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Title: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 09, 2018, 10:43:43 AM
The Sewing Place's very own wardrobing competition. You are going to create your very own coordinating signature collection. I tried to come up with rules the would work for (almost) everyone, we live in different countries/continents in very different climates and lead different lives.


:frock: SWAKOP  :vintage: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan  :frock:


Rules:
1. Your collection should be a total of 10 garments.

2. You are allowed to include 1 RTW garment and 2 previously made garments (or, if you're like me and have hardly any RTW garments, 3 previously made garments).

3.  You should make 3 groups of 3 garments and one wild card. Here is how:
I will use the terms 'overs' and 'unders' and give examples how to understand them. They are flexible between groups. Each group should consist of 2 overs and 1 under

- if you wear dresses and want to make a group around them, a dress is an 'over' and a jacket/cape/coat/duster/waistcoat would be an 'under' that goes with it.
- if you wear pinafores and need something to go with that, a pinafore would be an 'under' and any t-shirt/shirt/blouse would be and over
- if you make trousers/skirts that will be worn with t-shirts/blouses/tunics, the bottom is an 'under' and the top is an 'over'

Group 1:
2 overs and 1 under

Group 2:
2 overs and 1 under

Group 3:
2 overs and 1 under - they must coordinate with either group 1 OR 2

Wild Card:
Either an over or an under that coordinates with group 1 AND 2

Time frame:
I know that some of you have already cut or half finished garments they would like to include, that is fine, but not more than 2.
Other than that sewing starts on May 15 and ends on October 31st. Pictures should be up by November 5th.
Any garment you make for the two currently running competitions can be included.
Please post your initial plan here by October 1st and indicate your participation.

Fire away if you have questions, happy planning  :)

ETA:
Deadline extension until December 10th, and early bird bonus forvthise who finish on October 31st

Now that's an excellent idea @Francesca
Those who finish on October 31st will get an e tra x-votes bonus (the exact number to be decided) foe finishing early. Submission posts need to be up by November 5th

Those who finish on December 10th won't. Submission posts need to be up by December 15th.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 09, 2018, 11:59:06 AM
Do the 10 garments have to all work together, or just within their set groups? I'm guessing the "groups" are kinda like outfits. Can items in the groups spread across to other groups? (E.g, if I include my RTW black skinny jeans, can they be part of group 1 and group 2 or just group 1?)

Also, I wonder if you have any examples of people who have completed collections before to share (with their permission) because I'm more of a visual person and seeing an example of previous 10 garments would help me immensely  0_0

Do the 10 garments have to all work together, or just within their set groups?
A: in their set groups only - but note that group 3 has to work with either of the other ones

E.g, if I include my RTW black skinny jeans, can they be part of group 1 and group 2 or just group 1?
A: No, they can only be oart of one group

DementedFairy finished two SWAPs.... you may want to look them up at her blog  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: jen on May 09, 2018, 15:12:51 PM
I’m hoping someone will chip in with a graphic, because the under/over thing has got me (a dress is an over, but the jacket you wear over it is an under?)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: sleepingwolf on May 09, 2018, 15:23:39 PM
I read this as overs = tops and unders = bottoms which would leave a good ratio of tops, bottoms and over layers across 10 garments.  This is very similar to the 2016 SWAP on artisan square.  The category dresses fell into was a bit confusing then as well.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Renegade Sewist on May 09, 2018, 18:15:15 PM
LOL! Manuela, you are trying to keep us busy, aren't you?  ><

I was doing OK until I got to this part:  "jacket/cape/coat/duster/waistcoat would be an 'under' that goes with it" which rather bent my mind. I have a wee bit of trouble imagining an overlayer as an "under", but I get that it's just semantics to keep the theme working and the concept simple.

Ladies, it frequently takes a day or two to grasp the concept for something like this. Can take me a few weeks.  :loveit:  Last year I was the SWAP coordinator over at Artisan Square/Stitcher's Guild so I really know how challenging it can be to do the rules. Mudcat has done it this year.

