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SWAP 2019 Pre-SWAP discussion

Started by Lisanne, October 29, 2018, 03:35:32 am

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stephaniecan

I love the drawing of your dress, indigotiger!

Thanks, treefrog. That sounds great. I never would have thought of a bra and panties set for the wild cards. Very creative. Your collections are always so cohesive and thoughtful.

warpjr1965

I've gotten started on another version of the Metamorphic dress for CCL's Dress challenge, and I think it can do double duty here. There is some purple in the wool inspiration fabric, so the dress would fit in the accent piece category. So far it has just been cut out. I need to find a lining in the stash, or purchase one. I will have to be sure the lining fits the rules as well, I'm thinking of adding a ruffle and allowing it to show as an accent.
Wendy

Sew Ruthie Sews

I wrote an update post for my thread yesterday but could not get it to post so left it.
Basically I've started cutting out the coat.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

bessiecrocker

Quote from: warpjr1965 on November 20, 2018, 08:05:33 pm
I've gotten started on another version of the Metamorphic dress for CCL's Dress challenge,


warpjr, can you explain how the "reversible" bit works on this dress? I think this pattern would work really well for me as a swimsuit coverup. (Decent enough to wear while riding my bike to the pool...). I have some althletic mesh that would work for a single layer, main fabric, but am not sure what would be appropriate for use as a second layer.

https://sewliberated.com/products/reversible-metamorphic-dress-pdf-sewing-pattern

warpjr1965

Bessiecrocker, the lining is essentially the second layer. When you turn the dress inside out the "lining" shows, and you have a "second" dress. Does that make sense? The pattern has 2 skirt views, one with a raised center at the hem so that the underlayer is visible. Here is the first dress I made for the summer time:

unnamed by wendyr, on Flickr

unnamed by wendyr, on Flickr

Below you can see the underlayer and the raised hem.

IMG_1882 by wendyr, on Flickr
Wendy

bessiecrocker

Wendy, warpjr, thanks so much. this is a super cute dress and a very clever assembly method. I couldn't quite figure out how the seams wouldn't show when you reversed it. I'm going to need to try this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42HnM5KuNzE

warpjr1965

Yes! I should have linked that video, which shows the burrito method for attaching the lining.
Wendy

Morzel

What a great video - thanks for linking it!
Eva

indigotiger

wendy, that is a fascinating application of the "burrito method" which I had only ever seen used for shirt yokes before... Now you have me thinking about the possibility of making a reversible pinafore... hmmm...
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

warpjr1965

Isn't it fascinating? I still can't visualize in my mind how it works, until I actually do it.

I've gotten my lining fabric and it is washing now. Planning to assemble pockets, attach skirt to bodice, and shoulder seams of the main fabric today.
Wendy

M lambie

So I've tried a bunch of times to post here over the long holiday weekend here in the U.S. but kept getting so many 500 errors that I quit trying. ::) I did see Dragonlady's note at the top but argh it was still frustrating.

Wendy thanks for sharing that cool video. I am seriously considering trying that dress myself although I already know I wouldn't wear it without adding a FBA/dart. I've looked at pics of people who've already made it and only the very slim and small busted women look okay in it, I think. Everyone else has that front waist seam (and hem) riding up in a major way! But it's a really cute pattern and I think I might just try. Your version is adorable! You must have enjoyed wearing it during the warm weather.

Now that the rules are clearer to me, I am thinking about what I will want to sew. Basically my inspiration is just my fabric stash LOL but that works with the inspiration image I chose last year for the SWAP I didn't sew, so I guess I'll just re-use that image. I'm happy to be able to use more patterned fabrics as I don't believe it is necessary to use majority solid fabrics in order to have a cohesive designer collection. :crush: I already mentioned that I've been losing weight this year; I should be at or close to my goal weight mid-January. So any SWAP sewing I do will involve working on TNT patterns for my new size. At a minimum I will need a new dress pattern. So that could be fun (or not).

Indigotiger, I really love the sketch you did for your new dress pattern.

