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warpjr1965 Wants vs Needs SWAP (comments in main thread)

Started by warpjr1965, November 03, 2019, 10:52:23 am

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OK! Time to get serious! Here are the rules:

Your Perfect Vision - SWAP 2020
11 pieces, in two groups:
9 or 10 that may coordinate (be worn together) to form outfits
1 or 2 that MUST coordinate (be able to be worn with all of the others)  (1 if you make 10 other pieces, 2 if you make 9)
no required garments
no required colors
You may include one garment that is knitted, crocheted, or handwoven

SWAP sewing will begin December 26th, and all garments must be finished by April 30th, 2010. Pattern fitting and cutting may be done whenever you're ready.

You may include 1 garment you had already sewn prior to the rules announcement and 1 purchased ready-to-wear garment, or 2 pre-sewn garments made prior to the rules announcement. (I encourage either of these options, as integrating your SWAP sewing with your current wardrobe increases how versatile your self-sewn clothing will be). In addition, you may include one additional garment that is sewn after the rules have been posted and before the official start SWAP sewing date of December 26. If you include these three garments, that gives a total of eight more to be sewn before SWAP ends, for a fairly reasonable 2 per month.

You must choose a theme for your collection to act as a focal point -  something that inspires you and will help give your SWAP wardrobe a cohesive "feel"; it could be a verbal phrase, a photo, a location, an artifact, or even an accessory (like a scarf). You must post what you have chosen as your theme.

You must include, as part of making one (or more) garments, a technique that both stretches your skill set and is something you have been wanting to learn. For example: someone who is a beginner might choose zippers, someone who is further along on their sewing journey might choose Hong Kong seam finishing or welt pockets, someone who loves embellishment might try making an Alabama Chanin style reverse applique garment, etc....

For the purposes of this SWAP, a sewn "garment" is one that consists of more than one pattern piece, stitched together. A poncho (one piece with a hole for the neckline), or a wrap (one piece of fabric) are not. Some knitted or crocheted garments are made in one piece, but involve careful shaping, so they count as garments.

Wants: comfy clothes that are acceptable to wear in public, along with some quirky style, including a linen tunic/dress, a turtleneck sweater.
Needs: comfy clothes to wear to work, specifically: at least 2 more pair of stretch pants, at least 4    more tops, at least 2 more warm and stylish cover ups.

I think I can make these play nicely if I plan ahead.

Rough breakdown:

Go with everything:
1 Pink moto jacket
1 Blue OR Cream turtleneck chunky sweater

2 pair elle pants/pull on stretch pants: black, blue
1 pair leggings ??
5 tops/tunics: 2 white/off white, 1 floral sweater knit T; 1 blue chambray (may end up a second Farrow dress, needs to be lined).
1 dress: Grainline Farrow dress in mustard linen

There, actually this looks good. I can make this work.


Have purchased lovely ponte, linen, and less-lovely-but-still-good french terry. Am currently pre washing.

Timing is tricky, as I am concurrently sewing a Jacket for DD, and my pre-swap moto jacket. I can feel myself zinging off into another direction, typical, and have to pull back into the current projects, or I'll never get done!

this weekend will be: tidy up the sewing area, again, set up for DD's jacket and muslin the moto jacket.


Managed to cut out the blue sweater knit turtleneck, which should make a SWAP appearance as one of my overs.
I'm still going to sew the Pink moto jacket for the pre-swap challenge, but I'm not sure how it is going to fit in with this SWAP, as I am veering very far into a blue/black/white/mustard theme. I do have a basic inspiration piece, which I have yet to post.