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SWAP 2019 Pre-SWAP discussion

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

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Lisanne

Can I please vote for having all the comments on this general discussion thread ?
When SWAP really gets going there can be comments all over the place and it gets hard work to follow it all. . .
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

indigotiger

I guess I thought that commenting here on the general discussion thread was the default... now I'll head over to my personal SWAP thread and edit my header to add (comment in discussion thread)
The Things that Make us Happy Make us Wise.

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"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

mudcat

Unfortunately Lisanne the one pattern many looks is from 15nov-15dec.  I had thought it might work for SWAP too until I remember the dates.

indigotiger

Junebug - how fascinating that the three photos, which look pretty different to me, had such similar color spectrums... I might have to try that link myself, it looks like fun
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

Saashka

Would it be too much trouble to ask that peeps with their own SWAP threads cross-post in the general discussion thread so that we have everything together? If it is, no worries, I was just hoping to have an easier time keeping track of everyone's progress this year.

stephaniecan

Agree with indigotiger, JuneBug: Love the photos and analysis. It is very interesting to see the palette emerging. I started playing with photos of the same scene but taken at different times and I liked seeing how the palette shifted slightly. Thanks again to Melinda for the link to the palette tool


indigotiger

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Quote from: Saashka on October 31, 2018, 06:35:39 pm
Would it be too much trouble to ask that peeps with their own SWAP threads cross-post in the general discussion thread so that we have everything together? If it is, no worries, I was just hoping to have an easier time keeping track of everyone's progress this year.
Are you suggesting that we post about our personal SWAP plans and activity here in the general discussion? I'd be happy to do that... I only have an "individual" thread here because I thought it was expected. I actually keep my detailed individual thinking and photos on my blog, so it will be no trouble to just post here and let my individual thread lie fallow
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

November 01, 2018, 02:00:00 am #42 Last Edit: November 01, 2018, 02:32:52 am by Lisanne
I know there is no one ideal solution for individual vs. general comments.  But I like the idea of having individual threads which pull together all an individual's ideas about what they are thinking and their progress.

For example, I've used my thread so far to pull together my previous ideas relevant to 'one pattern many looks', which is the main theme of my 'plan' this year.
Or Junebug's beautiful palettes, I like knowing where I can go to look at them again quickly without having to scroll through the whole of this discussion.

P.S.  I've added a palette of my inspiration to my thread, very interesting results  - Thanks Melinda from me too   :thumbsup:
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

Saashka

Alison, yes, I mean post here (and in your own thread if you have one). This would allow the discussion in the general thread to flow easily because people could just scroll up to see what came before (or scroll down when commenting). The way it's been the past few years, the conversation was very disjointed because people were commenting in one thread about things they saw in multiple other threads. Also, if somebody pointed out an interesting detail I may have missed, it was difficult to go back to find the right thread/post.

To me, it seems like the individual thread is a good a spot to keep one SWAP all together for easy reference for the participant, but the general thread is where *all* of the discussion should take place, including sharing of inspiration pictures, progress notes, and finished pieces. Like a show-and-tell. You'd get up and show everyone what you made, not say well, come take a look at my stuff here in my corner and then you can chat about it elsewhere. Does that make sense?

Melinda_B

I realise I'm overthinking this...

I'm caught on this line "Add 1-5 accent and/or print pieces that will work with your inspiration piece (ie: not clash)"  bold highlights are my sticking point.

If I use a print fabric for my inspiration piece, then I can't imagine any print fabric will work with it without clashing.  I certainly wouldn't wear two print fabrics together, and particularly not with the inspiration print I'm thinking of using.

Would I be better off thinking of the print as a picture, so another print would have similar colours to it, while being obviously different?  And all the solids/neutrals would work with both prints?  And while one is the Inspiration picture, the other works well without being next to the inspiration print?
Melinda

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

stephaniecan

Your solution seems like a reasonable one to me, Melinda. I like to mix patterns, but that doesn't work with all patterns.