It works really well to plan it out on paper. One year I did little cut outs to represent the garments to help myself out and to see if they actually worked together as directed.

And remember this probably isn't the only sewing you'll do this year! I need pants more than this allows for this year, so  no worries, I just make then in addition to this. If I'm really clever I make them to go with items from this.

 Now if I can just remember to call it SWAKOP rather than SWAP I'll be doing well. Maybe sewing too...that would help.

PS: Love the time frame! Great for me and my "ideal" SWAP sewing in my mind finishes between Oct. 31 and Nov. 15, so YAY!!!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Renegade Sewist on May 09, 2018, 18:47:50 PM
@Manuela  do the previously sewn items need to be finished pre-rules, today, or before start of official sewing on May 15?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kwaaked on May 09, 2018, 20:31:41 PM
This is kind of a stupid question: but what if we go over the 11 garments?  Just pare down for the pics?

Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 09, 2018, 23:31:25 PM
I am also confused by the over/under thing but I'm guessing it's just "the way it is" to make it work and get less hung up on the actual words and more on the idea of two garments paired?
Yes, exactly  :)
This is the only way I saw to incorporate dresses. One of my pet peeves with SWAP was that I was never really able to sew what I actually wear - dresses  ;)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 09, 2018, 23:33:45 PM
This is kind of a stupid question: but what if we go over the 11 garments?  Just pare down for the pics?
It's 10 garments avtually, but feel free to go over the limit. I set 10 as a minimum, if anyone wants to make 11 or 12, I have no problem with that. You can do additional wild cards or another group.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 09, 2018, 23:35:29 PM
@Manuela  do the previously sewn items need to be finished pre-rules, today, or before start of official sewing on May 15?

Thanks.

Before the start of the official sewing is fine. I was a bit late (due to university assignments)  so I'll be lenient  ;)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 09, 2018, 23:50:45 PM
@jen and @Francesca, here a link to an almost completed SWAP I did a few years back, including planning:

Manuela's almost completed SWAP (https://www.flickr.com/photos/108322972@N04/albums/72157638139816964)

Dresses are always tricky to categorise, they're 'overs' with the garment being worn as a topper named 'under' for semantics. You wouldn't make two jackets for a dress, rather two dresses for a jackets.... Its difficult to fit them in otherwise, but I wanted to include them - and this is the only way it works...

In a different context, when worn as tunics, dresses are overs with a skirt or trousers as an 'under'.

Here a half finished SWAP with planning based on dresses:

Manuela's half finished SWAP (https://www.flickr.com/photos/108322972@N04/albums/72157661183333845)

To simplify:
An 'over' is something worn on top of an 'under', dresses can be either 'overs' or 'unders' depending on your needs.

Hope this makes sense  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Saashka on May 10, 2018, 01:37:09 AM
You wouldn't make two jackets for a dress...

I totally would. My ideal dream closet would have maybe five dresses in black or dark charcoal gray, with at least ten different bright-colored jackets. And coordinating scarves and jewelry.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 10, 2018, 09:31:02 AM
I totally would. My ideal dream closet would have maybe five dresses in black or dark charcoal gray, with at least ten different bright-colored jackets. And coordinating scarves and jewelry.

If that is what you wear, you could certainly tow jackets and one dress as a group. I'd have no problem with that  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 10, 2018, 13:00:19 PM
OK here's what I'm thinking, but I need @Manuela to confirm it's OK for me:

Group 1:
Black RTW jeans
Blue silk top
Knit moto jacket

Group 2:
Red stripe t-shirt
Black pinafore
???

No idea beyond that.

