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SWAP 2020 - Official Rules

Started by indigotiger, October 29, 2019, 10:35:50 pm

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Susan in Saint John

Thank you indigotiger, this is a great set of rules with a lot of flexibility.  Perhaps I'll actually participate this time. 

I've been sewing for decades and there's not much that I haven't tried in the way of techniques and fabrics.  I am wondering if getting better or perfecting a technique might be acceptable as a challenge rather than something new.  For example, I have made bound buttonholes in the past but not often and not recently.  That might be something that I'd like to do better.  Another example would be a perfect narrow bias facing that was even in width and shaped exactly as it should be.  These are techniques [and there are others] which elevate the quality of a garment and take practice.  Would you consider this sort of challenge?

Helen M

Indigo I'm still deciding whether to sew along with the possibility of entering 'for real', but wondering if I do the 1 pant, 1 skirt + 9 tops option can one of the 2 items be, for now at least, the one RTW item? 
Sewing in Cheshire

Turquoise

I'm hoping so @Helen M as that way I can concentrate on making tops and jackets, which is what I really need to fill gaps in my current wardrobe, and use a RTW pair of jeans as the item that just go with everything.

indigotiger

Helen asked:
Quotewondering if I do the 1 pant, 1 skirt + 9 tops option can one of the 2 items be, for now at least, the one RTW item?
and Turquoise asked:
QuoteI'm hoping...[to] use a RTW pair of jeans as the item that just go with everything.
Yes, the one, or one of two "goes with everything" item may also be your one chosen RTW item...
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indigotiger

QuoteI've been sewing for decades and there's not much that I haven't tried in the way of techniques and fabrics.  I am wondering if getting better or perfecting a technique might be acceptable as a challenge rather than something new.  For example, I have made bound buttonholes in the past but not often and not recently.  That might be something that I'd like to do better.  Another example would be a perfect narrow bias facing that was even in width and shaped exactly as it should be.  These are techniques [and there are others] which elevate the quality of a garment and take practice.  Would you consider this sort of challenge?
Yes, that would definitely be in the spirit of the "new to you" challenge, and I am going to think of how best to phrase the rules to make that more clear. Just as IMHO someone shouldn't have to sew garments of a type they don't wear to meet SWAP critera, I also think that people shouldn't have to use a new technique that isn't appropriate to their personal style. I do think that more experienced folks may find it hard to find something entirely new that is also appealing. It would be a great and helpful idea if you also document your starting attempt, showing how you are dissatisfied with your results, and compare it to your final more successful results, since my purpose with the new-to-you challenge is specifically to grow our skills...
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indigotiger

When writing my response to Susan in Saint John, I realised that I had forgotten to reply to Lisanne's comment last week
QuoteNot entirely meant as a joke - perhaps if people can give good evidence they have tried hard with a new technique but never got good enough results to use it for a garment - they should still be allowed to count it as their new technique
If that is the case, and goodness knows I have been there myself from time to time over the years, then I would agree that was a good faith attempt at a "new-to-you" technique, and acceptable. I would like to, as I mentioned in the prior post, see you document your intial attempt, showing why you were not happy with it, and some of the subsequent attempts... not to cause stress, but because by seeing and reading about what people try to do, and how it works or doesn't work, we all learn more...
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Helen M

Thank you Indigo that will help. I may substitute a 'me made' garment depending on the time scale.
Sewing in Cheshire

kowgiirl.up

Quote from: indigotiger on October 29, 2019, 10:35:50 pmNo purchase necessary anywhere; this contest is open to anyone with a needle and thread, regardless of budget or availability of items.

Bravo for stepping up and putting this deal together. I can't imagine how much thought and time is spent coming up with all the little tidbits that goes into these SWAPS.  :applause2:
Theresa

Runs with scissors

luz clara

Oh my - here I was thinking that I wouldn't do SWAP this time around. And now, of course, I want to take a stab at it b/c it looks so much fun! And b/c YOU Indigo Tiger are the one roaring and swishing your tail as our leader! What to do? What to do???? 

