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SWAP 2020 general discussion thread

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

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stephaniecan

What a great discussion! @CCL I feel for you on the heavy workload and other delays. Great help in those two photos. The instructions are quite intuitive to me - am going to try that out.

@Ginger-sews: That's like a mini-SWAP in a weekend!

As usual, I am unlikely to actually have anything finished before I leave on holiday for Christmas, but I am patting myself on the back as this weekend I traced two patterns, cut out two toiles, and started sewing one toile together. That is a definite improvement for me on the pre-SWAP periods of other years. There is hope for me yet!

I do find sewing so relaxing and wish I had more time to invest in it... :)
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. ― Willa Cather, My Ántonia

warpjr1965

Still no SWAP sewing, but I've picked up a nice wool rib knit in a blue color way, and also the StyleArc Bob pants in their cyber monday sale. https://www.stylearc.com/shop/sewing-patterns/bob-woven-pant-multi-size/  I may be on the hunt for a rayon/tencel twill for these, I think they'd hang beautifully. I've also got my inspiration piece set, so there's some decisions made.

Fun to see some folks already sewing in prep!
Wendy

Lisanne

More wondrous beauty Indigtiger, you give us great pleasure and inspiration   :heart:
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - opinions on style, wardrobes, patterns
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/lisannebainbrid/ - useful style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - links to good technique advice
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - listing of Peggy Sagers' sew-alongs
https://usingmybernina500e.wordpress.com - instructions for using my embroidery machine

stephaniecan

Beautiful work, @indigotiger, and fascinating process. Thanks for sharing!
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. ― Willa Cather, My Ántonia

anna.wahnsinn

I've loved looking at all of your SWAP threads, and even attempted the 2017 SWAP, but only got as far as sewing one pair of pants. This years' rules are just so perfect for me! As I am still wearing most of the clothes I had 2016/2017, especially the dresses and pants are starting to fall apart. So now I have an instant (if kind of fluid) plan to replace everything I love and need with pieces that are hopefully even more exactly what I want. New-to-me will be the serger that I bought around Easter this year... it is still in its box, waiting to be unpacked. I think I have all the fabric I need, have both a previously purchased and previously sewn item that will both work with everything else, and am already tweaking my initial plan in case I manage to make more than nine garments. I think I'm good for at least the sew-along version, but I'd love to actually finish the SWAP in time. For one thing I'll be making rather simple garments, but mostly I really need new clothes!
Anne

sewsy

Quote from: stephaniecan on December 07, 2019, 07:09:15 pmBeautiful work, @indigotiger, and fascinating process. Thanks for sharing!

Yes! Absolutely wonderful work, Indigotiger! My thanks for sharing, as well.

kushami

Enjoying following the thread and people's plans. I haven't done any SWAP sewing yet but I have a simple jacket pattern on the way that may end up as one of my "two items".

I have been slowly making myself summer PJ pants, of which I have none. Today hits 38 deg C (help) so summer has arrived in Australia and I'd better hurry up.

@Philippa, I too have found the alteration tutorial videos from In-house Patterns Studio helpful as a beginner.
Sarah from Australia

indigotiger

I am really enjoying reading about all the different plans folks have created using the guidelines, and look forward to finding out where people go with their plans!

anna - I hope that you find that your serger will become as much a valued sewing helper as I found mine to be... it seems complicated at the beginning, but there are is lot of online help to figure it out, as well as people here on SG. I struggled pre-serger to sew knits using a zig-zag, and the serger just zips through sewing knitwear seams, as well as finishing edges on woven fabrics. I use it in conjunction with my regular sewing machine quite frequently
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

Stephaniecan - your jacket and trousers outfit looks very elegant as is   :thumbsup: 
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - opinions on style, wardrobes, patterns
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/lisannebainbrid/ - useful style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - links to good technique advice
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - listing of Peggy Sagers' sew-alongs
https://usingmybernina500e.wordpress.com - instructions for using my embroidery machine

sewordinary

December 09, 2019, 03:46:19 am #149 Last Edit: December 09, 2019, 05:29:05 am by sewordinary
@stephaniecan The trousers and jacket bodice look good!

