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December 04, 2020, 01:42:34 pm


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SWAP 2021 / Re: Mudcat's Style Arc Endless...
Last post by mudcat - November 23, 2020, 10:13:09 pm
I've decided.  First will be the SA Como Knit Cardigan from the dark plum tweed cotton sweater jersey fabric.  The dots have many specks of color including some blues so I bought some Dutch 220 cotton/lycra knit in the color of marine from EOS for the Como top & pants.  I couldn't find anything in my stash that would work with this color outside of some denim and I'm not too interested in making denim currently.
SWAP 2021 / Re: SWAP 2021 - General Discus...
Last post by stephaniecan - November 23, 2020, 07:50:44 pm
That sounds like a great starting point, @Helen M. Wide-leg pants are indeed very fashionable now and they do tend to need their own set of tops!

Maybe my memory is failing me, but I find shopping my closet always leads to discoveries of things I completely forgot I had.  :)
SWAP 2021 / Re: Stephanie's Fiorenza/flowe...
Last post by stephaniecan - November 23, 2020, 07:49:23 pm
As usual, I have been overthinking this whole collection, so one of my goals this year is going to be to decide on a plan and then trust it enough to make things on the list. The number one decision must be the garment to make before December 26!

The other thing I realized I want to do is try to turn a pair of my beloved's old corduroy pants into some pants for me! I don't know if I can do that, but they are in very good condition (my beloved takes good care of his clothes) and I know that would be a lovely thing to have. He gave them to me specifically thinking I could do something with them. Maybe it will be easier than I think, given that they are fairly large on me. That would be a nice challenge piece. I used to refashion items frequently when I was in my twenties, but in recent years (OK, decades), I have not taken that on much, apart from unraveling and reknitting the occasional sweater.
SWAP 2021 / Towanda's From the Shelf to th...
Last post by Towanda - November 22, 2020, 01:42:56 pm
I'm going to do it this year. I declare that I'm going to finish my SWAP for a change. The rules this year fit me well because I suck at planning. When I make a plan, I never stick to it because I'm easily distracted. I'm not sure which version of the rules, I'll end up with. I'm starting with the endless combo since this is how I sew most of the time. The goal is to start with winter sewing and move to spring/summer garments. I'm starting with an orphan pair of black dress pants that I made last year. I need to try them on to see if they still fit since I lost some weight.

The only thing that I know for sure is that I'll be using fabric and patterns from the stash. A couple of weeks ago, all of the printed PDF patterns got sorted out and organized. Last night I picked out some stash patterns to think about. I still use my computer drafting program.
1.  Burda 6782 - V neck blazer pattern. The fabric will be a black suiting or a silk suiting
2.  Butterick 5473 - Connie Crawford coat that I'm thinking about making out of a black faux leather
3.  Louise Cutting "2x4" - black and white sweater knit. I'll have to play with this pattern because I don't like dropped shoulders.
4.  Helena Dress by LaFred - black ponte knit. I've had this pattern for years. Tt's been calling my name. I'm not sure if this pattern fits my body shape. This is the most questionable pattern in the group.
5.  McCall's 6736 - for some reason I have three copies of this pattern. The nice thing is that the cup sizes goes up to DDD so I shouldn't have to do a FBA
6.  Love Notions - I have at least 3 patterns that I want to try
7.  Lekala - I have a bunch of patterns that I have not used yet. I like these patterns because I only have to make two or three adjustments - narrow shoulder, rounded back and sometimes lengthen the pattern.

I need to prewash some white knit so I can make two cowl neck tops. I need a long and short version to wear with some skirts. Today, I'm going to start with a computer drafted pattern for a black & white checked sweater coat. Next up is Lekala 2129 using a white silk.

Happy planning and sewing to everyone

SWAP 2021 / Re: SWAP 2021 - General Discus...
Last post by Helen M - November 22, 2020, 01:26:39 pm
I'd like to give it a go as well but need to do a bit more planning. I've been 'shopping my closet' this autumn, just as well I hoard stuff as in wider leg pants that I'd always planned to take in a bit! They are now back in fashion but maybe I need tops that are a different shape to carry them off? Maybe that's my starting point.

Lovely to see so many interested. :)
SWAP 2021 / Re: SWAP 2021 - General Discus...
Last post by Towanda - November 22, 2020, 12:19:35 pm
It's great to be hanging out with all of you again. Last year, I finished more garments that I've done in previous years. Every year, I vow to finish and I never do. The rules this year will work for me since I realize that I suck at planning. I am going to start with a pair of black pants that I made last year and never wore. I've lost some weight so I need to see if they still fit.

I have enjoyed reading everyone plans and thoughts. Looking forward to seeing what everyone makes.
SWAP 2021 / Re: Turquoise's All Seasons Al...
Last post by Turquoise - November 22, 2020, 09:56:23 am
Right I've been trying to tie things down a bit more to stop me going off in tangents everywhere.  I really identify with @stephaniecan on the danger of overplanning - I know how easy it is for me to get stuck deciding anything and forgetting that if I find myself in the lucky position of extra time I can make other things then.  A great lesson from previous SWAPs has been watching @Sew Ruthie Sews getting on with a plan and then continuing to add things as and when....

So I've mapped out the start of a plan.

SWAP 2021 / Re: SWAP 2021 - General Discus...
Last post by stephaniecan - November 22, 2020, 08:09:45 am
@luz clara Love love love your theme. I definitely suffer from the inability to cut my best pieces of fabric. Great thinking.
SWAP 2021 / Re: SWAP 2021 - General Discus...
Last post by stephaniecan - November 22, 2020, 07:24:17 am
@Susan in Saint John It's really neat that you are taking a philosophy course. There are so many subjects I would like to study when I have more time. Good for you for doing that!

@Turquoise The planning is a big part of the fun for me, but I am trying to stop myself from over planning this year, as that always gets me into trouble. I feel as though sometimes it may be good just to decide on something and do it...at least for an endless thinker like me.
SWAP 2021 / Re: SWAP 2021 - General Discus...
Last post by Susan in Saint John - November 21, 2020, 05:48:42 pm
I am planning to participate but I haven't had time to do any planning just yet.  I'm doing a philosophy course and I have an essay due in a couple of weeks.  Once I get that out of the way, I'll have some time to putter in my stash.  My SWAP will come from stash almost certainly as I shopped in Montreal early this year -- pre-Covid.

Since last year's SWAP, I've done a couple of online classes which have produced a sleeveless block which makes me happy and a sleeved shirt block which is OK.  I'm currently enrolled in a pants class to create a trouser and a jeans block but I am seriously behind because of the philosophy class commitment.  I am anxious to start planning SWAP which is an incentive to get the essay out of the way.

I'll post a thread once I figure out enough to know what to call it.
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