Luz Clara

Susan in Saint John

Quote from: indigotiger on November 13, 2019, 01:33:44 pmquote]I've been sewing for decades and there's not much that I haven't tried in the way of techniques and fabrics.  I am wondering if getting better or perfecting a technique m in width and shaped exactly as it should be.  These are techniques [and there are others] which elevate the quality of a garment and take practice.  Would you consider this sort of challenge?
Yes, that would definitely be in the spirit of the "new to you" challenge, and I am going to think of how best to phrase the rules to make that more clear. Just as IMHO someone shouldn't have to sew garments of a type they don't wear to meet SWAP critera, I also think that people shouldn't have to use a new technique that isn't appropriate to their personal style. I do think that more experienced folks may find it hard to find something entirely new that is also appealing. It would be a great and helpful idea if you also document your starting attempt, showing how you are dissatisfied with your results, and compare it to your final more successful results, since my purpose with the new-to-you challenge is specifically to grow our skills...
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Quote from: indigotiger on November 13, 2019, 01:47:45 pmWhen writing my response to Susan in Saint John, I realised that I had forgotten to reply to Lisanne's comment last week
QuoteNot entirely meant as a joke - perhaps if people can give good evidence they have tried hard with a new technique but never got good enough results to use it for a garment - they should still be allowed to count it as their new technique
If that is the case, and goodness knows I have been there myself from time to time over the years, then I would agree that was a good faith attempt at a "new-to-you" technique, and acceptable. I would like to, as I mentioned in the prior post, see you document your intial attempt, showing why you were not happy with it, and some of the subsequent attempts... not to cause stress, but because by seeing and reading about what people try to do, and how it works or doesn't work, we all learn more...

I don't know about other people but I've never kept my unsuccessful attempts. 

CCL

November 14, 2019, 07:25:58 am #45 Last Edit: November 14, 2019, 07:29:49 am by CCL
Quote from: Susan in Saint John on November 14, 2019, 05:35:24 amI don't know about other people but I've never kept my unsuccessful attempts.

LOL - I often do as it helps me dissect what I might not be doing correctly and, later on in my sewing journey, helps me see that I do progress and eventually get better if I just keep at it. 

I still have my first attempt at a double-welt practice pocket - because I am  definitely not feeling confident about the double-welt versions.  Though I am more bold about single welts these days.

Luz Clara

Quote from: luz clara on November 14, 2019, 03:49:03 amOh my - here I was thinking that I wouldn't do SWAP this time around. And now, of course, I want to take a stab at it b/c it looks so much fun! And b/c YOU Indigo Tiger are the one roaring and swishing your tail as our leader! What to do? What to do???? 

What to do?  Come sit by me on the "sew-along bench"!   I have been muddling over a plan because these are such great rules - I think I have come up with a plan - a slow sewing plan - that lets me sew up some of the many projects I have wanted to do and even have fabric for, but in no way will be done by the deadline.  2 dresses, 1 coat, and 8 jackets - that will take at least a year.


sewsy

Quote from: CCL on November 14, 2019, 07:25:58 am
Quote from: Susan in Saint John on November 14, 2019, 05:35:24 amI don't know about other people but I've never kept my unsuccessful attempts.

LOL - I often do as it helps me dissect what I might not be doing correctly and, later on in my sewing journey, helps me see that I do progress and eventually get better if I just keep at it. 

I still have my first attempt at a double-welt practice pocket - because I am  definitely not feeling confident about the double-welt versions.  Though I am more bold about single welts these days.

Luz Clara

Quote from: luz clara on November 14, 2019, 03:49:03 amOh my - here I was thinking that I wouldn't do SWAP this time around. And now, of course, I want to take a stab at it b/c it looks so much fun! And b/c YOU Indigo Tiger are the one roaring and swishing your tail as our leader! What to do? What to do???? 

What to do?  Come sit by me on the "sew-along bench"!   I have been muddling over a plan because these are such great rules - I think I have come up with a plan - a slow sewing plan - that lets me sew up some of the many projects I have wanted to do and even have fabric for, but in no way will be done by the deadline.  2 dresses, 1 coat, and 8 jackets - that will take at least a year.



I'm here on the "sew-along bench" too, Luz Clara! Please join us! I haven't figured out exactly what I'm going to be doing as yet. Still ruminatin' about the "French Woman's Uniform" as described by a YouTuber. Those pieces being listed as 1. Black blazer 2. White tee 3. Jeans 4.Ballet Flats 5. Woven (market basket type) bag.

Not really sure I want a black blazer, so I'm trying to decide about the color. AND whether or not I want it to be woven or knit. Once I get that part figured out, I think that the remaining pieces should fall into place.

Melinda_B

If I make a toile (was meant to be the early garment) and use a new technique, when I make the garment that is officially in SWAP can I still claim the new technique?