I am sure that someone more authoritative will reply, however.

indigotiger

QuoteWould I be better off thinking of the print as a picture, so another print would have similar colours to it, while being obviously different?  And all the solids/neutrals would work with both prints?  And while one is the Inspiration picture, the other works well without being next to the inspiration print?
Melinda - I think that this is probably just what mudcat intended us to do, to chose something (whether a scarf, a photo, a piece of artwork, or even a multicolor printed fabric) as an inspiration for the colorway for our SWAP 2019 collection. The point being to have a coherent set of colors so that the various garments worn alone or in combination look like they belong together.
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

Sew Ruthie Sews

I would have a print that used several colours out of the inspiration quilt with no qualms.

However if I had a picture of autumn leaves in different shades of gold and burgundy and some dark branches and then chose some other colours which weren't in the picture they'd clash. However a rich rust might not be explicity a colour in the picture but would still harmonise with the overall autumnal colours.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

Saashka

Oh, Stephanie, that hat! I love it! Just the idea of it is cool but then the detailed work... so neat! I bet it will be a conversation piece.

Treefrog, your butterflies are so pretty and colorful! With that color palette you'll never get bored.

Hehe, Lisanne, "the inlet of actual work". Too funny.

Sizun, what a lovely inspiration picture! Only a few color families but quite the range of shades in each. That will make for a very cohesive look in your wardrobe.





Lisanne

Many completed entries in the Pattern Review wardrobe contest earlier in the year.
https://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/ContestGallery.pl?ContestID=296
Worth looking at for ideas.  They basically had to make a 6-PAC in 6 weeks.
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

Great to see those Pattern Review entries, Lisanne. Thanks

Thanks re. my hat, Saashka!

Melinda_B

Quote from: indigotiger on November 01, 2018, 02:25:10 pm
QuoteWould I be better off thinking of the print as a picture, so another print would have similar colours to it, while being obviously different?  And all the solids/neutrals would work with both prints?  And while one is the Inspiration picture, the other works well without being next to the inspiration print?
Melinda - I think that this is probably just what mudcat intended us to do, to chose something (whether a scarf, a photo, a piece of artwork, or even a multicolor printed fabric) as an inspiration for the colorway for our SWAP 2019 collection. The point being to have a coherent set of colors so that the various garments worn alone or in combination look like they belong together.


I"m currently tempted to take a photo of my stash cupboard (as opposed to my stash that is still in boxes) and use that as my Inspiration picture!  They would all still have to coordinate......  LOL  Actually, I've found a couple of pieces that would work well for inspiration.
Melinda

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

Morzel

November 03, 2018, 03:11:43 am #52 Last Edit: November 03, 2018, 03:35:03 am by Morzel
I am thinking about the upcoming SWAP alot... There are things I am already sure about, but then there are others I am not sure about. I do want to reduce stash. So I know about the colour range. I am just not sure which colours to combine, as I don't  want to do too many colours... There will be dark blue, for sure. And I am contemplating either burgundy/pink or grey/green to go with it. I  also got it into my head I need to expand a bit from my usual... I want a beige pant. Which I could not do from stash... I am looking at Vivienne files 'Whatever's clean 13', as this comes close to our 11 items for SWAP. And I have several really lovely inspiration pieces, all paintings - which one to use?!

But mostly, there is this thing about planning and NOT starting! I would love to be starting right away. But I don't want to spoil SWAP by using up the fabrics that might turn out to be just perfect for it...   :o :D

So I've come to the conclusion, instead of being the deer in the headlight, not getting anything done, I will start sewing now. Start sewing the 'accent' colours. Keep the blue stuff for SWAP and then sew some more accent colour, whatever's left by then in stash and fit's the bill with the inspiration piece.
Eva

Turquoise

Quote from: Melinda_B on November 03, 2018, 03:04:14 am

I"m currently tempted to take a photo of my stash cupboard (as opposed to my stash that is still in boxes) and use that as my Inspiration picture!  They would all still have to coordinate......  LOL  Actually, I've found a couple of pieces that would work well for inspiration.


