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SWAP 2020 general discussion thread

Started by Lisanne, October 30, 2019, 05:35:57 am

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Lisanne

As I feel strongly about how helpful it is to have everyone posting their comments on the same thread, I hope Indigotiger won't mind me pre-empting her and starting one.
Indigotiger - you are of course free to say we don't have to post our comments here if we don't want to  :heart:
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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Sew Ruthie Sews

I love the rules, and it really made my day when I saw them this morning when I was drinking my morning coffee. Thank you @indigotiger

I am going to do a red/black themed wardrobe based around a piece of silk fabric. I'll take a photo of it and pop it up on my thread when I start it.
The silk is a fun print with light and dark red, black, grey and white so there's a bit more there than just the straight black/red colours.

My new technique is probably going to be learning to work with the silk fabric, or maybe welt pockets or front fly. I have a lot to choose from as I tend to avoid those tricky things.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

indigotiger

QuoteAs I feel strongly about how helpful it is to have everyone posting their comments on the same thread, I hope Indigotiger won't mind me pre-empting her and starting one.
Thank you Lisanne! I was going to do this as soon as I signed in today, but you beat me to it!

Yes please:
comments and conversation on this thread about SWAP ideas and plans
... comments and conversation specific to The Rules on the rules thread
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

Lisanne

Quote from: indigotiger on October 30, 2019, 12:18:14 pmI was going to do this as soon as I signed in today, but you beat me to it!

England is rather a long time ahead of west coast USA  ;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

stephaniecan

Wow, the plans so far are so gorgeous! (Not surprised!)

Am having a hard time not posting a sew along thread, even if I don't complete a SWAP...

I always find watching people's plans evolve so motivating and exciting!

Lisanne

Quote from: stephaniecan on October 31, 2019, 06:55:02 amAm having a hard time not posting a sew along thread, even if I don't complete a SWAP...

Please do, we love seeing your beautiful makes  :heart:
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

JenSaCan

Fantastic rules indigotiger!!
Flexible enough to allow me to indulge my love of dresses.
I'm still ruminating on ideas and a central theme. I made a list of outfits that I want to create and found that a lightweight brown coat would work with everything. I have a lovely piece of wool blend, so I think that's included. Maybe a bottom in the same fabric if I have enough. I pulled out a mix of brown/white fabrics and I'm leaning towards a spring wardrobe. I think I also need a few pops of bright colour in there. I have purple, fuchsia, mint green and sky blue. I'll swap out the fabrics to see what combo inspires me the most.

CCL

Quote from: stephaniecan on October 31, 2019, 06:55:02 amAm having a hard time not posting a sew along thread, even if I don't complete a SWAP...


Why not?  I often do!  And definitely plan on posting one this year again as well!

stephaniecan

That's kind, Lisanne! Thanks, CCL. I might just do that. I do love to plan!

mahgret

I think I am going to try to participate this year.  I completed one SWAP and then did all the sewing but none of the photos for another.  I still wear so many of my SWAP items.  I moved house this year and have a sewing room for the first time in 25 years. I am going to try to put my SWAP together from materials already on hand.  I will go through my fabrics this weekend to try to come up with a plan and also see if the theme I am considering will work.

BinMI

I was planning to SWAP this year...I cleaned out my closet and got rid of everything that didn't fit...not much left to wear...not sure if I can pull it off now, broke my right leg a few days ago...it's supposed to heal in six weeks, I won't be able to pull off the early muslins...for now I will dream and plan.

Turquoise

Oh @BinMI I'm so sorry to hear about your leg - take care of yourself.  Hopefully you will heal really quickly and be back at your sewing machine.  Perhaps when you are ready for physio/exercises you could incorporate a little light sewing time?

My husband broke his wrist this time last year and once he was given the OK doing the exercises the physio gave him, even though they were uncomfortable at first, helped him heal pretty quickly.