Can I make underwear? I want to make a body type thing which wouldn't be visible in Group 2 outfit but I'm not sure what else to make.
Sorry @Francesca, no underwear...
For your group 2, how about another t-shirt for your pinafore?
What are you making for the 'Florals Rule' competition, is there something you could put into group 3?
Are their any orphans that need pairing up with something in your closet? Is there a jacket or coat you want to make (that could be your wild card)?
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 10, 2018, 14:28:06 PM
@Francesca, yay, bingo  :)
Yor plan looks good, group 3 coordinates well with group 1 (and maybe even with group 2) and your wild card goes with two of your groups.
Experience tells me that plans may or may not change  :devil:
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: jen on May 10, 2018, 20:54:08 PM
Glad I wasn’t the only one getting confused in the over under bit. So, any one of the three groups could have 2 dresses and a jacket or cardi, or trousers and a couple of tops, or a skirt and a couple of tops, and two of the three groups must mix and match, as must the wild card, and a total of three of the ten garments can already be in your wardrobe either as rtw or already sewn. Is that it?
Or two put it another way, a theme and palette goes through seven of the garments, but not necessarily through the three which are in a group on their own.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 10, 2018, 21:17:10 PM
Glad I wasn’t the only one getting confused in the over under bit. So, any one of the three groups could have 2 dresses and a jacket or cardi, or trousers and a couple of tops, or a skirt and a couple of tops, and two of the three groups must mix and match, as must the wild card, and a total of three of the ten garments can already be in your wardrobe either as rtw or already sewn. Is that it?
Or two put it another way, a theme and palette goes through seven of the garments, but not necessarily through the three which are in a group on their own.

@jen, yes you got it right...
- 1 RTW and two previously sewn or 3 previously sewn garments
- any or all of the groups can have 2 dresses and a cardy/jacket/coat/cape if that is what you wear
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: elephun on May 11, 2018, 05:43:41 AM
Sounds fun, and the rules don't seem so restrictive. Maybe I'm getting more passive as the years go by? Doubtful.  :devil:

I started and finished my Stitcher's Guild SWAP early. I could probably use another plan to sew to since I've had a bit of a break. I'll see what I come up with. I guess I'll start an individual thread since I haven't done that yet.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on May 11, 2018, 07:41:24 AM
'kind of plan' I like that.  In this instance I think I can make whatever I want and see if I can assemble it according to the rules in due course...I'd have to impose more rules for myself anyway, preferably on colour to make sure it does coordinate
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 11, 2018, 12:35:44 PM
I'm thinking of going for a red/blue colour palette (with plenty of black) as that's what I seem to wear the most of anyway. I've got some lovely red, blue and white raw silk check that I need to make something from, that would be perfect to "tie" everything together as it has a bit of all the colours in it.
Planning is fun, right...?
I didn't mention colours, because I don't want people to feel restricted. What looks great to one person might look horrid to another. I consider fuchsia pink as a neutral for example and have successfully combined it with orange  ;)  It's certainly not everybody's cup of tea, but it works for me...
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Saashka on May 11, 2018, 20:54:18 PM
Thank you, Manuela! Now I need to figure out some kind of a plan.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: jen on May 12, 2018, 07:59:43 AM
I’m dithering over colours. The safe option would be to base it round one of black, grey, navy, fawn, brown, or white. I do love the idea of treating a vibrant colour as a neutral and combining it with other vibrant colours Manuela, orange and fuschia look terrific. I’ve used fuschia but don’t think I can use it massively or close to my face. The last time I used it as an accent on khaki. One key limiter on colour is accessorising, especially shoes and bags. I try to keep in mind what I already have. Shoes can be especially difficult, trying to match style and colour. If I make a winter dress whether it works with one of my two pairs of boots is a decider on colour.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 12, 2018, 09:13:58 AM
@jen, how a out adding turquoise or teal to your neutrals?
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on May 12, 2018, 09:58:37 AM
@jen, how a out adding turquoise or teal to your neutrals?