I love that Melinda  :D

Seriously though why not photograph fabrics in your stash and then use that Color palette tool you referenced to take one step back and look at them as a set of colour swatches to get your ideas going?

Melinda_B

Quote from: Turquoise on November 03, 2018, 07:04:56 am
Quote from: Melinda_B on November 03, 2018, 03:04:14 am

I"m currently tempted to take a photo of my stash cupboard (as opposed to my stash that is still in boxes) and use that as my Inspiration picture!  They would all still have to coordinate......  LOL  Actually, I've found a couple of pieces that would work well for inspiration.


I love that Melinda  :D

Seriously though why not photograph fabrics in your stash and then use that Color palette tool you referenced to take one step back and look at them as a set of colour swatches to get your ideas going? 


I've actually just found the perfect inspiration fabric in the cupboard and posted a thread http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.php/topic,1752.new.html#new.  I have a couple of other prints that go with it, and some solids as well.  Not much in neutrals really (I see neutrals as something I'd make pants in) except for navy.  My cupboard is filled with my favourite fabrics, and they seem to mostly work with each other.
Melinda

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

stephaniecan

Melinda: Those fabrics are simply gorgeous. I can't wait to see what you make with them.

I threw my hat in the ring again, much against my own advice to myself. I think I'll be fine this year though, as I have some simple garments in mind and I'm determined to use up my stash. I'm so looking forward to this. I'm going to try to plan more effectively and have one garment and some toiles made before December.

Have fun everyone!

(I'm also going to throw my hat into the ring for CCL's dress challenge.)

fzxdoc

Stephanie, wow, wow, wow. That hat that you knitted to match your Cathedral inspiration photo is amazing!

It's going to be fun to follow along with your SWAP, seeing how you pull in the colors and add print/plaid pieces as well. This sounds like a fun SWAP for you. Enjoy.

Kathryn
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CCL

Quote from: fzxdoc on November 04, 2018, 05:50:08 am
Stephanie, wow, wow, wow. That hat that you knitted to match your Cathedral inspiration photo is amazing!
Kathryn


Ditto, a thousand wows as well.

Stephanie, Your hat - by itself - has to be my favorite inspirational piece.

stephaniecan

Kathryn, CCL: You two are so kind. Sometimes one makes something and starts to think, "Are other people going to think I've gone completely off the deep end?" I struggle with my creativity, usually thinking that I'm not good enough, so the compliments warm my heart.

My partner lives in Florence and we have been going back and forth between our two homes for ten years now. We are fortunate that we have work and the means that permit this travel, but on the other hand it is a struggle being apart. When I first started visiting Florence as a young woman I did it because it had been a girlhood dream. I saw the city only through the lens of this view. Now that I am much older and know the city well, I see it much more as a resident would see it, and so my view is much less romantic. But still, atop the hills around the city, looking back on that view...

stephaniecan

Ruthie, That's just beautiful, as is your aunt's work. I would say whatever colour you are most excited about sewing with would be the one to pick. :)

indigotiger

today yielded a pleasant surprise... I was rummaging around and found a thrifted EILEEN FISHER boucle wool cardigan! It is a very dark brown/almost black, and basically fits me, although it is too long in the body. I am considering using it for my RTW component for SWAP, if I can figure out how best to remove about six inches from the lower torso. I guess at just under 5'2" I'm somewhat shorter than her target demographic. Cutting off the bottom would also remove the pockets, alas, but I think that the proportion of shorter jacket over my longer skirts would look better.
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

Sew Ruthie Sews

Indigotiger how exciting!

I have had a couple of goes at plans but nothing too formalised yet. Do you think wildcards can also be colour/print or do they have to be in the 1-5 colour/print pieces?
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

bessiecrocker

Indigot...are the sleeves too long on your EF sweater? That's always been an issue for me.