@Medea Congratulations on your new fabric shop venture, it sounds most exciting!

Medea

Now I'm in for another SWAP. My theme is to be beautiful just as you are.


I searched for quotes from Coco Chanel and found this. That includes everything I mean about sewing what you love to wear, then wear it and feel beautiful.

(I'm sorry if this is unclear. I'm not born to speak English and try to write as good as I can) 

I'm at Instagram @ medeasgarderob (Medea's Wardrobe)




warpjr1965

Not unclear at all! What a lovely inspiration for SWAP!
Wendy

stephaniecan

@Medea Wow! Congratulations! And thanks for the beautiful inspiration.

Thanks, @Lisanne and @sewordinary for the nice comments about my suit. I'm still tweaking but I'll eventually be satisfied. I may not have my fabric before Christmas, but at least I have a few toiles underway (although not sure if these will be included in my SWAP - DOH!).

That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. ― Willa Cather, My Ántonia

Cheriecz

Medea, I'm just a SWAP lurker so far, but your Chanel quote is wonderful. Don't feel you have to apologize for your English, you always express yourself very well. Lots of Americans travel and hear the world speak English. We Americans hear English spoken with regional and, sad to say, socioeconomic differences, and by our many blessed immigrants (believe most Americans, not the White House). The human brain catches on really well, probably as that's how everyone begins to learn speech, first not knowing what words mean, then we learn phrases, etc.
I've had 3 years of Spanish, and that gives me just enough to maybe get the idea when reading a sentence, but no ability at all to write or speak Spanish.You're great!
Also, can't wait to see your SWAP, you have great style!
Cherie

Sewing in the Arizona desert

Lisanne

Good Luck Medea with the fabric shop - it's a lovely idea to focus on and encourage adult dressmaking  :applause2:
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - opinions on style, wardrobes, patterns
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/lisannebainbrid/ - useful style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - links to good technique advice
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - listing of Peggy Sagers' sew-alongs
https://usingmybernina500e.wordpress.com - instructions for using my embroidery machine

Helen M

Medea how wonderful to have your own fabric shop! Good luck with your enterprise. A friend of mine had a wool shop once in the NE when knitting mohair sweaters with satin appliques were all the rage, she loved it.

Sewing in Cheshire

Grasshopper

@Medea, what a wonderful opportunity to have a fabric shop, especially one featuring fabric for dressmaking instead of so much fleece and quilting cotton! I've often thought of opening a yarn shop before, but now that most of the fabric stores in my area have closed down and what's left mostly only has fabric for crafting, I think I should switch gears in my dreams.  I wish you all the best in this venture!
Lyneisa
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Striving to live a full, meaningful country life and carry forward the talents and skills of my ancestors.

Morzel

@indigotiger BEAUTIFUL top!  :applause2:  *speechless*

@Medea Congratulations! I wish you all the best. May I ask, which city the shop will be in?

@anna.wahnsinn and @Pagog welcome to this years SWAP! Looking forward to seeing dresses... and indigotiger is right, once you overcome the fear of the overlocker cutting away fabric, it'll speed up thing and make lots of stuff soo much easier!

Eva

Medea

Thanks to everyone who encourages me in this new adventure.  :heart_smilie:

Quote from: sewordinary on December 09, 2019, 03:46:19 amCongratulations on your new fabric shop venture, it sounds most exciting!
Thanks, it's really exciting!  :)

Quote from: stephaniecan on December 09, 2019, 05:49:52 pmWow! Congratulations! And thanks for the beautiful inspiration.
Thanks!

Quote from: Lisanne on December 10, 2019, 02:48:59 amGood Luck Medea with the fabric shop - it's a lovely idea to focus on and encourage adult dressmaking
Yes, I think there need to be more adult fabrics to buy. In Sweden there are a lot of printed jersey for kid's clothes and I want to encourage adults to sew for themselves.

