Last post by luz clara - November 20, 2020, 11:57:15 am
Last week I carefully put all of my "special" fabric into a suitcase to take w/me to my temporary place while our house is getting repairs and renovations. The contractor declared that we could not stay here during the construction project. I figure, as long as that special fabric is all in one place, I might as well take off my "ohhh it is too too special" glasses and put on my "get real, it's not that precious" glasses, sharpen my claws, and start cutting and sewing. Life is too short for overly - precious material objects! Do I have a genuine plan for this SWAP? Not quite. But stay tuned, because it will be fun, and possibly crafty. Luz Clara
@Sew Ruthie Sews Ruthie, I agree with Susan that you seem the type of person to land on your feet. I don't want to sound Polyannaish, but sometimes I find a shake-up, even if not desired, turns out to open new doors/ways of thinking. Maybe I'm too much of an optimist. I like your plan, anyhow - to stay open to everything.
@indigotiger SO happy to see you here. I do hope you will participate and also make some pretty things to relieve the gloom. I also have been pretty isolated for seven months (my latest company has been the plumbing crew gutting my home... ). I don't need new clothes, but I am treating myself just because I am worth it!
Last post by Grasshopper - November 20, 2020, 08:29:28 am
It is lovely to see everyone's thoughts and plans starting to materialize. I'm so enjoying seeing everyone check in here. The friendship and comradery of this group across the miles and time zones is especially comforting right now.
@mahgret, I can commiserate with your desire to "up your game." I feel strongly that I want to do the same, especially since my work wardrobe needs to be casual and has somewhat become intertwined with my home wardrobe since I don't really need business wear much any more.
@Sew Ruthie Sews, I am continuing to send positive thoughts your way for your job situation. I like the idea of a "ready for anything" collection and I think the pieces you identified would mix and match well for that.
@stephaniecan, you have some lovely fabrics! I can appreciate your feelings on making something with the fabric your beloved gave you. There's the fear of cutting into it and ruining it weighed against the joy he will feel when seeing you wearing it as a beautiful garment. I also like your goal of finally making a garment before Dec. 26! I want to do the same. Sometimes progress is best made through the achievement of the smaller goals, isn't it?
@mudcat, I also really want to work from my stash this year, too. I have so many pieces of beautiful fabric that deserve to be made up and worn.
@Turquoise, I like your outfit inspiration color palette ideas. It seems like using your olive green jeans is a great starting point. Taking a favorite garment and expanding upon how to wear them is very smart.
@indigotiger, I too have not done much sewing in many months, but after finally getting my sewing room *mostly* unpacked and set up after our move and finishing up a UFO last weekend, my stress level has decreased and my desire to sew has steadily increased. I hope that you will find your way back to it as well.
I have been doing lots of thinking on what I need, what I want to sew, and what fabrics I have in my stash, but I haven't decided yet what I want to do. I expect that I will spend some time this weekend looking through my fabric stash to see what combinations I come up with.
Last post by Turquoise - November 20, 2020, 07:49:23 am
I've been having a look at outfit ideas on the internet to help me broaden ideas for colours that will work with my green jeans and colours that I think will suit my colouring. I've put my favourite ones together into a collage. I think this will help decide on fabrics from my stash.
Last post by Turquoise - November 20, 2020, 01:15:45 am
@mudcat Have you made the Style Arc Como cardi from a sweater knit before? - if so did you size down? I just made it from a sweater knit and it was way too big even bearing in mind it's supposed to be oversized.
Last post by Turquoise - November 20, 2020, 01:05:49 am
@indigotiger - so good to hear from you and to hear that you are thinking you might go back into the sewing room. I am finding sewing a great comfort at this time, especially now I feel part of a community project again with SWAP and hope it can be for you too.
Last post by indigotiger - November 20, 2020, 12:38:16 am
It occurred to me that my just disappearing off the forum was somewhat ill timed, with the pandemic and all that, so I poked my nose in to see what was going on, and lo and behold it is SWAP season again, and treefrog has created a dandy of a plan! I wasn't intending to even consider joining in, since A. I have enough clothing, in part because I have been strictly isolating since early March, with nowhere to go and no other humans to see, and B. I have done basically no sewing in all those months, (other than making masks for folks, which, while necessary and useful, sucked all the joy from my stitching life)...
But, with the "half monty" option, I could fill in some of the obvious remaining wardrobe gaps, and maybe rescue my moribund mojo and start sewing again... Hmmm six garments... maybe a pair of overalls, that raincoat I keep making false starts on, definitely a cardigan and/or a soft unstructured jacket, and I do want to stitch up a new summer popover dress from the "indigo tiger" rayon. While I do not need any more knit tops, I have some fun mushroom print knits sitting on the shelf. Not making any promises, but it might be time to take the (virtual) shovel to the cluttered mess my former sewing space has become, pick up the mounds of scraps that weren't big enough to make masks from, look through some of the garment lengths of fabric, and see if I can find my way back to what formerly brought me so much pleasure
Last post by mudcat - November 20, 2020, 12:21:10 am
For my pre-made item I'm going to start with the SA Como Knit Cardi from one of my sweater knits. Not sure if I'll go with the french lilac cotton tweed or the dark plum tweed both from EOS in 2006 & 2005 respectively. It'll depend on which other knits will work best with one of them for the Como Knit Pants and Como Knit top. It's possible I will have to buy some fabric to work with them though I prefer to work from my stash.