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SWAP 2019 - Discussion

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

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CCL

Thank you all for posting on your progress and all the eye candy.  It's so lovely for those of us who for various reasons can't join in this year.

You all are inspiring ...and bring joy.   

treefrog

Thanks Stephanie.  Please do give sewing your own bra a try.  I think you'll be amazed at the difference.  To be honest, I never thought it would be worth the hassle but I gave it a go as I've never been able to buy an underwire with a good fit.  It makes such a huge difference.  You'll probably find that you could just change the materials you use for the cup, ie having a bit more stretch, rather than having to change cup sizes.

If you are interested, I'd recommend having a look at Merckwaerdigh's Design your own bra mini-course download.  It has a basic pattern included.  The first section goes though getting a good fit and the second section goes though a lot of design variations (video flick-thru of the pages). 

Anyway,  if you ever need some help, give me a hoy

stephaniecan

Treefrog: Thanks so much. I think this would be a good project for me for the summer.Over the years I have read about people making bras on blogs, but it looks picky from afar and so wasn't tempting. That said, if I could get a bra together with a comfortable cup and underwire with straps that don't slip off the shoulders but that is not too tight, I would be so happy!

I appreciate the link and offer of help. I may take you up on that! I believe there is a bra supply place in Ontario that I can order the materials from, too, so there is no reason not to start.

Morzel

Treefrog: Great set! Lovely colour, and what a nice design!  :applause2:

Ruthie: take your time. There's not much missing anyway, and sometimes we just need time away. I am sure shortly before the end ambition to finish (and finish with bravour, as always!) will come.

I finished the slightly altered Morris Blazer today and the dark blue jeans which lay here, almost finished, for some time. Sometimes I suddenly get bored by the thought of finishing up (sewing on buttons! Doing buttonholes! hemming!  ::) ) So today, after finishing the jacket (no buttons! Yeah.), I just forced myself to finish the jeans,so I can clean stuff away.
Eva

M lambie

Treefrog, really great bra & undies set! Wow! I like the combo of fabrics you used and the asymmetrical lace trim on the undies. Like Stephanie, I have always admired those who make their own bras from afar. I really should give it a try as well. Thanks for posting the Merckwaerdigh link; I've bookmarked it for later. :)

Stephanie, yay red silk! ;D

Eva, wow, 2 more garments! Great work!


warpjr1965

Eva, I too suffer from the "can't bear to hem it" syndrome. I may still have one shirt lying around waiting...

TreeFrog, that is a beautiful set! I am a pretty easy fit when it comes to bras, so I'll focus my sewing on visible clothing for now, but I'm always envious when i see the finished products.

We are back from a long drive to visit colleges with DS, so I can get back to sewing. I've put together a muslin for my pants, and I think it looks good, so I'll hold onto it until my in-person sewing day with my local group and get some feed back. Today I can baste my Jalie jeans together, and check the fit there. I'm using ponte this time, instead of a stretch woven, so I think I might be able to finish these up this weekend.  Then, my other in-person sewing group is meeting Sunday, so my plan is to do some project prep there. Probably over planned, but at least I have a plan!
Wendy

stephaniecan

Good job, Wendy! Your plans sound very good. I need to do some pants fitting. It would be great to have a group to run the by.

Eva, I know what you mean about final details. I just finished the collar on my silk bird shirt last night so all that remains is to make the buttonholes and hem the sleeves and bottom, but those details always seem put-off-able!

Hopefully I'll post a picture of the shirt this weekend. I also need to get going on another sewing project. Maybe a skirt or a pair of pants. :) (It would seem that I need some bottoms for this collection or it will quickly become indecent!) One funny thing with the shirt is that it is really static-y at the moment. The air must be very dry. I tried it on last night and it was difficult to evaluate the final fit because the silk was sticking to me like plastic wrap!


dementedfairy

Gorgeous undies!  I'm still lagging behind, but have just started to get some more cutting out done, so should make a little more progress over the weekend.  I'm totally distracted from SWAP because I just offered to make costumes for the school production of Wizard of Oz.  FUN!
Apparently I'm a quintessential Gemini- but I think that's a load of b.s. myselves...

Morzel

Uuh, costumes, I love costumes! A bit envious here for that project of yours, dementedfairy!