I'll try to have a look at everyone's plans and comment but we'll see how those errors go!!

indigotiger

Mary - when I think about that reversible dress, I envision using that technique, but with my own TNT pattern... no reason why it would have to be done with their pattern. You could use a bodice pattern that fit your body, and add a skirt of style and length that pleased you...
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

warpjr1965

Quote from: M lambie on November 25, 2018, 02:56:50 pm


Wendy thanks for sharing that cool video.



It was actually Bessiecrocker who found and posted it!

I agree with Indigotiger, you could use this burrito technique on any similar pattern. You are also correct that it seems drafted for a B cup or so, any bigger and that bodice will ride up for sure.  I actually had to fiddle with the shoulder seams a bit to get the armhole to sit properly, I had a lot of gapping. Some of that settled down after I put the lining in.

I wonder if this would count as one garment or two?   Hmm.
Wendy

CCL

Angelweb... If it helps, I see absolutely no red in your inspiration photo!  ( I also have a cazy desire to sew a red coat... but I see that you are valiantly trying to avoid including one in your plan. - just trying to help.)
;D. Love the theme of the  " can't see the dog's hair" grouping.

M lambie

Quote from: warpjr1965 on November 25, 2018, 07:54:31 pm
Quote from: M lambie on November 25, 2018, 02:56:50 pm


Wendy thanks for sharing that cool video.



It was actually Bessiecrocker who found and posted it!

I agree with Indigotiger, you could use this burrito technique on any similar pattern. You are also correct that it seems drafted for a B cup or so, any bigger and that bodice will ride up for sure.  I actually had to fiddle with the shoulder seams a bit to get the armhole to sit properly, I had a lot of gapping. Some of that settled down after I put the lining in.

I wonder if this would count as one garment or two?   Hmm.


Oops! Thanks for posting that cool video, Bessiecrocker! :embarassed:

Wendy and Indigotiger, you are right of course, I don't know where my brain was... I can just use the method with a different pattern.  :)) I did notice that a lot of other sewists seemed to have trouble with the armhole gaping too (or so it appears from their photos).

I would guess it counts as one garment? But what do I know lol. I do like the idea of a reversible pinafore/layering dress for autumn & winter, maybe in two colors of linen. Wendy, your purple wool is gorgeous. Did you say what fabric/color you would use for the other layer? (I can't find it but I could have missed it.)

warpjr1965

Quote from: M lambie on November 26, 2018, 11:02:50 am

I don't know where my brain was... I can just use the method with a different pattern.  :))


Mary you could try her Hinterland dress: https://sewliberated.com/products/hinterland-dress-pdf-sewing-pattern
It has a bust dart, so fitting there may be easier.
Wendy

warpjr1965

Cross posting my fabric/lining from the Dress Challenge thread:

IMG_3338 by wendyr, on Flickr

IMG_3339 by wendyr, on Flickr
Wendy

indigotiger

Lisanne - your posts about different ways of converting a basic bodice to one that can have a button opening, or a zip front are wonderful! I just finished doing a similar conversion, and that information would have been most helpful... I had to sort of suss out how to do it by myself, which worked okay, but reading up on ways that others had done so would have helped... thank you retroactively. I will be reading through those just to see if there are ways I can improve on what I did.
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

Thanks, happy to hear it, Indigotiger !
Let me know if you have any ideas that I need to add  ;D
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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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

crazyquilter - it looks like you have put a LOT of thought and planning into your ideas, and I am very excited to see where you go with them... Kudos as well for planning garments that will work with things already in your wardrobe, and for making muslins/toiles ahead of time. There really shouldn't be a problem with most of your SWAP being for warmer weather; something about starting in December but then ending in April... (I always want to make WARM things when I start, but by April I am so ready to not have to photograph wool and layers)
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

BinMI

Unfortunately I will not be participating in SWAP this year, my body isn't ready for a whole new wardrobe yet (weight loss in progress), hopefully next year.

In 2016 I participated in SWAP and the wardrobe was in heavy regular rotation. Unfortunately (from a wardrobe perspective)/fortunately (from a health perspective) they are all too big. I still wear the clothes as home clothes. I just want to encourage anyone who has wanted to participate to just do it. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain, it's so nice to have a coordinated closet.

