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SWAP 2020 general discussion thread

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

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Lisanne

Towanda - your fabric collection looks beautiful  ;D

Good Luck to anyone who is trying to finish a pre-SWAP garment and organise Christmas at the same time   :heart:   
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
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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

Ginger-sews

Am I the only one anxiously waiting? No, not for Santa... for the 26th when we can start sewing!,,
Ginger

sewist, artist, quilter, musician, computer programmer, girlfriend, Grandfriend to one sweet baby, mom, gym rat

KathrynT

Here in Australia, it's the 26th.  After being away from stitchers guild for a few years, 2 things combined to inspire me to join SWAP this year; having no clean black pants to wear with the top I wanted to wear and a garment idea on TV.  I currently have a linen throwover type garment to wear over swimmers.  The idea was to have a light-weight one that can also be worn over other garments and be lighter when travelling.  Having renewed my subscription, I'm now off to the sewing room to see what I can make into a wardrobe.  I will also be condsidering the colour ideas from the curated closet.

warpjr1965

Kathryn, so glad you are joining SWAP, and have re-subscribed to Stitcher's Guild!

Having completed exactly zero pre-sewn clothes, I am starting my first garment Today, as soon as DH gets up. (the printer is in the bedroom, and I need to print off a PDF pattern!)

I plan to start with my Faux Fur Jacket, as it should be fairly quick, and it is currently stored on a roll and is taking up a lot of room in the house.  I hope to finish it today.

I was also in JoAnns a few days ago, and lo and behold a 2 yard length of mustard knit just jumped into my cart. I took it home.  :))
Wendy

kowgiirl.up

Quote from: KathrynT on December 25, 2019, 04:39:12 pmHaving renewed my subscription, I'm now off to the sewing room to see what I can make into a wardrobe.

Welcome back!  :applause2:
Theresa

Runs with scissors

indigotiger

Welcome all to the start of the actual sewing days of SWAP 2020! I am delighted with the variety of plans being created and eager for your success... 
:heart_smilie:

I myself am intending to put in at least some time each day towards my SWAP sewing, with the hope of this being a year when I actually complete an entire SWAP. Even just pinning together a few seams, serging some edges, or sketching ideas in my journal about how best to lay out my pattern pieces (while I am drinking a cup of tea in the morning) will gradually make progress towards that goal. Although, I was just invited to visit the soaking pool at McMenamin's Kennedy School this weekend, which means that instead of SWAP sewing today, I now need to quickly sew up a new bathing suit!
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

Melinda_B

Quote from: warpjr1965 on December 26, 2019, 07:49:59 amHaving completed exactly zero pre-sewn clothes, I am starting my first garment Today

Same here.  I have one cut out, but ended up flying East for Christmas instead of sewing.  And what sewing I've been doing was running gear, not SWAP.  Still haven't even planned it!

And I have to make two work shirts for DD before I can get really stuck into my own sewing, although I hope to be able to make at least one of mine along with hers as the pattern and sizing are both the same. 
Melinda

Perth, Australia
Personal Blog - https://melbrennan.com/

Sew Ruthie Sews

As is the case for many of us, I think, I have FAR more ideas of what I would like to sew than actual sewing time/ impetus to sew.
I'm planning to start off with a simple coat from pre-quilted fabric as that's more likely to get wear this end of SWAP than in May, then maybe some check trousers with a side stripe.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

Lisanne

hmm -
for those who made no pre-SWAP garment that's 10 garments to make, so 12.7  days per garment
while if you did make something before Christmas that's 2 weeks for each

Good Luck to all   :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

warpjr1965

Quote from: Lisanne on December 27, 2019, 03:54:23 amhmm -
for those who made no pre-SWAP garment that's 10 garments to make, so 12.7  days per garment
while if you did make something before Christmas that's 2 weeks for each

Good Luck to all   :heart_smilie:

2 weeks apiece! I better get cracking!
Wendy

Turquoise

Wow @Lisanne - as one of those who hasn't already made a garment before Xmas you've given me a proverbial boot up the backside  :o  ;D - I'd better stop looking at more ideas and get making! 

