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SWAP 2021 - General Discussion Thread

Started by treefrog, November 16, 2020, 05:05:38 pm

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indigotiger

December 24, 2020, 10:04:48 am #105 Last Edit: December 24, 2020, 10:08:56 am by indigotiger
Today I looked at the calendar and realised there is only today and tomorrow until official SWAP sewing starts, and I have done nothing so far other than daydream! There isn't time for me to do any new patterning before Boxing Day, so I am thinking a quick TNT knit pattern; my long sleeve top with a turtleneck collar would be a cozy addition to my winter wardrobe. (I've had this lovely Cotton+Steel navy mushroom print cotton knit aging on my resource shelves for quite a while, and I would rather have it in my wearable rotation...)
If I cut out the pieces later today,  then it is only an hour or so to run it up on the serger... of course I have also been doing handstitched cuff bindings on my knit tops, which while adding to the stitch time, also adds in some peaceful slow stitching into my day.
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

Enjoy the sewing with your pretty fabric @indigotiger

I made it! I just have to add the buttonholes and buttons and my shirt is done. This gives me a real sense of accomplishment after having been weighed down with a bit of melancholy lately.

I look forward to the gun being fired on Boxing Day (or Santo Stefano....being my "name day" I usually have a feast in Italy on that day but this year I'll start my Christmas diet a little bit early and do some sewing. :) )

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

warpjr1965

Bopping Beth, I am so sad to hear of your son-in-law's passing. I hope he is at peace now.
Wendy

CCL

December 25, 2020, 03:30:48 pm #108 Last Edit: December 26, 2020, 08:38:49 am by CCL
Oh no, BoppingBeth... so sorry to hear. 

stephaniecan

Oh no...boppingbeth, what terrible news. I am so sorry to hear that. My sincerest condolences to your daughter and to your family as a whole.
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. ― Willa Cather, My Ántonia

sharonspils

@bobbingbeth so sorry to hear your news, my sincerest condolences to your daughter and your family.

@CCL your new skirt is perfect and great idea to use the canvas for the waist stabilising.

@mahgret lovely layering top and good to hear that you got the cuffs and sleeves to work.

treefrog

@boppingbeth Sorry to hear the news of your son-in-laws passing.  If there is any thing we can do for you, even if it is just a distraction, please don't hesitate to ask.

treefrog


It's just past lunchtime here in eastern Australia, the small hours of the morning in the UK and about 3hrs to go for US eastern.  I'm not quite sure which time-zone we are working on, so to keep it simple, just work to your own timezone.   

It's lovely to see a so many pre-SWAP projects...
@Sew Ruthie Sews made yoga pants with striped accents and refashioned a T-shirt to match
@Turquoise made a handknitted sweater
@anna.wahnsinn made the Ethel pants from Style Arc
@stephaniecan  made a check shirt with impeccable pattern matching
@mahgret is sporting her Tea cardigan in a grey textured knit
@CCL has made a tailored skirt - beautiful inside and out
@sharonspils has made the Bondi dress in a gorgeous shade of orange
and I've made a pair of jeans


If I missed anyone, I'm sorry, please let me know.

Tomorrow is shaping up to be a hot day (38C) so I'm planning to go for a paddle in the morning and then spend the rest of the day sewing.  Perhaps the boyfriend jeans or the shirt...

stephaniecan

@mahgret So glad to see that you were able to work with the sleeves on your top, Maggie!

@CCL Elegant and impeccable, as always!

@sharonspils Your dress speaks of the lightness and happiness of summertime. A beautiful colour!

I put red buttons on my "prisoner" shirt and now it feels truly festive. I also made a pocket square, which I am going to embroider with something red (just for fun!).

We are collectively off to a great start.

PS @treefrog: Enjoy your paddle. Sounds divine!
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. ― Willa Cather, My Ántonia

indigotiger

oh @boppingbeth I am so very sorry for your sad news! Condolences and lovingkindness to you and all your family...
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

@indigotiger Alison, I am so sorry to hear this about your mom. I hope she improves rapidly. That must be so stressful. Take care.
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. ― Willa Cather, My Ántonia

sharonspils

@indigotiger so sorry to hear about your Mum, wishing her a speedy recover.

@stephaniecan thank you, it is a new style for me and loving it especially when it is a bit warm.

@treefrog great jeans and a good idea to go for a paddle before it gets too hot, might try for a bike ride as well.

