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The Pre-2019 SWAP Dress Challenge

Started by CCL, October 01, 2018, 09:15:24 am

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indigotiger

Right pleased with my dress (which made it successfully through the washing machine buttons and all) and starting to think about the second half of the contest... taking photos, and posting here. I am a tiny bit stumped about what category to put myself in. In the initial description, CCL wrote:
QuoteI was thinking of something like this...the idea being that if you can check off all five of the major bullets below, then you can self-define as Intermediate to Advanced and enter in that category.  If you cannot check off all five, then you can self-define as Beginner to Intermediate.  It would be up to each entrant to decide, so this list is offered as a guideline.

    * Made over 50 garments
    * Made more than 3 of the following types of garments:
        Jacket
        Shirt with stand and front band
        Coat
        Fitted dress
        Pants with fly front zipper
        Lined garment
    * Sewn garments out of more than 3 of the following:
        Lace
        Leather or faux suede
        Chiffon
        Silk Duponi
        Boucle
        Wool coating
        Fake or real fur
        Taffeta
        Satin
    * Successfully used more than 4 of the following techniques:
        Invisible zipper
        Hong Kong seams
        Welt pockets
        Underlining
        Bias binding for neck or armhole finish
        Set in sleeves
        Bound or hand made buttonholes
        Calculated for turn of the cloth
    * Used at least 3 of the following hand stitches
        Slip stitch
        Back stitch
        Catch stitch
        Pad stitch
        Whip stitch
        Blanket stitch
If I look at the five categories as far as my own sewing, I am kind of smack dab in the middle. 1. I have definitely sewn over 50 garments. 2. I have made a Viking style coat, and a lined garment, and a very casual jacket, but that is not "over three"; if the intent of #2 is a familiarity with tailoring techniques I have to say not really. 3. I have worked with lace (once, ugh), and leather, and silk dupioni, and used fur as a trim, so I call this a yes. 4. Again right in the middle, I have used 4 of these (handworked buttonholes, bias binding edges, set in sleeves, and one of my three new things for this contest was drafting for turn of the cloth) but not more than 4... so I have to call this a no. 5. I am very familiar with hand stitching and have used it on many occasions over the last almost sixty years I've been sewing, so this is a yes.

So, three yes and two no... that doesn't add up to all five of the major bullet points. It feels weird to put myself into the Beginner to Intermediate category for all the years of my sewing experience, but I hadn't really looked at my skillset with this point of view. I guess that most of my actual sewing is fairly simple. I'm definitely nothing like a beginner, but compared to those who do couture stitching, I am nowhere near advanced, either. So, fellow forum members, which category would you put me in?
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

CCL

Quote from: indigotiger on December 10, 2018, 11:38:58 am

So, three yes and two no... that doesn't add up to all five of the major bullet points. It feels weird to put myself into the Beginner to Intermediate category for all the years of my sewing experience, but I hadn't really looked at my skillset with this point of view. I guess that most of my actual sewing is fairly simple. I'm definitely nothing like a beginner, but compared to those who do couture stitching, I am nowhere near advanced, either. So, fellow forum members, which category would you put me in?



IndigoTiger - when I look at your garments - I see "expert."   ;D

(I am betting none of think we are Advanced...we are such a humble crowd!)

Personally, I think your two "NOs" are really Yeses. (As I think about it, I probably should have written those as "4 or more" (instead of "more than 4.") 

It's really hard to give ourselves an overall rating, isn't it? 

I feel completely novice about some techniques - your beautiful handwork, for example, or Bev's fantastic embellishment, Bessie's fitting, Kowgirrl's jeans  :applause2:...and I know I am really not good at those.  But there are other things I feel rather confident about - techniques for men's shirts, etc. -

The guidelines are just guidelines...so I say enter in the category you think is the closest. 

CCL

Deadline extended 24 hours!

So I looked at the calendar and realized that the 15th is this Saturday - which seemed unfair as so many of us can sew only on the weekends.  So I decided to extend the deadline to SUNDAY night 12:00 midnight...that is December 16th.

