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SWAP 2019 - Discussion

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KayoticSewing

Quote from: Sew Ruthie Sews on February 21, 2019, 11:05:31 amI do like the SA Barb pants, though wide waistband don't work too well for me I've discovered as I'm very curved at the back.

Ruthie, you can change the straight waistband to a curved waistband. I believe it's called contoured waistband, this is the type that works for any sized curvy people.

warpjr1965

Minimal sewing, unfortunately. I got 4 seams done :) I've at least made a preliminary decision about the pink ponte. I've ruled out the Style Arc Barb, as it is just too loose IMO for the fabric. Jalie Eleanore is out as well, I think the stretch would make it OK, but it just doesn't fit me as well as the Style arc Elles, which are now front runners. I also have a Kwik sew pattern that might work, It is a pull on style but has some back waist darts that may help the fit a bit.
Wendy

Sew Ruthie Sews

I've been making a costume for a friend which went well but needs finishing.
So that has slightly distracted me from SWAP
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

stephaniecan

That's four more than me, Wendy!

I did hand-wash some fabric for a shirtwaister while standing on one foot, however, so I feel rather accomplished today. The broken ankle is giving me a new appreciation for simple patterns!


ejvc

Pausing because I have to make birthday pyjamas for hubby...
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.

warpjr1965

Very little sewing here! Don't know why I am so busy, but every day has been just full enough that I don't have the mental energy to sew. I really won't have time till the weekend now, so I think I'll (once again) tidy off the sewing table and set out 2 projects to start.

I've gotten 4 shirts (mostly) done, and the wrap. That's 5 garments, not bad actually. Need some bottoms, I have 3 planned for now, and once I get the one cut I really should have no problem putting that together. The new patterns will be the trick.
Wendy

Sew Ruthie Sews

No SWAP sewing either, pressed the hem of B's costume so I can do a photo, but distracted myself by starting some mini bunting to decorate my bathroom (for some reason this suddenly appealed), the ink jacket for SWAP is stuffed in a corner with the collar not pressed, no hem and no sleeves, maybe tomorrow there will be some progress.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

Morzel

Quote from: KayoticSewing on February 22, 2019, 12:27:04 pm
Quote from: Sew Ruthie Sews on February 21, 2019, 11:05:31 amI do like the SA Barb pants, though wide waistband don't work too well for me I've discovered as I'm very curved at the back.

Ruthie, you can change the straight waistband to a curved waistband. I believe it's called contoured waistband, this is the type that works for any sized curvy people.

I finally got some sewing for myself done (costume and other children sewing going on) and finished a pair of jeans. I used the silhouette Pattern #3300, muslined it as per Peggys instructions in her many youtube video (actually, I did try to muslin them some time back, but wasn't satisfied. This time I worked more carfully and it worked) and got a decent fit!




As mentioned above by Ruthie, I also have a very curved back and straight waistbands gape at the back. So I took out darts in the waistband (muslin) and have a curved waistband at the back only now.



Right now I am working on another pair of jeans in dark blue. Only the waistband/belt loops to attach.
Eva

Morzel

Demented Fairy, great work on those purple ponte pants! :applause2: So I guess most patterns are too short in the front crotch for you? Smart to just use a pants pattern that looked good on you - now you can just make a 'crotch template' and use that for other trouser styles... Also, the pants paired with that shirt and the jacket looks great.

Indigotiger, that striped dress looks intriguing - I love the buttons!
Eva

Sew Ruthie Sews

Great jeans Eva. That's a great trick to get the waistband to fit better.

I can do a straight waistband if it is narrow and hits at the right place on my back waist. Any wider waistbands have to be contoured. My 'waist' measurement varies a lot depending on where its measured so the rise is crucial. I dislike low raise pants!
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

dementedfairy

Side-tracked by a costume for World Book Day...more on that later
Apparently I'm a quintessential Gemini- but I think that's a load of b.s. myselves...

stephaniecan

Great jeans, Eva! They look to be well-finished and quite comfortable.

I also love the ponte pants, Demented Fairy. The navy ones look like they would be a real workhorse piece. The purple Chelsea pants are fun!