Saashka

Eva, I had the same thought about not wanting to use up a fabric now that would work for SWAP. I like your solution of starting with the accent colors. I've had so many ideas in the past week or so (travelling so plenty of thinking time and no sewing) that I'm probably going to take Ruthie's approach of sewing up everything and then picking out what fits into the SWAP later.

Alison, what a great find! Are you trying to preserve the neckline? I've chopped off length from cardigans before but now I have one that I plan to use as fabric, preserving the hem and cutting a new neckline.

Sizun

I've realised I already have lots of pieces that could be part of a wardrobe starting from the art piece I chose.  :( So I'm not sure I will enter the SWAP. I don't want to postpone starting things I need right now or sew pieces I don't really need/want just to fit the rules. If there is an alter SWAP thread this year, I will post there  >:D

One Dress A Month Sew Along

sdBev

Indigo
Lucky find!  I have  chopped off necklines but otherwise prefer a cut-n-sew approach when restyling sweater knits. A serger is best, zug zag stitch is my second choice but reconstruction can be done with a straight stitch.  Hope you share the project later on.
No more CHEMO! Working on recovering from the cancer, chemo and long period of restricted activity with unrestricted eating. Periodic updates with more detail will be on my site.  Www.sdbev.wordpress.com

indigotiger

November 07, 2018, 02:11:16 pm #66 Last Edit: November 07, 2018, 04:45:34 pm by indigotiger
The boucle fabric is very definitely woven and not knit, as I took a close look at the weave while examining the stitching. It will be very challenging to carefully unpick the stitching, as it is the sort of somewhat loosely woven textured wool that would be ideal for one of those "little French cardigans", but I think that is the next step.

I'm most definitely NOT planning on removing the neckline, as it has a very functional convertible collar, I like the buttons, the sleeves are just the right length (really surprising given my short little dinosaur arms), etc.  I need to shorten the cardigan by about 6 1/2". The only difficulty is that the jacket comes down to my hips, which are wider than that of the target demographic, particularly for a size M!! and that the jacket fronts are doubled, rather than simply put together with a facing.

here is the original cardigan:
and here is how it would look shorter:
though of course, it would be a bit less bunchy in the shorter version once it was actually shortened instead of simply having the excess folded up inside, which adds another two layers of boucle to my midsection...

IMHO, the shorter length comes closer to approaching a 2/5 to 3/5 proportion between upper garment and lower garment, which seems more attractive and less dowdy.

I think I will move this discussion over to the Individual Projects section, since it is only somewhat SWAP related, though I will both continue to let you know about how it is working out, and share whatever photos I take
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

indigotiger

Quote from: Sew Ruthie Sews on November 07, 2018, 01:02:42 am
... Do you think wildcards can also be colour/print or do they have to be in the 1-5 colour/print pieces?
We shall have to see how Mudcat clarifies this, but I was reading the rules as we could have up to five accent color/print garments out of the eleven, and that the remaining six garments needed to be in some variant on the two neutrals we chose... and that the "wildcard" aspect of the two wildcard garments was not that they could add in yet another print or color, but  that they did not need to be worn with any of the other nine SWAP core garments but could even simply coordinate with other items in our wardrobes that were not part of this SWAP, as long as they did coordinate with the inspiration image.
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

Saashka

Hmm, I hope we get clarification soon because the way I read it was at least 4 neutral garments (those two neutrals of your choice) and up to 5 accent/print garments for the 9 core pieces. And then the 2 wildcards are... wild. Within reason (must blend in with inspiration piece).

stephaniecan

indigotiger: Love the cardigan on you at the shorter length. I agree that the proportions look great.

You know, I hadn't thought through the rules very carefully, but I think I had understood that the wild cards could introduce new colours and patterns, provided that they harmonized with the other nine garments and the colours appear in the inspiration piece. The distinction would be that they would not necessarily have to be worn with the other garments, whereas the other nine would all have to be wearable with at least one other piece in the group of nine.