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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...
SWAP 2020 / Re: Demented Fairy's A-Lister ...
Last post by dementedfairy - June 23, 2020, 01:51:24 pm
Well, no progress on the SWAP but a fair bit has happened
I carried on sewing scrubs [current count is at 76] then made  a cock up of cutting and had to order a bit more fabric, which was out of stock, blah blah.  I have 24+ sets cut out after some mammoth sessions, but have lost the will. 
I made some masks for us , my parents, and colleagues
I made a  couple of very simple summer tops, which have been worn
I got hit with Bell's palsy just before my ruddy 60th birthday.  It's been unpleasant, has made my new glasses impossible to use, so my sight's been all over the place, plus lots of pain.  I was worried it would hit me as badly as it did my mum [she had it 20 years ago and it never healed] BUT it seems to be mostly better now bar occasional pain and twitchiness
Good side of it was combined with eyesight and age, I got out of having to go back into school, so I am working on a live online teaching project to start, hopefully to continue with long term to support my A level students
No progress whatsoever on the SWAP bar getting the rose sleeve shirt back onto the table.
I'm baking  a lot though, enjoying trying yeast recipes I haven't dared try before for some reason soft orange glazed rolls were LOVELY, and I'm doing bagels
  and soft finger rolls today
All the SWAP items have been worn before and after lockdown but are work clothes, so I'm not feeling any urgency to finish.  I suppose I might just wake up in the next 7 days and go crazy, but it won't be complete even then
I'll eventually feel happy to be photographed again and will blog what I have, but I think this is a bust as regards completing the competition on time!

Ah well, I love the clothes and WILL get the final items done for the autumn
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by Lisanne - June 23, 2020, 02:39:53 am
Quote from: Susan in Saint John on May 31, 2020, 09:50:23 am
Quote from: Lisanne on May 20, 2020, 02:27:02 amSusan in St John - I am very interested by your mention of the Alexandra Morgan fitting class
I have a successful bodice from Brooks Ann Camper's Top Class, but I do need to add some sleeves for it to be useful - and I have unusual armholes.
Does the Alexandra Morgan class deal with that, or assume armholes are a standard shape ?

The armholes start out as a standard shape but by the time you totally customize the pattern, you have custom armholes and custom sleeves to fit them. It may take a couple of samples to work this out.  I have to say that this is absolutely the best course I have ever taken on fitting and I highly recommend it.  It is well worth $300 CAD. 

Many thanks for your reply Susan.  Sorry for taking so long to react, I haven't been keeping up with SWAP recently (for some reason I've been into embroidery during shut-down), and at $300 I though it was birthday-present-worthy - but I now see the course is $130cad  :D
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by warpjr1965 - June 22, 2020, 06:01:21 pm
Stephanie, I hope you can get some sewing done, would love to see what you put together!  But take care of yourself above all.

I've had a think about my 2 items, and I do believe I can get it to work out.  I muslined the Farrow dress and it looks good as is, even the length, so this week sometime I will cut the fabric out.

I need to find some type of pullover pattern for the yellow fleece, but I only have 1.25 yards to work with, so that will be challenging. Tonight I'll take a stroll through the pattern stash and see what I come up with.
SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by stephaniecan - June 21, 2020, 08:51:23 pm
You guys are all great! Mahgret, thinking of you and hoping you are healing up nicely!

I am within striking distance but I have been suffering in the heat wave without AC and admit I just couldn't bring myself to sew this weekend. I did trace a pattern, however, so will try to whip up one or two of those this week (and then can push through to finish my shorts and (cut out) pants next weekend. We'll see how it goes!
SWAP 2020 / Re: Ruthie's Red and Black Col...
Last post by Sew Ruthie Sews - June 21, 2020, 02:21:10 pm
New Look 6420 - Silk and jersey dolman sleeve top

I bought this silk fabric on a sewing weekend in London in July 2010. It is the inspiration for my SWAP colourway so I wanted to include it, but in a simple easy wear garment that suits the new normal.
The jersey was in my stash but bought before lockdown from the local fabric shop.

I picked New Look 6420, and initially made it up as the pattern. I then reshaped it so it came in closer under the arms and in the bust/waist area, flaring back out at the hem.

I also folded the neckband over and stitched it down for a clean finish and narrower neckband.
I finished the hems with a baby hem, as a coverhem hem would be prone to fraying on the woven silk.
I may shorten it in future, but reshaped it is much better.
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