Lisanne

March 02, 2019, 02:10:29 am #187 Last Edit: March 02, 2019, 02:22:10 am by Lisanne
I've updated my post on speedy patterns early this year
https://sewingplums.com/2019/03/02/sew-a-garment-in-less-than-3-hours-2019-patterns/

Perhaps I'll remind you about it again in mid-April  ;D

P.S. they are much easier than what the Great British Sewing Bee challenge devisers think a sewist can make in 3 hours !!
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

sewsy

Lisanne! Thanks for the link to your blogpost about 3hr garment sewing. I am beginning to think about patterns to use for a menswear style shirt for youngest DD, and your wonderful post reminded me that I happen to have the McCall 6932. It's a unisex shirt, no darts. That's exactly how the shirt I'm wanting to copy is drafted! Now I can quit looking for shirt patterns!

Thanks again!

Morzel

Lisanne, I also enjoyed your blogpost. I went to look at the links and enjoyed the 'sewoverit' page - they also have capsule wardrobe pattern sets with beautiful capsules shown on their site! Thanks for that link.
Eva

Lisanne

Thanks Morzel. 
Yes, I once wrote a post about expanding the first of their capsule wardrobe pattern books into a 12-item wardrobe.  A bit more than a SWAP !
https://sewingplums.com/2016/10/08/a-capsule-core-wardrobe-for-autumn-2016/
I agree those books have attractive options.
Both books together would also make a good SWAP.
There are definitely also some quick makes in both books, though they aren't all quick, especially the coats and pants.
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

Lisanne

Good Luck Melinda with your Alabama Chanin stitching - and your recovery !

The colours look beautiful.
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

Melinda - Really liking your Alabama Chanin style stitchery, both how well you are doing it, and the way the floral stencil design you chose echoes the botanical images in your other two prints, which I am sure will add to a cohesive "feel" to your SWAP collection. I hope that the hand stitching will bring you some peaceful feelings as you recover and heal
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warpjr1965

Melinda, how smart of you to save the hand sewing for after your surgery! Hope you are recovering.

Morzel and DF, your pants fit nicely! I'm in awe.

I think I'm back sewing for a bit, just couldn't get going there for a bit. I had planned to mash up the Eleonore and Elle pants, as I like features of both. Then I took the patterns out and laid them side by side. Uh, no way! they are so different!!  here they are:

IMG_3659 by wendyr, on Flickr

IMG_3660 by wendyr, on Flickr

Look at those crotch curves! I am shocked they both fit me!
Wendy

ejvc

Wow, those are some different curves! Neither one would fit me, I can see from here :-)

Eva, nice job on the jeans!  I'm sure you'll get a lot of use out of them.  I have some jeans all basted together that have been too tight forever and so I've not sewn them up.  Now I've lost 10kg they fit just fine so they are going on my queue soon (sooooon! it must and shall be so!)

That sew over it City Break e-book is a PERFECT wardrobe pattern apart from I think waterfall jackets are very dated as are the super skinny jeans now.  But more of those kind of things please patternmakers. 
Sewing and machine knitting in Karlstad, Sweden.

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stephaniecan

The skirt looks great, Morzel. I have that pattern somewhere but have never used it as I am the exact opposite of a pear. I don't know why it has taken me 8000 years to realize that I have no hips. If I can find the pattern I should give it to a good home. My limited experience with Sewaholic patterns though was quite positive -I made the Minoru jacket with great success.

Still no sewing from me but five days until my no weight-bearing period ends. I have completed about 80 per cent of my striped sweater, so some progress has been made. I think I'm going to cut out a shirt this weekend.

Wendy Interesting that both of those patterns fit you. That is something to analyze!

Melinda: Hope your recovery is going smoothly.

Morzel

Wendy, interesting, the Style arc pants looks rather like a leggins, whereas the Jalie looks like a pants pattern. So does the STyle arc pattern calls for more stretch than the Jalie?! And how are you going to morph those two together?

