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SWAP 2020 general discussion thread

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

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Lisanne

January 26, 2020, 03:23:15 pm #245 Last Edit: January 27, 2020, 03:26:13 am by Lisanne
Yes, I sympathise that selfies are difficult - you never see them from me because apart from anything else I usually look dangerously insane. . .
But if I was sending a photo to PR I would at least make sure the garment was in the photo, not just my head, that I wasn't scowling deeply, that I didn't have a tree growing out of my head. . . 

Every year PR posts extensive help on what they expect in photos [e.g. showing techniques used], what makes a good review, and each year most ignore the advice.  For example this year there are several who haven't bothered to say how their garment was inspired by childhood.  The judges want to hear about problems faced, decisions made, techniques used.  If only 1 in 3 entries are going to move on the next round, then you need to give the judges a lot of good reasons why your garment deserves to be chosen, and many people say and show next to nothing.

It may be difficult, but in any contest presentation is important, not just finishing something.
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - opinions on style, wardrobes, patterns
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https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - listing of Peggy Sagers' sew-alongs
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stephaniecan

Thanks for posting what you posted, @indigotiger. That was what I was trying to express: I would hate to hear that someone didn't post their final collection because they felt anything but supported, because I understand that taking photos can be quite stressful for some. In the end, we are all here to support each other as much as we can. I was very sad when a couple of people (including @mahgret) didn't feel comfortable in the past.

I need to stop writing and start sewing...eek! I went to a documentary/movie with a friend today and otherwise shoveled snow. The snow never seems to stop around here. I had to get wet snow off a roof today so that further wet snow to come would not cause structural damage. If I could clothe myself in snow I would have such a collection!

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

KathrynT

Gorgeous capelet, Indigotiger!

Boppingbeth, I really like the sound the of your dress swap.

Mahgret, some lovely and useful tops!

My immediate challenge is to begin my individual thread.  I keep waiting for photos, but then keep not taking them!  I also find photos tough and I have forgotten how to post them.  I'm assuming we still have to post them somewhere online first.  I'm currently fighting with my (non-sewing) website over photos!  Regardless, I'll start my thread tonight whilst watching the tennis, but I must go and sew now before it gets crazy hot.

warpjr1965

Well I managed to get 2 shirts cut out, and may get one more done before the night is over. DD and I binged on the last 3 episodes of Downton Abbey instead of doing anything productive. Cutting is my least favorite part of sewing, so it is a huge victory once I get that part done.

Stephanie, I hear you about the snow. We don't have much this year, but we've gotten dumped on the last 2 winters. I always worry about the roof and ice dams!
Wendy

warpjr1965

No more cutting done last night, but that is OK. I can get some of that done this week after work.

I've updated my sewing plan in my thread to reflect the cut garments, and added a few more options for the 10 I need to sew.  :) I'm keeping the crazy fur coat in there. I am going to finish it, and really I think it goes with everything I'm sewing. So that's one worry off my mind, and you all will get to see it in all its glory!!

I'll need to add more pants probably, but the coat and the Farrow dress will be very time consuming, so those may not make SWAP just yet.

ETA: Indigotiger thank you for the photo ideas!! that will be so helpful.
Wendy

Turquoise

@stephaniecan Best of luck with the snow - it must be worrying having to deal with heavy snow on your roof.  I've had to take a back seat from sewing for the last few weeks as we've had huge roof problems following some high winds in a storm and I've been knee deep in scaffolders and roofing contractors.  I can't imagine having to live through the winter weather that lots of you get, it's usually pretty benign in Southern England. 

@boppingbeth - good to read your thread and your conclusions about what you actually wear.  I think it's good food for thought.  I often get drawn to pictures on Pinterest or sewing blogs but in reality those clothes won't get much wear with my real lifestyle.  I'm trying hard to keep thinking about my SWAP and "go with the flow" as it progresses.

@indigotiger thank you for your comments re. Photos.  I find photos a struggle both in taking pictures and in being in pictures - I've always been extremely camera shy.  I admire those who take photos and put them up to share their makes whatever the "quality" of the photography skills. As @stephaniecan points out many of us worry about privacy issues also with the internet.

