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SWAP 2019 Pre-SWAP discussion

Started by Lisanne, October 29, 2018, 03:35:32 am

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Lisanne

October 29, 2018, 03:35:32 am Last Edit: October 29, 2018, 04:41:16 am by Lisanne
Am I allowed to start a thread for all our comments between rules-issue and December 26 ?!

How amazing - I have never expected to have SWAP rules that fit in with my style of sewing  ;D

I could include :
1 RTW blouse
1 Pair pants
9 variants of a TNT layer !

I'm not making a commitment as I'm unlikely to be able to do it in the time.
But hey wow - Congratulations and Thanks to Mudcat    :thumbsup:    :thumbsup:

P.S. Of course the Rules work equally well for someone who loves to make each garment from a different pattern, or even all 11 items as different types of garment.
What freedom !
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
https://uk.pinterest.com/sewingplums/ - style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - good basic sewing techniques
https://easyjackets.wordpress.com - no need for tailoring, unless you want to
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - Peggy Sagers sew-alongs

Melinda_B

Quote from: Lisanne on October 29, 2018, 03:35:32 am
Am I allowed to start a thread for all our comments between rules-issue and December 26 ?!

How amazing - I have never expected to have SWAP rules that fit in with my style of sewing  ;D

I could include :
1 RTW blouse
1 Pair pants
9 variants of a TNT layer !

I'm not making a commitment as I'm unlikely to be able to do it in the time.
But hey wow - Congratulations and Thanks to Mudcat    :thumbsup:    :thumbsup:


That plan would work for me too!
Melinda

Perth, Australia
Personal Blog - https://melbrennan.com/

Saashka

I love the rules this year because they allow for flexibility to tailor the collection to one's real life. I'm pretty sure I want to incorporate a pair of wide leg pants in red corduroy. Now to think up the rest of the collection.

warpjr1965

Woohoo!  Thanks for the rules Mudcat!

I have sat here for exactly 3 minutes wondering where I could come up with an inspiration piece when whammo! I realized it is right in my closet. And, wouldn't you know, I have 5 pieces of fabric already purchased that will most likely work for a collection.

Bring on SWAP! I am in!  :D
Wendy

stephaniecan

Cool rules...I keep on telling myself I won't join in, but...

Saashka..I love the red corduroy pants idea! A huge fan of corduroy here...

MarcyF

oooh, sweet!  I think I might be in this year.  And here's my inspiration photo--

6e625998e192753578714a9b15dbf3cf by Marcy F, on Flickr

This is gonna be fun!

Saashka

Stephanie, with the rules giving us so much freedom this year, you might as well join in. It may even be livelier than usual because no one gets left out. 

I ordered the red corduroy this morning from Sawyer Brook. The rest of the fabrics will come (mainly) from my fabric closet. Here is my inspiration picture (from Vivienne Files).


sdBev

Saaska
Wow that will make a dramatic wardrobe.

Marcy
Those are beautiful colors.
Feeling so good, the oncologist has started me on a 2nd round of chemo. Updates on my site.  Www.sdbev.wordpress.com

mudcat

From vivienen files:

Scarf as inspiration:
http://www.theviviennefiles.com/?s=scarf

Art as inspiration:
http://www.theviviennefiles.com/?s=art

Some of the "cover" picture with the inspiration piece plus colors pulled out looked lovely to me but then often when I looked at the details they would always be more muted.  Still you are the designer so you can go bold or not as you wish.

Sew Ruthie Sews

At first I had a blank about what could be my inspiration, and then I walked into my living room and saw this over the sofa


My lovely Auntie Joy made this beautiful quilt for me in 2015. (she is an artist and quilter but sadly is now losing her eyesight)
It is based on one of the stained glass windows of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona which were created by modern artist Joan Vila-Grau.
It is even better than the photos I took on my trips as the quilt shows both the beautiful stonework and the richness of the colours in the glass which doesn't quite come out in photos.

I could pull neutrals like taupe, grey, black, navy and brown from this as well as all the rainbow colours though pinks/reds and teals are most likely.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

mudcat


Saashka

What a gorgeous quilt, Ruthie! It gives you almost the whole color wheel to play with.

MarcyF, that's an impressive bird! Are you going to incorporate its rainbow-like tail into your color palette? I'd love to see how that works in a wardrobe.

stephaniecan

Yay, Saashka. I can't wait to see the red cord.

The images are so great. The bird, the amazing quilt, the wonderful knitting... I think this is a fabulous theme that should suit everyone.

Were I to participate this year... :), my inspiration picture would be something like this (although I need to find another one in my albums that shows dark brown in the picture).