Wendy - getting on with that pants muslin is great - soo worth it. Hope the feedback with your sewing group is moving the project onward.
Eva

Melinda_B

I'm still trying to get back to SWAP.  Unfortunately I had an infection on one of the surgical incisions, so I've been back in hospital, and now on rest again.  And it was just as I was starting to feel better after the other surgery.  Motivation for pretty much anything, not just sewing, is at an all time low. 

I'm loving reading what you're all doing, even if I don't have the energy to join in at present.
Melinda

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

CCL

Melinda...so sorry to hear.  Do take care of yourself.  I am also in a no-sewing period, so watching and reading about everyone's progress is a nice treat.

PS. I was able to use the maderia applique technique you posted information about.  Thank you.

stephaniecan

Melinda, I am so sorry to hear about your infection. Best wishes for a full and easy recovery from here.

crazyquilter

I hate to hear about your infection, Melinda.  I pray you heal quickly.  Give your self permission to not worry about being motivated.  Your body needs to heal.

I haven't been keeping up with Alabama Chanin lately.  Demented Fairy, your mention of the Fractal top sent me to their website to see what was new.  Oh my!  I really like the crossover top for summer.  Are you making that one or the other one?  Do you know if the white part is an overlay or part of the front of the tee?  I found a free raglan tee pattern that I might play around with.

There were lots of other new things to look at there too.  I particularly liked the embellishment on a top shown with their ceramic jewelry.  The jewelry looks like it could be made of wood too.  I'm going to think some more about that.

luz clara

Oh rats Melinda - that's not very good news. I'm sorry to hear it. And hoping you get well and stay well as quickly as you can.

At my house. . . child related domestic upheaval and detours. Today I am hoping to get my sewing space tidied up, although the upheaval continues. Sigh. The good news is that it's sunny and there are lots and lots of birds to look at as I sew. I kind of hope they are looking at me and thinking "hmmm that's a weird way to make a nest. we'll never understand those big 2-legged things..

I need to get strategic and focused if I want to finish this SWAP!!!

Luz Clara

warpjr1965

Oh Melinda, I'll join the others in hoping your leg heals well. 

I had a good day at my sewing meet up. It is a new group for me, lots of very nice people, and I got 2 patterns cut out for my next 2 SWAP projects.  Maybe tomorrow I'll cut the fabric, we'll see. Really, next I want to pin fit the Pink Jalie pants, I think I could probably get them started this week.
Wendy

crazyquilter

It sounds like you need the calming effect of getting into the sewing zone, Luz Clara.  I hope your domestic upheaval levels out soon. 

I hear you about needing to get strategic and focused to finish SWAP.  Same here.  I'm still hoping to finish or at least get close.  I have decided though, that with what I've already sewn for SWAP it's starting to feel like I might actually be able to have a wardrobe that really suits me.  If that's all I get from this SWAP, it has been a rousing success.  I have found an easily varied TNT pattern in the  Opal Annie Sydney.  I've made it five times now, three longer with ruffled hems and two shorter ones.  Most of the Ivey Abitz layering frocks that I have long coveted are based on one basic shape with variations to the neckline and hems using fine fabrics.  I may be getting just about confident enough in my pattern to start looking for more lux fabrics.

I took some pics of garment #4 yesterday and posted them in my thread.

Wendy, it must be so nice to have sewing meetups.  I would love to get together with like minded people and work on my latest project.

Dawn

Lisanne

Crazyquilter - it's lovely to see you looking so pleased with what you've made   :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

dementedfairy

Quote from: crazyquilter on March 31, 2019, 12:11:50 pmOh my!  I really like the crossover top for summer.  Are you making that one or the other one?  Do you know if the white part is an overlay or part of the front of the tee?  I found a free raglan tee pattern that I might play around with.
I haven't looked at the crossover one, I'm doing the panelled sweater top.  I can take  a look and come back to you if you like
Apparently I'm a quintessential Gemini- but I think that's a load of b.s. myselves...

crazyquilter

April 01, 2019, 12:04:52 pm #263 Last Edit: April 01, 2019, 12:17:44 pm by crazyquilter
Quote from: Lisanne on April 01, 2019, 08:36:25 amCrazyquilter - it's lovely to see you looking so pleased with what you've made  :heart:

Thank you, Lisanne!  That's what it's all about, isn't it?