@mahgret Well done for the selfies!  Your tops and all the wonderful colour on your SWAP thread are really beautiful and cheering on these dark January days  :)

@warpjr1965 Yay for the fur coat - I'm looking forward to seeing it.  It's a really fun fabric  :)

mahgret

I don't think anyone was unkind or anything before when I didn't do my photos.  I just had some serious anxiety around the photo process in general.  I don't remember there being any kind of trigger or anything.

stephaniecan

@warpjr1965: I know what you mean about snow and ice dams. :) Fortunately this is only a small roof. :)

@Turquoise : Thanks! Fortunately it is only one roof over an addition, with a terrace on top. Lots of work though! Sorry to hear about your roofing issues. I hope they resolve quickly!

@mahgret: Glad to hear there was nothing unkind that put you off.


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

Sew Ruthie Sews

@KathrynT, you are definitely making really good use of your sewing time whilst you can. It must be very encouraging to have so many completed garments already.

@boppingbeth, great news on the first dress. Its interesting to see how different all the wardrobes are turning out to be.

@dementedfairy, you've sewn loads of garments already! Hope the overlocker continues to behave.

@LillieT, your palette is zingy and fresh. Is 'Celebration' your inspiration as well as title?

@indigotiger, the capelet is fab. Looks warm and cosy and also adds visual width across the shoulders which is very flattering.

I have got distracted by the PR Sewing Bee, but expect to get knocked out shortly. Yesterday I replaced the elastic in the 'Ink' trousers I made last year for SWAP, and am wearing them with print front top (I think also from SWAP) and a teal RTW jacket.
These trousers have had a lot of wear. Maybe I'll make them in black and in grey for this years SWAP?
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

Melinda_B

LOL - does that mean that styling the photos for SWAP could be called a new technique to fit in the rules?????
Melinda

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

KathrynT

Mahgret, I am a fan of the Sacha shirt, but it is one of their early ones.

mahgret

Quote from: KathrynT on January 29, 2020, 02:09:33 pmMahgret, I am a fan of the Sacha shirt, but it is one of their early ones.

I was aware that their instructions are not the most thorough even "sew the darts" would be an improvement!  I have had success with the draft of their patterns, though, so I will power on!

boppingbeth

Yay Ruthie! I really liked your tee.  :applause2:

jafael

Loving everyone's work so far! I'm so inspired reading that I am dreaming of my own SWAP this year, even though I told myself I don't have the time. But I do need a party dress...

I agree that taking the photos of the finished garments/outfits is one of the hardest parts! @mahgret I love the regular mirror selfies as a way to post progress and get used to the photographing!

KathrynT

January 30, 2020, 10:43:44 pm #259 Last Edit: January 31, 2020, 08:40:44 am by DragonLady
Mahgret, I have a size 20 paper pattern. The bottom edge of the collar pattern measures 45cm (17 3/4 inches) and the bottom edge of the collar stand measures 51cm (20 1/8). Both pieces have 1/2cm (Is that 1/4 inches?) seam allowances.  Is that similar to the PDF?

mahgret

January 31, 2020, 08:57:05 am #260 Last Edit: January 31, 2020, 09:01:41 am by mahgret
Quote from: KathrynT on January 30, 2020, 10:43:44 pmMahgret, I have a size 20 paper pattern. The bottom edge of the collar pattern measures 45cm (17 3/4 inches) and the bottom edge of the collar stand measures 51cm (20 1/8). Both pieces have 1/2cm (Is that 1/4 inches?) seam allowances.  Is that similar to the PDF?

I am making the size 30 and the stand piece originally measured 22 inches and the collar 20.  But the shirt measured larger than that.  Now I'm hoping they didn't expect me to ease all that into the collar piece.  It just seemed like too much to try to ease it.  I added to the collar and stand pieces to make them match up to the shirt. 

Edited to add: I just tried on the shirt with the collar on and while it would be a little loose at the collar if I were to button it all the way up, it looks ok open the way I would wear it.  I might try easing the next version onto the original collar.

