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Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition

Manuela

Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
« Reply #240 on: September 25, 2018, 15:47:34 PM »
Do we have to post our plan set in concrete by 1st October? Or can we still wing it a bit (I did do an initial plan, but changes have occurred of course!)

@Francesca feel free to modify, change and wing it to your heart's desire  :)

beepbeepsew

Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
« Reply #241 on: September 27, 2018, 11:09:12 AM »
I'm afraid I am bowing out of the SWAKOP, I am very behind anyway... but it's mostly because it looks like my sewing things have to be packed away for a while as we just instructed a builder to get on with our extension (finally) from November.  Exciting stuff :)  Good luck everyone

SewRuthieSews

Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
« Reply #242 on: September 27, 2018, 20:01:54 PM »
I'm dreaming about a teal wool coat I want to make.
It could be the wildcard I was looking for.
capsule wardrobe and charity craft sewing mostly.

Renegade Sewist

Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
« Reply #243 on: October 01, 2018, 23:16:14 PM »
Eek! October one and I'd best slap up a plan so you all know I'm pretending I'm in.

I have a very casual life and wear pretty simple clothes. Our weather is fairly temperate so Summer garments work about 10 months of the year. Mostly I wear cropped pants of some sort and tee's or simple woven tops.

Just for kicks, and because so many people on other sewing forums and blogs dissed them, I decided to use some of Sonya Philip's 100 Acts of Sewing patterns.  I'm a Creativebug member and all the patterns were downloads included with the classes. Sonya and I share a rather "Mad Hatter" style sensibility so I thought it might be fun to play with. Basic easy sew patterns become a terrific blank canvas for embellishment, pattern hacking or just letting a special fabric shine. So, I'll be using Pant, Shirt and Tunic No.1 and Dress No. The tops can all be hacked into button front tops or used as jackets or coats. I've also got a boxy tee for knits from Butterick that would work into the group. I'll edit to add the number later.

I have amassed a grouping of black brown and grey fabrics, many of them tartans or stripes or embroidered, as well as both black and potting soil brown linen eyelet. These are various cottons, linens and rayons as well as blends thereof. I'll brighten things up with perhaps bittersweet, mustard, aubergine, olive and sage green and a shot of Zombie green.

Group 1:
(2 overs and 1 under)
Pant. Style Arc Ethel. Black Irish linen. Previously made. DONE
Top. Bittersweet. Pattern & fabric TBD
Tunic No. 1 Black Brussels Washer linen broderie anglaise

Group 2:
(2 overs and 1 under)
Pant No. 1. Grey cotton stripe.
Boxy tee. Olive cotton interlock.
Shirt No. 1. Black rayon challis.


Group 3:
(2 overs and 1 under - they must coordinate with either group 1 OR 2)
Pant No. 1. Black & brown tartan.
Shirt No. 1. Vintage brown rayon crepe. Lovely fabric. Have 11 meters.
Tunic No. 1. Sage. Fabric TBD.


Wild Card:
(Either an over or an under that coordinates with group 1 AND 2)
Grey heather Hacci sweater knit coat/duster from Tunic No. 1 or TBD pattern.

I think that hits it all. I'll tweek as I get going. I might swap out an entire group.
The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with baited breath. w.c. fields

renita

Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
« Reply #244 on: October 10, 2018, 03:45:39 AM »
Great plan Renegade Sewist - I like your colour choices.

Sorry to hear you're withdrawing beepbeepsew, but great news on the extension - sounds wonderful.

I've been sewing in fits and starts over the last few weeks and decided to take stock this morning and am amazed that I'm nearly there!


I've got two holes left at this stage, for two different tops.  As it turns out, because I've been sewing on a 'desperately need something to wear now' basis, I've got quite a range of warm to cool clothing covered. Everything from brown wool crepe pants through to stone linen pants, so I've changed my original groups into 'seasons'.  Not that there's much difference here from one season to the next. 

The pants are all based on the same pattern, my favourite pull-on (Vogue 2064), with only small tweaks to allow for  extra ease and no darts for the woven versions (and my usual fit adjustments, like lopping a good 15cm off the length...).