Lisanne

Two weeks today to the start of SWAP sewing !
Good Luck to all of you who are finishing your pre-SWAP item    :heart_smilie:
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

CCL

Cheering you all from the sidelines this year...so many exciting plans.  Just read through yours, CrazyQuilter, and I am so impressed by the coherence of your refashioning older garments and textiles.

indigotiger

Quote4.  I desperately need neutral pieces in colors like navy, ivory, beige, and light gray.  I have loads of accent pieces in warm, sunny brights that suit my complexion really well, but I need neutral pieces to tie them all together, plus a few print pieces.  Neutrals are my nemesis.
5.  I think I know where I need to go with sewing plans, but finding an inspiration piece to fit with this year's SWAP rules that allows forces me to focus on sewing boring neutral pieces may prove problematic.
Lyneisa - So smart of you to think clearly about how what you make will actually function in your life, prior to starting SWAP sewing.  I'm not sure why you would need to choose a new inspiration piece... the second of your images, with the taupe/grey/cream background would let you use "navy, ivory, beige, and light grey" as your neutrals, since I see all those colors in the scarf. And if you make your core pieces in the neutrals, a few accent color fabrics or a print fabric or two could be your "reward" for sewing the neutral pieces first...
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

boppingbeth

Lyneisa, I think the scarf would be an ideal inspiration piece, particularly with the lighter colours. 

mudcat

CrazyQuilter, your idea board is lovely.

crazyquilter

It was mostly middle of the night pondering, Indigotiger.  I had to get it down somewhere so I could stop mulling it over.  I really think while most of the SWAP will be good for warm weather that it will work year round.  That's one of the nice things about lagenlook.

Thanks, CCL.  Now if it will all work out as planned.  So far, so good as the black fabric proved to be just enough for the dress I wanted to make from it.  I'm busy working on it today.

I agree with the others Lyneisa.  I don't think you need to search for another inspiration piece either, unless you just want to.

Thank you, mudcat!

And now back to sewing. 

Lisanne

Hurrah Luz Clara for showing you don't need to be inhibited by the word 'neutral'  ;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

Lisanne

And Crazy Quilter - you look like you will have some marvellous options  ;D

I do enjoy seeing all the different styles and colourways people are planning. 
Personal style can be so much more joyous than fashion.   :heart_smilie:
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

I love your neutrals, Luz Clara.  I can't wait to see what you make this year. 

Lisanne, I love this quote and totally agree.

Quote from: Lisanne on December 16, 2018, 03:26:10 am
Personal style can be so much more joyous than fashion.   :heart_smilie:


I hope you are right about the options in my plan. 

I finished my first garment, the make before Dec 26 one.  I really like how the drawstrings turned out.  There is a modeled photo  and details in my thread.



The first photo shows the four front and four back drawstrings raised.  The second photo shows just the two side drawstrings raised.  I accidently got it turned around for this photo, so this is the back of the dress.


luz clara

Crazyquilter I was having trouble imagining your dress until I saw you wearing it w/your red asymmetrical top! Wow! What a cool look!! I'm inspired to include something dramatic and ruffly in my SWAP!

Luz Clara

CCL

Crazyquilter - love your dress and over-layer.

warpjr1965

Crazyquilter I love your slip dress!  Looking forward to seeing how the rest of your collection evolves.

I've gotten garment 1 completed, likely my wildcard option. Now that CCL's dress challenge is complete I can sit down and put together a more cohesive SWAP plan.  Using my wool as a starting point, I'll likely have black and possibly blue as a neutral base. Accents: pink, purple, and ???  I'll have a sit down later, maybe over the weekend. As usual I hope to get away without purchasing any fabric, but that is really unlikely.
Wendy

Lisanne

Boppingbeth - I love your Eileen Fisher oriented pinterest board - so many inspiring styles and easy to copy  ;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

CCL

Quote from: Sew Ruthie Sews on December 21, 2018, 01:48:24 pm
I have been working on this simple coat very slowly over the last few weeks.

It still needs hemming and a good press but is otherwise complete. I've added a lining in a dark teal satin, and pockets, belt and facing/collar in the slightly lighter teal wool. I think it works quite well.



Nice!