A couple of the peeps who finished this year's SWAP used teal, combining it with several other basics very successfully.  What a lot of us did, was to select some images which gave us a colour palette already used by an artist.  Mine were these if you recall
(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/33/40/03/334003f3a409dc47c800fab2aaef90b8.jpg)(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/d3/75/42/d375420af022c32b0c9080d5ff07c031.jpg)(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/b8/48/63/b84863e300842429272678e25899ca82.jpg)

This helped me maintain focus while choosing

and the final collection (https://i.imgur.com/IKjC5zg.jpg)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: jen on May 12, 2018, 16:29:53 PM
Turquoise or teal would be a possible in that I have a suit made ages ago, which I find too ‘good’ to throw out, but which lacks friends. It’s a tweed with turquoise, mustard and a brownish flecks in it. OTH I don’t have a stack of fabric that fits with it. I’ll mull this over.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on May 12, 2018, 16:50:21 PM
I'm getting some inspiration- as the colour images worked for me last time, how about these?
(https://i.imgur.com/VfxhK1s.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/kvs54jj.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/WgXh4gL.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/A9kLpV4.jpg)

Green and blue, linked with black and white...to make and wear through this summer
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on May 12, 2018, 22:07:57 PM
Very late to the party and once sewing starts I am away until after the BH weekend, however I could start thinking as I love wardrobe sewing!!
 :D
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Renegade Sewist on May 13, 2018, 01:35:03 AM
Very late to the party and once sewing starts I am away until after the BH weekend, however I could start thinking as I love wardrobe sewing!!
 :D

Ruthie, the party just started. Might I add, Yay!!! Ruthie's here. Besides, you are such an excellent and might I add quick Sewist you could start about October 1st and be done in time. Three previously sewn items-you've got those nailed.  :toast:

I'm giving this a good think after I finish up a couple of projects. The time frame suits me quite well. I have too many plenty of patterns, an overflowing adequate fabric archive, time, etc. Also an aching back and neck but we can work around those right? For the SWAKOP cause and all.

@Manuela should we ruminate about our plans here, start a Dear Diary thread or plop the info somewhere else?
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 13, 2018, 02:43:48 AM
@Renegade Sewist, you can do either, have a thread in the member's diary section, post here, or both. The initial/updated plans and final submissions need to be posted here though.

@SewRuthieSews, welcome to the party  :D
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on May 13, 2018, 10:40:59 AM


@Manuela should we ruminate about our plans here, start a Dear Diary thread or plop the info somewhere else?

I would think that separate diaries would be more readable, mentioning SWAKOP in the title, but encouraging comments to be made here for conversation p[urposes.  It's how it's done on Stitcher's Guild...no one but the diarist writes in their diary thread, chat in the main one.  How does that sound?
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Fabric Lover on May 13, 2018, 10:51:11 AM
I’m really excited about this competition as I definitely need a bit of wardrobe planning! My mother was highly amused at me when I went to stay with her for 3 days earlier this year and took a coat and 2 jackets! It made me think about what I should be planning!

I am currently making https://www.sewdirect.com/cgi-bin/sh000003.pl?WD=6333%20butterick&PN=Butterick%2d6333%2ehtml#SID=923 (http://https://www.sewdirect.com/cgi-bin/sh000003.pl?WD=6333%20butterick&PN=Butterick%2d6333%2ehtml#SID=923)
so I will probably include it as a wild card. I then will have to pause in wardrobe planning to make a dress for my niece’s wedding- fabric already bought and not something that will fit with the rest.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Fabric Lover on May 13, 2018, 10:55:42 AM
This is the fabric for the shirtdress linked in my last post. It’s a sort of lightweight viscose, think it’s working!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 13, 2018, 11:12:10 AM
I would think that separate diaries would be more readable, mentioning SWAKOP in the title, but encouraging comments to be made here for conversation p[urposes.  It's how it's done on Stitcher's Guild...no one but the diarist writes in their diary thread, chat in the main one.  How does that sound?