I would love it if you would take a peek and let me know, Demented Fairy. Thanks!

There's a lot to be said for a nice, quick sew, especially at this stage of SWAP.  That's why I want to develop more TNT patterns.  Your turquoise tee looks like it will be a wardrobe workhorse.  I'm in love with your fabrics for the Fractal top.  They are just the sort of greyed colors I like.

dementedfairy

@crazyquilter
I'm very tired today, so I'm looking but not completely seeing if you get me...but I THINK the centre front edges are neatened, then the right front is lapped over the left, and secured at neck edge only.  Personally, despite it being  a wide overlap, I'd be worried about the fronts flapping up and flashing my fat belly!
I'll stick to the secure version I think!

I daresay it would be easy enough to extend the underlayer right across to the side seams though...
Apparently I'm a quintessential Gemini- but I think that's a load of b.s. myselves...

CCL

CrazyQuilter, I took a peek, and I like the way it works.  Your frocks for the SWAP are really so clever.   :applause2:

crazyquilter

Eep!  I was imagining that it was either sewn together or lapped over a full underlayer.  I never once pictured it two separate pieces that would flop around.

Here's the pattern we're discussing in case anyone is interested and doesn't want to hunt it down.



Thank you, CCL.  I am sure enjoying wearing them.

stephaniecan

Medea: That's a lovely top. I look forward to seeing what you make at your sewing camp.

Eva: I completely understand what you mean about top length. For me it is a shape issue. I have made voluminous tops for this SWAP, which generally look good with pants and perhaps a high-waist skirt, but not with jackets. Making tops of the right length to suit both skirts and pants is another issue.

The jacket looks very versatile and comfortable (and attractive!). Perfect.

Lisanne

Stephanie - well done for your pant fitting efforts - they already look very good  :applause2:
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

Stephanie, Morzel, Medea, Crazyquilter, love seeing your finished and in-process garments!
I was able to do some pattern prep yesterday, and also pin basted my pink pants. I think they will be fine. I have actually lost 7 pounds since January 1, 3 in the last few weeks. So, I think more loss and body-reshaping is in the future. (we are limiting sugary snacks, and are aiming to exercise 4 days a week.)

I've decided to use one pattern for 2 different fabrics, for some consistency. I may also make a pink skirt from the ponte remnants, again for some consistency. It may mean that black as a neutral or accent is out of the picture for now. We'll see. I have the pink pants, skirt pattern and ponte remnants, floral fabrics for the double duty cowl top all ready in a bag for the weekend and my in-person sewing day. No pictures of anything yet, sorry. Maybe I'll wander into the sewing room and do that now!
Wendy

M lambie

Wow, so much progress has been happening! Exciting stuff! :applause2: Sorry for the long post but I want to catch up.

Melinda, so sorry to hear about your setback! I hope you will soon have the energy for fun things like sewing. ;D

Luz Clara, I hope your domestic upheaval has settled down! Best of luck with resuming your SWAP sewing. :)

Wendy
, I think you're smart to use the same pattern twice, definitely saves on fitting headaches. And I like the idea of pink as a neutral! I'm interesting to see how your final collection looks - hope to see a few pics soon. ;D

Indigotiger, wow, you only have 3 pieces left, amazing!!! The leggings are definitely a good idea if you need them as they will certainly take up less time than that amazing vest. Bummer that printing the pattern was so costly! Yikes!

Dementedfairy
, really nice striped t-shirt! That's a great basic. I really like your plans for the geodesic and fractal tops, very cool.

Medea, enjoy your sewing camp! And good luck finishing SWAP! The thrifted top you showed is very nice and coordinates nicely with your color palette.

Eva
, wow, you've been so productive!! :o Your navy blazer is beautiful, well done! I like the sound of your burgundy Pendrell blouse, it sounds quite versatile.

Stephanie
, the bird silk blouse turned out beautifully. In spite of the static cling, I can see how nicely the fabric drapes. Your stack of new fabrics looks great too. Can't wait to see where you go next with your sewing. :)

Dawn, I just love the rust dress and sash! Nice work! It looks great combined with the black ruffled dress and black cardi. I'm so happy to hear that your adaptation of the Burda topper is going well. Too bad about your dye result -- good luck with the new dyeing! But good to know that you like the color of the first sample well enough to include it as an accent piece as needed. I can't wait to see the final result.

