware of SWAP for a couple of years, but never participated. After reading these rules I think I can match my wardrobe needs with the SWAP. And my make nine was all about techniques this year as well!

So hello  :wave3: I'm a bit late to the party but I'm going to see what I can get done :)

My inspiration is my holiday to Santorini in 2018 and Art Gallery fabric Skolepos (which was also inspired by Greece - although a different island)

Once I've worked out how to post pics I'll post some holiday spam...I mean, inspiration pics. :)

I have worked out 6 pieces of the SWAP here on my blog

So just 3 more pieces to work out plus identify the 2 already made that fit into this. I'll post a summary once I know what it is! Until then I have enough to crack on with.
SWAP 2020 / Re: Morzels smart SWAP *commen...
Last post by Morzel - February 15, 2020, 11:56:15 pm
I muslined the choice of harem pants and went with a altered Carrie pant from Sewoverit.  :thumbsup:

I drafted a jacket pattern, made it up but it will stay a wearable muslin. The colour is too drastic (a very bright teal) to really go with lots of garments.

I got diverted and muslined a Tania Culotte (Megan Nielsen pattern). Liked it, sewed it up for real, looks smart. Unfortunely it is not really the right colour for SWAP. Did not find the right colour (and amout of fabric) for a better version fitted for SWAP yet. Also, need long outerwear to go with that, if I ever want to wear the skirt in real life.

A shirtdress is going to be finished today. It needs buttonholes and buttons.

Two shirts sewn up, need buttons.

Immediate sewing plans: navy velvet pants, blue jacket, navy shirt, silk blouse, sheat dress.

Thinking about: Coat.
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by Morzel - February 15, 2020, 11:44:40 pm
So, I did a bit of sewing for SWAP and quite some patternwork. Did not start the velvet pants, though - too scared until now. :embarassed:

I struggle a bit with my SWAP - I wanted something smart, but find that my choices veer towards casual.  8) Trying to get this to work... in the end, it is just my personal defintion: what do I wear to a friends big party, or to theater, or out to dinner, or to an official appointement...
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by Morzel - February 15, 2020, 11:31:18 pm
Finally I got some time to comment here on the thread - I have been reading (and commenting to myself), but never had time to type something... I only do so at my home computer with a real keypad to it, as I hate to type single fingered on a tablet or phone...

@Sew Ruthie Sews : Sewing with a colour scheme only is more or less all I did for the last few years - it really is a sort of plan, I think. And fives a lot of freedom of working on your SWAP without feeling too restricted, getting bored. You´ve got quite a collection already! The latest addition, the musical shirt - are you going to wear it for choir sessions? It is great. Classic. Love the buttons on that shirt!

@stephaniecan : I was struck by the unusual pockets on your shirt and instantly liked them A LOT!  :D I also have two shirts hanging here with only buttons amiss... the least favourite task. Will do today.

@dementedfairy : Classic shirts with beautiful buttons (like the non-roundness of them) - and a hidden button placket. Never tried such a one, what a good idea.

@sewordinary : Your first item is so clean and crisp! And those latest fabric choices - yummy colours!

@Susan in Saint John : I sewed the same Silhouette pattern a few years back. Interesting enough, I never thought about how to do the button holes as I used snaps (like Kam snaps). The pattern (again) is a great example of her bad picture choices on pattern envelopes - the blouse is a favourite of mine because of the great design detail, but is out of print- it looks outdated on the envelope.

@mahgret : Love your mantra. Love the pictures of fabric with the corresponding dish on top! The latest shirt is wonderful! It is a beautiful fabric and fits you so well.

@boppingbeth : Dresses! What fun. The black one looks very sophisticated! And just start on that coverstitch. It is less scary than it seems. But do remember to tie off those threads - otherwise the unraveling will start after washing... (ask how I know)

@LillieT : going the same path here, I also need some smart clothes for celebrations/official events/smart events. Looking forward to seeing your collection.

@warpjr1965 : so happy to hear about the already much worn pants of your SWAP. It is so satisfying. Did you get sewing done with your friends? But the, you have already quite a few items done, so no worries anyway.

@KathrynT : Soo many items already sewn! Great progress. How are you doing on your new technique? AC or CC?

@indigotiger : Your sewing is more artwork - beautiful things you make for yourself!

@crazyquilter : how are you getting along with the top pattern? With tops?

@Medea : you are probably busy with your fabric shop now? It is so exciting, I wish you all the best!!

I hope all of you are sewing a bit here and there. If not, don't get discouraged by not sewing. Even sewing a once in a while for yourself is rewarding!

SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by stephaniecan - February 14, 2020, 05:59:42 am
Love the musical shirt, @Sew Ruthie Sews! It's subtle but fun at the same time. I would wear it with just about anything, but I like mixes of pattern and texture. The buttons are a nice touch.

I'm finding it fun this year to drift a bit and make things I like that don't make classic capsules. The rules require that one or two garments go with everything else in the collection, but not necessarily that everything in the collection go together, if I remember correctly, which is a lovely freedom to have. That said, I like to try unusual combinations in any case. I'm enjoying experimenting with colours I don't usually wear all that much: orange, yellow, some shades of green. I find I really enjoy colour and should always wear it, instead of only as accents to more neutral greys and navys. It gives me a lift.
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by boppingbeth - February 14, 2020, 04:48:15 am
I love the sewing with out a plan comment.  This is my life lol. I suddenly went from sewing to buying fabric.  Grey Lycra single knit and cherry rpl, along with pieces for bathing suits and exercise gear, neither of which are in my swap.

On the good side, I also started watching the how to use a cover stitch machine class on Craftsy. Cover stitch is my new skill.  I've had that machine for at least ten year and never used it.  Time to conquer my fear and try it.
SWAP 2020 / Re: Ruthie's Red and Black Col...
Last post by Sew Ruthie Sews - February 14, 2020, 12:46:06 am
So I think I'm making a SWOAP - ie sewing without a plan, BUT with a colour scheme (if you ignore the outlier t shirt.) I have allowed myself to get distracted by contests in other places and not stuck to my course, have to say that I have been enjoying it but I've not really sewn cohesive looks.
Am I likely to wear tartan trousers with musical note shirt? Maybe but not with the grey jacket on top.
So I think I could do with sewing some plainer pieces that will co-ordinate better and may need to remove some of the more wacky pieces from the collection.

SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by warpjr1965 - February 13, 2020, 06:04:48 pm
Ruthie I do like your musical note shirt!!

Zero sewing so far this week. But I am meeting in person with my sewing group, and will spend all day sewing up the items I cut out so far, and can hem up the items i've already (mostly) sewn. Hopefully I'll have 5 finished garments by Sunday!
SWAP 2020 / Re: Stephanie's Lumberjack Chi...
Last post by stephaniecan - February 13, 2020, 05:40:13 pm
I know..I know...I'm literally inching along like a snail. I put the buttonholes in though and also completed the hem so all it needs is buttons!

It's a small accomplishment, but it's mine!
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by AnnetteB - February 13, 2020, 03:43:57 pm
@Sew Ruthie Sews
I really like your new shirt Ruthie and especially the musical fabric. I wouldn't be able to help myself and walk around all day with music in my steps....
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