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SWAP 2020 / Re: Pre-rules discussion SWAP ...
Last post by indigotiger - October 14, 2019, 10:31:19 pm
Noum - I will add your comments to my list of ideas to think about. The model you are describing is basically what was chosen for SWAP 2014 aka Blue Mooney's "Algebra SWAP". Many of the strategies you describe can work for a number of different types of SWAP rules; that (3x3)+2 is one way to organise wardrobe sewing, if it works for your climate and lifestyle. Indeed, that is one of the great challenges of figuring out the SWAP rules - since we all live in different places around the world, with very different climates, different levels of formality, and different wardrobe needs, it is quite challenging to come up with rules that are flexible enough to suit everyone.

I am sure that while I will do my best to come up with guidelines to try and take all those things into account, that each and every one here will then have questions and aspects you want to change. How do I know: I've seen it every year, myself included!

As far as allowing "accessories", while there is no reason to not use accessories when photographing for SWAP, the focus of Sewing With A Plan has always been on garments, as they are the basic building blocks of a wardrobe (the "cake" as it were, for which the accessories are the "frosting"). Also, as someone who personally sews a number of my own accessories such as hats and bags, I also know that accessories are a lot faster to make than garments, and require significantly less in the way of "fitting".
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Pre-rules discussion SWAP ...
Last post by Noum - October 14, 2019, 09:48:27 pm
3x3 + 2

I've been exploring a system that recommends thinking in head to toe outfits instead of separate recombinable pieces, and I'm finding that it ensures that I wear what I make often. The idea is that you first imagine and describe a situation you can find yourself in, including how you want to feel and what impression you want to give. Then you imagine an outfit that would be appropriate, including the accessories that make it complete.

What I would propose for rules would be a 3x3 + 2. After describing a situation in this way, you create an outfit that has at least 3 components. In total there would be 3 3-piece outfits and 2 wildcards that can either stand on their own or be combined with the other outfits. You could use 3 different situations with different needs, or create more than one outfit for the same kind of situation.

I know that accessories have traditionally been excluded from the SWAP, but as their play such a large role in pulling an outfit together, I think they should be allowed, and it would make it pretty easy to create a stunning outfit by adding a hat, or scarf or bag that coordinates with your garments. If it's useful to your wardrobe, uses fabric and requires sewing, it counts! Plus, it would be a fun change for people who want to do this, but if someone is not interested they can just make more garments.

If the elements of your outfits can be recombined it's great, but I wouldn't make it an absolute requirement. Maybe that way it can encourage us to try something we haven't tried before, and become more stylish in the process!

You could include some color rules that make it look like a collection, like using at least one neutral element in each outfit and have that neutral be the same for all outfits, or have an overall palettes that works together even if the individual outfit pieces don't all work together, but overallI would just focus on creating at least 3 outfits that make us feel confident, beautiful, or whatever floats your boat.
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CCL's Pre-2020 SWAP Jacket Challenge / Re: Any interest in a pre-2020...
Last post by Noum - October 14, 2019, 09:29:08 pm
I just ordered fabric for a jacket, so definitely in for a jacket challenge!
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Pre-rules discussion SWAP ...
Last post by Lisa Laree - October 14, 2019, 07:57:50 pm
Quote from: Sew Ruthie Sews on October 11, 2019, 12:51:27 amLisa's made it even harder! The original SWAP was only 11 pieces (not 13) but they were specific
LOL!  I realized I typed in the wrong number when I logged back in...after being away for the weekend.  Yeah, it was eleven.  Egg on face.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Pre-rules discussion SWAP ...
Last post by Sew Ruthie Sews - October 14, 2019, 04:24:43 pm
On the fabric co-ordination I side I offer several possible approaches

1 - keep the print to one garment type, e.g tops in various different print knits, everything else a plain solid colour which picks out the colours of the tops.

2 - have one print (and potentially one plaid/tweed/boucle) which have multiple colours then have everything else in a plain colour found in the print/tweed, but then can use the print/tweed in different garments e.g. skirt and blouse or jacket and trousers.