KathrynT

There is only a regular amount of ease. I'm sure you have checked these things, but have you tried measuring along the seam line of the stand and the neckline to check they are similar?  Did you use the different seam allowances?
I'm trying to think of ways to help you achieve success with my favourite pattern. I have had good responses when I emailed Style Arc.

stephaniecan

@jafael : OOh...do join in and make a party dress (or two!)!
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. ― Willa Cather, My Ántonia

stephaniecan

@sewordinary : Cute jacket. Looks like a versatile layer!
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. ― Willa Cather, My Ántonia

boppingbeth

well, Eldest is of the age everyone is getting married so she is making a formal wear swap while I am making a casual dress swap.  It is interesting to watch things move forward.  I think she will be finished before I am lol.

sewordinary

@stephaniecan with my weather being hot as it is, I'm going to wear it as a top!

@boppingbeth your dresses Swap sound so good!

stephaniecan

@sewordinary : It does look rather like a top, but I thought perhaps you might need an overlayer in air conditioning. Here whenever it is hot I need a jacket or sweater inside because they bast the air con. (Not a fan of air con!)

@boppingbeth : Just had a chance to read through your plan and it is very interesting. I like the way that you focused in on a style that you will really wear and centred everything around that. The cape sounds amazing!
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. ― Willa Cather, My Ántonia

boppingbeth

Stephanie, I can't wait to make the cape.  Just have to find the fabric and lining in the stash cave. 

warpjr1965

Have not sewn yet today, other things have come up. But this week should be an easy one, and I may be able to get a few projects sewn bit by bit.
I did get to the fabric store today for some knit tricot to line the embroidered dress, its too scratchy as is.
Wendy

stephaniecan

@boppingbeth: Can't wait to see it!

I did some sewing this weekend! Item 1 is about 3/4 done. There were a few mishaps but now that I am able to try it on (a plaid shirt) I am rather liking it. Will post once I've finished. And then on to completing the toiles I started before xmas. :) I have a skirt cut out already, too, so there is momentum!
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. ― Willa Cather, My Ántonia

Lisanne

Well Done with the jacket Ruthie - but I think you could have mentioned that you wove the pocket flaps yourself - definitely unique and what fun  :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

stephaniecan

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

sewordinary

@Sew Ruthie Sews - your grey jacket is lovely, and so is the tartan pants! Interesting texture on the pocket flaps (are they pocket flaps?) of your grey jacket
@stephaniecan your orange plaid shirt is looking good! It looks woolly enough to wear as a jacket, though it's probably not warm enough as a jacket where you live!

stephaniecan

Thanks, @sewordinary. It looks really wooly, but it has a little bit of gauziness to it and is not fully opaque, as it is not 100% wool (so is warm but light). I think it has silk in it. I wish I could get more of it as it is a dream to sew with and also washes well. Shall be comfortable and warm for inside wear! Unfortunately it was a one off.
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. ― Willa Cather, My Ántonia

boppingbeth

Well done Ruthie! That jacket looks very wearable and I love the flaps. 

KathrynT

Mahgret, your shirt looks great! I'm glad you finished it.

Stephaniecan, so does yours. I love shirts.

Nice jacket, Ruthie. A versatile colour too.

stephaniecan

Thanks, @KathrynT !

Lovely job on the weaving, Ruthie!

Fabulous shirt, @mahgret. That will be very cheerful to wear.

@Susan in Saint John: I was very interested to read about your curved bound buttonhole idea. Will be interested to see how that works out.
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. ― Willa Cather, My Ántonia

warpjr1965

Have not sewn a stitch this week, nor am I likely to! Argh. I do have 4 projects cut and ready, and I have a sewing day coming up this weekend. Hopefully I can crank through those and get a few more cut by the 16th.

My one finished item, the ponte pants, have been worn multiple times and I love them! If nothing else I've accomplished that!
Wendy

indigotiger

Putting on my autocratic moderator hat for a few minutes, I just wanted to let people know that I have split off the discussion about PatternReview's "Sewing Bee" into a separate thread from the general SWAP discussion, as it is really a somewhat different topic about a contest with different guidelines. If you want to post about the "Sewing Bee" the thread is readily available here, and still under the SWAP 2020 umbrella:
The Things that Make us Happy Make us Wise.

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Lisanne

Thanks Indigotiger.  I didn't think there would be an extended discussion of the PR Bee as there has been in previous years (there hasn't been), but I respect your decision to divide it off.
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