I made a knit top intending it to be the "after rules before start" garment.  But it needs to have the pattern adjusted to make it work acceptable.  I used a new binding technique.  I'll wear this top, just not to work.  When I remake this pattern, can I still say the binding is a new technique even though I've used it on the toile?  I'm hoping yes, as the intention was for the garment to be a SWAP inclusion.
Melinda

Perth, Australia
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indigotiger

Melinda_B asked:
QuoteIf I make a toile (was meant to be the early garment) and use a new technique, when I make the garment that is officially in SWAP can I still claim the new technique?
THe short answer - YES. Using your "new technique" in a toile, and as a way of practicing it is entirely acceptable
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mudcat

I've been mulling over the new to me technique.  It needs to be something I'm sure I've never done as well as being something I'd actually wear. I'm thinking of using one of my embroidery stitches for the hem and possibly sleeves of a tunic. I'm certain I've never done that since it's not usually my style but I have a JJill tunic that has something like that and I don't mind it.  Would that work?

indigotiger

mudcat - if adding embroidery to a garment is a new thing for you, then it counts as a new-to-you technique.

You don't sound very enthused about the idea, though it does fit the  rules. My intent with that "requirement" is to encourage folks to stretch a little and maybe learn a new skill, not to force anyone to make a garment that won't be a pleasure to wear.

Maybe there is some other possibility that you have tried once before and would like to improve/perfect? I too am struggling to figure out what new thing to choose for my own SWAP sewing, and hope it will become clear to me before next April.
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theresa in tucson

Some interesting discussion on the 2020 SWAP.  I certainly don't need any more clothes so I'm not going to participate except to pull together a coordinating wardrobe and fill in the holes.  I'm cheering on the participants though. :applause2:

sharonspils

Hi Indigotiger, earlier this year I cut out 2 half circle skirts and then in August the fabric was pleated for me.

Is this classed as fabric or it is partially made?


indigotiger

sharonspils - that was a bit of a stumper... I think I am going to call it as fabric, since cutting out pieces prior to the 26th is okay, and since it is possible to purchase pre-pleated fabric, I think that getting your own fabric pleated still counts as "fabric"...
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sharonspils

Thank you so much Indigotiger, it was a stumper for me, so that is why I thought I would run it past you.

anna.wahnsinn

December 08, 2019, 02:55:43 am #55 Last Edit: December 08, 2019, 03:00:07 am by anna.wahnsinn
Indigotiger, after reading your 2020 SWAP rules I believe you had a peek at my wardrobe and decided it was time for me to finally start sewing!
Anne

Pagog

I love dresses, so I was happy to read that this year they are not counted as a top or a bottom. I also have been sewing for a very long time, but for some reason, I avoid invisible zippers, which would be a great technique to master.

ejvc

I'm late to the party, I haven't been sewing basically at all, which is strange, and my wardrobe is really showing the effects.  This is a great set of rules. 

I tell you what I'd like is TEN PAIRS OF PANTS and a shirt.  OK maybe not but I'm always always always out of pants.  I have max two pair at any one time and they are always breaking. My theme would be ALL PANTS ALL THE TIME. Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk.
Sewing and machine knitting in Karlstad, Sweden.

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- on Ravelry as ejvc  and on Flickr as EJ VC.  Kind of a theme.  Deleted my insta account - hate the way Facebook (who own Instagram) treats my personal info so not giving it any more.

Sew Ruthie Sews

Quick question on this line in the rules
Quote1 or 2 that MUST coordinate (be able to be worn with all of the others)

If for example I sewed a red cardigan and a black cardigan as my 2 items does that mean that every other outfit made with the 9 remaining pieces must work BOTH with a black cardigan AND with the red cardigan? Or that each outfit needs to work with EITHER the black cardigan OR the red cardigan (and its a bonus if it works for both?)
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
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indigotiger

QuoteIf for example I sewed a red cardigan and a black cardigan as my 2 items does that mean that every other outfit made with the 9 remaining pieces must work BOTH with a black cardigan AND with the red cardigan?
... that is correct.
The garments that must coordinate need to be wearable with any of the other "outfits"; sewing two garments that coordinate means that both must be wearable with any of the other outfits
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Sew Ruthie Sews

OK thanks @indigotiger. I will continue to think....
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
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mudcat

On Thursday I bought a coverstitch machine which isn't something I've ever used before so can that be my new to me technique?

indigotiger

Mudcat - of course! IMHO learning to use a new machine for sewing with, (or conversely, learning to do hand stitching, if someone is unfamiliar with that), can be new-to-you techniques... Best of luck with your new machine!!
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luz clara

