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SWAP 2020 / Re: Pre-rules discussion SWAP ...
Last post by sdBev - October 15, 2019, 04:16:21 pm
Quote from: Grasshopper on October 15, 2019, 08:40:09 am...

I actually really like the idea of doing a SWAP where every top goes with every bottom.  This is always in the back of my mind, but it seldom happens in real life.  ...

You have to be really disciplined. Also disciplined about replacing those pieces as they become worn. It is a challenge that will reward you with a wardrobe that meets your lifestyle needs.
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Ok I am interested too - more in the jacket than a dress.
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Site News and Announcements / Re: default layout ?
Last post by DragonLady - October 15, 2019, 02:09:05 pm
It's supposed to be "responsive" and switch views according to your device.  I don't have a tablet or a phone, so if you're having issues, please upload a screen shot.  If all else fails, I'll talk to the dev team and see if maybe I have the settings wrong somewhere.
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Site News and Announcements / Re: default layout ?
Last post by Turquoise - October 15, 2019, 12:27:08 pm
Hi Lisanne, I'm on a Mac using OS Catalina.  I've just tried on safari on my Mac (typing this on my iPad) and I don't seem to see anything untoward.

When you say  it's what you assume is "tablet format " could you explain what you see in more detail - it's not just that the page hasn't loaded fully and you are seeing the page without css formatting is it?  I'd love to help but I'm not sure I totally understand what's happening and unfortunately it didn't happen when I tried to replicate on my Mac.

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Site News and Announcements / Re: default layout ?
Last post by Lisanne - October 15, 2019, 12:04:51 pm
I'm using a Mac.  I've had this happen using Safari on both OS Mohave and OS Catalina.
It is still happening for me in Safari on Catalina.
Hmm, it doesn't happen in Firefox, but I prefer not to have to keep changing browser. . .

P.S. ah, I get a correct response if I click on page 2 from SWAP 2020 > pre-rules discussion, in the general index for the whole site. 
But I get the odd response if I click to go on to page 2 from page 1 within the pre-rules discussion.

Aargh, now it's happened with another thread accessed directly from the Index. . .  the Autumn 6PAC.

Well now, at least so far I've managed to solve the problem by using a different access route !  but which item goes wrong seems to be random  :D
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Site News and Announcements / Re: default layout ?
Last post by Helen M - October 15, 2019, 10:40:21 am
It hasn't happened to me but can I ask which browser you use and is it a Mac or Windows operationg system?  I'm still on Windows 7 and sometimes changing browsers helps. Also try pressing the 'F5' button, it helped when I got a strange view on the sewing place forum a little while ago.

I'm dreading having to change to W10 in the next few months.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Pre-rules discussion SWAP ...
Last post by Grasshopper - October 15, 2019, 08:40:09 am
Quote from: indigotiger on October 14, 2019, 02:55:49 pmSusan commented:
Quote from: undefinedI remember the first SWAP I tried which was basically 4 bottoms, 6 tops that went with all the bottoms, and a jacket that went with everything.

just for fun I went back and looked at my own earliest SWAP, from 2005, which also met those critera:
I remember how much I struggled to get the "jean jacket" pattern to fit me. It took five toiles to make the pattern alterations to get the shoulders and armscye shapes to match the disparity between my very narrow shoulder width and my far too bodacious bosom! That aside, the wardrobe I made that year was one where every single top could be worn with any of the four bottoms, and the jean jacket could be worn over any of them. My goal that year was to make a casual transition season wardrobe, and it was very successful. All those pieces were worn frequently until they were too worn out to be mended, which took a few years


I actually really like the idea of doing a SWAP where every top goes with every bottom.  This is always in the back of my mind, but it seldom happens in real life.  As you have indicated, Indigotiger, pieces do get worn a lot more when they interchange easily within the wardrobe.  I also really appreciate the encouragement to take the time to assess wardrobe gaps prior to planning for SWAP.  I just went on a couple of job interviews and figuring out what to wear from my current closet was a little tricky.  Clearly, I need some more dressy pieces.
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CCL's Pre-2020 SWAP Jacket Challenge / Re: Any interest in a pre-2020...
Last post by CCL - October 15, 2019, 06:54:42 am
Dear Stitchers' Guild Friends:

Thanks Noum and everyone else who weighed in.

I am willing to do this - let's make it a "jacket / topper" that opens in front and has sleeves.  Needs to include one new to you thing: technique, type of fabric, pattern etc. (Lisanne - is the kimona style jacket pattern new to you?   ;D )

Two groups - Group 1 - Beginner to Intermediate and Group 2 - Intermediate to Advanced.  Winner of each group gets a $25 gift certificate to an online sewing vendor.

I will check with DL and Kathryn to get this set up and finish up the guidelines... but basically, let's run it the same way as we did last year - but starting a little later (let's say today is the start date) and wrapping up before New Year.

Here's the link for last year's guidelines.  Once I get a bit more time, I will update the instructions here and get the Mods to help me set it up.
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Site News and Announcements / default layout ?
Last post by Lisanne - October 15, 2019, 06:48:19 am
I usually look at SG on my desktop computer.  Just occasionally, without any action on my part, when I click to access a page it appears in what I assume is 'tablet' layout.  Narrow width, just the text of messages, no navigation buttons, no way of adding a comment. And there's no obvious way to get the usual format instead.  Annoying !  what could I be doing ? Thanks.
P.S. this is currently happening with the second page of the SWAP pre-rules discussion.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Pre-rules discussion SWAP ...
Last post by Noum - October 15, 2019, 01:41:50 am
Thank you for considering my suggestions Indigotiger! I looked at the rules for 2014 and it is indeed pretty much the same thing. I would like to argue in favour of accessories nevertheless, as they don't always take less time than garments. A one seam knit skirt would not take much longer and possibly less time than a simple scarf with a nice rolled hem. Some bags are very involved and take as much time as a pair of pants or a fitted shirt. A felted hat would also take a lot of time. Knitting a scarf is way more involved than sewing a pair of leggings or a t-shirt.
 
In most SWAPs that I've seen, there were 1-2 slots that could be filled by previously sewn or purchased items. Maybe allowing 1-2 accessories instead of previously sewn or purchased would not be such a different thing? I don't think that many people would choose that option, but it would be nice to have it. So a maximum of 2 items could be a) purchased (max 1) b) previously sewn (max 1) c)sewn accessories (max 2). This would also make a 3x3 formula easier to apply in warmer climates that don't need much layering but still want to find ways to look pulled together.

I'd be curious to hear what other people have to say about this. I'm returning to sewing a lot more after a few years of hardly any sewing, and I find myself aiming for a completely self sewn wardrobe including accessories, so obviously I'd be excited to be able to include this in the SWAP, but sewing accessories is a completely new area for me.
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