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SWAP 2020 / Re: PatternReview "Sewing Bee"
Last post by Lisanne - March 04, 2020, 02:13:28 am
Round 4 winner
https://sewing.patternreview.com/blog?s=2635601
Again, astonishing the levels of ability and imagination shown, in both sewing and writing, and in the time. . .

Grand overall Winner announcement now delayed to Thursday.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 - Official Rules
Last post by Susan in Saint John - March 03, 2020, 06:38:50 pm
Just wondering, if bra-making could be my new technique and a bra could be one of my SWAP garments.  It could be worn under all the tops probably.  However, I'm not sure how I would handle the photos.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Paris in November?
Last post by Susan in Saint John - March 03, 2020, 06:34:02 pm
Well, here we are in the first week of March.  I spent 5 days last month at a bra making course.  I came away with 1 wearable bra -- could this be my new technique?  I could wear it under all my tops as part of my outfits -- would it count as a garment for SWAP?

The silk dupioni blouse is nearing completion.  I decided not to make curved bound buttonholes.  I carefully plotted out the buttonhole locations around the curve, thread traced the locations, and made narrow machine buttonholes which because they are relatively small follow the curve.  I just have the sleeve hems to finish.

I have kind of lost interest in doing a skirt as I rarely wear them.  I do need to come to grips with making trousers!  The Sewing Workshop West End Pant -- really a culotte is a possibility and may be relatively easy to fit.

While rummaging in my stash looking for bra making supplies, I found another bin which contained several fabrics which may work in this SWAP.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by CCL - March 03, 2020, 09:30:32 am
Quote from: mahgret on March 01, 2020, 07:03:19 pmHa the jokes on me.  I ordered a few different types of buttons to try out on my chiffon blouse and one set I ordered are the hugest buttons I have ever seen! They are almost two inches around.  They are shaped like little black shirt buttons and since there was nothing in the photo for reference I got confused.  It will be fun to think of something to use them on.

Mahgret - half my current button collection started out like that!
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by stephaniecan - March 02, 2020, 06:13:26 am
I have heard about that gelatine tip before, @Morzel, but never tried it. Interesting.

@CCL : Sounds like a good temporary solution for your buttons dilemma! No - no wearing yet of the green blouse. I did put in the buttonholes in the hidden placket yesterday but I admit that I am a bit worried about messing up the buttonholes on the cuffs and so have been waiting on those. :)

I made progress yesterday in fiddling with a pants toile and my coat toile, although I am fussing a bit over the coat as I am not sure how much additional ease I might need. Am waffling between starting with a jacket version and just jumping in to cut the coat with wide seam allowances
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by Morzel - March 02, 2020, 12:13:42 am
As I said before, I am meandering... I sewed a shift dress yesterday in linen to perfect my new pattern. I want to sew it up in wool crepe as an evening dress.

I also tried a new-to-me-thing (I won't say technique, as it is not really a sewing technique): I pretreated the silk I plan for a simple shell for it not to be so slippery. I used a Threads tipp and soaked it in gelatine. I dissolved two teaspoons of gelatine powder in 1/2 liter of cold water, let it soak for half an hour. Then slowly poured in 1 liter of boiling water while stirring. I added a bit more cold water because it felt too hot - don't know how silk reacts to hot water... let the silk sit in there for an hour and let it dry over the line. It is wonderful to work with now that the fabric is dry - not too stiff, not slippery. When I am finished sewing, I will just wash out the gelatine and am done!
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by mahgret - March 01, 2020, 07:03:19 pm
Ha the jokes on me.  I ordered a few different types of buttons to try out on my chiffon blouse and one set I ordered are the hugest buttons I have ever seen! They are almost two inches around.  They are shaped like little black shirt buttons and since there was nothing in the photo for reference I got confused.  It will be fun to think of something to use them on.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by CCL - March 01, 2020, 11:05:23 am
Thanks Morzel, KathrynT and also DementedFairy,  I have some fur hooks on hand and I am probably going to try a snap and the fur hook at the collar neckline - then leave the front open.  If I end up not liking it before next winter I can redo with buttonholes.

I am going to find another new technique - or will try hand or bound buttonholes on one of the jackets. 

Stephaniecan - have you had any chances to wear your beautiful green silk blouse?
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by Morzel - March 01, 2020, 12:08:28 am
@CCL Just thinking:  those big SNAPs: just sew them on, try it out, if you don't like the way they behave with the front, take them off and go on to buttons. The Snaps are non-invasive, so to say, it can't hurt to try them out (with thin thread, that is).
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by Morzel - March 01, 2020, 12:04:58 am
@Helen M  have fun on your vacation! Your are well under way with a coat finished... and four other items. So the major part has been done already. Lovely shirt.

@dementedfairy the shirt sleeve looks great... soo much work! I am looking forward to the finished shirt.

@indigotiger again, such a nice touch to your garment... block printing the leggins. They look great!
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