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SWAP 2020 / Re: Simply Seaglass Swap 2020
Last post by Seaglass - November 27, 2019, 04:31:59 am
I learned a lot from the photos the Mr. took of me in my test top.  Things I didn't even think about: brush hair before taking picture, don't take picture in a hallway where we haven't replaced the baseboards yet, don't take a picture in garding pants and shoes, maybe it's time for a haircut, put dogs in other room so they don't photobomb picture, consider getting serious about loosing weight.

More importantly, I realized I need to do a sway back adjustment.  SO much pooling of fabric! I've never noticed that before because I don't look too closely at my backside. Also, I NEVER wear a sleeveless shirt outside without a sweater or over shirt as I need extra sun protection. If I cover the fitting issue with my hair, does it really exist?  (OK , I know that it does.)

Have a question for all you experts out there.  When making a sway back adjustment, taking a tuck in the back pattern piece from the center and tapering to the side seam, do you then true up the bottom so the hem is even....or does that just add back the fabric you just took out?

Rather than sitting still and licking my wounds, I redrafted the peasant blouse pattern and cut out a sample garment.  All ready to sit down and start sewing. It will be interesting to see if the sway back issue reappears on this top.  Not to worry, I made it in daughter #2's favorite color.  Most of you call them muslins or toiles, I call them unexpected gifting opportunities.

SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 - Official Rules
Last post by indigotiger - November 26, 2019, 02:36:54 pm
mudcat - if adding embroidery to a garment is a new thing for you, then it counts as a new-to-you technique.

You don't sound very enthused about the idea, though it does fit the  rules. My intent with that "requirement" is to encourage folks to stretch a little and maybe learn a new skill, not to force anyone to make a garment that won't be a pleasure to wear.

Maybe there is some other possibility that you have tried once before and would like to improve/perfect? I too am struggling to figure out what new thing to choose for my own SWAP sewing, and hope it will become clear to me before next April.
I did manage to cut the pattern this weekend. Next up is the tissue fitting process, which will take another weekend to do. Then I really should muslin. I hope I can finish, but this is not something i want to rush!
Hope progress on the jackets is going well.

I have not even traced the pattern for mine, and its going to be black which isn't great for sewing on dark Nov/Dec evenings. So plan to get started on that very soon.
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 - Official Rules
Last post by mudcat - November 25, 2019, 10:17:02 pm
I've been mulling over the new to me technique.  It needs to be something I'm sure I've never done as well as being something I'd actually wear. I'm thinking of using one of my embroidery stitches for the hem and possibly sleeves of a tunic. I'm certain I've never done that since it's not usually my style but I have a JJill tunic that has something like that and I don't mind it.  Would that work?
SWAP 2020 / Re: Simply Seaglass Swap 2020
Last post by Seaglass - November 25, 2019, 01:24:58 pm
Successfully completed the Ruby Top and it looks great.  However, it might be improved with a few adjustments.

   1) lengthen by 4 inches to allow for a generous double turned hem
   2) widen yoke by 1 inch for more ease
   3) reduce front neck edge by 1/4 to 1/2 to have it lay closer to my body
   4) adjust right shoulder seam to remove gaping from back armhole

Things I like about the pattern:
   1) easy to make with great video tutorials on line
   2) it's quite comfortable
   3) every seam is finished, so it looks good inside and out

Techniques I practiced:
   1) PDF pattern (my first one!)
   2) making and applying bias tape for armhole finish
   3) fully lined yoke - sausage style
   4) french side seams

Not a waste of time or talent as it will probably fit daughter #3 who is coming over this Friday.   I do want to stitch up a "throw-away'" muslin of the changes before I cut into dedicated SWAP fabric.

I'll have the Mr. take photo's this evening...and try to figure out how to post them! 

I have finished tracing the first camp shirt pattern I want to try, so I may start with the sleeves today to see if I need to adjust the bicep fit. 

I did find an older Simplicity 8634 peasant blouse pattern that I loved and saved from the 70's that I may want to add to my SWAP.  I still have a Mexican peasant blouse that I wear in the summer that is at least 45 years old and still going strong.  Looked at the Folkwear Old Mexico dress pattern, but not sure I would actually take the time to make more than one. 

Still need to go fabric shopping for my SWAP as my stash is mainly quilting cottons. I did go to the local Jo-Anns to pick up some interfacing and fabric for two tops.  I could drive out to Mood Fabrics in Los Angeles, but it's a 9 hour drive one way.
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by treefrog - November 23, 2019, 02:16:37 pm
@sewordinary Loved reading about your SWAP plan.  Sounds lovely, especially the beaded collar.
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by treefrog - November 23, 2019, 02:10:48 pm
Quote from: CCL on November 23, 2019, 06:42:00 amMay I rely on everyone's experience or suggestions on a simple pattern for a silk camisole?  I have never made undergarments for myself.
Hope you are both feeling better very soon.

I'm also planning a silk cami, possible with a lace insert.  I had been looking at the Ogden as I like the neckline.  I'm not sure if it is cut on the bias or not.  Another option is the Kate Bias Top by Just Patterns.  I've heard good things about the drafting.Neither of these I've tried 

I did make Kwik Sew K2589 last year.  It is cut on the bias with a narrow, straight grain facing.  It turned out a bit big but Ok to sleep in.

My plan is to draft my own.  If you have a look at this YouTube video by Sew Custom it shows the process, including reducing the neckline for the bust contouring.  Like the Ogden, the side bust dart is rotated as fullness at the hem.  I'm tempted to keep the dart as it may be too much fullness to wear as an underlayer.  I'm hoping to give this a try once the jacket is finished.

Speaking of the jacket, thanks for your lovely comment on the welts.  I think the crispness of the linen made them easier to do, although it has made easing the sleeve caps in a lot harder.  Sleeve head and shoulder pads are in.  Just need to handstitch the sleeve lining into the armhole and do the buttonhole now.
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by Lisanne - November 23, 2019, 09:42:21 am
Quote from: CCL on November 23, 2019, 06:42:00 amsuggestions on a simple pattern for a silk camisole?
Are you looking for one with bias bound edges ?  This one has a neck-armhole facing, no bust dart, and comes with a photo sew-along
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by warpjr1965 - November 23, 2019, 08:41:07 am
CCL I hope you feel better soon, and BH as well!

I have not made camis or under garments, but the Ogden cami is a very popular pattern these days. A sewing friend of mine loves this pattern, and she doesn't pull punches when it comes to pattern critique. :)

here's her post on the cami https://dressmakingdebacles.blogspot.com/2018/05/true-bias-ogden-cami.html

and here is the link to the pattern website: https://shop.truebias.com/product/ogden-cami
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