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SWAP 2019 - Discussion

Started by indigotiger, December 28, 2018, 12:56:21 pm

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dementedfairy

Clearing the decks for my SWAP sewing, so I made the hat to go with my new coat...https://thedementedfairy.wordpress.com/2019/01/30/12989/
Teaser pic
Apparently I'm a quintessential Gemini- but I think that's a load of b.s. myselves...

Lisanne

What a fabulous hat   ;D
Sad that  such things can't be part of SWAP. . .
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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fzxdoc

Wowza, demented fairy, what a great-looking outfit. The hat is the icing on the cake. Congratulations on doing such a marvelous job on both the coat and the hat!

Kathryn
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ejvc

Now that's a hat!  Great outfit, love it!
Sewing and machine knitting in Karlstad, Sweden.

Find me at my blog: http://ejvc.wordpress.com
- on Ravelry as ejvc  and on Flickr as EJ VC.  Kind of a theme.  Deleted my insta account - hate the way Facebook (who own Instagram) treats my personal info so not giving it any more.

crazyquilter

Thank you, Mary! I am pleased with how the black frock turned out.  I've worn it several times with the drawstrings drawn differently each time.  I'm anxious to see how the pattern turns out in the lighter weight teal fabric.

I have stalled on the second muslin version of the Elliot jacket.  The first version was just pieced together from old t-shirts to get the shape of the fronts right.  I'm doing hand stitching on the second wearable one.  I put it away because company was coming and still haven't gotten it back out.  I really don't think it will take long once I get going on it again.

I fell in love with that navy striped dress in the new IA collection too.  Look at the other versions of the dress.  She has some in a light colored fabric that make it easier to see how it was sewn.  I actually found some very similar fabric online.  I like the Highlands skirt fabric too.  I always like a good plaid.

Lillie, I am really looking forward to seeing your geodesic top.  It sounds wonderful.  I followed your link and enjoyed going through the blueprints for sewing site and blog.

No sewing for SWAP today, but I did get eight bibs for Grandsweetie #7 sewn.  Now I just need to put snaps on them and sew seven or so more.

ejvc

Ruthie, just looked at your swap thread and I'm blown away with what you're sewing now!  Have you taken some kind of secret sewing-improvement pills?  Creativity, variety, and skill!  This red jacket is a wonderful, wonderful piece -- plus which you're already practically done with the whole swap!!
Sewing and machine knitting in Karlstad, Sweden.

Find me at my blog: http://ejvc.wordpress.com
- on Ravelry as ejvc  and on Flickr as EJ VC.  Kind of a theme.  Deleted my insta account - hate the way Facebook (who own Instagram) treats my personal info so not giving it any more.

Medea

February 01, 2019, 10:08:24 am #111 Last Edit: February 01, 2019, 11:25:32 am by Medea
Yesterday I thought that I couldn't complete my plan. But then I realized that it's just to sit down in front of my sewing machine and sew. Now I've soon finished my first garment, a white Pussy Bow Blouse.

And if I sew a little every day I will finish in time.   :thumbsup:
I'm at Instagram @ medeasgarderob (Medea's Wardrobe)




ejvc

Congrats, Medea!  The wardrobe of a thousand garments begins with a single stitch.

IndigoTiger -- I was looking at your thread and wonder if you can show us the inside of your lovely hand-felled edges on that feather-fabric shirt?  Also, I saw the hand-drawn sketch of your pinafore and look here! This is from Ottobre 5/2018, number 12.  Looks similar, doesn't it?  They have a less baggy sleeve variation in the same magazine on a shirt, which also has a slightly different collar treatment.

Sewing and machine knitting in Karlstad, Sweden.

Find me at my blog: http://ejvc.wordpress.com
- on Ravelry as ejvc  and on Flickr as EJ VC.  Kind of a theme.  Deleted my insta account - hate the way Facebook (who own Instagram) treats my personal info so not giving it any more.

stephaniecan

Wowser! Gorgeous hat, DF! I wish I could wear a hat so well. Stunning.

Great job starting, Medea!

Lisa Laree

I have the first 'outfit'...cardigan, pants, t-shirt, up on the blog and am now pondering the February additions.  I'm trying to merge the plan I made last fall for this year's wardrobe sewing with the SWAP requirements; not sure I'm going to be able to squeeze the two together, due to the limitations on  the accent pieces (limited to one 'fabric piece' per accent color).  One of my neutrals is black, for sure, but I'm waffling on what the other will be.   Of course, I might be able to sew up some pieces in addition to the wardrobe plan that would work with SWAP; we'll just see.

Meantime, the rest of ya'll are doing great work! So much fun to follow!

warpjr1965

Heading to my in-town sewing retreat tomorrow, I can't wait!  Hope to complete at least one garment, and cut out a few more.

