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SWAP 2020 / Re: Pre-rules discussion SWAP ...
Last post by Joyce P - October 16, 2019, 11:24:12 am
I think I've excelled at planning for most of the years-o-SWAP  ::)

My follow-through with actual sewing can be counted on one hand and my completed SWAPs don't take any hand at all to count  ;D

But my stash is in good shape and, like Ruthie, I could sew quite a lot using a black base! Or navy. Or even red, if I'd consider red linen slacks - festive holiday sewing!

I'm already noodling around with a plan for our holiday trip to Georgia, where it won't be very cold and where my BIL traditionally keeps the house "hotter than the hinges of hell" as my late friend Edna would say. Layers, layers. No handy turtlenecks a la The Vivienne Files, either! Probably Sewing Workshop or Cutting Line tops, as they can be "airy". I have to spend time considering my silhouette if using those tops, as I'm short-ish and stout. My ASG friends can help with this, as can my camera.

Love the planning!! Although I am realizing that my Holiday in the South wardrobe can't be SWAP, as it has to be completed for me by Dec 22 ;-) More planning to come!
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Ooh, I like this!  And I always need more jackets!
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Site News and Announcements / Re: default layout ?
Last post by Lisanne - October 16, 2019, 05:57:23 am
Many Thanks Turquoise - I didn't know there was that setting in Safari, and even less did I know how it had got itself set to Reader for artisanssquare (or why, with that setting, I didn't get the Reader version of every page here. . .).
But anyway changing that seems to have solved the problem !
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Site News and Announcements / Re: default layout ?
Last post by Turquoise - October 16, 2019, 05:27:13 am
Hi again Lisanne,  thanks for sending that screen grab.  In your screen grab I can see that safari is displaying the page using the "reader" function - you can see the grey icon to the left of the web address area.

I don't know why it's displaying that way if you haven't chosen that as your preference for reading web pages but I have replicated your view of the SWAP page by setting my preferences to use the reader.  You can click the grey icon to display the page in the usual web format rather than the reader format.




There is a setting in preferences where you can set individual web sites to use/not use the reader function.

Safari>Preferences>Websites>General>Reader

I hope that helps  :)
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CCL's Pre-2020 SWAP Jacket Challenge / Re: The pre-2020 SWAP jacket c...
Last post by Lisanne - October 16, 2019, 03:38:52 am
Quote from: CCL on October 15, 2019, 06:54:42 am(Lisanne - is the kimono style jacket pattern new to you?  ;D )

Aren't all kimono/ robe patterns the same  :D  - mild differences in the amount of overlap at the front. . .  This one is just an adaptation of my basic flat-set sleeve block.

It would be easy just to do something a little different.  But stretching myself ?
I'll have a think.  Using - a decorative stitch instead of topstitching/ making a single layer band/ adding a self-drafted in-seam pocket instead of patch pockets/ machine embroidery on the pockets/ each piece cut from a different fabric - fun variations, but would not count as growing a new skill !
Perhaps quilted bands, or inseam buttonholes between band and front. . .

CCL - I did appreciate your skills list last year, most useful.  I have done all the techniques and hand stitches, but not made many of the garments or used many different fabrics.  Hmm - a kimono in silk chiffon or dupioni - ah well, so much for my plan of making something really easy for once  :D

Hmm - would allowing myself to make something really easy count as a challenging new self-care skill :D
Or the opposite - making myself do some speed sewing, make a kimono in a day or even a week - now that would be a challenge. 
:heart:  to all who take on challenges

P.S.  have found an inspirational 'kimono' jacket from Eileen Fisher with a shawl collar - now that would be a technique I have a phobia for  :D
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Site News and Announcements / Re: default layout ?
Last post by Lisanne - October 16, 2019, 03:29:46 am
As an example, here is what I get when I click to access page 2 of the SWAP pre-rules discussion from page 1.
It just goes down to the end of the quote from Susan.


As far as I can tell so far, this happens at random !  I get most pages correctly formatted.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Pre-rules discussion SWAP ...
Last post by Sew Ruthie Sews - October 16, 2019, 01:14:50 am
I also like the appeal of every top goes with every bottom, as it gives options when getting dressed.
My stash is quite large and I have a couple of local options to buy fabrics in person (though rather variable).
In some colourways existing fabric resources are plentiful :-)
I could sew a wardrobe of black basics with red highlights/prints no problem. Ditto navy, dark brown, teal, burgundy.
I've also bought a few fabrics which incorporate multiple colours e.g tweeds etc with SWAP in mind.
So bring it on.

@Susan in Saint John I love the planning too!

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Yippee! I think I know what I want to do, but now my mind is running in 10 different directions.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Pre-rules discussion SWAP ...
Last post by Susan in Saint John - October 15, 2019, 07:27:47 pm
Quote from: Joyce P on October 15, 2019, 05:04:10 pmNote, too, that part of the discipline involved regards fabric purchasing! If you want to make your SWAP garments 'from stash' the Everything with Everything approach could be difficult.

That said, it's an attractive concept. I'm just not sure of my discipline level  ::)

Even if our budgets allowed it, most of us don't live close enough to a real fabric store where we could go and purchase 11 garments worth of coordinated fabrics at one time.  I am fairly disciplined in my fabric purchasing so I may be able to do a SWAP from stash.  If I do need to purchase something, that would be a challenge as my online purchasing skills are deficient.

While I don't want to prepare kits of cut out and prepped garments, I would definitely want to have all my fabrics in hand before I started my SWAP.  In some respects, I really do enjoy the planning -- perhaps more than the making, or at least the fitting.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Pre-rules discussion SWAP ...
Last post by Joyce P - October 15, 2019, 05:04:10 pm
Note, too, that part of the discipline involved regards fabric purchasing! If you want to make your SWAP garments 'from stash' the Everything with Everything approach could be difficult.

That said, it's an attractive concept. I'm just not sure of my discipline level  ::)
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