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Ruthie's Ready For Anything SWAP (comments on the Discussion Thread please)

Started by Sew Ruthie Sews, November 18, 2020, 08:44:03 am

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Given the uncertainty in work and social life right now I am currently thinking about doing a 'Ready for Anything' SWAP which covers as many different situations as possible, including some which are not happening right now.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

Sew Ruthie Sews

I've had a bit of a think about what my 'Ready For Anything' clothes would be and reckon I need:-

3 Plain dark bottoms - leggings, casual trousers, smart trousers
1 Simple dark coloured dress
4 tops - smart blouse, workout top, 2 long sleeved tees
3 layers - sweatshirt or hoody,  cardigan and jacket

that comes to 11
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

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I had a lovely time working on my plan without any consultation with the pattern or fabric that I have.

Then I went through to the fabric cupboard, which has lots of fabric so I'd quite like to use it. There (of course) the ideas on paper didn't quite match up to the reality of the available fabric.

My current colour theme is charcoal and coral pink with some black.
The key fabric for the scheme is some charcoal woven fabric with what seems like coral pink and off white variegated threads through it, I think this will be some sort of jacket.
Next I have a charcoal pinstripe that will be trousers.
Black ponte for a dress, black stretch woven for outdoor trousers and black super stretchy fabric for leggings.
Blush pink sweaterknit for a cardigan.
Grey and pink jersey for knit tops.
Coral and off white fabric for floaty blouses.
Grey fleece for a sweatshirt.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

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Possible plan


Overall colour scheme
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

Sew Ruthie Sews

December 08, 2020, 12:51:11 am #4 Last Edit: December 13, 2020, 11:08:46 am by Sew Ruthie Sews
I've started sewing up the active wear leggings, though I think they are more a yoga pant style then true leggings.
I used the Style Arc Barb as a starting place and added a 2" wide contrast stripe to the sides.
I've sewn the side stripe to the fronts, and then that piece to the backs. I think the next step is to safety pin them together to try on for fit.

Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

Sew Ruthie Sews

'Ready for Anything' Capsule - side stripe yoga pants
From the plan I posted I decided to start with the side stripe leggings, though they are more yoga pants.


Pattern: I used the Style Arc Barb pants, with style and fit alterations. Style changes - I added a side stripe in a contrast pinky red stretch fabric. Fit alterations - shortened the leg, added 1/4 to the top, scooped the back crotch, angled in the back waist, cut the front waistband slightly longer, and the back waistband slightly shorter.

Fabric: A very stretchy (in all directions) matt black fabric bought from the local B&M roll end shop. It is slightly spongy and seems dense with no see through. The contrast side stripe is from a pinky red fabric with similar stretch properties but a much lighter weight.

I'll have to see how these hold up in the next Pilates class.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

Sew Ruthie Sews

To go with my Pilates trousers I refashioned a slightly snug plain black RTW sports tee by adding red stripes.
(Not sure if this can be included as its altered RTW, but I don't mind as its fun having the 'outfit')

Here it is with the red stripes. They are up the side seam, up the centre of the sleeve and around the armhole. The straight stripes are a 2 inch wide strip, and the armhole section is a shaped piece drafted to fit.

Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

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Today I managed to cut out the jacket for the SWAP and using some interesting layout also managed to sneak in some simple trousers. I still need to cut out some suitable lining for the jacket and since the fabric feels like a wool mix probably also lining for the trousers.

I'm using McCalls 4394 for the jacket, and an adapted New Look 6216 for the trousers. The pockets of both have been cut from a plain soft black fabric which I might also use for the inside of the trouser waistband.
I thought briefly about a simple skirt, but I know I hardly wear them so it was worth the effort to get the trousers from the fabric.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

LyndaC

Thanks for sharing. You have inspired me.

Sew Ruthie Sews

I had a slight detour and made an ivory tie neck blouse. I've also almost finished the lined trousers (need the lining hemming) and the lined jacket (needs the lining bagged and some topstitching).
Then I will have a 3 piece smart outfit.

Hopefully some photos before the end of the week.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

Sew Ruthie Sews

Here's my version of the Lottie blouse. I lengthened the sleeves by 7 inches and added a cuff.
I got it as a free download from Free Lottie Sewing Pattern Download

I did not follow the instructions exactly, rather I did a different construction technique on the neckline both for the bias binding and the attachment of the collar.


Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
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Lined wool jacket made from McCall's 4394. It is the length of the jacket on the pattern envelope. The lining is a lovely floral print satin in shades of pink and green which picks out the threads in the wool. I've shown it by turning back one of the sleeves a little.

The fabric has a black and dark grey weave as the base, shot with contrast threads in red, pink, coral, ivory, pale aqua and small amounts of others.
I used McCall's 4394
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

Sew Ruthie Sews

@CCL yes it is the same pattern I used for the dressy coat for the wedding.
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

Sew Ruthie Sews

As I was cutting out the lined wool jacket, I managed to layout the pieces such that I could squeeze in the front and back of my altered New Look 6216 trousers, I cut the back a little wider, shaped the waist and used the plain charcoal fabric again for the pockets and inside of the waistband. I cut the pockets more jeans style so not much of the charcoal fabric shows.
The waistband is a little taller so I could use 2" elastic. As the wool is scratchy I also added a full lining to the trousers. As always I leave off the mock tie.

Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

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next piece of my 'Ready for Anything' capsule, a charcoal grey hoody, supposedly for Pilates but has already been in general wear.
It is based on the Style Arc Josie Hoody, but without the turtleneck section at the front of the hood as I thought this would choke me.

I folded back the hood edge and included a drawstring, but just hemmed the lower edge on the coverhem.

Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

Sew Ruthie Sews

My sewing is paused at the moment.

I started to reorganise my wardrobe (closet) and realised that I have an over abundance of clothing, so am not sewing yet more new things at the moment.

I am doing some repairs and minor alterations as I go through a sorting process.

I am using these questions for my sorting process:-

- does it fit me?

- does it suit my colouring?

- is it in good condition?

Items then go into several piles

Keep Definite - fold or hang back in the wardrobe in colour order.

Keep Maybe - try wearing and see if comfortable and works with other items in my wardrobe. Some will stay but many will go after being in the Holding Bay for a bit.

Keep DIY - these go in a duffel bag and are for any dirty/messy jobs as I tend to ruin my clothes! These clothes fit but have pilling or other issues (baggy neckline, pulled threads)

Donate - bagging these up ready for donation later. Tie the top up to avoid second thoughts.

Textile Recycling - not donatable so will go for textile recycling rather than landfill.

I might try to sell a few items as well, but I suspect most will be for donation.

So far I've worked through the main wardrobe, but have not yet tackled out of season or too small stuff. I've decided that apart from one or two very special pieces anything too small will be straight to donate/recycling.

I've gained weight and changed shape during menopause so although I do want to loose some weight, I don't think I'll find the smaller clothes would work for me so don't plan to save them anymore.

Its going to be quite a journey!
Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/