I hope that helps some folks who are dashing to finish by the deadline.


indigotiger

Thanks CCL... I was thinking that I should put self in the "Intermediate to Advanced" category, based if nothing else on my many decades of sewing, even though there is much I would like dearly to improve in my skillset...

Here is a quick look at my new dress:

and, as usually worn, under a pinafore:
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

What fun Indigotiger, it looks like an ideal addition to your wardrobe.

I find CCL's skills list very enlightening.  I'm not entering this contest, but the list makes me realise - I have done all the techniques and all the hand stitches many times.  In my previous sewing lifetime in the 60s before life intervened I made many special occasion dresses and a Dior suit complete with matched asymmetric stripes.  I took it for granted I could get all the guidance I needed from Vogue couture patterns.  So I might have counted as 'upper intermediate' then.   But after many years of quilting, my return to clothes making has not been at all adventurous in either garment types or fabrics.  Interesting to think about, and I continue to think of myself now as an 'expert beginner'  ;D
Well the return has also involved a new body shape and a change from a hand cranked black and gold Singer to a computerised machine. .  .
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: CCL on December 10, 2018, 02:19:34 pm
Deadline extended 24 hours!



Oh thank you!  I will need that extra day for sure, as I'll have to fit my back up option.

And Indigotiger, I agree with everyone else that your sewing skills are best described as intermediate to advanced!  Your dress looks great!
Wendy

stephaniecan

Yay re. the extension!! I am still working on my toile and that will give me a chance. I will have Sunday evening to sew. :) I'm still not sure I'll make it, but this has been a great incentive to work on a new dress.

CCL

December 12, 2018, 08:56:31 am #147 Last Edit: December 18, 2018, 06:02:04 am by CCL
Repeating my original information on posting your photos and the next steps in the challenge...(I updated to included extended deadline).  Note I also changed the voting time period to start later to give me a little time to get everything organized.  Stay tuned... could open earlier, but won't close any earlier than listed below:

Dress Challenge Timeline and instructions for entering your creations:

  • 12-16-18: December 16th- Sewing Stops on ... Midnight Pacific Coast Time (I think that gets everyone???)

  • 12-16-18 through 12-23-18:
    • Post three photos of the dress (front, back, side) on the intended wearer in the Dress Challenge gallery that Dragon Lady has already set up.  Both Beginner to Intermediate and Intermediate to Advanced post in the same gallery
      You can crop off "heads" (I always do!!!) but otherwise the photos of the dress should be of the dress on a person. 
    • Include a description that includes:
      • Which contest you are entering (Beginner to Intermediate or Intermediate to Advanced)

      • The "name" of your creation, for example...something like  CCL V9428 to CCL's Hippie throwback - Keep in mind that this is the name we will use in the poll for voting.

      • The "new thing" - fabric, pattern, technique etc.

  • 01-01-19 through 01-14-18: Everyone can vote on their favorites in the two polls -in the Beginner to Intermediate and the Intermediate to Advanced threads.

  • 01-15-19: Winners announced

  • 01-31-19: - as soon as preferences for fabric vendors received, prizes awarded by end of January 2019



Below, I hope, is a link to the Dress Challenge Gallery.   And if I understood DL's instructions correctly, I will post polls for voting in each the two competition threads after everyone who is entering has posted their photos in the gallery.

2018 Dress Challenge Gallery

kowgiirl.up

Quote from: CCL on December 12, 2018, 08:56:31 am
Below, I hope, is a link to the Dress Challenge Gallery.


It looks like the link worked to me CCL  :applause2:

Editing to add; this is so cool that we have this capability to post photos! I'm excited to see what everyone has been working on.
Theresa

Runs with scissors

sdBev

OhIndygo, your dress is so nice. You are getting two different looks by using it under the pinnafore!
Feeling so good, the oncologist has started me on a 2nd round of chemo. Updates on my site.  Www.sdbev.wordpress.com

warpjr1965

Putting plan 2 into place today. Sewing up https://www.simplicity.com/simplicity-storefront-catalog/patterns/women/dresses/new-look-pattern-6525-misses-knit-dress/ for the challenge, will have to do it in bits as I'm helping DS with his college essays today.
Wendy

CCL

That pattern is adorable, Wendy, and definitely you!

warpjr1965

And plan C, as there is not enough fabric for plan B. Stay tuned, determined to submit on time!!
Wendy

Lisanne

Good Luck to everyone for finishing in time, and for the dreaded photo taking stage - we're looking forward to seeing what you've made  ;D
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

Irina

I can not finish on time...Unfortunately.