Stephanie, I just read your update, I hope you are OK!! Keep that ankle elevated!
Wendy

indigotiger

Stephanie, I hope that your ankle heals well and quickly...  And maybe our fearless leader Mudcat will chime in as to whether or not your partner cutting out pieces for you to sew would be okay or not, given the circumstance

Medea - making a start is the best way to build momentum... also, don't forget that you can also include one "previously sewn" garment in your SWAP

Demented Fairy  - OMG, I love your hat! It really looks very professional and stylish. Good work sussing out the pattern from the Japanese diagrams.

evjc - I will happily take a photo of the reverse side of my hand stitched neckline. Really it is just a simple fell stitch. vertical stitches on one side and angled stitches on the other. It is the very simplest of "stretchy" hand stitching, and hence suitable for things like cuffs and necklines, in the Alabama Chanin/visible stitching style

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

fzxdoc

Indigotiger, the simple addition of a fell stitch to that top is brilliant. It adds just the right touch. How clever you are to think of it.

Stephanie
, I hope your ankle heals quickly and that the pain associated with the injury is gone. These next few weeks will try your patience, since you're so full of energy usually. It's no fun hopping around the sewing room; I wish you well.

Kathryn
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stephaniecan

Thanks, Wendy, Indigotiger, Kathryn (I hope I haven't missed anyone). I appreciate the well-wishes. I know it sounds kind of perverse, but although being sedentary is a challenge, I like being forced to evaluate things and work in a slow manner. I have also been deluged with kindness from family, friends and colleagues, so I feel especially warm and fuzzy in this moment.

I may be able to cut out some stuff myself on the table, with my partner supporting me physically! That said, I am glad that I have been doing yoga, as I find my balance on one leg is surprisingly good. :) There's only so much back and forth to the ironing board I can do, however.

I'm going to keep chugging along and will watch everyone's beautiful work evolve.

angelsweb

Stephaniecan, as the veteran of three foot and ankle surgeries, can I suggest asking your doctor about getting a knee scooter? Since I had to be non-weight bearing for 8 weeks after each surgery, the knee scooter saved my sanity.

Also, for ironing, if you have an office type chair, you can lower your ironing board and roll between the sewing machine and ironing board ...

Best wishes for a quick recovery ...

Angelia

Sew Ruthie Sews

It is lovely to hear what you are planning Elizabeth.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

warpjr1965

Woot! Sewing has been accomplished! 2 shirts 90% complete, another all cut and ready to go.  One shirt will need a bit of altering, as I don't like how the shoulders hang, then the hems need finishing, and the neck band stitched down.

I've got a raglan tee planned next, a new-to-me pattern.  Maybe I'll cut that this weekend.
Wendy

stephaniecan

Oooh thanks angelsweb. Those are great suggestions. I actually have no rolling things whatsoever in my home. It seems I am going to have to rectify that. Fortunately, my partner will be available to help me full time from Tuesday, so I have a bit of help. I appreciate the advice. So sorry to hear that you have had so many foot and ankle surgeries!!

Woot woot Wendy! Great job!

Melinda_B

Stephanie - have you considered the irony of the quote in your signature block, in light of your ankle?  Or do I just have a very warped sense of humour?   :)) :)) :))

I hope it heals quickly for you.
Melinda

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

stephaniecan

Melinda, I laughed so hard! Thank you.

The funniest part is that I first picked up that expression in Japan when I was competing there as a marathon runner twenty years ago! I totally forgot it was there. I suppose I am due for a new motto! :) (Although on the other hand I did get up...;))

ejvc

OK! My first thing I'm going to do is to sew up these classic lined wool pants that I have had cut for a year! Then I have a nice pale grey rayon for a t shirt. And I found a tenant of Liberty silk that I can make into a rectangular scarf that will match perfectly.

I've found the pants and instructions, but now I have to clean up the sewing room a bit more before I can start.

Warpjr, that sounds great! It's wonderful to get started!
Sewing and machine knitting in Karlstad, Sweden.

Find me at my blog: http://ejvc.wordpress.com
- on Ravelry as ejvc  and on Flickr as EJ VC.  Kind of a theme.  Deleted my insta account - hate the way Facebook (who own Instagram) treats my personal info so not giving it any more.

stephaniecan

Melinda: I responded to your comment last night and then got up and saw the update to your plans. First, I love your plans and the fabrics are gorgeous! Just beautiful. I just saw though that you are about to have surgery on both legs. Best wishes to you!!

M lambie

February 03, 2019, 09:17:21 pm #127 Last Edit: February 03, 2019, 09:23:53 pm by M lambie
Stephanie, I am sorry to hear about your ankle! How unfortunate! But it sounds like you are finding the silver lining in the situation. :) I wish you a smooth and speedy recovery!

