Just wanted to chime in and let you know that DragonLady has set up a gallery for SWAP, and I will be putting up my suggestions for photo rules, which will basically be the same as they are every year... one photo of the whole grouping (taken all together, not a composite), and photos of the individual garments, plus at least one showing clothing "as worn" on whoever the SWAP is for... It might be good to show a photo of what the new thing you learned is... I know I plan on taking a photo of my "tower placket" We don't have to vote if none of the participants want to have that happen; in my personal opinion, we are all winners, since we have been participating, have been surviving, and as far as I have been able to discern, our SWAP clothing has been doing exactly what it is intended to do, to become part of our wardrobes! I would love to see pictures of what the folks who didn't make 11 garments did make, because the purpose of SWAP is to inspire thinking about making clothing that combines well
Oh my gosh I would love that. To be honest, I really don't care to compete at all and would be happy just to share my collection for the fun of it and not be part of the voting at all. I would love to see what everyone else has done. In fact, I would love that as a permanent aspect of SWAP.
Wendy, I hear you on the hot temperatures! I put on my sweater a couple of weekends ago when it was 38 C and I think I gave myself heatstroke! Stay cool!
What are the thoughts about the SWAP photos this year? Not sure how many folks have finished as per the official rules, so rather than not have many entries I would love if this year anyone who has sewn part of their SWAP can take photos and share them with us. That would allow us all to enjoy and celebrate what has been sewn, and the makers involved.
If the weather holds up I hope to do some photos this weekend, then post them to my blog and share them here as links.
Last post by warpjr1965 - July 01, 2020, 06:18:55 pm
Well, I am done as well! The Farrow dress will not make an appearance, as I had some issues with the fabric stretching on the bias, which threw off the Geometry of the front seams. I believe I can fix it, but it is not hemmed, and therefore, not done.
I did some serious sewing this time and have more than 11 garments, which is great. I'll do some mixing and matching and come up with a grouping I like.
Plaid matching across the front was challenging, what with the cut on front band. I went with narrowing the pink band along the fold lines and then matching the edges so that the darker purple of each made up the width of one purple.
Sleeve plackets cost me what little sanity I had left. Still ended up a tad off on but since I had recut one a couple of times (as there is a clear directional twill weave running diagonally - first time got the plaid right, but the twill weave ran on the opposite diagonal), I decided to live with it. Cut the cuffs cross grain to get a solid stripe of the purple around the wrist. What's the saying? "The fabric always wins"? B4004 - Sleeve Plackes
Sorry to hear that you have not been able to sew as much as you would have liked, @CCL. The recent sewing you have shared is beautiful, as always. Sorry to hear, too, @Medea that you have not completed your collection, as I love to see your work!
I just reviewed the rules - phew, I'm still in line. My collection morphed and meandered a little bit, but the initial inspiration of my ancestors and plaid actually morphed into something along the same lines, in the sense that it became about nature to some extent and became somewhat of a Canadian camping hybrid collection. The sweater is what ties it all together, and I'm thinking that I'll include a lightweight outdoor jacket I made a few years back as a second go-with-everything item. It became more about comfort and ease in my environment, versus more sophisticated versions of "lumberjack chic," which was my original title for the collection. In essence, it is more lumberjack than chic, but that's OK! It's my affirmation SWAP. Although the coat is almost done it will not be included in the collection as I am still finishing up the embroidery, and it would also be problematic to wear a wool coat over the shorts I made. My new technique tried therefore is not the tailoring of the coat but rather sewing with knits (my first time, amazingly!).
I think this is the final cut of my lumberjack chic/affirmation SWAP:
- green minoru jacket made a few years ago (goes with everything) - love light sweater, inspired by my natural environment and also the pandemic (goes over everything) - lightweight denim navy blue flares (casual) - orange and grey plaid shirt - green silk shirt, inspired by nature (I can dress up my jeans from time to time) - navy blue button down - navy blue knit polo shirt - blue linen shorts - blue heather knit scoopneck top - red and blue "tulip" denim skirt - one final item to be decided, but I think a brown linen skirt I made from a camping-inspired Burda spread a couple of years ago, with wooden buttons and big pockets