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SWAP 2021 / Re: CCL's Sew What You Got - 2...
Last post by CCL - February 02, 2021, 09:14:28 am
So far, so good.

White basting thread marking the grainline on all the back pieces and sleeves.  Not noticing too much of a shade difference with the sleeves cut in opposite direction of the body.


B6388 with rib-line basting (for grain) still in by CCL photos, on Flickr

Going to baste up the side seams later and see if the fit is not too tight. 

Thanks to @stephaniecan and @Hilda Rose for the links to the vest pattern and burda magazine - Am adding to my pattern stash!
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SWAP 2021 / Re: Wendy's Ever Wandering SWA...
Last post by warpjr1965 - February 01, 2021, 09:10:22 pm
Well, I wandered right off that list and made a circle skirt instead.
Fabric is a textured knit from JoAnns, it is a little bit cheerleader-y gold for me, but I'll give it a go for work this coming week. I finished the entire thing TODAY. That is unheard of for me. And yes it is even hemmed!

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SWAP 2021 / Re: SWAP 2021 - General Discus...
Last post by LillieT - February 01, 2021, 03:36:03 pm
@luz clara - thank you for the encouragement.  My recovery is going very well, and yes, it is a medical miracle.  I am walking without aides short distances in the house.  I use the walker when I go outside.  Totally pleased with how it is going.  I fell in a local restaurant and sheared the ball off my right hip several years ago and had to have it replaced.  T'was a shame as it was a perfectly good hip.  Anyway, changed the way I walked on the knee and it began to erode the  knee joint until I got to the point where replacement was the only option.  My hip sets off the airlines monitors plus I have a plate in my right arm as well.  I do kind of list to the right now with all that metal on the right side.
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SWAP 2021 / Re: SWAP 2021 - General Discus...
Last post by Turquoise - February 01, 2021, 03:24:45 pm
Great to hear you're ready to start sewing @warpjr1965 - I look forward to seeing what fabric speaks to you!

@LillieT  - your grey wide-legged trousers and top are lovely.  Silhouette Pattern's "Carole's Jacket" is a great idea for piecing fabrics.  It's a favourite pattern  of mine. 

You've reminded me I cut one out of two old pairs of grey jeans a while ago and the pieces are in my sewing cupboard somewhere.  When I finish my half-monty I should probably try and find them. I love grey and your mix of grey with yellow is inspiring me to think of adding some yellow to my wardrobe in the future.
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SWAP 2021 / Re: Lillie's Late to the Party...
Last post by LillieT - February 01, 2021, 03:15:32 pm
Lotti is finished and I am quite pleased with her.  I had a few hiccups, mostly due to working with thrifted shirts instead of yardage.  I have also finished the grey wool double knit wide leg pants.  The legs are a bit wider than I had in mind but otherwise a win as far as I am concerned.  Lillie, (that voice in my head that talks to me - especially when I'm about to do something really stupid) informed me that I wouldn't find those wide legged pants in the "Old Ladies Harper's Bazaar".  Probably true, but I like them and will get a lot of wear out of them. 
I was able to cut a sleeveless shell from the left over Grey wool double knit.   I used CJ Patterns Keyhole top that is designed to be reversible.  Since I didn't want it reversible I am going to serge the neck and armhole edges, turn under 1/4" and edgestitch.  I remember reading somewhere here (don't remember who said it) that they had a high end top that the arm and neck edges were finished that way.  That was the technique recommended for the Lotti sleeves and it looks really nice.   
Slight change of plans for the Zambeesi style jacket.  After going through all of my patterns I decided to use Silhouette Patterns Carol jacket as a starting point.  With it's many pieces it should be easy to zig zag the various knits onto a backing.  I have a very stable white knit that I plan to cut the pieces out of and then apply the knits.  Once all the pieces are covered I can sew it together. I think I will eliminate the cuff/placket on sleeve and add welt pockets in the side seams.  How I line it is still being figured out.  This project will definitely be a  "figure it out as you go" kind of project. 
That's what I love about sewing - there are few, if any, absolutes.  You aren't bound by the directions if you want to do it another way. You can add or subtract components, lengthen or shorten, the end results are only limited to your resources, skill sets and imagination. 