Melinda
, goodness, surgery on both legs! Best wishes for a fast recovery to you as well. I really like the graphic of the plan you posted in your thread. The garments work well together and you have the prettiest accent prints. It's great you have some handwork scheduled to keep you busy while you are off your feet.

Elizabeth, I like your navy and grey-blue based plan! I love those neutrals. ;D Your yarn looks so nice in the photo and so does the cute print. It sounds like you have a lot of great fabrics to work with.

Demented Fairy, awesome hat! Well done. :applause2:

Ruthie, love the red & black coat! Really nice work! I like the combo of fabrics and the way you used the zip as piping. Oh! and the zip flower, so cute. Looking forward to seeing what you sew next as you return to SWAP. ;D

Dawn, I've already saved multiple images of the IA garments that utilize that sort of trim/detail. But thanks for the suggestion! ;D I especially like it in the stripe as you can see better how much "extra" fabric is scrunched together.

Indigotiger
, your knit top binding is so lovely with whipstitching! Your hand stitching is so nice and even. It's funny, my eye first saw leaves and then I saw your comment about how they look like feathers or leaves and then I saw feathers. :)) Great work (almost?) finishing garment #3!

Medea, nice job getting going with your lovely blouse. :) Your inspiration scarf is beautiful and I like the color palette you've extracted from it. It sounds like you will have an interesting variety of garments in your SWAP.

Lisa, I really like your first outfit that works for both SWAP and the year-long wardrobe project. I do hope you'll be able to work your SWAP into the wardrobe plan. You've made such a good start! :)

Melinda_B

Quote from: stephaniecan on February 03, 2019, 09:44:28 am
Melinda: I responded to your comment last night and then got up and saw the update to your plans. First, I love your plans and the fabrics are gorgeous! Just beautiful. I just saw though that you are about to have surgery on both legs. Best wishes to you!!


I'm hoping to have both legs done at once, I really only want to go through surgery once, although it will make the first two weeks very hard.  See the surgeon on the 12th Feb to get the yay or nay, and to find a date for surgery be it one or both legs.

I  hope your ankle is healing and not too painful.  Don't change your quote, it's so relevant!
Melinda

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

bessiecrocker

Melinda I had both knees replaced, one surgery, last January, and still tried to do swap. (see my swap thread from 2018). It's do-able!

Do as much cutting and organizing as you can beforehand. Make yourself "kits" so everything you need for assembly is right at hand and ready to go.

Also, on reflection a year later...no regrets about the double surgery. Don't think I would have gone back in for the second side, after living through the first...so better to do it all at once if you can.  Give yourself a longer recovery period than what the doctors tell you. They are optimistic. Mine said 3 months til i was walking again. Yes, I WAS walking in 3 months, but it was 6 months til I felt somewhat normal. Now, a year later, I'm finally not thinking of this with every step and have no regrets about going through the whole thing. But it took me a year to get there!

I'm following everyone's progress...but am trying to use my time to sew rather than to post!

stephaniecan

Melinda: So far so good for me. I really hope things go as well as possible for you. I completely understand the reasoning behind wanting to do both legs at once, especially after reading bessiecrocker's post. All the best. I'll be thinking of you!

M lambie

Ruthie, I love your dark blue/black ink top! What a great basic. Really looking forward to seeing where you go with the ink grouping. ;D The top looks fab with the necklace you made, too. I really should make some jewelry to go with my wardrobe! I think I am going to purchase the pattern you use... that is such a nice neckline.

Sorry to hear you didn't get through to the next round of the PR sewing bee.

Other obligations have kept me from sewing, but I've still made a little progress -- I'm almost done deconstructing my thermal tops (to be cardis) and wool skirts (to be a dress). So that's something.  ;D

crazyquilter

Ruthie, I agree with Mary about your ink top.  With the chic cut you may find your supporting act stealing the show.

ejvc

Good luck stephanie and melinda with your surgeries, and may your recovery be fast (but not so fast you don't have time to sew).

I've decided I'm probably not doing SWAP this year but will be sewing more slowly on a yearly wardrobe based on the Vivienne files setup (Wardrobe Planning 2019 thread).  It's actually very similar to SWAP but the slower pace and organisation into outfits helps me a lot.  I may start a thread but for now am keeping  it to that thread and to the 6PAC thread (since the 6PACs and the Vivienne stuff are very compatible).  I also have other stuff to sew for kids (growing) and husband (birthday) so not overcommitting to SWAP is useful.

Ruthie I also loved that inky colour!  I have some micro satin in that colour and am cheerfully planning the million ways I could use it.
Sewing and machine knitting in Karlstad, Sweden.