Sew Ruthie Sews

I'm excited that SWAP sewing starts today, but as I've not cut anything out I'm not sure what to sew next, perhaps the lined jacket.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

warpjr1965

@indigotiger I hope your mom has a fast recovery, and that you get some sleep!
Wendy

warpjr1965

No new SWAP projects for me until I finish a shirt for DH that I have been putting off.

I should though be able to tick off a few hemming projects as a diversion from the shirt.
Wendy

CCL

Oh IndigoTiger - do hope your mother is doing better.

TreeFrog - what a great summary of what everyone has done - no photo of your jeans?
Sharon your dress - so summery - such a clean sew! 
Stephanie, what great whimsy those red buttons are - and they will make that shirt so much fun to wear.  Are those welt pockets on the diagonal on the shirt fronts? So exquisitely done!
Turquoise, your sweater is so gorgeous it makes me wish I could knit. 
Anna.wahnsinn - so wonderful that you are completing things more than before - great start!
BoppingBeth - thinking of you and hope you are holding up.
Wendy - never do today what you can put off until tomorrow...can DH wait a bit for his shirt?  I am doing that for BH - figuring I want to do a little selfish sewing before tackling some shirts for him.
Sew Ruthie - Hope you can get something cut out soon - I love seeing all your creations!

After a year of the doldrums and lack of interest in projects, I must thank everyone here and especially TreeFrog, for jump starting the old sewing motivation.

stephaniecan

@CCL Yes - I'm not what I would call the world's greatest welt maker as a rule, but these turned out perfectly! (It's just an oversized layering shirt for winter - worn over a wool base layer - but the details do make me smile. I was pretty happy that the oblique pockets didn't end up causing me grief.)

Now on to something a little bit fancier maybe? I need to think about it...

But let me just say that I am still thinking of those going through challenging times right now...sending you good wishes.
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. ― Willa Cather, My Ántonia

Karamiel

Hello everyone!

Is it too late to join the party ?

I participated in 2015 and completed my first SWAP then.
I tried again in 2016 but stopped in the middle of it.

I must say I'm not good at all at coordinating clothes and, living in a hot and humid country, I very rarely use layers. That's why I sometimes found the rules tricky.
But this year, they are really great, offering a lot of freedom.
I've been lurking for a while, and I have started to make plans. As for the title, "only prints" was the 1st, "only Burda" came 2nd, "only dresses" came 3rd! Today, I was thinking of "going with the flow", which may be in opposition with the essence of sewing with a plan.
What do you think ?
Karine

Turquoise

Hi @Karamiel - it's not too late, it's only just started!  :)

I don't think "going with the flow" goes against the idea of SWAP - I used something like that as my title the last time I took part ;) - why not just see where your ideas take you.

stephaniecan

I think that go with the flow is the order of the day, @Karamiel! I hope you do join in, Karine.
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. ― Willa Cather, My Ántonia

stephaniecan

December 26, 2020, 05:16:50 pm #125 Last Edit: December 27, 2020, 05:18:03 pm by stephaniecan Reason: typo
@Hen I really like your plan, Hen. It's logical and coherent. In fact, you made me realize that so far I am treating this with too much randomness! Your garments look interesting and comfortable.

@Sew Ruthie Sews As usual, your productivity is impressive!
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. ― Willa Cather, My Ántonia

warpjr1965

Karine, I am doing exactly what you propose, please join in!
CCL, DH has been waiting patiently for his shirt for a year. I can't put it off any longer! I'm actually excited to get started.
I can always throw a quick knit/hoodie/t shirt project in there for me if I get bored or stuck.
Wendy

sharonspils

@luz clara so glad the black fabric has been found.

@stephaniecan even though we have very different temperature ranges, I have the same issues in Australia so thankfully with my plan I can adapt it to suit.

@Sew Ruthie Sews I love the satisfaction of getting a second garment when cutting out it feels so good and well done on it being pants as they do take up a lot more fabric.

@Hen I'm enjoying reading your thought process for your plan, it makes a lot of sense.

Lisanne

December 27, 2020, 05:06:05 pm #128 Last Edit: December 27, 2020, 05:14:41 pm by Lisanne
Karine - there's a 'continuous' method (it has an official name which I can't remember for the moment   ::)  )
ah, I'm reminded by other people here - it's called 'endless'
why ?
because each item you make must co-ordinate with the previous item. that's all, tho of course some bigger groupings happen by chance.

