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SWAP 2019 - Discussion

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Morzel

Quote from: boppingbeth on April 19, 2019, 05:45:08 amI don't know if I can finish.  Between the whole return to work stuff and tMy son in law who went in for emergency surgery at the end of February, it has been a really rough two months.   

I wish you and your son in law all the best. Lots of energy, lots of optimism and strength.
Eva

stephaniecan

Quote from: Morzel on April 20, 2019, 05:46:48 am
Quote from: boppingbeth on April 19, 2019, 05:45:08 amI don't know if I can finish.  Between the whole return to work stuff and tMy son in law who went in for emergency surgery at the end of February, it has been a really rough two months.   

I wish you and your son in law all the best. Lots of energy, lots of optimism and strength.

I second Eva's wishes. That sounds very stressful. Hopefully some sewing can give you some respite from worry.

luz clara

I am working on my final garment! But it's not much compared to Demented Fairy's white silk satin shirt. Sheez - that kind of project is triple trouble - silk and slidey, white so DIRT MAGNET, hand sewn. . . so needle pokes = blood = DIRT MAGNET!!! Very admirable, Demented Fairy!

Luz Clara

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stephaniecan

Mary: You are always such a generous, warm commentator to others. I appreciate all of your participation in SWAP.
Know Thyself, as they say, is so important. We all have things that dog us or limit us - I am a perfectionist and also am anxious in some areas of my life - and it is such a glorious thing when we figure out what that is and can become a compassionate observer of our reflexes. What a great revelation you have had!

I look forward to seeing everything that you do and of course encourage you to continue sharing your wonderful, creative style here.

Lisanne

April 22, 2019, 10:31:41 am #320 Last Edit: April 22, 2019, 10:37:30 am by Lisanne
Mary - there's a book with the title 'Go only as fast as your slowest part feels safe to go' which I keep by me (though I think the title is the most helpful part of the book  ;D)

Quote from: stephaniecan on April 22, 2019, 09:38:50 amwe . . . can become a compassionate observer of our reflexes.

I too have severe anxiety and know the only thing that works is complete acceptance and taking a time out.  There are so many paradoxes in healing - it's surprising how quickly the anxiety goes if only we give up thinking we're wrong to have it and trying to get rid of it !  (If you've read one of Claire Weeks' books, that's what she means by 'float'.)

Good for the people who do make a SWAP, it's such fun and gives so much pleasure to watch them in action and hear about their challenges and solutions.
We can't all be one of them, but we can contribute in other ways  :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

dementedfairy

Mlambie sorry to hear you're dropping out- but great conclusions!  I suspect my SWAP which is making me very happy and filling many gaps in my wardrobe, will also fail to fit the rules.  Not to worry!
Meanwhile, I finished off the first bit of sewing for the school production of Wizard of Oz.  Waddya think folks?
Apparently I'm a quintessential Gemini- but I think that's a load of b.s. myselves...

luz clara

Dear Mary - I'm looking forward to seeing whatever you decide to make for your new self on your own time line. I love the four outfits you posted. You look very cute and at the same time, dare I say, rebellious re: fashion!
and Demented Fairy - you made Toto? That is just damn cute! Good job! I await the year that SWAP rules include "Sew one creature of your choice."

Morzel

Mary - good for you! I feel it is really wise to take a step back and think about the whys... I am a firm believer in 'think thoroughly about what you want to spend your energy on'. If you realize, working on a SWAP is an energy-burner (because it puts pressure on you), it needs to go. And you being content with yourself after having made that decision just shows it is the right decision! Sewing should be a pleasure and not feel like a chore!
As I also feel a bit terrified of big projects/densely scheduled-through days, I always keep to small steps. I deliberatly don't look at the overall huge picture (notice, I didn't make a plan), but go step-by-step. In case of SWAP - have the rules there in the back of my brain, but sew away at my pleasure anyway. I know it reads Sewing-with-a-plan, but I just want the plan to be rather more an outline. Keeping to the right colourway. More or less. Sew whereever my fancy takes me. And some years, there is enough for a SWAP in the end, some years there isn't.

Eva

Morzel

Dementedfairy - the silk blouse is some garment!  :applause2:  I can't imagine how it must have been, working with a slippery fabric and a pattern with challenging designlines! Wow. And that Toto - you sewed that?! It is great!!! Absolutely great.