Quote from: Helen M on December 10, 2019, 05:08:57 amMedea how wonderful to have your own fabric shop! Good luck with your enterprise. A friend of mine had a wool shop once in the NE when knitting mohair sweaters with satin appliques were all the rage, she loved it.
I often dreamed of a yarn shop but this feels so much better.  :)

Quote from: Grasshopper on December 10, 2019, 06:54:00 amwhat a wonderful opportunity to have a fabric shop, especially one featuring fabric for dressmaking instead of so much fleece and quilting cotton! I've often thought of opening a yarn shop before, but now that most of the fabric stores in my area have closed down and what's left mostly only has fabric for crafting, I think I should switch gears in my dreams.  I wish you all the best in this venture!
In my region in the south of Sweden there are just a few fabric stores left so I really hope that my customers will find me. Of course they will  :)) . The shop already has a great community and I'm used to social media and will show the customers what I offer. I will also open a webshop for those that not live close enough to come themselves. 

Quote from: Morzel on December 10, 2019, 09:41:09 amCongratulations! I wish you all the best. May I ask, which city the shop will be in?
The shop will be in a little village in the south of Sweden. It's situated between Jönköping and Borås, just west of Lake Vättern. If you someday come to Sweden you are all very welcome!

Quote from: Cheriecz on December 09, 2019, 06:44:46 pmMedea, I'm just a SWAP lurker so far, but your Chanel quote is wonderful. Don't feel you have to apologize for your English, you always express yourself very well.
Thank you very much for your comment <3 

Quote from: warpjr1965 on December 09, 2019, 06:51:04 amNot unclear at all! What a lovely inspiration for SWAP!
Thanks!
I'm at Instagram @ medeasgarderob (Medea's Wardrobe)




treefrog

@indigotiger Your top is fantastic!!!!  You must be very pleased with it. 

@Medea Best wishes for your new venture.  I find it hard to find adult cotton knits so I think your stock with be a big hit.

@ejvc Great to see your plan, and I look forward to hearing about you pattern selections, especially for the hiking pants.

sewsy

December 13, 2019, 04:48:45 am #160 Last Edit: December 13, 2019, 04:53:45 am by sewsy
treefrog! Wowsers. That jacket is T. D. F.  :applause2:  :applause2:  :applause2:  Which pattern is that, btw?

stephaniecan

That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. ― Willa Cather, My Ántonia

ejvc

@Medea I'll be in Borås at a conference in March, maybe I can come by your shop!!
Sewing and machine knitting in Karlstad, Sweden.

Find me at my blog: http://ejvc.wordpress.com
- 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.

CCL

Treefrog - that's a truly spectacular bit of tailoring.  If you ever get time, I would love a close up shot of the pick stitching on the lapel.  It looks beautiful.

Medea - add me to the list of well-wishers.  Nice to know that you will have a web presence as well. Yours may just be the shop that gets me to purchase fabric online internationally!

Stephaniecan - wow, from the muslins it looks as if you have the fit of both the jacket and the pants pretty close to perfect.  They look as if they will pass the sitting, moving your arms and all that other good stuff tests. 

treefrog

Thanks for the lovely comments on the jacket.  @sewsy, the pattern is Lekala 4162. 

@CCL Here is a photo of the pick stitching, before the final press.  After it is pressed, you can hardly see it.  In some ways, I think it is a good thing ( ie good stitching?) but why use it as a topstitch when doesn't show up? Perhaps if I was using a wool suiting or finer weave, it may have shown up more.  I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on it.  Noticable or not?  Picks titch the underside or topside?

I'm not sure if I'll be able to enter it into your jacket contest.  I haven't been active on the thread and we are at the start of a long heatwave (45C+) which isn't good for getting the photos.  But I'm very grateful for the challenge.  Thank you.


Kathy8429

I always look forward to the SWAP rules/ plans/ final items.
Every year I say I'm doing this.

I'M DOING IT!!!
I was fortunate enough to attend Peggy Sayers SPIFFY training last summer so I am basing my 11 pieces on the patterns that were fitted then, plus some additional items

I will have to give some thoughts to colors and specific items.
My stretch item will be a lined jacket that will go with everything

It's so great to have a sewing community

Susan in Saint John

Good for you Kathy.  With already fitted patterns that's a great start.

warpjr1965

Glad you are joining Kathy!