Find me at my blog: http://ejvc.wordpress.com
- on Ravelry as ejvc  and on Flickr as EJ VC.  Kind of a theme.  Deleted my insta account - hate the way Facebook (who own Instagram) treats my personal info so not giving it any more.

Sew Ruthie Sews

Quote from: ejvc on February 06, 2019, 01:25:45 am
Ruthie I also loved that inky colour!  I have some micro satin in that colour and am cheerfully planning the million ways I could use it.


I also have some micro satin in this INK colour which I've only used for linings, pockets etc so far so I am interested in what you think it could be used for in a garment. I have many metres of it so can line coats and jackets for years to come, however I did wonder about either a Tshirt style blouse or a cowl necked top of some sort, perhaps on the bias.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

ejvc

Well, I think it would make a nice smart blouse with buttons or a dressy skirt or dress either alone or with a lace layer, or a little bias top; but perhaps none of those are really your style?  It's not a very casual fabric, it's quite dressy both in colour and in shine.  You could layer chiffon with it, or use it on edgings also. I thought about a kimono but then I just thought dressing gown so I abandoned it.  A very luxurious slip perhaps?
Sewing and machine knitting in Karlstad, Sweden.

Find me at my blog: http://ejvc.wordpress.com
- on Ravelry as ejvc  and on Flickr as EJ VC.  Kind of a theme.  Deleted my insta account - hate the way Facebook (who own Instagram) treats my personal info so not giving it any more.

fzxdoc

Bessiecrocker, nice to hear from you! I was missing seeing your posts. But sewing instead of posting is a fine thing. Maybe you will post some photos of your projects.

I admire you and Melinda for having/contemplating double knee surgery. It sounds so debilitating for such a long time, relatively speaking. I have a friend who is still having trouble after only one knee surgerized over a year ago. But your results sound wonderful as you look in your rearview mirror over the past year of recovery. Congrats!

Melinda, best wishes to you on your upcoming surgery.

Stephaniecan, I hope you are doing well.

Kathryn
My blog: I Made This! at http://imadethis-asewingblog.blogspot.com/
Flickr Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/72428033@N00/albums

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Sew Ruthie Sews

Quote from: ejvc on February 06, 2019, 05:37:52 am
Well, I think it would make a nice smart blouse with buttons or a dressy skirt or dress either alone or with a lace layer, or a little bias top; but perhaps none of those are really your style?  It's not a very casual fabric, it's quite dressy both in colour and in shine.  You could layer chiffon with it, or use it on edgings also. I thought about a kimono but then I just thought dressing gown so I abandoned it.  A very luxurious slip perhaps?


Agreed on the dressiness, hence why I've been using it as linings! Mine crushes very easily and even when ironed has a slight crumpled texture to it.
I think trousers, camisole, slip dress or kimono would all read as lingerie rather than daywear, especially on me. I think it could be lovely as a pussy bow blouse, but I'm not sure that's very me either. How about a wrap blouse with a matching camisole to avoid wardrobe malfunction?
I used Butterick 4395 last year for SWAP in a broderie angliase (eyelet) but it could be nice with long sleeves in satin.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

luz clara

Hmmm so much SWAP business going on. I am momentarily stuck. Or trapped in the normal entropy. And distracted by all the fabulous possibilities, for example a bat costume.
Mostly though I am awestruck by two of us Bessiecrocker and Melinda having both knees replaced in one surgery. . . I need both of mine replaced too, and am currently slowly sinking down to the required BMI of 40. i have about .5 to 1 BMI point (or whatever it is) to go. I have already devoted months to my knees . . . I want to the replacing done ASAP. But 2 at the same time might be too much. However. Now I have the idea I will bring it up w/ my doctor.

Meanwhile who doesn't want/ need a bat outfit?


angelsweb

Quote from: luz clara on February 06, 2019, 03:14:55 pm
Hmmm so much SWAP business going on. I am momentarily stuck. Or trapped in the normal entropy. And distracted by all the fabulous possibilities, for example a bat costume.
Mostly though I am awestruck by two of us Bessiecrocker and Melinda having both knees replaced in one surgery. . . I need both of mine replaced too, and am currently slowly sinking down to the required BMI of 40. i have about .5 to 1 BMI point (or whatever it is) to go. I have already devoted months to my knees . . . I want to the replacing done ASAP. But 2 at the same time might be too much. However. Now I have the idea I will bring it up w/ my doctor.

Meanwhile who doesn't want/ need a bat outfit?


I've had both of my knees replaced -- 4 years apart. The thought of doing the two of them at the same time just blows my mind! Those of you who've done that are made of much sterner stuff than I!

I can't imagine the recovery, especially at the weight I was at the time of the first replacement. In between, I'd lost almost 100 pounds, which made the recovery much easier.

Best wishes to all who are about to undergo the knee replacements!