I've cut out a muslin for Vogue 1440 today, so that's useful but have spent a lot of time I could have been sewing looking at more ideas. 

stephaniecan

I am not able to sew until mid-Jan so am always a little bit envious of those who can start. That said, if anyone is feeling nervous, I managed to complete my SWAP last year after losing six-seven weeks to a broken ankle. So it can be done. I look forward to seeing what everyone makes while I continue dreaming of potential garments!!

Ginger-sews

I've sewn 4 pair of pajama pants for my kids for Christmas (and their girlfriends) and am making an athletic top with attached running bra for myself and then a pair of yoga pants that zip up the side of the leg for my DIL since she is in a leg cast, sew....

I've been sewing like crazy but the one skirt I precut and started hasn't been finished. At least my machines are all warned up! Lol

Ginger

sewist, artist, quilter, musician, computer programmer, girlfriend, Grandfriend to one sweet baby, mom, gym rat

KathrynT

Turquoise, I've just read through your thread.  2 things resonated. I also have a longer torso than dressmakers dummy. Nothing draped correctly from  the shoulder to bust and bust to waist.  I found it was just leading me in the wrong direction. I also agree about the energy from SWAP helping you stay motivated. That is a cute jacket you are hoping to make.  I look forward to seeing your progress. 

I have made some progress.  I made a white T shirt on the 26th. I finished my light weight jacket/swimsuit cover-up on the 27th. Then the pants slowed me down. I always enjoy new pants when they are made, but I find them so boring.  They are pull on pants with an attached waistband and I can make them in a couple of hours,  but I would rather something more complicated like jeans, but it is far too hot to even think about jeans. I did get 2 pairs cut out yesterday and a few seams done. Time to stop reading about sewing and get back to actually sewing!

stephaniecan

@indigotiger I meant to say how much I liked the way you fired the starting gun, so to speak. Your idea with respect to doing a little bit each day is a sensible and productive one!

Lisanne

Turquoise - the hand stitching on your fabric is beautiful and effective.
Personally I would just stitch in the areas you are going to use.

I often remember than one reason why primitive clothes are made only of squares and rectangles is that if you have yourself collected (perhaps grown) the fibres, spun the yarn and woven the cloth, you have no intention of throwing even a square inch of it away  :(
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

indigotiger

Turquoise - I concur with Lisanne, that you ought only embellish the parts of the fabric that you intend to use; since you have already started making muslins that will be of help in marking out the sizes of pattern pieces needed.

Looking at the image of the embroidered fabric, I am wondering if the black/white/ochre would perhaps be better suited to making a "little french jacket", since it looks much to my eye similar to the renowned Linnton tweed fabrics?  I know that you have another plaid fabric earmarked for that jacket style, and without knowing your whole wardrobe, don't know if this would be appealing, but it certainly came to my mind as an option
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

Turquoise, the addition of the stitching is beautiful on that fabric!

I've been working like a beaver on my fur coat.  I think I need to do some adjusting to the bodice/armscye, which may mean taking it apart, recutting, and sewing again. I've put it away for now, and will take it to my sewing meet up next week for advice.

While I let that rest, I think I'll get going on the black ponte Elles, or perhaps one of the knit tops, as the serger is all threaded with blue.
Wendy

Turquoise

Thanks everyone, I am really enjoying the hand stitching and it's changed my attitude towards using more hand stitching in my sewing going forwards.

Good advice @Lisanne and @indigotiger - I will cut out the pieces and then stitch. I was worried it would be unmanageable to keep stitching across the whole of the yardage. 

I am starting to think the same @indigotiger that this yardage might be better for a "little French jacket" as the drape is starting to change with the added stitching.