Hopefully the time you are out of action will give you plenty of time to plan and research your new wardrobe.

indigotiger

BinMI - I hope that your leg heals well and timely... what a challenge to deal with!  Six weeks is still before the official start of SWAP sewing, so your planning time will be valuable. Maybe choosing simpler designs to sew will let you make good progress once you are cleared for being able to sew again?

mahgret - an actual sewing room... so exciting! and yes, both of the ideas you posted, about black bottoms and a mixture of tops are valid options.

JenSaCan - the colors you discuss really sound very springlike to me, I can just picture the brown earth warming up, and little spring flowers starting to bloom

My goal when developing the rules this year was to allow people to choose the types and colors of garments that would work with their lifestyle and be wearable with the clothing they already have, (or to form the core of a new or travel wardrobe if that is what they want instead). The parts I intend as a "challenge" is to encourage all of us to stretch and increase our sewing skills, and to hopefully also show how helpful it can be to have a "theme", which I have found a Useful Tool to assess how various garments, fabrics, styles, and motifs all can work together
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

JenSaCan

Quote from: indigotiger on November 01, 2019, 03:53:42 pmJenSaCan - the colors you discuss really sound very springlike to me, I can just picture the brown earth warming up, and little spring flowers starting to bloom

Thanks indigotiger, you really helped to focus me.
I've had the fabrics sitting on my table and I've removed the purple and fuchsia for now. The browns and sky blue look lovely together, maybe with a little green  thrown in later. I'm going with an Earth to Sky theme.
I took the plunge and ordered a beautiful brown herringbone suiting from Mood fabrics to round out the collection and give me an extra bottom weight fabric.
Is it just me or does everyone get tempted to buy more fabric when it says only 3.5 yrds left? I was only planning on 2yrds, but then figured it's such a classic fabric that I'll make more than one garment!!
I'll photograph the fabrics when the new fabric arrives and start my thread.

stephaniecan

Ack, BinMI, sorry to hear that. If it helps at all, I broke my ankle on Jan 30 and I still completed SWAP 2019 once I was back on my feet. In fact, the six weeks I had off my feet (no sewing at all, only a bit of knitting) before I could start weight bearing made me itching to get making again and so I was highly motivated once I was again mobile. All the best for a speedy recovery/rehab. Take care!

Mahgret: So happy to hear that you are settled and may try to get a SWAP together!

Turquoise

@mahgret - Love the ideas behind your SWAP.  I also want to put patternmaking lessons into practise.  I did a Peggy Sagers' course 2 years ago and then didn't really have time to do much with it.  I also have the Suzy Furrer Craftsy classes and want to make my blocks/slopers and develop patterns from them. 

Maybe we can be partners in crime and help each other through the process when/if we hit issues  :)


mahgret

I will feel so much better, Turquoise, knowing that you are also working on the patternmaking!

mahgret

I know you all will appreciate this. I was out with a friend and telling her about SWAP and she at one point said "You have enough fabric that you can make 11 garments without buying anything??!"   :o She could not believe it!

indigotiger

I wish I could do all 11 of my SWAP garments from fabric I already have... unfortunately, though I have rather a lot of fabric here on the shelves, most of it is in 1 or 2 yard pieces that are too small to make a whole garment, unless I want to look like the Patchwork Girl of Oz! I need at least 3 or 4 yards for a pinafore or dress or jacket, so I have ordered some grey linen for a new pinafore, and some grey cotton duck for a "barn jacket".