Hey Presto, minimum planning, but everything you end up with automatically has to co-ordinate with at least 2 items :D
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

Good point, @sharonspils! We do all have the same issue with changing seasons. I have a bit of tunnel vision I suppose, as I am sitting here in early winter and all I want to do is layer myself in wools...

Nevertheless, I am glad that I stepped back to do some thinking today, as I believe I have a clearer idea about my plan now. I even traced a pattern for a waistcoat (just for fun). Because everyone who is working from home should have a waistcoat available for Zoom conferences!
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. ― Willa Cather, My Ántonia

Lisanne

Indigotiger - do take care.
Hopefully you can come here for a little light relief, without needing to stress yourself to take part.  :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

Lisanne

Sharonspils - your orange dress looks marvellously comfortable for hot weather  :D
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

sharonspils

Thank you @Lisanne this morning started at 28 C (82 F) and the southerly has come through so the wind chill is quite cool.

Karamiel

Hi everyone,

Thank you Turquoise, Stephanie, Wendy and Lisanne. I'm in !

Turquoise, I wish I live in a country where the weather would allow me to wear a sweater like the one you made!

Sharonspils, your orange dress would be perfect in my SWAP (except for the solid colour, not that I don't like it because I do, but because of the sweating that would show in my humid weather. (Not glamorous, I know, but it is a fact that motivates and restrains my choice of fabric all the time)

1st silly question : how do you to write the @ followed by the name in blue ??
Karine

Sew Ruthie Sews

@indigotiger I dislike tight necklines, so I cut my 'turtleneck' tops more like a cowl. The neckband is still rectangular, but I find has a nice drape and still keeps me warm without a sense of being choked.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

Turquoise

Quote from: Karamiel on December 29, 2020, 04:15:04 am1st silly question : how do you to write the @ followed by the name in blue ??

Not a silly question @Karamiel - if you start typing the @ followed by the person's name you want to reference you should see a list of names come up as you are typing and you can select the person you want.  When you post you should see it come out as the @ followed by the name in blue and that will notify the person that they have been mentioned.

stephaniecan

@Karamiel

I was just going to respond what Turquoise said.

I love the structure of your plan and it is so well-explained. So glad you joined in. (And as someone who has a secret dream to make a jumpsuit, I look forward to seeing yours.)
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. ― Willa Cather, My Ántonia

Hen

@indigotiger I have made a sweater that has a v-shaped insert at the front, which I guess is a bit like what you need to do, although it is more of a funnel neckline than a turtleneck. The pattern was onion 5016, it is not on any shop-websites any more, but I found it in a Forum:
https://www.hobbyschneiderin24.net/uploads/monthly_2005_10/6598999_Onion5016.gif.7e9f6b8d680ea07301e5b5cf1f62f889.gif
It has a front and back pattern piece for the neckline, if that helps.

Karamiel

Karine

CCL

@Karamiel - I am so glad you asked about the "@" - I was curious too!  Now I have to try it in this post - if it works!  Wonderful that you are joining.

@Lisanne, is the technique you are referring to called the Continuous Chain...something like that?

@stephaniecan Are you sure you are not my twin?
Quote from: stephaniecan on December 29, 2020, 12:24:56 pmWhat I love the most in sewing is the sewing part./snip/ All of my favourite me-made garments that I still wear years later are the ones I took more time with and that use beautiful fabrics, e.g., silk or linen dresses with special details.

Maybe do a mix in your SWAP?  In my SWAP, I have some functional pieces that will get a couple of years of wear and then tossed (Fleece jacket) and other ones that I will make just for the joy of sewing.

Similar to you, sewing for me is the structure and the fabric - especially natural fabrics, wool, cotton, viscose - which is why I suppose, I am not much of a quilter.

It's the finishing details that get me everytime - hong kong seams, lining, flat felled, that new Madeira Applique technique I learned from Melinda a couple years back.

Fitting - Not my strength, either.  Have you tried Lekala or Bootstrap?  @Towanda hooked me on those lines - plug in your measurements, pay your $3.99 and get your PDF pattern.  I have had good luck with the four different Lekala patterns and one bootstrap pattern.

Oddly enough, I keep gravitating back to Vogue and Butterick patterns - as they seem to fit me with the fewest alterations.