Stretch is really tricky - I sewed up my TNT pants pattern in February (maybe I am going to include it in SWAP, not sure yet). The pattern is tried for non-stretch. The double-woolcrepe I used did have a bit of stretch to it. The pants legs were hanging strangely in the back... So I took out a 3cm dart on the upper inseam of the pattern and voila! The pants (made up a second time in the wool crepe) looks good.

Stephanie - glad to hear you are progressing. The sweater looks beautiful with all its colours - I like stripes!

Indigotiger - your sweater as well is going to be beautiful! I like blue, and all those blues combined for this graphic pattern as a yoke looks great. AND it counts as a basic, not as a pattern! So this way you are fine with the number of patterned items, aren't you?

Melinda - how are you doing? Your AC top looks to be great. I actually like it with the stencilling already...

Elizabeth - interesting, you think super skinny and waterfall cardigan a dated look. I never liked super skinny and it is true, they are less and less seen, as is the waterfall cardi. But I still like the look of the later... well, I am not in my 20s anymore, so I don't have to look up-to-date!  :D
Eva

Lisanne

Quote from: ejvc on March 05, 2019, 05:36:29 amI think waterfall jackets are very dated as are the super skinny jeans now.

Perhaps this is an area of fashion where there are local differences.  As I like waterfall jackets and slim pants I tend to notice them with approval  ;D

Here's a new 'waterfall' jacket from Marcy Tilton
https://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v9358

This is a university area and nearly everyone wears slim pants / jeggings.
There's a new pattern for them from Katherine Tilton
https://butterick.mccall.com/b6668
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

warpjr1965

Quote from: Morzel on March 09, 2019, 02:08:40 amWendy, interesting, the Style arc pants looks rather like a leggins, whereas the Jalie looks like a pants pattern.

Eva, yes, the patterns really call for different fabrics. The Style Arc pants call for bengaline, and yes, are rather like leggings.  The Jalie are pull on jeans that call for woven material with a 25% stretch. The whole cut is more like pants than the Elles.

I have completely scrapped this idea of merging them, and am just going with the Jalie jeans, although the fabric I've chosen is a ponte, which is very stretchy, compared with the stretch twill I used last time. I will have to baste and adjust as I go.

About skinny pants and whether they are in or out, I agree with Lisanne that this may be regional. I was traveling east recently, to DC, and the fashions there are very different from the midwest, skinny pants, menswear inspired shoes, trim blazers. Not here! (although skinny ponte pants are all over the place.)
Wendy

stephaniecan

I don't like to refer to anything as dated, as I think of style as personal (and why not continue to wear something that is "out of date" if you like it and it suits you!), but I know what Elizabeth means. For sure, skinnies are still "in" and aren't going anywhere in many places. I can't see girls and women where I live dropping them anytime soon. That said, I am starting to see a gradual shift towards high-waist cigarette or straight leg pants, or even some wider leg styles, which has already been happening in Europe for a while. I am in Italy four or five times a year, so I have been watching the shift over the last couple of years. It usually takes about five years for North America to "catch up." That said, I never change my style to fit whatever is going on in Italy, because I live in a totally different context and climate and also I don't change my wardrobe or style every year. At most, I add in new details to create a subtle shift in style.  I do embrace a change in pant styles though as I rather like straight-leg and high waist styles. I'd most like to see covered ankles again, however, which doesn't seem to be coming anytime soon. The majority of styles still seem to be cropped or ankle grazers.

It's a interesting question, debate, but as always style is about the wearer more than the garment, I think.

Lisanne

Another attractive dress from Crazy Quilter (and where does the jacket come from !)
And I love that idea for crochet braid trim, so versatile.
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

crazyquilter

Thank you, Lisanne.  The jacket is one I bought at the thrift store. The brand is Willi Smith and it's 100% linen, one of my favorites for spring.

Stephanie, I agree about style and out of date.  I'm all for wearing what pleases you.  I did enjoy when others started wearing cropped and ankle pants since I have long legs and purchased pants are frequently that length on me anyway.  In addition to long legs, I am short waisted, so petites usually fit me better there.  Thrifted petite pants wind up as crops on me.

warpjr1965

Love your dress Crazy Quilter!