I never liked that....
Many of us have their own diary thread on here, so why not use it. Alternatively, participants can post here. It doesn't make sense to have two sewing diary sections here.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on May 13, 2018, 11:17:55 AM
I only meant to use the sewing diary section...I have three [I think] one was for the SWAP, one for the wedding dress [in bridal section] and one for non-SWAP.  We're so chatty here the threads can get really hard to follow lol
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Fabric Lover on May 13, 2018, 13:31:53 PM
Manuela, do we have to declare our plans now or can this be something which develops as the year goes on?  I’ve got a half plan in my head but there’s not much detail in it   -<
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 13, 2018, 14:25:00 PM
Manuela, do we have to declare our plans now or can this be something which develops as the year goes on?  I’ve got a half plan in my head but there’s not much detail in it   -<

I'd rather you post your plan here, once you're ready, you can change it as often as you want/need to...  ;)
That way we'll have all the plans in one place. You can document your progress in a member's diary thread or here...
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 13, 2018, 14:27:41 PM
I only meant to use the sewing diary section...I have three [I think] one was for the SWAP, one for the wedding dress [in bridal section] and one for non-SWAP.  We're so chatty here the threads can get really hard to follow lol

Ahhh, got you. I do like that chatty part though, it's a great way to spark each other off and get creative  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on May 13, 2018, 14:35:33 PM
hell yeah but there can be pages in a day, so if we were all also charting progress here...it gets tricky to follow one another.  Meh.  It'll work itself out :D
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Fabric Lover on May 13, 2018, 15:08:28 PM
I'd rather you post your plan here, once you're ready, you can change it as often as you want/need to...  ;)
That way we'll have all the plans in one place. You can document your progress in a member's diary thread or here...
Ok here goes:
Group 1 -
Jacket or cardigan
Long sleeve top/shirt
Pencil skirt

Group 2 -
RTW casual jacket in suedette
Sleeveless top
Closet case jeans either beige or blue denim

Group 3 -
Butterick 6026 Katherine Tipton shirt in evening fabric (already made)
Silk sleeveless shell top
Wide leg evening pants

Possible wild card - Butterick 6333 

Manuela- does this conform to the rules?

Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 13, 2018, 15:18:02 PM

Manuela- does this conform to the rules?
Does any of your groups coordinate with one other group? If the answer is yes, you're fine when it comes to the rules.  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Fabric Lover on May 13, 2018, 16:46:00 PM
Does any of your groups coordinate with one other group? If the answer is yes, you're fine when it comes to the rules.  :)
It will do - I’m planning for Groups 1 and 3 to coordinate. My one concern is the wild card but if that won’t work I could replace it with something else.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kwaaked on May 13, 2018, 17:06:50 PM
I'll save my planning for when I get it more or less coordinated.  I seriously doubt all of you want to see 40+ catwalk looks, the evolution to what I want to wear, patterns to match/draft and the several rounds of fabric choices not to mention the whole "inspiration" of he collection BS.  I could fill several pages on just my own plans, lol.

But question:  I do an actual mood board in real life...would it be okay if I wind up taking a pic of that mess and then listing my plans in word form?  Cause if not...well, I have mentioned I am insane.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 13, 2018, 19:11:48 PM
But question:  I do an actual mood board in real life...would it be okay if I wind up taking a pic of that mess and then listing my plans in word form?  Cause if not...well, I have mentioned I am insane.
That'll be perfectly fine  ;)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Renegade Sewist on May 13, 2018, 23:49:39 PM
It will sort out.  :loveit:  I'll start a diary at some point. Later I'll put up a plan here, as at the moment it would be:

It's slightly more evolved than that but I need to pin some things down.

@Kwaaked a photo of your mood board would be lovely. I've forgotten; do you have a blog where you could post your abundant research if it feels like too much for here?

Regardless of how this all shapes up it will be fun. It already is!!! :toast:
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kwaaked on May 14, 2018, 02:36:49 AM
It will sort out.  :loveit:  I'll start a diary at some point. Later I'll put up a plan here, as at the moment it would be:
  • Group 1: 3 garments
  • Group 2: 3 garments
  • Group 3: 3 more garments, best go with other stuff
  • Wild Card: something else to wear with the rest.  ><

It's slightly more evolved than that but I need to pin some things down.

