Author Topic: Lisanne’s Minimum Overwhelm SWAP (comments in discussion thread please)  (Read 1576 times)

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For those of us who very easily get overwhelmed by all the possibilities, use :
- simple wardrobe plan
- easy to make garments
      - already fitted TNT
      - small number of familiar techniques
- small number of patterns
- small colour range.

Following my own advice, my scheme this year is even simpler than the one last year.  I came up with an absolute minimum plan of 4 ‘simplest possible’ patterns for a Core 4.



These are from 100 Acts of Sewing (by Sonya Philip who wears those amazing pattern combinations.  I think she made 100 of these items in a year.)
http://100actsofsewing.com/shop

Implicit in the 2018 SWAP rules for someone who wears separates - there must be a least 2 ‘bottoms’, so that each of the ‘tops’ can make at least 2 outfits.
I would leave out a skirt as I would never wear it, so that’s at least 2 pants.

‘Shirt’ (top right) and pants both have video classes at Creative Bug (classes include pdf patterns).
https://www.creativebug.com/classseries/single/sewing-a-wardrobe-shirt-pattern-no-1
The ’shirt’ class includes 4 variants of the pattern.

Top left is the Tunic pattern, which I would use for :
- pullover layers (lengthened for thigh length tunic, calf length kaftan).
- with added front opening (tutorial on 100 Acts site) for a jacket (many other simple options for changes to a front opening, or adding a collar).
- without sleeves for a vest.
Can be made from fleece, pre-quilted fabric, upholstery fabric, brocade, sheers. . .
Goodness I think the rules would allow me to make 8 of the garments from this pattern.

These garments are so simple I think I would be able to do my usual fitting alterations quite easily and quickly.

Colours :
neutrals : grey (silver), tan/natural
accent : red
free choice : white, ecru, anything else - such as olive green, fabric patchwork - more fun to make than a print.

[P.S. our co-ordinator has clarified that we haven't got free choice for the final items, so I'll have to re-think that a bit !
Probably 2 accents - red and white, and one print.]

Layer, top, pants - in each of grey and tan in a variety of shades and textures.
1 red top or layer
Free choice for the rest.

I would have to include my signature RTW white blouse, which I have a lovely pattern for but doesn’t come in the ‘minimum sewing effort’ category !

Add my own jewellery for accessories.

It is very unlikely I will make all this, especially as I can’t start ’til February, but it is great fun to think about  ;D
« Last Edit: November 06, 2017, 09:10:16 AM by Lisanne »
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

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Re: Lisanne’s Minimum Overwhelm SWAP (comments in discussion thread please)
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2017, 08:48:59 AM »
I already have 15 ideas for small variations of the 'shirt', so perhaps this isn't a guaranteed way of avoiding overwhelm ;D

Having so many ideas is a gift, but the downside is overwhelm and it's good to find a balance.
At least my love of neutrals is automatic.  Even my me-made jewellery is grey+tan+pearl and I love it.  Unlike some people, I’m not having overwhelm about colour !
« Last Edit: November 07, 2017, 12:50:13 PM by Lisanne »
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

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Re: Lisanne’s Minimum Overwhelm SWAP (comments in discussion thread please)
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2017, 01:21:14 AM »
I searched ‘grey tan art’ and found many wonders



source
https://www.etsy.com/listing/87619062/landscape-print-yellow-gold-beige
« Last Edit: November 04, 2017, 07:32:07 AM by Lisanne »
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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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

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Re: Lisanne’s Minimum Overwhelm SWAP (comments in discussion thread please)
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2017, 04:51:26 PM »
Commented in the discussion about using one co-ordinates pattern for all my needs.
Here are 2 that immediately come to mind :

oop Butterick 5651, which also includes a tank top


Butterick 4406, sold as a nightwear pattern but works as well for casual loungewear


They do up the difficulty somewhat !
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