Stephaniecan: the knitted sweater will look wonderful... the coloured stripes look beautiful! a green pair of pants with that great fit would look great with it...

Wendy: go for it! Another week to go. Remember Ruthies '20 min per day'? Looking forward to your jeans.

Luz clara - final garment, thats great! I don't have any silk shirts either. Not even lace, or sequins or anything like that.

Eva

stephaniecan

Thanks, Eva!


I love what you said about how you "outline" rather than plan. To be honest, I try to plan and then I work much better if I outline, as I rarely follow a plan exactly. I always discover - and this time has been no different - that as I go along the ideas I had don't quite work upon execution. In some cases, things turn out better than I expected (e.g. the pants I made) and other things work less well than I expected (white pencil skirt).


Cheering everyone on! I am hoping to finish. I made most of a shirtdress yesterday (all done but the short sleeves, but to be honest, I used a darker thread for the topstitching on the advice of someone at my local fabric store and I don't like it (should have gone with my more neutral instincts), although I don't really think it is necessarily worth picking it all out...I may live with it. I tend to be very very picky). I'll put on the sleeves and make the sash tonight and then will work on my red silk blouse, which I cut out yesterday. Then I need to finish up my red jacket and make one more item. Oh and I finished up the striped pullover this past weekend. Progress! :)

Good luck everyone in the final push. Stephanie



warpjr1965

IMG_3748 by wendyr, on Flickr

Finally! Done with my pink ponte jeans and i love them!  Paired with a SWAP shirt too.
Wendy

boppingbeth

Quote from: warpjr1965 on April 23, 2019, 05:08:43 pmIMG_3748 by wendyr, on Flickr

Finally! Done with my pink ponte jeans and i love them!  Paired with a SWAP shirt too.

Those look great!  Go you!

stephaniecan

Quote from: boppingbeth on April 23, 2019, 05:31:33 pm
Quote from: warpjr1965 on April 23, 2019, 05:08:43 pmIMG_3748 by wendyr, on Flickr

Finally! Done with my pink ponte jeans and i love them!  Paired with a SWAP shirt too.

Those look great!  Go you!

Agreed! Great outfit, Wendy.

mudcat

I've posted the Photo guidelines for those who don't check all threads.

Morzel

Wendy - uuh, eyecandy!! Like the colours, like the outfit!  :thumbsup:
Eva

Sew Ruthie Sews

Jacket now has sleeves but isn't quite finished.
Have found the fabric for the rose top and ink trousers, hope to work on them this weekend.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

warpjr1965

Thanks for the outfit compliments!
I am wrestling with the floral shirt, I hope I win!
Hoping also to cut the next pair of trousers, and a shirt. I left everything very late! Fingers crossed.
Wendy

Lisanne

Have a good final weekend everyone  :applause2: - if you've wasted time coming to have a look here   ;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

Sew Ruthie Sews

Ink trousers and Rose top cut out. Decided to have a break from Ink so am sewing the Rose knit top. Its such a pretty colour.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

annakatherinesews


Sew Ruthie Sews

Rose top done, back to the ink colourway.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

warpjr1965

Floral top is mostly done, but the sleeves are very wonky, deciding if I should re-insert, or just take them out and go sleeveless.

I am going to switch gears and start on my burda pants, just got the zip and buttons, matching thread at JoAnns, so I'm ready to begin.
Wendy

Sew Ruthie Sews

Wendy sounds like things are going well.

I have made good progress on my Ink trousers, just need to finish them off and do the sleeve hems and buttons/buttonholes on the matching jacket.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

warpjr1965

Whew Ruthie sounds like you are plugging away too!
I am slowly getting these pants done. I certainly hope they fit! Regardless, I am enjoying the process so far.
I have a number of fast, back-up projects planned in case I need to finish fast! I think I can do it though.
Wendy

Aussie28

Hi Ladies, as usual I have been following along quietly in the background. I have completed my Swap Wardrobe and started organising photos but I am wondering if I will be able to use the gallery now as I am not currently a subscribed member?
I have included a sneak peak of my Autumn Wardrobe.

dementedfairy

Totally distracted by Oz costuming, but still hope to dash off another pair of trousers.  Let's see!
Apparently I'm a quintessential Gemini- but I think that's a load of b.s. myselves...