The t-shirts are my own TNT patterns - the original patterns are long-forgotten and may have been drafted from ready-to-wear favourites.  My wildcard is V8954, modified slightly to reduce the neck opening, so it's less likely to slip off my shoulders.

Now that I'm pretty close, and feeling like I have something to wear, I might go back and see if I can fill it out with a bit more variety in style and colour.  I may end up changing one of the tops to a different colour - I seem to have a lot of mustard-coloured fabrics in my stash that could be good for summer.

All up though, I'm very happy with how my mini-collection is coming together - it's been a very rewarding process so far and hopefully will change the way I sew in the future.  It was a bit daunting at the start, but I'm really glad I gave this a try. :D






Renegade Sewist

Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
« Reply #245 on: October 10, 2018, 05:54:17 AM »
@renita wowee! Look at you go. Well no wonder you like my plan...we seem to have a few things in common.  ;) You've done an amazing job of getting things done-just two more tops and you've done it.

I need to get sewing...
The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with baited breath. w.c. fields

SewRuthieSews

Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
« Reply #246 on: October 10, 2018, 07:30:00 AM »
@renita wow! love your collection, your 'desperately need something to wear now' approach has clearly been a great motivator and has got you stuff you'll want to wear as well.
splittting it into seasons is a great idea.

I am in theory still doing SWAKOP but I've got myself in a bit of a tangle with two completely different colourways, one burgundy/white/black and one black/grey/teal so need to find a way of either boosting one or the other or merging them together using black as a bridge.
« Last Edit: October 10, 2018, 07:42:55 AM by SewRuthieSews »
capsule wardrobe and charity craft sewing mostly.

SewRuthieSews

Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
« Reply #247 on: October 10, 2018, 08:23:13 AM »
OK I have been thinking about it and am going to expand my Burgundy Autumn collection with some bottoms so that it complies with SWAKOP. I should be able to have that finished by end of October.

After that I will revisit my original grey SWAKOP and add some teal to it to make it a bit more interesting. Hopefully this second one can be ready for the 10th December.
capsule wardrobe and charity craft sewing mostly.

Esme866

Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
« Reply #248 on: October 10, 2018, 18:04:42 PM »
At the beginning of September I finally achieved success with a Simplicity trouser pattern (many years unused in my stash) that produced the nicest fitting trousers I have owned in over 10 years. Finally, my sewing mojo seems to have returned.  I chose the pattern simply because the line drawings reminded me of my favorite trouser pattern from my youth, even though the sample pair on the oh-so-thin model is rather atrocious.  A couple of weeks later I came across this website for the first time and read about the SWAKOP competition. Though I have virtually no chance of completion, I want to throw my hat in just for the additional pressure inspiration. I NEED the clothing.

These are the patterns I intend to use:

Trousers:  Simplicity 9479 (Is something from the 90’s considered “vintage”?)
Jacket:      Simplicity 8697 (The new “oversized” style.)
Shirt:         Butterick 5997 (All standard 7” FBAs have been abysmal – hoping gathers will be the answer)
Coat:         Butterick 6423 (Love this design)

This is how I had to alter the trouser pattern:
•   Using “rock of eye” and a few basic dimensions, I redrew the back rise dramatically allowing for my aging bum and extending the fork in the process.
•   Cut a size 16 and graded out to a size 22 waist beginning at the upper hip.
•   Tapered the legs from the knee down.
•   Added a full front fly, pocket stays, and pocket facings.
•   Split the back waistband to add a “Daks”/tunneled band to disguise the elastic insert.

I completed an olive pair in a cotton/poly twill, fit is very good, but leg width is wider than I would prefer. Will need to redraft back rise and fork to narrow the legs for future trousers.

I have these kinds of alteration issues and improvements to look forward to with each pattern.

So my plan:

SET 1:       Over:  Jacket:  Taupe Wool/Silk tropical weight recently thrifted for $2.49 US for 3 yd piece.
            Over:  Shirt:     Taupe Cotton/Poly blend from stash
            Under: Trousers:  Olive Cotton/Poly twill - recent purchase $2/yd at “Wallyworld”.