CCL

Oh, so sorry Irina, I was looking forward to seeing what you did with that lovely silk and how that beautiful pattern worked out.  Please share anyway if you get a chance. 

stephaniecan

CCL: I owe you an apology as I cannot finish in time, either. I always think I have more time than I do in the period before Christmas. Your challenge did get me to start working on my toile, however, so I am grateful for that. I will have a lovely (I hope!) dress in the new year.


warpjr1965

Irina and Stephanie, I am sorry you both were unable to finish, I was looking forward to your garments.

I, however, am done! Plan B worked out just fine, I had to be a bit creative with the pattern layout, but I managed.  I did have to opt for short sleeves, but that is OK with me.

Thank goodness we have a few days for pictures!
Wendy

stephaniecan


CCL

Stephanie, happy this little challenge inspired you.   Maybe we can continue working on our dresses in Sizun's dress a month thread. I am hoping to cut out my white knit for the v8886 pattern sometime in the next week.  It's either that or another polartec jacket ( I went a little overboard - falling of the stashbusting wagon - to mix metaphors - at the millyards site. )

Yay wendy!  Can't wait to see what you came up with.  And Indigotiger not sure if I posted how much I love what you did with the direction of the stripes in your beautiful creation.

sharonspils

Sorry for the silence, life got in the way for coming here.

sdBev so sorry to hear about your fabric and final garment frustrations but so glad your new knit top completes your outfit.

indigotiger wow your working muslin and final dress/pinafores are both perfect.  The addition of those tiny porcelain buttons are so special and all of us need to stop not using the special fabric and notions.

warpjr1965 so glad Plan B worked out, look forward to seeing your final garment.

Morzel great idea to change the wrap dress to a shirtdress as there is no comfort in wearing something you are not comfortable in.  The DVF dress I made has a very good overlap and I feel quite comfortable sitting in it.  Did you sew 2 dresses?

kushami did you manage to save your dress?

Irina gorgeous silk chiffon, love the colour.  Did you manage to finish?





sharonspils

I did finish my dress, as I wanted to wear it to a function on 10 November and was travelling right up to the day the week before.  Thankfully I managed to finish it on 28 October during a sewing weekend so it will also be one of my garments for SWAP.

Now CCL I have a question about the photos, you can't see my technique (waist stay) in the 3 shots you have suggested without being rather naked.  Can I post a photo of the waist stay on the dress hanging?


CCL

Quote from: sharonspils on December 17, 2018, 08:08:33 pm
Now CCL I have a question about the photos, you can't see my technique (waist stay) in the 3 shots you have suggested without being rather naked.  Can I post a photo of the waist stay on the dress hanging?


Sharonspils, now that made me giggle!   You can definitely post more than three photos - as long as you have a photo of front, back and side - you can include closeups of your technique, but even that's not required, as long as you describe it.   Hope that answers your question.    :D

sharonspils

Thank you CCL and so glad I could brighten your day/evening.

kowgiirl.up

Theresa

Runs with scissors

CCL

theresa....could you pass me the popcorn?   

crazyquilter

December 22, 2018, 06:14:32 pm #166 Last Edit: December 22, 2018, 06:21:12 pm by crazyquilter
I just realized that I can post in this section.  I guess I missed that at the beginning of the contest.  I sewed a dress that I finished on Dec. 15.  I actually have photos of all but the back view on myself, but there is an over dress and cardigan in the photos since that is how I will wear the dress.  I guess I'll go ahead and post the photos I have and get a pic of the back view tomorrow.  Please let me know if I need to have modeled photos of the dress by itself, so I can do those.



