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SWAP 2020 / Re: Stephanie's Affirmation SW...
Last post by stephaniecan - June 29, 2020, 01:24:50 pm
Hello everyone,

Well, this is a horribly strange time. I am happy to see that everyone is getting on and there has been some lovely sewing completed.

I have continued chugging along and in total have nine items and one in progress. Technically I have an eleventh, but it is my almost-completed coat and the coat no longer goes with the collection, so I will have to finish item ten tonight and make something else tomorrow if I want to finish. We will see. I have tried and hope to finish for myself.

Recent items made include this slightly odd sweater. I had the idea of making moth motifs, and then I wanted to add words to express my feelings during this period. Moths move towards the light and love is what is sustaining me, of course:

I added a date stamp on the back:

Other recent makes include a foray into knit sewing. I'm definitely not yet an expert. The top is wearable, however, and I learned something.

I had been planning to make another one using this flamingo print fabric, but when it arrived it was too thin and stretchy to do the job. It awaits another project:

The story behind the flamingoes is a funny one. I was walking in the neighbourhood before my recent birthday when I saw that someone's children had put a forest of pink plastic lawn flamingos all over a lawn with a sign reading, "Happy Birthday, Dad." I sort of co-opted the message given that I had to spend my birthday alone, as I am separated right now from my partner and family.

Oh well, next year!

I just completed these trousers, too (shown in progress here, before waistband):

Sending hugs out to everyone. I hope to finish, but we'll see how things go tonight. I like the things I have made - many comfortable things; some even well-made! There's an organic simplicity to the things I am gravitating towards and they give me comfort.
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by stephaniecan - June 29, 2020, 12:14:10 pm
Thanks for your encouragement, Wendy!

I've found interesting the comments of others (indigotiger, Ruthie) about not completing a SWAP next year. I find the SWAP process so much fun as an organizing principle, but I also wonder about making 11 garments - or nine, as the case might be.

I'm not sure that I'm going to make it. I'm quite close, so I am hopeful that I can do it. If I include one previously made garment and one RTW, as well as the garments I have made to this point, I am currently at 9 pieces. My tenth in theory would actually be the coat I was working on early in the winter, as it is nearly finished and just needs to have the pockets sewn on and the lining in. I decided to exclude it, however, as my collection has veered towards a more summery one. I have a shirt half-way made and so if I finish it up tonight and make one more simple thing (maybe a t-shirt or tank) tomorrow, I will be done. We'll see if I have the concentration to do it.

In any case, I have enjoyed participating and thank indigotiger very much for her wonderful leadership.

Maybe next year I will also focus on capsules. Perhaps the SWAP concept could transition, too.

@Sew Ruthie Sews Sorry to hear about the uncertainty around work. That must be stressful.

A big hug to everyone!
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by sewsy - June 29, 2020, 06:30:20 am
I love your collection as well, Ruthie! Kudos!
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by warpjr1965 - June 29, 2020, 05:57:45 am
Well done Ruthie! I love your collection!

I hear you about the comfort clothing. It's pretty much all I wear both for work and home. I am still going in to the office, so I do need presentable clothing, but with social distancing my clothing needs have changed also.

I do have enough sewn to have a full collection, but I really want to get the Farrow dress in there, so I am pushing to complete it over the next few days. It will be challenging, but I think I can do it if I just take it step by step. It is a pretty simple dress with minimal fitting, the most complex part is the pocket construction, and the facings.
SWAP 2020 / Re: Ruthie's Red and Black Col...
Last post by Sew Ruthie Sews - June 28, 2020, 11:22:31 am
Here are my final 11 pieces, the coat on the right goes with everything (and over the jacket and both cardigans).
The other pieces make outfits that can be worn under the coat.