@Kwaaked a photo of your mood board would be lovely. I've forgotten; do you have a blog where you could post your abundant research if it feels like too much for here?

Regardless of how this all shapes up it will be fun. It already is!!! :toast:

I do and don't.  The one I have is in the process of being shut down and the business one isn't up yet.

I'm sure I could get it posted somewhere, but usually it's a tl;dr no one curr type of process.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Sewingsue on May 14, 2018, 10:51:33 AM
If one was stupid foolish optimistic enough to be even vaguely thinking about attempting this would one have to register (with a plan) by tomorrow?
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 14, 2018, 12:07:32 PM
If one was stupid foolish optimistic enough to be even vaguely thinking about attempting this would one have to register (with a plan) by tomorrow?

No, any time is fine, latest one months before the finishing date though - but you can still make changes  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Sewingsue on May 14, 2018, 13:52:31 PM
Thank you, Manuela.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on May 14, 2018, 17:32:52 PM
I'm happy with what is intended by the rules. I probably won't sew a dress though so can skip those bits!
I have 3 or 4 lots of inspiration, none of which intersect terrible well so I will see which wins out in early June to get sewn.
Inspiration 1 is multiple remnants of cadet blue suiting. I imagined it as trousers, cardigan jacket and skirt with coordinating tops.
Inspiration 2 is a pile of ivory based things I have  to make tops ivory and brown, ivory based animal print, ivory and cadet blue etc.
Inspiration 3 is some black and white pieces I over dyed teal.  Mostly stripes of different scales could be tops, cardigan etc. Could combine with plain black bottoms and plain teal bottoms. I have a black/ white/ teal print for a top.
Inspiration 4 is a fleece jacket in a burgundy based print which I never finished, and some burgundy trousers ditto. They could have their own little collection.
Ummmm.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on May 14, 2018, 18:24:24 PM
I'm finding this tricky, as I always do when actual numbers of garments or garment types are used.  Do I need that many tops?  Nope, I need more trousers.  Yes, I know I can make them anyway, but it's making me itch a bit.
Not to worry, it's already made me remember a couple of gorgeous fabrics that I want to be wearing this summer...
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on May 14, 2018, 20:14:10 PM
Ooh la la Fran, tres chic!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Saashka on May 14, 2018, 21:48:43 PM
Here’s my preliminary plan:

1. Pants and two tops
2. Skirt and two tops
3. Two dresses and a jacket
4. Probably another jacket

Groups 1 and 2 would mix and match. Jackets should be wearable with all groups. I still need to work out the colors. Because normally I’d jump in with black, gray, and red, but for some reason the turquoise and yellow fabrics in my collection want to be sewn up soon.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: jen on May 15, 2018, 08:42:30 AM
I’m still flipping between colour plans. I’ve had a long standing idea (fantasy) of making an all white collection. Utterly impractical so it probably won’t happen.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on May 15, 2018, 09:31:23 AM
Manuela, I have a cardigan question, is it a sort of top if I want it to be or can I only sew a layer if I make 2 dresses?

I was looking at a scenario like this...
Trousers/pants + knit top + sewn cardigan/ jacket
Could that be a group? I almost always wear a layer so like to have a reasonable number.

Also could a coat be the wildcard? I'm thinking of a long light weight trench coat style coat which could go over everything.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 15, 2018, 10:23:43 AM
1. Manuela, I have a cardigan question, is it a sort of top if I want it to be or can I only sew a layer if I make 2 dresses?

2. I was looking at a scenario like this...
Trousers/pants + knit top + sewn cardigan/ jacket
Could that be a group? I almost always wear a layer so like to have a reasonable number.

3. Also could a coat be the wildcard? I'm thinking of a long light weight trench coat style coat which could go over everything.