I still have a bunch of unfinished things going... I've been busy and not motivated to sew when I actually have the time. However, I've managed to get next week off! (I'd planned a week off at the end of April when my sister was planning to visit, but she'll come in May instead). So, I'll see how much I can get done. SWAP is looking unlikely but there is still a good possibility of a 6-PAC being completed. :) Either way, I just need (and WANT!) new stuff and I've decided I can't worry about what weight I'll be next month! Maybe I'll just do like Dawn and sew some matching sashes to wear if my dresses start to feel a bit too loose later. ;D








stephaniecan

Thanks, Lisanne! On to my second toile this weekend. :) Practice makes perfect.

Mary, You're the loveliest. Thank you for your kind comment. The shirt feels lovely on the skin, anyhow.

Do show us your sewing, whatever you make! I often get out of the rhythm of sewing but then once I start I get into a bit of a groove. I hope that happens for you this week. I can appreciate that it can be challenging to sew when your weight is changing. 

luz clara

Things on the home front are a little bit less heaving. . . I counted my garments tonight and I have 8, well, 7.75. And I get to do the fun pieces now - the prints. I'm think I might really finish. And even if I don't finish, having purple and coral outfits in my closet will be completely dreamy! I looked at the most recent SWAP posts and here's what I think: Stephanie - it's so great that you are back to sewing and feeling perky! The pants toile looks great!

Indigotiger - It is just so impressive to have two (2!!) hand knit garments in your SWAP! Even if it ends up being a 6PAC, it will be fabulous. 

Crazyquilter - What a cheery set of colors! Looking foward to seeing your cardigan!

Morzel that is a beautiful blazer!

Medea - what a lucky find!

Demented Fairy - A geodesic sweater sounds very useful!!

What a fab bunch of Swappers!

Luz Clara

fzxdoc

@luz clara , I moved your post from Stephaniecan's SWAP personal topic to the main SWAP discussion topic. I thought you might prefer it in the main discussion.

Kathryn

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LynnH

Kudos to all the lovely progress.  I'm looking forward to the end result.
Lynn

stephaniecan

Thanks, Luz Clara. I am glad to hear that things are improving for you, too. I have to muster up the energy to make the second pants toile this weekend, but I feel I am on the right track.

Indigotiger: Your plan sounds cohesive and harmonious. I look forward to seeing the Ursa! I have two knitted garments in progress for this SWAP but haven't felt much motivation to knit lately, so not sure if I'll finish. Who knows!

stephaniecan

UGH I feel your pain, demented fairy. Unpicking is such a drag. I hope it goes quickly.

PS Whenever I look over your thread I think, "Great purple flares!" Love those.

I was very proud of myself yesterday as I made a second toile of my cigarette pants and since those were too big I adjusted the first toile slightly to give myself a bit more room at the hips and then I cut my fabric! I also toiled a simple, paneled pencil skirt and made the appropriate adjustments. With skirts, I seem to never be able to accept that the best look for me with my straight figure and active lifestyle is a slim but not tight skirt without too much detail. Sometimes, it's difficult to accept that one is simply a plain vanilla person and that is completely OK! I can play subtly with colour and other dimensions of my look, without the extra style lines.

Once I get the skirt (near white!) and the pencil trousers made (first version in grey cotton tweed, but another version coming for sure), I'll decide whether the red silk will become a long-sleeved blouse or another short-sleeved one. I like the way the short sleeves finish near the top of the high-waist pencil skirt, and the way it drapes, but a blouse with long sleeves is always more practical in a climate like mine.

luz clara

Yikes Demented Fairy - that is a long Geodesic sweater. What a pain to unpick and re-sew. Still, I have to say that it looks like it will be appropriately demented for a demented fairy!

Luz Clara

luz clara

Thank you Kathryn for moving my misplaced post!
Luz Clara

Sew Ruthie Sews

I am still side tracked from SWAP, I did some pattern testing for a convertible pencil case, and now I'm making a dress for my Auntie who had a hip replacement and wanted some loose cotton dresses to wear during recovery.
I have fabric for a second dress for Auntie, but might send the first one off for her to feedback re fit and sew something SWAP in the meantime. I have navy on the machines for the dress so could work well for my ink pieces.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/