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SWAP 2020 / Noum's Vertical Variations
Last post by Noum - November 21, 2019, 07:31:51 pm
Well the rules are fun, and after a long sewing hiatus I'm back at the sewing machine stronger than ever. So while my theme/plan is just in the early stages, I know that I want to explore having more verticality in my outfits. I've been on the Kibbe Facebook groups, and all I can say for sure at the moment is that I need a strong vertical element in my outfits for best effect, which is not necessarily something I was thinking about much before. As I'm a pretty casual person, Kibbe's approach of always going for full Head to Toe outfits that are very specific to a situation is rather new to me. To be honest it seems like a lot of work at times, but I figured a SWAP was a perfect opportunity to explore this approach. So I aim to create 3-4 outfits for specific situations (which I will describe in detail when I get there), in which I hope to explore different ways to create a strong vertical line effect.

At the moment I can see myself using color, seaming, and various other things to create a vertical line, as well as using long layers/coats, which would be a new style for me. Actually, I made my first knee length cardigan about a month ago, and quickly realized I have no coats whatsoever that are long enough to cover any long layer I might make... Since our 6 month-long winter is just starting, Ièd better change that! So I will make at least one coat (first time tackling such a thing!), which would be my "go with every piece" item, and if all goes well, I will make a second one. I'm very happy that CCL is running the coat/jacket challenge right now, it truly is a perfect timing! I traced and cut my pattern earlier today, now on to the muslin!

I am not sure yet what kind of palette I will end up using. I have my first real vacation in many years coming up, and will go to Ecuador for almost a month, leaving on Dec. 25th. So right now I'm more focused on sewing for that, and hopefully the items I make for that trip can become a way to fine tune patterns for the SWAP. But I'm pretty sure I will want my SWAP palette to be very cohesive, and I will probably come up with one or two inspiration images to use that I will post up here later.

I did complete (a week late but whatever) the only SWAP I participated in, and my skillset and sewing machine stable has greatly expanded since that time, so I feel a lot more confident about this process than I did the first time. It should be easier to put my ideas into practice, and I know I will again learn a lot!
SWAP 2020 / Re: Grasshopper's Fresh Femini...
Last post by Grasshopper - November 21, 2019, 12:33:08 pm
More specific planning:

Group 1 - 1 or 2 items that MUST coordinate
1.  Dark wash bootcut jeans (will also serve as my RTW option)
2.  Dark denim trousers???

Group 2 - 9 or 10 items that MAY coordinate
1.  Ivory cardigan - McCall's 5978
2.  Aqua turquoise cardigan (McCall's 5978) or casual jacket (Butterick 5335)
3.  Creamy ivory cotton jersey knit top - xxxx xxxx
4.  Print top - New Look 6080
5.  Print top - xxxx xxxx
6.  Print top - xxxx xxxx
7.  Ivory flutter sleeve bow blouse - Butterick 5859
8.  White knit top, embroidered with the cardigan colors - xxxx xxxx
9.  Blouse/top - xxxx xxxx
10.  Placeholder, should I decide not to make the denim trousers

The key for the print pieces will be finding prints that I like containing most, if not all, of the topper colors for ultimate versatility and also being the right fabric type.
SWAP 2020 / Helen M's 'As Yet Untitled' SW...
Last post by Helen M - November 21, 2019, 11:01:13 am
As it says I haven't yet thought of at title for my SWAP but wanted to get started to see where it takes me.

I'm planning on 2 'must go with' bottoms + 9 tops which will probably form 2 groups.  Some will go with both of the bottoms, others not.

At the moment the 2 will be black pants, and navy RTW jeans.

I'm starting with my item that can be cut and sewn after the rules announcement and finished before main sewing can commence.