SET 2:       Over:  Jacket:  Off white, black, olive micro boucle upholstery fabric from stash.
            Over:  Shirt:     Rust Poly/Rayon jacquard from stash.
            Under: Trousers:  Charcoal Cotton/Poly micro corduroy from stash.

SET 3:       Over:  Jacket:  Navy/Taupe/Olive Italian 100% wool - recent purchase from FFC
            Over:  Shirt:    Olive Cotton/Poly blend from stash
            Under: Trousers:  Black Cotton/Poly twill – yet to be determined.

WILDCARD:  Much needed Wool melton coat in rust with brown poly/rayon jacquard lining. 

I also recently ran across numerous yards of Asahi Bemberg and two generous pieces of silk at a local thrift store – All purchased for 50 cents or less per yard. I may work some of these in. There’s a purple Bemberg that would be a shame to use for a lining. Its fabulous!  This same thrift store had yards of tacky/shiny/glittery polyester tagged at $3/yard! Lucky me. (BTW - Anything listed as "stash" is a minimum of 10 years old!)

Now the work begins – along with everything else on my plate at the moment!

Esme866

Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
« Reply #249 on: October 10, 2018, 20:33:44 PM »
Ruthie - I am convinced those of us that still have to work sew of necessity - not for pleasure. As vegging in front of the telly is so much more relaxing......but then there's nothing to wear the next day!  Good luck on your SWAKOP!

SewRuthieSews

Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
« Reply #250 on: October 10, 2018, 23:18:22 PM »
Ruthie - I am convinced those of us that still have to work sew of necessity - not for pleasure. As vegging in front of the telly is so much more relaxing......but then there's nothing to wear the next day!  Good luck on your SWAKOP!

Thanks @Esme866. I think I sew because I feel I need to (does that make sense to anyone?). My day job is organising IT stuff, which is frustrating, slightly at arms length and can take months. To gain a sense of achievement I like to sew. I mostly do simple things so that I get something completed and can say to myself 'I made this top!' even if no-one else even notices. I do buy clothes too so i don't feel I have to make things unless I want to. It is my chance to do what I want to and I mostly do selfish sewing, and it is my therapy and escape.
I occasionally make things for the people I love very dearly (the list is VERY short) but most people don't value the time taken so I've switched back to doing it as an act of self care.
capsule wardrobe and charity craft sewing mostly.

Esme866

Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
« Reply #251 on: October 10, 2018, 23:34:15 PM »
Thanks @Esme866. I think I sew because I feel I need to (does that make sense to anyone?).


"Need" is " neccessity", is it not?

I think I should have added the phrase " not JUST for pleasure."

Currently I am in "need" of a day job that gives me that sense of accomplishment.  But I will agree, my sewing is quite selfish....and I don't feel guilty about it one single bit!

SewRuthieSews

Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
« Reply #252 on: October 11, 2018, 07:23:32 AM »
My SWAKOP is now based on my coatigan, which proved to be a coat not a jacket when I wore it. So that is the wildcard which goes over everything else.
Obviously needs a few more tops and some bottoms, so I'm half way there.
capsule wardrobe and charity craft sewing mostly.

renita

Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
« Reply #253 on: October 11, 2018, 10:20:16 AM »
What a gorgeous group so far @SewRuthieSews.  I have to say, you're one of my sewing heroes - I'm blown away you can even think about two collections.  But if anyone can manage it, it will be you. 

I agree, I need to sew or do something else creative each day to keep myself sane.  I think I need both the 'means' and the 'ends'.  As I'm working on a project, I love that I can decide how complicated or easy it's going to be. I enjoy the challenges and the simple mechanics of working on a garment from start to finish.  And in the end, I too love the feeling that comes with the private thought 'hey, I made that'.  We have the benefits of a very practical form of therapy.

Francesca

Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
« Reply #254 on: October 11, 2018, 10:29:13 AM »
I just started garment number 3  8)

I'm just in my own little SWAKOP all by myself and I'll be done by 2020.