I do, though, have plenty of options for blouses, or knit tops, or leggings right here on hand. I'm going to make up a toile of the Teagarden T, which I know I need to alter to fit my current shape, since that is on my list of patterns I want to include in my SWAP. I'll make the toile from some thrifted jersey sheet, but I've some nice marled grey hemp knit fabric earmarked for it once I get the pattern sorted
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

November 03, 2019, 01:05:40 am #19 Last Edit: November 03, 2019, 01:32:14 am by Lisanne
Yes a room full of boxes of fabric, and of course none of it is ever right for the current project   :(   :o  :thumbsup:

Well at least I'm proud of the way it is sorted, smaller ones of patch work fabrics by colour, and 4 large boxes of dressmaking fabrics, in my 3 main neutrals plus accents.  Hmm, in real life I'm averting from my eyes from the rather large 'projects I'm thinking of' pile. . .
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

Lisanne, isn't that the truth! all that fabric and none of it cohesive enough for a collection!

I am really struggling with this for some reason.  I think those 2 (or 1) garments required to go with every thing else is throwing me. I'm not sure how I want to interpret that. I think I'm getting there, but it is slow.

Also, my wants are clashing with my needs. I would really like to start December with a solid plan, so I can just sew away without dithering.

I have no inspiration, except maybe this pink woven fabric I've had hanging around for nearly 20 years  :o . I would like to find something a little more uplifting for those moments of doubt! I'll go start a personal thread to document my musings.
Wendy

stephaniecan

Mahgret: That is so funny. I am trying to guess how many garments I could make with my stash and I am hoping it is fewer than 111! :)

Lisanne: I hear you on the averting the eyes from "I'm thinking about you" projects. Although I have a spare bedroom that could be a sewing room, I don't like it because it has limited natural light. So I store everything but the kitchen sink in there (not only sewing materials). I have my fabric and yarn bins sorted pretty well, but I tend to migrate projects I'm thinking about to my sitting room and they tend to pile up and, well, it's rather embarrassing. Every couple of months I have to go through and put things back in their rightful places, acknowledging that they won't be now.

Turquoise

Quote from: stephaniecan on November 03, 2019, 07:39:39 amAre one's ancestors coming over to carve farms out of forests and to wear lots of woolen things sufficient for a source of inspiration?

Can't really see why not.  At art college I once created a painting inspired by a photo one of my fellow students took of her lunch at a fancy restaurant - the colours were just great - my tutor just raised her eyebrows and we all laughed  ;D  Inspiration can come from all sorts of weird and wonderful places and thoughts - that's one of the lovely things about creative inspiration.

stephaniecan

Lovely, Turquoise. Thanks! I agree that inspiration can come from all over. My collection is inspired by a feeling, more than anything - of layers to keep warm in winter, but also of mixing of patterns, for visual interest - and also of the smell of lanolin in more rustic wools. These are things that remind me of my past, sitting at my grandmother's knee, carding raw wool for her for spinning and weaving - and of the things and people I care about most (such as her father, who was descended from Scottish settlers and who used to sit me on his knee and sing to me of a Scottish fair). Perhaps I'm feeling nostalgic right now as the winter draws nigh!

indigotiger

I am just delighted that folks are finding the rules this year to be workable, and are already starting to put together very individual concepts for their SWAP sewing!

Turquoise - working with scuba seems like it would definitely be a new technique for you. I have read that using "craft felt" yardage is a good alternative when making up a toile for working with leather, as it is similarly bulky and not very stretchy, I wonder if that would also work for a toile for your scuba fabric?

Wendy - I am delighted that you have figured out a plan that should work for your needs/wants and that will allow you to include the pink moto jacket!

stephaniecan - I think that your "feeling" is sufficient for an inspiration; as you describe it here, your words form a sort of word collage (in my mind at least). And, when you had all your fabrics together and mentioned that the insect and yellow fabrics didn't quite fit (but that you would find a way to use them), that rather implies that your inspiration theme has internal cohesion!
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

Turquoise

Thanks @indigotiger the craft felt sounds a great idea for a toile for the scuba :) I'm also going to have a really good practise with scraps to understand the best stitch lengths / needles etc. to use. 

In this year's SWAP I do want to tackle some new fabrics that I've been keeping in the drawer either because they have intimidated me as "difficult" fabrics or because they were expensive and I've been worrying about messing up.  I'm going to allow myself lots of time for preparation/ slow sewing and just see where that takes me.  I'm not at all sure I will finish but I know I should improve my skills and confidence if I take that approach.