I recently did something pretty nutty and tried to knit the view into a hat. I am still sewing the ends in, unsurprisingly.



Does it look any good on a human head? The jury is still out...

Lisanne

How marvellous Stephaniecan - I don't think the usual rules for flattery apply to wearing a view of Florence on your head   :heart:
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
https://uk.pinterest.com/sewingplums/ - style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - good basic sewing techniques
https://easyjackets.wordpress.com - no need for tailoring, unless you want to
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - Peggy Sagers sew-alongs

stephaniecan

Thanks, Lisanne! You may be right. :)

indigotiger

Stephaniecan - that hat is amazing, and if in fact those are colors in your wardrobe, I don't see why it wouldn't be a fabulous accessory... hats are often ideal as accents (and conversation pieces)
The Things that Make us Happy Make us Wise.

Read about my daily life at Acorn Cottage ~ Acorn Cottage Artisanry

"It is known (to some) that by dwelling in the present, conceding what is necessary to past and future, but no more than is necessary, it is quite possible to live happily ever after"      - Edgar Pangborn

stephaniecan

Thanks, indigotiger! Your scarf is amazing. I always see patterns like that and wonder how someone conceived of something like that (as I am geometrically- and somewhat lace-challenged). I made the hat as a conversation piece as my partner is from Florence and so when I am there at Christmas I want to see how many people notice my head.

Melinda_B

To help with colour palettes, I use this site - upload a photo (crop off any background you don't need first) and it will show you the colours in the palette, including contrasts, triad colours etc.  I've found it very useful for websites, and have already looked at a few pictures for inspiration in the SWAP today.

http://www.palettefx.com/
Melinda

Perth, Australia
Personal Blog - https://melbrennan.com/

treefrog

Stephaniecan - Your beanie is amazing!  :thumbsup: 

Indigotiger - I like the fabrics you have chosen.  Your scarf is gorgeous and looks very complicated to knit.




My initial inspiration is coming from one of my fabrics.  Plenty of room to play with colour and prints  :) 
I'm thinking of calling the collection "The Butterfly Effect", with the pun on chaos theory intended!

Bottom row are the neutrals.  Most likely use olive with  denim blue or charcoal.
Right columns are the accents (first col are lights, second are bolder)

indigotiger

Treefrog, the colors of the fabric you have chosen will allow you to go in pretty much any direction with your SWAP clothing... good choice!!

The scarf I knit was probably the most complicated thing I have ever knitted in my life, and it took a long time to complete. I have no idea how the woman (Xandy Peters) who creates those designs thinks, but her brain creates some amazing color patterning. To me, the motifs in her Fox Paws pattern look a lot like Missoni knits in their complexity
The Things that Make us Happy Make us Wise.

Read about my daily life at Acorn Cottage ~ Acorn Cottage Artisanry

"It is known (to some) that by dwelling in the present, conceding what is necessary to past and future, but no more than is necessary, it is quite possible to live happily ever after"      - Edgar Pangborn

Lisanne

For those of us who are 'more ideas than stitches' people, I enjoyed how small the 'Inlet of actual work' is on this image  :D

https://statelytype.com/collections/sewing/products/isle-of-sewlandia-hooded-t-shirt
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
https://uk.pinterest.com/sewingplums/ - style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - good basic sewing techniques
https://easyjackets.wordpress.com - no need for tailoring, unless you want to
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - Peggy Sagers sew-alongs

treefrog

 :applause2:  That's brilliant Lisanne.  Had a laugh at the island of UFOs

Sizun

Stephanican,  how nice an idea ! Especially as last summer I had envisioned a cream+coral+green wardrobe inspired by the cathedral marble colors... a different kind of inspiration.
This cap idea is so nice, and what a great experience to wear it in situ  :applause2:

One Dress A Month Sew Along

bessiecrocker

Mudcat, this is the best-est swap ever!!

Lisanne, too funny! I spend a good amount of time swimming against the flow in the River of caffein. Plus wallow endlessly on it's southern banks.

Melinda B , thank you- thank you- thank you! I have found my new toy. I LOVE the palette site.

Indigot scarf is gorgeous. love the fabrics you've picked, they really pick up the feel of the scarf and artwork.

stephaniec Michelangelo would approve. Your hat is a masterpiece of creativity.

everybody not mentioned it's so interesting to see plans develop. If  I forgot you, it's just because I'm overwhelmed by all the ideas.

Sizun

I think I have chosen my starting point piece. It's a painting titled Autumn, by Rob Van Hoek. So many gorgeous colors in it ! I still have to check something but I will participate this year as it will be so easy to build the dresses and cardigans wardrobe I've wanted to experiment for ages.