I got completely side tracked, as DD wanted to grab some cloths from the thrift store for a re-fashion challenge with me, and now i'm making an Ivey Abitz inspired shirt vest thingy.  It is in colors that will go with SWAP, a blue and black plaid, so at least that is good. Style-wise I'm not so sure.
Wendy

crazyquilter

Thank you, Wendy!  I can't wait to see your IA inspired shirt vest thingy.  That reminds me that somewhere I have a partially finished IA inspired shirt vest thingy too.  It's a black check that would probably go with my SWAP too.  I need to hunt it down and see if I still remember what it wanted to be.

ejvc

Oh dear, sorry to cut and run, I didn't mean to be absent.  And I see I have been thoughtless in my use of the word "dated".  I would say that where I live there has been a shift in styles. No one is wearing the waterfall cardigan here, and it has been a while since I saw one.  Of course I still see skinny jeans but my hope that they will disappear springs eternal (they are bad for *me*). I don't mean to sow doubt and confusion!

The students are all wearing cropped ankle length jeans with no socks and canvas shoes. It is also still snowing here, so... fashion is pretty dumb.
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.

M lambie

Angelia, I'm so sorry to hear of your eye injury! :grouphug: I am sending positive thoughts your way for a successful surgery and speedy recovery!

Regarding skinny jeans, I just want to clarify that when I say skinny jeans, I mean the type that look like leggings and that are worn super super tight such that they reveal everything about a person's body! I still see the teens here (high school a few blocks away) wearing these as their "uniform".  For the record, to my eye this silhouette is quite different from the slim trouser/pant that I believe Lisanne is referencing. Of course I could be wrong. ;) Either way, I hope the super skinny jeans (and leggings as pants) trend will soon die here. ;D And like Stephanie, I would really like to see ankle coverage be a thing again.

I also have the impression that the waterfall cardigan as a trend is waning here (Chicago). But I agree that we should just wear what we like and not worry if someone else declares is to be unfashionable. My preferred silhouette (slim on top, full on bottom) has been out of fashion for a while apparently and I just really don't care.  8)

So this weekend I got a chance to read everyone's SWAP updates and took notes for a post... but apparently didn't actually post. So I'll add them separately. Sigh.


M lambie

A few thoughts on everyone's progress.... :))

Sharon, your dress is beautiful and makes a great start for SWAP! I hope you will share some more of your updated plans here when you have time. I liked the lemon tee you posted on your blog as well! Nice work on the hemline change. Also, I really love your kitty and her name! So cute.

Wendy, it sounds like you've made excellent progress! I am also curious to see how your Ivey Abitz-inspired vest refashion comes out! I hope you'll post a pic when it's done. ;D I'm also curious whether you'll do the color-blocked top.

Stephanie, I'm glad you are becoming more mobile and that you are ready to do some actually sewing work! So exciting. ;D Meanwhile, I really love the striped sweater. I am a huge fan of striped sweaters anyway, but also I like how you're doing the colors and varying the stripe widths. Too bad the purple got left out though! (My mom also hated purple so I can relate LOL.)

Elizabeth, don't think I've said it, but I love how you've made a plan using what you have. And the colors are great too. I hope you will manage enough time to sew your SWAP. And I hope you'll share a photo of the voile scarf with tassels even though it's not a SWAP piece.

Melinda, best wishes for your recovery! It's great that you have a hand stitching project to keep you occupied while you rest. Your Alabama Chanin stenciling is just gorgeous - great design choices and so well done.

Luz Clara, I like how you've used different shades of purple together. That Tilton cardigan/wrap looks really cool and I hope to see you model it later. Your inspiration fabric jacket is beautiful as well. This will be a fun collection! ;D

Indigotiger, I love the glimpses of your striped dress and its fabulous buttons. You're really on a great pace to finish this thing! I think your cardigan WIP looks really amazing and I'm so glad you decided to use it as one of your neutral pieces. Also the sleeve alteration you did for your blouse looks really cool (and effective!).