So item one is a Tessuti Brooklyn coatigan in red boiled wool. I have never made a coat before or used boiled wool so perhaps that could also be the 'new to me technique'? I have another one in mind so that could also change. I cut out today and have got as far as the pocket facing stitching. All the edges are left raw apart from the side seams so the careful cutting was a slow process.
CCL's Pre-2020 SWAP Jacket Challenge / Re: The Pendleton '49er Jacket...
Last post by Lisanne - November 21, 2019, 09:35:41 am
That collar curve is fascinating, thanks for the information.  Well worth carrying over.
The extended collar points are more 'of their time' and a style element without function that many people might not choose to have these days.
CCL's Pre-2020 SWAP Jacket Challenge / Re: The Pendleton '49er Jacket...
Last post by CCL - November 21, 2019, 07:06:09 am
Thanks,VWG, I didn't know that's what the curve accomplishes! Such great information.  I am thinking I want to add the curve now to other collar patterns.  I seem to remember some of the vintage patterns I have used in the past including it. 

We've been sick with whatever virus is going around, but I have managed to compare the collar on Gram's jacket to the pattern piece and start to get a workable collar pattern (at least to try on the muslin).

In case anyone else finds it interesting, here are two photos that hopefully show the comparison.

In the photo below I pinned the neck edge (accounting for the 5/8" seam allowance built into the pattern) of collar piece to the neck edge of Gram's jacket. Notice that the collar points of Gram's are quite a bit more exaggerated than the pattern piece from Pendleton.

49'er collar pattern piece tracing adjustments to match vintage jacket

I then traced Gram's collar (without seam allowances) to make a new pattern - roughly a medium.    The photo below is the traced pattern piece over the traced pattern piece of the Pendleton 70th anniversary pattern.

Vintage traced collar piece overlaid on 70th anniversary pattern piece

It will be a while before I get back to this as I have a vest to make for BH, but I am trying to keep going on it in spare moments.
SWAP 2020 / Re: Grasshopper's Fresh Femini...
Last post by Grasshopper - November 20, 2019, 12:33:46 pm
The blouses and cardigans...

The cardigan is a bit dark in the photo, being more of a royal blue.  I think I would like to have two more toppers:  an ivory cardigan and either a cardigan or casual jacket matching the aqua turquoise in the print.  With dark wash bootcut jeans as my main bottom, an array of blouses in solids and coordinating prints to go with the different cardigans would give me lots of outfit options.
SWAP 2020 / Re: Grasshopper's Fresh Femini...
Last post by Grasshopper - November 20, 2019, 12:26:18 pm
I've been a bit out of pocket with the start of my new job, but my mind has still been simmering on my SWAP plans.  I have a few RTW pieces that are really driving my plans this year.  I recently thrifted a couple of blouses and cardigans all from the same label, so they work together really well, along with a green cardigan I already had.  The colors in the print blouse have been my main inspiration.

SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by Morzel - November 19, 2019, 04:22:35 am
@Scottiesews when the stuff is out one always gets more done- as soon as you pack it away, there is more work involved than just sitting down to weave a few strands... so one doesn't start with a small time frame... Interested to have a peep of that scarf!
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by Scottiesews - November 18, 2019, 05:10:07 pm
@Morzel The last item on the loom was a scarf. Had to put it away while I decorate a bedroom & I simply can't find anymore time! I do have a hoodie type top cut out but quite when I'll get to it, I have no idea.
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by Morzel - November 18, 2019, 12:20:26 am
@Scottiesews I wish your husband all the best! Good to see you again- I am looking forward to your SWAP start. What's on your loom right now?

@warpjr1965 yes, do sew up that moto jacket, as the pattern (and the colour for it) sounds great, even if it does not fit into the colour scheme. Which, by the way, sounds very fashionable.

@MsSindy those fabrics look beautiful! I can't wear orange, but seeing your orange wool makes me want some myself... How come you think the red/black print does not look good with the tan wool? I think it looks good together in one of the photos. I'd wear it (IF I were to wear orange... :D ) Tackling the pants pattern right away seems smart.

@treefrog as for being short of fabric, nothing left for back pockets - could't you use some different fabric for back welt pockets? (You could use black satin fabric for the welts and red pocket fabric for a bit of tail feather...  ;D )

@kushami your choices of jacket patterns and considering length - one has a bit of parka styling. (If you use a flowy fabric) You could use a long length for both pencil and full skirts. Like so:

I am thinking about a smart parka style jacket/coat myself - the Kelly by Sewaholic. We'll see.
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