I do also need some more basic tops as I've gone down a couple of dress sizes, so those will be good projects to keep me feeling that I'm getting somewhere and getting some stuff finished  :)

CCL

Turquoise - when I made BH's faux suede coat, I found some "leather" needles for all the hand sewing.  These really helped.  I used a stitch length of 3 (10 stitches per inch);  I used a denim needle for machine sewing - 12 I think, but I will have to check the packaging as it might have been 14.

HTH.

Lisanne

Quote from: indigotiger on November 03, 2019, 12:03:13 pmI am just delighted that folks are finding the rules this year to be workable, and are already starting to put together very individual concepts for their SWAP sewing!

Yes it's enriching to see everyone starting from the same starting point and adding a few of our own assumptions and needs to end up with something very different.
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

mudcat

I might actually do this SWAP. All summer I was in need of dresses but only ever got around to making one and buying one.  I ended up tossing three dresses and several tops because they were worn out.  But now that the weather is cooler I'm fine with wearing pants.  Because I wear knit pants I prefer to have tunic length tops.  If they're shorter I'll wear with a longer cardigan.  At least in public.  At home I don't really care what I wear.  Since June I've been working at home full time so my wardrobe needs are not so dire.

The problem is that on the weekend I keep wearing the same 4-5 public worthy outfits and since we tend to be regulars at a subset of restaurants (where the staff and owner know us) or hanging out with the same friends or relatives I start feeling I don't have enough variety. 

My sticking point is trying to think of a technique I've never done that I'd actually be willing to wear.  I'll have to mull that one over.  Otherwise my tentative plan is to make two bottoms in black and nine tunic length tops that work with black.  Most of them will be sleeveless.

kushami

November 04, 2019, 02:35:39 am #29 Last Edit: November 04, 2019, 03:50:12 am by kushami
Gosh, I just read all the individual threads that are up so far and was so impressed! Everyone had an interesting story to their inspiration.

I realised that mine is not a proper inspiration *yet*. I do have a sort of back story as to why I like stripes, solids and florals (maybe checks too!) that I will flesh out soon.
Sarah from Australia

Joyce P

Ah, yes. That 'inspiration' part is tricky for me, too. Something will come...

Indigotiger, would it be possible to "pin" this thread and the one with Official Rules to the top of the Topic List? I think it's been that way in previous years and it's easier, for me anyway, to follow those. TY!

indigotiger

Quote...would it be possible to "pin" this thread and the one with Official Rules to the top of the Topic List? I think it's been that way in previous years...
I'll message DragonLady and ask if that can be done. I'd been thinking that myself, but am not sure how to "pin" threads.
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

stephaniecan

Forgot to say thanks, indigotiger for approving my "composite feeling" inspiration!

Love the idea of stripes, solids, florals, checks, kushami! I love to pattern mix and find unusual combinations.

Lisanne

November 05, 2019, 03:20:47 am #33 Last Edit: November 05, 2019, 11:29:00 am by Lisanne
To those of you who are thinking of drafting a personal block as your new skill, I would suggest doing that before SWAP starts, so you have dealt with all the revisions that may be needed.  Some of us find a drafted block does not fit as well as we dream it will from the claims made about them.  Personally I find I have to spend as much time fitting a block derived by drafting my measurements as I have to spend on fitting a commercial pattern.  But of course that very much depends on specific details of an individual's body shape, and many people are pleased with the result from drafting.

Anyway - Good Luck with the fitting process !
However you get a personalised block, whether from drafting or from fitting a basic commercial pattern, a well fitting block is a thing of wonder and opens up all sorts of possibilities  :heart:
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

Turquoise

Thanks @Lisanne good advice.  I'm doing the blocks first, alongside looking at inspirations/planning.