I am finally feeling recovered from my cold, and it is snowing for the third day in a row here, AND I got the machine and some fabric prepped last night.  Plan is to get some pre-washing for SWAP done, and stitch a little on my jacket project.

I'll also re-sketch my little SWAP plan to see how things will work together.
Wendy

Turquoise

Good to hear you've got over your cold Wendy  :)  - you are making up for lost time now, you sound very organised  :thumbsup:

Lisanne

December 16, 2019, 03:48:12 am #169 Last Edit: December 16, 2019, 04:00:08 am by Lisanne
Well done Turquoise for all your pattern work - it sounds as if you are having a very creative time.

Treefrog - that jacket is beautiful.

  :applause2:
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - opinions on style, wardrobes, patterns
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/lisannebainbrid/ - useful style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - links to good technique advice
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - listing of Peggy Sagers' sew-alongs
https://usingmybernina500e.wordpress.com - instructions for using my embroidery machine

Sew Ruthie Sews

I've finally found a few mins to post pics of some fabrics which fit my SWAP colourway, though they are probably not all going to be used.

Whether I will actually manage to complete a garment before Dec 26th is an interesting question. Probably not as I could more usefully spend the time shopping, cleaning and preparing for Christmas guests!
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

Lisanne

December 17, 2019, 02:37:41 am #171 Last Edit: December 19, 2019, 07:31:01 am by Lisanne
Ruthie - you have a beautiful fabric collection  :heart:

Mahgret - what fun to use your inspiration mugs with your fabrics.
I'm sorry for your loss, it helps to have things that give pleasure to cling to at such a time  :heart_smilie:
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - opinions on style, wardrobes, patterns
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/lisannebainbrid/ - useful style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - links to good technique advice
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - listing of Peggy Sagers' sew-alongs
https://usingmybernina500e.wordpress.com - instructions for using my embroidery machine

Turquoise

@mahgret  - I am very sorry for your loss. 

It's lovely to read how your sewing SWAP plans are coming along again.  Your "Fiesta" ceramic ware is very bright and cheery - it's fun to see the colours against your fabric choices.

@warpjr1965 - it sounds like you have a strong colour theme sorted now for your SWAP , maybe you can come back to the pink moto jacket later :)

@Sew Ruthie Sews - your silk fabric is gorgeous and looks great with the jacket colours.

@treefrog - your jacket looks wonderful; I think the fact that you can hardly see your pick stitching after pressing shows your skill level  :applause2:

@Medea - I'm not sure how I missed your news before but let me add my congratulations and best wishes for your new venture!


stephaniecan

@mahgret: I am so sorry for yet another terrible loss you have experienced. I am glad you are going to soldier on with your joy fiesta and hope your sewing gives you something cheerful to do.

@warpjr1965: You are in good company without a garment done before SWAP. As Eva said, it sounds as though you have a palette coming together.

@CCL: Your plan reminds me of my own thinking, as I am trying to plan to sew things I have wanted to sew for a long time and also use up supplies I have

@Sew Ruthie Sews: Those reds are fabulous!

@Towanda : I am keen to follow your jacket drafting process.

Well, I am already thick into Christmas holiday and last minute sewing was for presents so no SWAP garment before the 26th for me. :( Happy that I made some toiles.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

 
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. ― Willa Cather, My Ántonia

warpjr1965

Well, I've updated my SWAP plan again, as I've just come back from another fabric shopping trip. Scored 3 yards of faux fur, and 2 yard cuts of 4 other fabrics for $35! A local fashion designer is moving and needs to clean up her warehouse. Everything is in the blue/black/mustard range, so that is what I am sticking to for SWAP.

Instead of using the overs as my "Go with everything" 2, I'm switching to pants for that. I have a lot of fabric and patterns for tops and sweaters etc. at this point, so it makes the most sense to re-engineer things. I've gotten enough cut and pre-washed to get started after the 26th, I hope to get a few simple sews out of the way before the new year!
Wendy