My new techniques are sewing with silk and sewing with pre quilted fabric.
SWAP 2020 / Re: Ruthie's Red and Black Col...
Last post by Sew Ruthie Sews - June 28, 2020, 05:16:11 am
Viscose and jersey T top - New Look 6216

This is the long sleeved top that is part of my favourite New Look 6216 pattern (I use the trousers all the time). I cut the front from a viscose woven fabric and the back and neckband from grey jersey

Compared to the New Look 6420 top it is shorter, and a lot less batwing in shape, but the longer sleeved version has a bateau neckline which I would change in future. The short sleeved version is a different pattern piece and has more of a scooped neckline.
So I think any future versions are likely to take elements from both views.
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by Sew Ruthie Sews - June 28, 2020, 02:19:49 am
I think I have my final selection made but will need to do photos of me wearing the items.
The weather was very hot, and now is very variable so a nice dry (but not too hot) day at the weekend for photos looks like next Sunday might be doable - what's the plan about photo rules/posting etc?

I am quite happy to post my photos to my blog and link them here for ease (saves having to upload them).

I think this might be my last year for SWAP as like @indigotiger I don't really need to sew 11 pieces for my wardrobe and predicting clothing needs into the future is very hard at the moment.

Due to menopause and lockdown eating I've gained weight and changed shape. Due to months of home working (I have an office job) I have favoured comfort and practicality. We only do voice + computer screen share calls not video conferencing.
Going forwards the company I work for is going to be heavily cutting 'backroom staff' which includes IT, though they start with senior management and work down so will be a while before they get to my level - perhaps Christmas. So my job could either change a lot or I might be looking for new work.
It difficult to plan ahead with sewing without knowing what will be happening on the work front.
So small seasonal capsules, filling wardrobe holes and sewing things that bring me joy are likely to be my future plans (set of rainbow cushions anyone?)
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by sewsy - June 25, 2020, 04:34:36 pm
CCL! I was just thinking about you! So glad to see you posting! Love the boatneck top, super cute! As is the plaid shirt. I'm with your niece on the button color. Purple, definitely. :)
SWAP 2020 / Re: CCL's Sew-Along SWAP - Fa...
Last post by CCL - June 25, 2020, 08:23:58 am

wool jersey tnt boatneck teeshirt
Been pretty out of the sewing garments loop for a while, but chugging along.  I finished the boatneck tee out the same wool jersey knit (FabricMart) as the dress - trying to use up fabric instead of returning sizeable remnants to the stash.

It's my Lekala 5645 TNT pattern, so nothing exciting but it has been worn plenty until the weather turned hot.

- B4004 shirt OOP resized for me

Almost finished with the brushed cotton plaid (Sawyer Brook).  Haven't decided on purple or black buttons.  Niece, with whom I have been daily corresponding as she begins her sewing journey, says purple, based on the fact that it is a shirt for me - had it been a shirt for a man, she'd have said go with the black.   Still a bit undecided, so in case any one would like to weigh in...please do... purple?  black?

B4004 shirt resized for me
 - purple button test

B4004 shirt
- black button test

Since dear niece is learning to sew, I took a lot of snapshots to document the journey - not so much as she's ready to take on plaid matching or even shirt making - though she is getting good at perfecting her own TNT shell blouse - but since who knows when I will undertake something like this again and so wanted to grab photos during construction.

Obviously not going to finish by the deadline, but plan to keep slowly sewing, as I always seem to do with SWAPs...probably will finish in 2022.
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by indigotiger - June 24, 2020, 03:21:39 pm
dementedfairy - I hope that you heal well and completely, and that your ability and desire to sew return... your baking looks delectable, and you have done a lot of sewing of selfless service in addition to your creative SWAP components

So, we all have about a week left for sewing in our much extended SWAP 2020, and I must say that everyone, whether or not SWAP is completed, are all winners at heart, at least in my heart! Even if all that is accomplished is a nicely coordinated addition to your wardrobe, or the enjoyment of planning, it is all good...

This might be my own last year of doing SWAP, as I do not foresee a future when I need to add another eleven garments to my wardrobe all at one time, but I am going to make a real attempt to complete the last two on my list for this year. I cut out the grey linen pinafore, and am going to cut out the canvas jacket this afternoon...
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