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SWAP 2021 / Re: Turquoise's All Seasons Al...
Last post by Turquoise - February 01, 2021, 03:05:18 pm
I've been following Alison Smith's Craftsy class on tailoring with the green jacket I've been making and this is the first time I've put sleeve heads and floating chest pieces in a jacket.  I thought it looked very odd on my dress form inside out for stitching but was relieved to see how nice the shoulder area looks when you try it on and those sleeve heads stop jutting out like some sci-fi costume.  The fabric is a little prone to fraying so I've hand-stitched the seam allowances down with herringbone stitches.  It's been quite a relaxing process.  I need to cut out the lining to start the next stage and can't make up my mind between a bold, contrasting pink lining or one of the more aqua/turquoise ones I have in my stash.


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SWAP 2021 / Re: SWAP 2021 - General Discus...
Last post by stephaniecan - February 01, 2021, 12:19:36 pm
Also nice to "see" you, Wendy @warpjr1965.
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SWAP 2021 / Re: SWAP 2021 - General Discus...
Last post by stephaniecan - February 01, 2021, 12:19:10 pm
Loved your comments @luz clara. Ha ha - I remember reading To the Lighthouse. I think I had to start it three times before I finally read it. I love V Woolf but that one did not grab me at the time. Love your "difficult" books goal. It made me want to tick a few books off my list that I have been meaning to go back to. Enjoy! (Oh and I love the brooch idea. I hope you will share some photos?)

Oh and PS hoarding orange fabrics does not seem like a bad thing. After the statement coats at the inauguration I am guessing that bright coats will be a trend (although I am not American and I bought the coat fabric for mine a year and a half ago I think). :)

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SWAP 2021 / Re: SWAP 2021 - General Discus...
Last post by warpjr1965 - February 01, 2021, 08:22:29 am
Oh my, such inspiration! You all are cracking on beautifully.
I think I am ready to start again, there is a little more space in my life now.
I really am going with a no-plan approach. I need to clean out my stash, and the first fabric or project that speaks to me wins!
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SWAP 2021 / Re: SWAP 2021 - General Discus...
Last post by luz clara - January 31, 2021, 04:10:08 pm
I have one of my precious fabrics basted together for a shirt. And I have precious fabric plans simmering on all burners. January has been a month of scattered and fragmented life, coated in melted 22k gold. I think I have most of the patterns and fabrics that tried to elude my grasp corralled now, and a cutting-out extravaganza begins tomorrow!

Meanwhile, what impressive moves you all have made.

Karine, your jumpsuit is really something. I generally fear jumpsuits b/c of the bathroom issues, but yours looks ready to be jumped in.

CCL, I am also visiting the land of TNT patterns. My SWAP is starting to look like several versions of the same pattern. "Not fussing too much" is practical if you ask me!

Stephanie, your yellow coat is going to be gorgeous! I have been hoarding bright orange fabrics with a vague plan to make a coat. I don't think I will need to hide any time soon! And the curved pockets on your plaid shirt a completely admirable. It's a great shirt!

Ruthie, your coat fabric is beautiful. Your suit and blouse is too - You are always so well organized and productive, and you really hit the balance in your SWAP's between clothes for Pilates and regular life, and elegant pieces for work/elegant moments. Sigh, that jacket is really smashing!

Lillie your yellow and grey plan is very nice - I love yellow clothes. While your knee is recovering, you can be cheery thinking about yellow. I had a knee replacement in 2019 and it was a medical marvel as far as I'm concerned. I felt like I was in an episode of Star Trek. . . and I was bummed out that no airport scanner ever beeped about my knee so I couldn't flash my knee replacement card that identified the thing in my leg. . . hope your recovery is going well.

Elise, that Valentina dress is so pretty. And your SWAP is so well planned! I especially admire your "Any disasters may be replaced by" category!

Indigotiger, nooooo dead laptop sounds pretty bad. I dropped mine last week, and it is (in my non professional opinion) moribund but possibly fixable. I have to take it to a repair place and I just haven't gotten it together to go there. I'm looking forward to seeing your capelet and hope you crack the code for the underflap of your dreams. I decided to make a brooch to commemorate the hard challenging books I will read in 2021. So far, brooch 1 is To The Lighthouse. The second will be Moby Dick, although not for a month or so. Good grief it is a long book.

Luz Clara
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