Quote from: CCL on November 14, 2019, 07:25:58 amWhat to do?  Come sit by me on the "sew-along bench"
I think CCL and Sewsy that I'm going to ask you to skoootch over so I can sit on the "sew-along bench" with you. I have come up with a "purpose" for my 2020 sewing but I've decided that timelines and deadlines, even hugely generous ones, are just not of interest any more. I don't sit still long enough or stay in one place long enough to finish a garment by a specific date. But I will reveal the purpose for my un-SWAP. I am going to force myself to pull six fabrics from the Official Luz Clara Fabric Archive - fabrics that are scary, too precious to cut, too expensive to fool with, too intimidating, too whatever - and I am going to sew myself garments with those six fabrics. I haven't selected them yet, but I have a couple of ideas (e.g. silk I bought at Joel & Son in 2003), and I figure it won't be hard to choose six from the collection. Do I have patterns? Well, no. Not yet. I have ideas. Of course my sewing area is in chaos b/c I had to pack it up kind of quickly back in the summer in preparation for a bathroom remodel. I hope the remodel will actually happen in 2020. But I have what it takes to poke through the boxed up things and find my six precious treasures. I'm glad I will not be alone on the sew-along bench!  Luz Clara

indigotiger

luz clara - I certainly understand not wanting to add any stress into life, and I applaud your decision to sew things from your special fabrics, and I look forward to hearing about and maybe seeing what you are working on from time to time?

Perhaps the folks on the "sew-along bench" might want to post what they are up to over in the "ALTERSWAP" section?
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Sew Ruthie Sews

January 15, 2020, 03:33:09 pm #65 Last Edit: January 15, 2020, 03:37:55 pm by Sew Ruthie Sews
So I was looking on the calendar, and as I am trying to sew all 11 piece in the main SWAP timeframe, I realised that's 18 weeks for 11 garments.
So for me that's a new garment every 1.6 weeks!! (Obviously less than this if you use previously made, sewn between 30 Oct and 25 Dec and something purchased).
And we've been going for 3 weeks and I have managed to sew two pieces, so I am pretty much on target.
I have got another thing partly made, but got stuck on pocket indecision, and then I've got distracted with some new fabric (though still in my SWAP colourway).

I am away for a couple of weeks during the SWAP timeframe though, but do have a stay home sewing weekend planned as well.

Today I wore the ink jacket and trousers from last years SWAP with a teal print top I made in Feb 2018. It was GREAT to be all in me-made!
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

indigotiger

Ruthie - if anyone could do the whole eleven garment SWAP sewing in the Boxing Day to end of April run, it would be you. I set up the rules to allow for various options as far as garment either made previously or purchased or both, so that people would not feel too pressured. I myself am going to include the 2 pre-made and the one made after the rules were announced...
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wenznz

Having read some of the chat in the general thread, what are the specific requirements around photos and how our SWAP capsules are presented? I went back to check the rules post, but don't see anything mentioned about this
Wendy
Wellington, New Zealand

indigotiger

QuoteHaving read some of the chat in the general thread, what are the specific requirements around photos and how our SWAP capsules are presented? I went back to check the rules post, but don't see anything mentioned about this
I haven't posted about the photos requirements yet, (or actually written out what they will be) since it will be several months before we will be at that point. Let me consult with Dragon Lady about how the "Gallery" will be set up and function... what I can say at this point is that there will need to be photos of each of the single items in your SWAP, one photo showing all the SWAP garments together, at least one showing an outfit that includes your "go with all the components" piece, and at least one that shows you wearing one of your SWAP outfits.

You can photograph the garments on a hanger, on a dress form, or while you are wearing them. If on yourself, you do not need to include your head/face if privacy is a concern. The year I did a photo of all my SWAP garments together I simply hung them all next to each other on the closet rail and took a photo that way, to show how the colors all worked together...

What I myself try to do, since I start wearing my SWAP clothing as soon as I finish it, is to take photos once I have enough of the SWAP pieces that I can do so decently, so that I am not having to do a massive photo shoot at the end. YMMV, particularly if you can get a helper to work with you taking photos; I use a camera on a tripod without a helper, so no benefit to me to do it all at once, plus I don't want to be wearing my multiple layers + wool at the end of April!

I will post more about photos as needed, or if anyone has specific questions I will do my best to answer...
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Susan in Saint John

Just wondering, if bra-making could be my new technique and a bra could be one of my SWAP garments.  It could be worn under all the tops probably.  However, I'm not sure how I would handle the photos.