3 - buy a long length of fabric and make a 6 yard wardrobe then add other pieces to co-ordinate.
Kate Mathews' "6 yard wardrobe" : jacket, dress, skirt, pants from 6 yards of the same fabric. This idea comes from her book "Sewing a Travel Wardrobe".

4 - sew a core four (Nancy Nix Rice) top, layer, 2 bottoms all in the same colourway (not necessarily the same fabric length) as a base
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Pre-rules discussion SWAP ...
Last post by indigotiger - October 14, 2019, 02:55:49 pm
Melinda asked:
Quoteis there an actual date that the rules are posted?  Or just sometime between now and December?
I checked back with when the rules have been posted in the past, and an overwhelming majority are posted between October 29 and November 6. So that is when I will be planning to put the rules up for 2020.

Susan commented:
QuoteI 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
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Pre-rules discussion SWAP ...
Last post by sewsy - October 14, 2019, 06:40:48 am
Quote from: Joyce P on October 13, 2019, 03:17:04 pmIndigotiger, that was an excellent summary of the SWAP process. I love the idea of making kits after the fitting process is completed. I think that's one way to avoid "wandering into the weeds" and losing one's focus - at least it would be for me. And anyone else who likes to chase the next shiny object  ::)

Indigotiger, I feel the same as Joyce. And, thanks to Towanda for asking the question which generated the response. I won't participate officially, but I think that this time I'll be sewing on the sidelines! Love everything that you've posted and being able to read your thought processes. Thanks also for the links as to the beginnings of SWAP.

I'm so enjoying this discussion.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Pre-rules discussion SWAP ...
Last post by Melinda_B - October 14, 2019, 05:59:46 am
Indigotiger, is there an actual date that the rules are posted?  Or just sometime between now and December?  Bearing in mind that no matter how clear you think they are, we'll pick them to pieces and interpret them in ways you could never conceive of!  I say that with great humour, as I've often thought rules were obvious, and then had someone question them.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Pre-rules discussion SWAP ...
Last post by Susan in Saint John - October 13, 2019, 05:23:00 pm
I 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.  I was overwhelmed coordinating the fabrics to say nothing of the style lines of the garments.  One year, the rules called for using a wardrobe pattern because that certainly simplifies coordinating the style lines of the garments. 

That said, a SWAP that conforms to those rules is a very useful addition to your closet.  Imagine packing for a several week long trip in a carry on suitcase --- well maybe something a bit bigger than that but definitely something that a little old lady can handle on her own getting on and off trains, through airports, etc.

It certainly takes time to assemble/acquire the fabrics which will play together nicely in a SWAP.  I am trying to develop TNT patterns for various garment types.  I need to muslin each new pattern and probably move on to make a wearable test garment before I'm ready to cut into my carefully curated SWAP fabric.

I don't think I'd do well preparing kits of cut out garments ready for sewing.  Unless I wrote myself copious notes I'd forget what I was thinking and by the time I got to sewing I might have changed my mind about some aspect of the garment.  Working in a series seems to be helpful for me.

Just thinking out loud here, I think my most productive approach to SWAP would be to start with a basic sleeved top pattern such as Montrose which would be sewn in a number of variations.  I did that quite successfully with the Springfield Top this summer.  For bottoms, I'd start with a basic trouser and go through the same process.  The top pattern might morph into a jacket or over layer. Or, if time permits, I might try a new jacket pattern or use my TNT shoulder princess pattern.  In the end, I'd have 2 more TNT patterns with variations and ideally 11 pieces that made packing for a trip easy.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Pre-rules discussion SWAP ...
Last post by Joyce P - October 13, 2019, 03:17:04 pm
Indigotiger, that was an excellent summary of the SWAP process. I love the idea of making kits after the fitting process is completed. I think that's one way to avoid "wandering into the weeds" and losing one's focus - at least it would be for me. And anyone else who likes to chase the next shiny object  ::)
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