@warpjr1965 - I hope you don't have too much adjusting to do with your fur coat.  Have you managed to keep the fur under control?  I still keep finding the odd little tuft of fur from my faux fur coat and I've tidied and vacuumed my sewing room twice since then.

Lisanne

Quote from: Turquoise on December 29, 2019, 11:32:40 pmI will cut out the pieces and then stitch.

No doubt you've thought of this - but I would rough cut the pieces (and stay stitch around them) -  it may be like quilting - the stitching may not only alter the feel but also the size of the fabric.
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

Good point @Lisanne - I watched some of the Craftsy video last night on making a French style jacket (The iconic tweed jacket) and the instructor pointed out that you need to cut the lining bigger due to quilting but I hadn't immediately thought of the same need prior to adding my embellishing stitching.  Thanks  :)

warpjr1965

Turquoise, I think there will be a fair bit of adjusting, unfortunately. I'm also considering a completely different pattern, as the one I have is just not exciting me.
although my DS said the coat made me look like an crazy magical evil villain, so there's that. I used a lot of painter's tape on the cut edges to clean them up, and haven't gotten the vacuum out once!

Elle pant pattern is cut, I should be able to cut the fabric today after I perform my usual waist/back rise adjustments.
Wendy

Turquoise

Well @warpjr1965 I will have to remember your tip with painter's tape the next time I use faux fur  :thumbsup:

Sorry to hear the pattern is not what you were hoping for - but crazy magical evil villain sounds quite an interesting look  ;)  :D


dementedfairy

Hello all!  It's been an insanely busy year, with LOADS of costume making for the school show and then an LGBTQ theatre group's panto.
I only made 26 garments for myself last year, but well over a hundred [not counting alterations and re-modellings] for the shows.
I did my year's review, went through all the blog posts of 2019...and finally remembered that it's SWAP time.  Sheesh.
Cool theme, great rules, and wow!  So many of you are already cracking on.
At first, I had no inspiration, but pondered what I need for my wardrobe.  I've made several colour-themed collections in the last few years [for SWAP and otherwise] and colour generally floats my boat- but I really NEED some monochrome items to fill in a few gaps.  The white shirts I made for my wife [blog post here] have made me crave one for myself.
We have to challenge ourselves though...and I've made loads of shirts in the last few years.  How to make it  a challenge?  What about embellishment?  But I need PLAIN shirts.  Hmmm. How can I make a couple of skirts/trousers and then NINE shirts?  More hmm-ing.  A-ha!  I have two wonderfully inspiring books which I have thumbed through many times, but never actually utilised- 'Creating Couture Embellishment', and 'The Art of Manipulating Fabric'.  My challenge will be to USE them!
I'd just about given up on the idea when it hit me- I plan to dress as 'Gentleman Jack' for World Book Day this year, so what better inspiration then the wonderful Anne Lister with her shirts and waistcoats?
  Interesting sleeves, a more-than-usually tailored look, and a restrained colour palette.  So I will now present my 'A-Lister' collection for 2020.  Sorted.
Sorry, I love a good [bad] pun!
Now to start my thread, and do a blog post organising my ideas so far.
Hurrah!
Apparently I'm a quintessential Gemini- but I think that's a load of b.s. myselves...

Susan in Saint John

Indigo, I'd forgotten about the Athena blouse pattern.  I made it years ago and never quite figured out how to do a full bust adjustment.  Maybe now I could figure it out.

wenznz

Am I too late to join the  SWAP?

Just back to Stitcher's Guild after a super busy year last year, and really focusing on a more workable Capsule Wardrobe this year. The SWAP rules seem perfect for keeping me on track
Wendy
Wellington, New Zealand

Sew Ruthie Sews

@wenznz not too late at all, welcome :-)

I've made a black quilted coat which I quite like but DBF describes as the 'Darth Vader' coat - hmmm.
Not done a photo yet as may add pocket flaps.
Decided to do buttonholes as not done them for several years. I did several practise ones which were all fine. Started doing the real ones and the 4th went badly wrong. Did the 5th and went back and unpicked the 4th. Tightly sewn black buttonhole on black fabric anyone? Really tough to unpick without damaging the fabric. Anyway managed it and redid that buttonhole, all look OK! Phew.