Sew Ruthie Sews

Ink trousers completed but need the hems pressing.
Jacket needs sleeve hems, buttons/button holes and the shoulder pads sewing in.
The jacket and trousers look quite smart together so I am pleased.

I think this will be the completed collection.
(I'm not including the casual teal trousers and will remove one of the plain dark tops, there's an ink one and a dark teal one which look very similar)
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

warpjr1965

Final push. I've edited my SWAP plans and can definitely finish.
Burda jeans should be done today.
I'm adding a pre-sewn skirt.
Probably then will cut a quick Shirt no 1 or tank from the floral print.

Ruthie, I'm always impressed with your focus! Can't wait to see your jacket and the full collection!
Wendy

stephaniecan

That's great, Wendy! Great work, Ruthie! Can't wait to see everything together.

I made the red silk blouse yesterday and I love it. I just need to hand sew the hems and sleeve hems and put on the buttons.

I am still two garments short, although one is half done. For the other one I may have to do something very quick, because it would be such a shame not to finish at this point. I'll see how far I get today. I still have tomorrow and Tues. :)

Good luck, all!

Morzel

Well done all of those who have finished already!  :applause2:

Aussie28, so good to see you participating again! Just yesterday I stumbled over such a shirt whilst reading some blogs, and it caught my eye. And there you are, sewing up just the thing!  :thumbsup:

Those of you who are almost finished: you can always use a simple popover blouse or tshirt or something like that. It would not be sewn in vain, just to finish SWAP... it would probably be a wardrobe staple!

Stephaniecan: JUST handsew the hem and sleeves and put on the buttons?  ::) My favourite chores!  ;D

I just finished another dark blue pair of jeans - I didn't like the way the first one felt when being worn. Weird, same pattern as the denim one, totally different fit. Probably the stretch factor. Well, this time around I used the jeans pattern from SWAP 2017, and it worked a charm. To tell the truth, that pattern (a mixture between RTW and self drafted) is much better than this years jeans pattern I tried (Silhouette Lana's jeans), so I will just stick to that pattern from now on. Why did I try out the other pattern in the first place?!  :o
When wearing the denim ones, I realised, they were too short. So I remembered what Elizabeth said earlier on in the discussion, about the ankle length being en vogue now. I do keep seeing that length now everywhere, especially as the weather is being fine here. So I just cut off the pants and left a raw edge, seems to be fashionable as well here. But I only intend to wear them in summer weather  8) . I will stick to longer lengths for my regular jeans...
Eva

stephaniecan

Great about the jeans, Eva! They are very fashionable. I stopped sewing my jeans as I was never satisfied and I found a supplier who makes jeans using environmentally friendly denim so I buy from them. They are a bit hipster though so all of the jeans have been a bit short for a couple of years now! I have been going along with it, because even though I am almost fifty years old, I can be a hipster too. :)

I agree about the hand sewing. That is my favourite part, too. I love it when I can turn off the machine and just work on a garment with my hands. I really love it.


warpjr1965

Eva, so glad you have found a TNT jeans pattern and managed another pair!
Aussie, also glad you have been quietly sewing along :)
Stephanie, 50 something women can be anything we would like! So rock those ankle jeans.

Taking a pause now from the Burda pants. I've adjusted the contour waist as I needed to take a bit out of the CB seam.  Next up is interfacing the waist, attaching that, invisible zip, then hem. Oh, and hand sew buttons. I was hoping to be done with the pants by 3 PM today, but I am going to take a little break and do something else.
Wendy

stephaniecan

OH I missed Aussie28's comment. Great to see someone else in the mix! I love the colour combo of your outfit.

Wendy, You are so right. At almost fifty, I actually feel the best I have ever felt about myself. Just more calm, centred and sure of myself. I feel more hipster than I did when I was younger, for sure. :) Plus my junior colleague always tells me that I am "woke," which apparently in hipster speak means I am alright.

Better get sewing or I will be in trouble and working until midnight Tues. :)


Sew Ruthie Sews

I've finished, or at least I think I've finished.
I've counted up and I do have 11 pieces. I can check tomorrow I have followed the rules re print and colour.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/