One Dress A Month Sew Along

Grasshopper

bessiecrocker, what a beautiful collage of inspiration!  I always think red, white, and black look great together!

Lisanne, I think your inspiration photo is lovely.  So calm and soothing.

Ruthie, your quilt is fabulous!  Such a wonderful gift and heirloom, it should provide a lot of options to play with color.

Indigotiger, as always your continual commitment to a color scheme is inspiring to me.  I love your chosen inspirational artwork and the lovely scarf you knitted.  Plus, it looks like you already have some fabulous fabrics to work with.

Treefrog, that is a beautiful fabric print!  I love all the colors!

Sizun, your inspiration image is very beautiful!  It will be exciting to see how you interpret it.

It is so fun to see everyone's plans rolling out!  As for me, I'm still undecided on how I want to approach this year's SWAP.  I do love the flexibility the rules provide and I just need to decide what path I want to take as far as inspiration, color, and garments to sew.
Lyneisa
***********
Striving to live a full, meaningful country life and carry forward the talents and skills of my ancestors.

stephaniecan

bessiecrocker, Sizun, treefrog: Thanks!

bessiecrocker: Your palette is so refined and beautiful. Given that I recently made a red dress, it would have made more sense to use a palette like that. Great pick.

treefrog: love the print!

Sizun, Your summer inspiration deriving from Santa Maria del Fiore makes much more sense. That would be lovely. Your current inspiration sounds perfect, too.

Lisanne, I recognize all too well the very small "Island of Work." Great image. I feel I should participate this year if only to prove to myself that I can be action as well as ideas. I sewed a skirt last Saturday so at least that is something. :)

stephaniecan

Melinda_B: Forgot to say "Cool link!" Thanks.

Lisanne

Quote from: stephaniecan on October 30, 2018, 06:52:44 am
I feel I should participate this year if only to prove to myself that I can be action as well as ideas.


I'm beginning to accept that I'm a 'more ideas than stitches' person.  I have a lot of fun with it, and after all this is a hobby, supposed to be a treat not a stress, so we need to do 'what comes naturally'    :thumbsup:

I greatly admire the people who manage to finish a SWAP, but I've learned to cheer them on from the sidelines rather than pressurising myself with 'oughts' to do the same !
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
https://uk.pinterest.com/sewingplums/ - style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - good basic sewing techniques
https://easyjackets.wordpress.com - no need for tailoring, unless you want to
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - Peggy Sagers sew-alongs

stephaniecan

That is a nice perspective, Lisanne. Wise people tell me this, but I like to pressure myself needlessly sometimes!

I am still inclined to participate this year, but won't put a board up yet. I love the final stage of putting all of the garments together and seeing a collection come together.

Lisa Laree

I guess I'm going to have to join, since I've already planned to sew a wardrobe around a scarf next year, lol.   

My previous SWAPs have been, well, evolving.  This one is going to have to be much more planned.  Gonna need that extra shot of discipline, I think. ;-)

mudcat

Philippa, I love your scarf and your colors are great but if you like that kiwi/citrus/lemon color on the right I think one piece from othat color would make some of your outfits pop.

Philippa

Thank you Mudcat.  I had a look yesterday at fabrics on that colour spectrum and am sending away for samples.  It is not a colour I can wear near my face easily, but may have to compromise!  The sole aim is to repopulate my wardrobe with well fitting staples in fairly classic styles, and this SWAP fits very neatly with this.

bessiecrocker

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Quote from: Philippa on October 31, 2018, 12:33:27 am
.  It is not a colour I can wear near my face easily, but may have to compromise! 


that hot yellow is a color that also makes me look like death. But I had a color consultation and was told to use it in very small amounts as a "pop" color. I.E. for belts, piping, handbag, trim, buttons, braclets, etc. You don't need much of it. Think of it like adding mustard to a hot dog.

Lisanne

October 31, 2018, 10:54:01 am #34 Last Edit: October 31, 2018, 11:49:06 am by Lisanne
Have just looked at the Pattern Review contests for the first time in a while.

Hmm, the next Pattern Review Sewing Bee is due to start in January 2019, so overlaps with SWAP.
Well perhaps the target contestants are rather different, most of us here don't aim to sew all night every night for a couple of months  ;D

But I see Mudcat is managing their 'One pattern many looks' contest, starting November 15.
Now, could that be a jumping off point for SWAP  ;D  - well, I basically have a 'one pattern many looks' SWAPlan. . .
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
https://uk.pinterest.com/sewingplums/ - style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - good basic sewing techniques
https://easyjackets.wordpress.com - no need for tailoring, unless you want to
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - Peggy Sagers sew-alongs