Have also started on a black quilted gilet (though it could be a jacket, I have enough fabric for sleeves) not decided what pockets style/angle I want. This has a front zip.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

Melinda_B

Hmmmm....  I usually tend towards knit tops, but I've just realised my stack of potential top fabrics is 90% wovens, and the patterns are almost all some form of tailored shirt!  Interesting change in taste.
Melinda

Perth, Australia
Personal Blog - https://melbrennan.com/

Medea

January 04, 2020, 01:46:29 am #203 Last Edit: January 04, 2020, 02:53:09 am by Medea
Quote from: ejvc on December 13, 2019, 07:50:09 am@Medea I'll be in Borås at a conference in March, maybe I can come by your shop!!
That sounds nice Elizabeth. I really hope that you can visit me and my shop. I'll be working on two sewing fairs, "syfestivaler", in March. One in Gothenburg (13-15) and one in Malmö (20-22). I hope that your conference is not planned for those dates. 
I'm at Instagram @ medeasgarderob (Medea's Wardrobe)




Lisanne

The Vivienne Files Perfect Ten template could be a good basis for planning a SWAP ! (scroll down to below colour segments)
https://www.theviviennefiles.com/2020/01/should-i-keep-my-suit-a-perfect-10-packing-capsule-wardrobe.html/
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

Indigotiger your cloud collar jumper is AWESOME.  Such patience and care. I love it
Apparently I'm a quintessential Gemini- but I think that's a load of b.s. myselves...

Morzel

@dementedfairy interesting SWAP idea! Blouses with BIG sleeveheads are in fashion right now, I can tell when looking at shop displays - so right on time!

@warpjr1965 oh no - again not the right colourway? And also, I am most intrigued by the 'evil villain' look - do share a picture!  :D

@Medea Beautiful colour on that Zadie jumpsuit!

@Aussie28 Nice to see you again joining this year. Great to hear last years SWAP turned out so sucessful -- which top did not work out? (Just curious) So you follow the originial idea of expanding your first SWAP with a second one... great!

@wenznz Fun raincoat! With such a fabric, rainy days are to look forward to.  :)

@CCL Good luck with the muslin!

@Turquoise The embellishment is a nice touch to the fabric! And your jacket is a good example of why one sews up a muslin once in a while - you seem to have learned a lot with the scuba toile.

@indigotiger Are you kidding? Over $22 for a fat quarter?! Well, how nice you got this wonderful fabric in stash and ready to sew. Your already finished items are really beautiful - real special garments.

@Sew Ruthie Sews Who doesn't need a touch of Darth Vader once in a while?!  ;D

@Lisanne Thanks for the link to the 'travel ten' - looks good to me as a template.
Eva

Morzel

I want to begin SWAP with a pair of navy velvet pants. Haven't started anything, was away since christmas, visiting familiy and working. From today on it is in-laws visiting us, then it is work again, so I will not start SWAP before mid-January.
Eva

Sew Ruthie Sews

@Morzel, the Darth Vader coat now has buttons and is posted on my thread.
I am back at work tomorrow too which will mean evening sewing only energy permitting!
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

Sew Ruthie Sews

January 06, 2020, 12:16:18 am #209 Last Edit: January 06, 2020, 12:19:52 am by Sew Ruthie Sews
I'm planning to have a whole outfit done by the end of January - so some pants/trousers and a knit top.

The trousers are going to be tartan with a contrast side stripe. Though mine will probably have a black side stripe as there is red already in the tartan, here's my inspiration and fabric.


Then a red knit top using the centre bottom fabric (red with white splashes).
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/