Morzel, wow, you got a really fantastic fit on those jeans! They look so professional! Also I love your skirt, both the pattern you used and the fabric. I'm curious, what color is the cami you finished?

Crazyquilter, that crochet edging is very cool. I wasn't picturing something so elaborate with multiple types of thread/yarns but it is awesome. I would love to see the pics you took when constructing the drawstring casings for your dress. The new dress is so pretty and looks great on you! You are really rocking the Ivey Abitz look! ;D I think the dress is great with its single ruffle but another would be lots of fun.

DementedFairy, nice work on your first four pieces! Love the flared pants, so fun, especially in purple! And that topper/pullover looks so cozy, I love it.

Sorry for the long post, that's what happens when I apparently don't post here for a month! (Time flies!)

CCL

I haven't been posting - just too busy with work.  However, I have been watching and am inspired by so much eye candy.  I find it fascinating how several items in what one might think of as lagenlook are so very different and inspiring - I love the special touches IndigoTiger employs, the drawstrings on crazyquilter's dress - oh my gosh so cute - and oh, Mary, I really like the streamlined chic!

I am always so amazed by what everyone is sewing. Sharonspils, your dress is a perfect example of how you make it look so easy, but what really takes mastery of skill to pull off.

Melinda, gorgeous stenciling. 

I know I missing tons, but I realized I haven't been sharing with you all my awe about your work...and wanted to fix that quick!

Thank you for brightening my day.

crazyquilter

March 12, 2019, 09:19:20 pm #208 Last Edit: March 12, 2019, 09:23:57 pm by crazyquilter
Angelia, I was sorry to read about your eye.  Many years ago when I was teaching our superintendent suffered a detached retina. It was no walk in the park, but he did eventually heal and retained his eyesight.  I pray the same will be true for you.

Thank you, CCL.  I am really enjoying wearing the dresses. 

Thank you, Mary! I'm happy after all these years of wanting to, to finally be trying some IA style pieces.  I'm especially glad to have found a TNT "frock" pattern. I'm still waffling back and forth on whether to add the second ruffle to my teal dress.  I like the idea of a second ruffle and I already have it cut out, but I'm worried it will make the dress too long to layer well with the black dress even with the drawstrings.  I guess I should just pin it on and see what I think.

I added the photos of the drawstring casings for my teal dress to my SWAP thread.  One of her new designs has four drawstrings, two in front and two in back with narrow pleated trim on the hem.  I may try that for my olive dress.  Well, olive assuming the dye plan works out.  I keep putting off dyeing the fabric because I'm afraid it won't wind up the right color.

I loved doing the multi colored/thread size crochet edging, but I will probably stick to black and one thread weight on my planned "Elliott" as it will be more versatile.  The lady I got the idea from made some fabulous cropped cardis with the crochet trim.

 I'm glad to read that your style crisis is resolving itself.  I think it's pretty common for us to want to rethink our look occasionally, especially after a significant weight change.  I like the idea that you can always go add more embellishing later if you want to. 

I think you look adorable in the photos you posted with the dress fabrics and your RTW cardi.  The style still suits you IMO.

Have you seen the new Ivey Abitz spring and summer look book? It's a winner with lots of new designs.  I really like the clever lacings on the Chevallier Cardigan, especially what they are calling a "leaf" in the description, but also the front pieces.  I'm going to try to add those to my planned Burda pattern, once I get brave and trace the pattern off.  Whew!  That sure looks complicated.

DementedFairy, I'm really enjoying your purple and teal pieces. 

Wow, Eva, those jeans look awesome on you!  If I had jeans that fit that well, I might actually wear them more often.

I got my next piece cut out, the teal leggings from two identical thrifted tops.  I'm hoping to get them sewn tomorrow, but Hubby just said we need to start the taxes in the morning.  Hopefully he will sleep in and I can sew first.

fzxdoc

@angelsweb , I hope you recover soon from that detached retina surgery. How terrible that you have to go through this. It sounds as though you were referred to a top notch place for the surgery, so hopefully it has gone well.

Take good care of yourself and heal quickly. I wish you all the best.

Kathryn
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