The dresses in the photos are two Opal Annie Sydneys. I'm thinking maybe I should call them frocks like Ivey Abitz does since they were influenced by years of drooling over her designs. I am almost completely happy with the black dress which is the one I'd like to enter, although both were finished on the fifteenth. It has ten casings at the hem for drawstrings to raise and lower it which is a new technique that I've been wanting to try. It really changes the shape of the hem depending on which drawstrings are tightened. In the modeled photo I have the four front and the four back drawstrings raised. With them all loose it takes the hem down several inches to wear under longer layers.  I used a black fabric that I originally bought to make pants. It has a nice feel to it and quite a bit of body. I have no idea what it is although it feels like cotton, maybe a mix.

For the over dress, I used a piece of sheer fabric that I got at a thrift store. It was in with the curtains and at first I thought that's what it was, but it was basically about three yards of hemmed fabric. I cut the pattern as is and shortened the front two inches and didn't add any ruffle.  I love how the shape of this one turned out.

Left photo shows the four front and four back drawstrings raised. The right photo shows just the two side drawstrings up. I accidently got the dress turned around when taking the photo, so this is the back.







CCL

Hi CrazyQuilter!  Just post three photos (front, back, and side) of the dress on you in the gallery.  You can add other photos (as both IndigoTiger and Sharon have done) to try to highlight the one "new thing" - but a description will suffice if you cannot get good photos (with your dark dress it might be hard to photograph the casings).

The other thing is to decide whether you are entering the Beginner to Intermediate challenge or the Intermediate to Advanced.   Once everyone gets their photos posted and entry descriptions complete, I will do up polls in the two separate threads for the voting!

Hope that helps answer any questions you might have - and welcome to the fray!

CCL

Polls and thumbnails are up in our first annual Dress Challenge.   Polls are at the top of each thread.  Thumbnails are today's (12-27-2018) post in the thread itself.

Beginner to Intermediate


Intermediate to Advanced

Vote for one in each challenge.

sharonspils

Thank you so much CCL votes submitted.

It was a great challenge and all entries are perfect.  Sorry for those that had fabric fails or time restraints but hopefully you have a garment that can be finished and worn.

Lisanne

December 28, 2018, 02:52:55 am #170 Last Edit: December 28, 2018, 03:23:02 am by Lisanne
Oh dear - can I vote for all of them  ;D

What is the final date for making up my mind ?  (P.S.  I've done enough searching to find it - Jan 14 if anyone else wants to know)

Kudos to all entrants !   :applause2:

P.P.S.  I have voted, but a decision on rational criteria was impossible - there are so many good reasons for congratulating each of them - so my vote is based entirely on heart not head !
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

I voted as well for the intermediate crew. As always a difficult choice. And just like SWAP each entrance reflects the sewing personality of the makers, which I think is one of the best parts of these challenges. Good luck to all!!
Wendy

kowgiirl.up

So has everyone that is competing in the challenge posted their photos? I don't want to miss anyone before voting.   :popcorn
Theresa

Runs with scissors

CCL

Quote from: kowgiirl.up on December 28, 2018, 08:35:25 am
So has everyone that is competing in the challenge posted their photos? I don't want to miss anyone before voting.   :popcorn


Theresa, to the best of my knowledge, yes.   I even waited several days after the deadline in case there were any stranglers, so I truly hope I didn't miss anyone.  I hope everyone who wanted to enter was able to.

And even though we might have a  :D slight inkling on who might take the prize in the Beginner to Intermediate challenge - I hope folks vote there too.

All of the entries are such wonderful stuff...

kowgiirl.up

Quote from: CCL on December 28, 2018, 01:00:53 pm
And even though we might have a  :D slight inkling on who might take the prize in the Beginner to Intermediate challenge - I hope folks vote there too.


Competition in that category is going to be hot and heavy. I'll place my vote very carefully ;)

I hope if we do this next year that I can enter as well. It's been so fun to watch everyone's process for their creation.
Theresa

Runs with scissors