Hi Ruthie, I numbered your questions (that's the German in me  ;))

1. A cardie can be a top/layer in any combination - either with two dresses, or with a top and a bottom.

2. Yep, looks good to me

3. A coat would be an ideal wild card - a coat like this would perfect to go with almost anything  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: elisep on May 15, 2018, 12:06:54 PM
Hmm, this might be one I can participate in! I think my wildcard will be my electric blue wool coat that I've just started on.
As for the others, I've recently lost weight and am shortly to be starting a new job and need lots of new work clothes!
Torn between the 1 RTW being either jeans or a jacket. I'm not much for making the kind of tops I like to wear (lightweight silky blouses) but I do have plenty of fabric bought for this purpose so it might be a good excuse to force myself to! Also planning to try and only use stash fabrics, though we all know how that usually works out!

Rough plan, will probably change!!

Wildcard - electric/cobalt blue wool/cashmere coat

Group 1
RTW skinny jeans
Cross-over top - either grey & teal crepe from my stash or a nice silk voile I'm coveting online...
Cardi in a black jersey with gold stag's heads

Group 2
Slim leg pants in black stretch gabardine
Long sleeved shirt in black & white striped crinkle chiffon
French blue waterfall front blazer or black & white striped blazer (will probably make both then decide which one to include)

Group 3
For this group I'm going to do something different...
I have a half finished black pinstripe dress with a peplum (at the waist) that I'm going to finish as a separate top and bottom...
Meaning I can wear it as a dress, the skirt with a different top, or the top with the pants from group 1.
Black silk sleeveless blouse (or maybe the 3/4 sleeve version)
So for this group, the "under" would be the skirt, and the two "overs" the peplum top and the blouse, does that work?

Lots of black in here but we're on our way into winter and a typical winter outfit for me is black palette with a pop of colour. Oh and each article in each group should work with most things in the other groups too, the exception being if I make the cross over top in the grey & teal fabric.

Lots of sewing in my immediate future! Hopefully I can have this all finished well before the deadline as I'll be needing it in the next couple of months!! Oh and I have a velvet evening dress to make for August, too...  :[
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Renegade Sewist on May 15, 2018, 21:23:29 PM
We get to start sewing today!  :toast:

I still haven't formulated a proper plan. OH will be gone Sunday through Tuesday so hope to do it then. Meanwhile, a partial plan. Normally I like to sew up everything that uses one color of thread before switching out, like Ruthie does. Just seems efficient to me. For this I'm going to sew/assemble one group at a time, so if I don't get too far what is done will be useful. I'm also going to keep the odds in my favor....no fool here.

Group 1
Tunic, Navy Rayon crepe -previously made
Tina Givens Plinka (bloomer)pant, Navy/Off White micro check in rayon blend-previously sewn
Boxy 3/4 sleeve Tee cotton interlock, either Navy or White.

So, erhem, it's day one and I'm 20% finished. Group one really needs Navy/White striped pants too and both of the boxy tees. Maybe the beginning of Group 2?

I'll bring in the pattern info after I look them up, most likely on the weekend.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on May 15, 2018, 22:52:25 PM
Thinking one of my stripe knits could make a cool chevron skirt.
Need to work out how it might look though as need to get the stripes going the right way for a nice look.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: warpjr1965 on May 16, 2018, 03:05:16 AM
I'm in!

I love a good long-term, multiple garment sewing challenge.
I have no overarching plan just yet, although the first group may be:

1. Blue chambray tunic
2. Navy blue sweater vest or short sleeved pullover
3. Tan pull on capris (already sewn.)

Will likely get zero done just yet as it is end of the school year and we have multiple recognition ceremonies to attend.

Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kwaaked on May 16, 2018, 08:24:30 AM
This, is in general, my color scheme.  Some are from FW2018 color report (and in a broad stroke not outside of my usual palette) like the Ceylon, Quetzal and pink...some are part of my usual.  Yes, there's 2 oranges and while not a whole lot of difference, in my fabrics this can be pumpkin to a harvest.  I haven't figured that out.  (Also the black isn't really a black, it's a pantone seal brown but it also is covering for the soft black fabric).
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This is one garment I've got planned.  Linen/wook embroidered (close to the colors of the gold and dark in the color pic on the lower left).
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I don't have much else going on.  Still working on the inspiration right now; colors and a few garments are about all I got.  I have a pinterest board if there's an interest (and I can post it) of my fashion week pics and one I post to for an electronic mood board, but this is it right now.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Renegade Sewist on May 16, 2018, 09:06:14 AM
@Kwaaked  I would be interested in links to those Pinterest boards if you please and thank you. That cape is stunning. I love the long version...sure. It's about 5 yards of 60" fabric. Which view for you? What I'm visualizing with the embroidery is pretty spectacular...lucky you to have the talent to do it.

You've given me an idea with the Seal Brown. I'm trying to move away from black as it's finally getting a tad harsh on me....my eyebrows are graying!  0_0 I'm contemplating taking some mid dark brown and  over dyeing it with a black wash just to tone it a bit. What are you're thoughts on that? I actually can pretty much do your colors samples but the Ceylon would be death near my face. Pity; I love the color. I saw a tiny scarf recently that was featured to tie around the neck, not much more than a choker or ribbon when worn that was mostly that color. I might go back for it as it seemed to work OK on me with masses of appropriate colors.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kwaaked on May 16, 2018, 09:48:43 AM
@Renegade Sewist I have like 4 yards of it...I believe it's 62" wide, maybe?  The swatch card is at the studio, so, meh.  I know I have enough for at least view A, and probably B...but what view I make largely depends on what I plan to go with it and/or embroidery placement.  Mostly, I plan on using it like it is...the border at the border and the pockets utilizing the same border (making the pockets scalloped) and hand stitching the hem in the scallop design...rather simple use in all honesty.  As far as the matching, I've either got an idea for slim pants or a simple skirt in a gold/khaki satin with a cream blouse (woven shell or tunic style tee).  Pants would be the shorter, the skirt for the longer.

As to the over dying, I probably wouldn't go for a black if it's already too harsh.  I don't wear a lot of black (the cape is an anomaly for me, but it's not a true black and goes well enough with the other colors to be okay) and using the Rit I'd probably create my own like this french roast color (https://www.ritdye.com/color-formulas/french-roast/?type=197&size=md_other&hue=0&collection=0&pantone=0).  It's black and brown and will tone down some of the black and keep the brown shade a little better.  Or just use the dark brown and leave it for a few hours.

A couple of these colors didn't translate on my monitor well from the physical samples (ceylon, dark navy and seal, specifically).  The ceylon and brown are a lot warmer off my monitor, and the seal is almost a warm black color in my fabrics.  My navy is less powdery then this looks and both more blue and darker.  My ceylon fabrics are fine, this color swatch...no so much, but ceylon and lime are in the same family, I don't know why I didn't combine them in my photo, but I should have.  But honestly, I am like the most neutral person on the planet.  Color has to be interesting, since I surely am not in my looks.

My pinterest is here (https://www.pinterest.com/Kwaaked/).  I only have a few boards, and not many pins at that.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 16, 2018, 10:47:07 AM
Yay, capes!!! The world needs more capes  <3
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Sewingsue on May 16, 2018, 12:10:11 PM
Clever way to pick colours @Kwaaked

Wondering how you then find the fabrics that match your colour choices though (well, unless you can get to one of those huge New York fabric shops)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kwaaked on May 16, 2018, 13:29:16 PM
@Sewingsue I based the colors off of fabric I already have.  I just found the color equivalent...some may not be exact, but they're close.

Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 16, 2018, 13:46:26 PM
@Francesca, that looks like a very good plan. Methinks the coat would be an ideal wildcard, due to its versatility.
Looooove the lobster earrings.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on May 17, 2018, 12:36:11 PM
Here is my plan.
Theme stripes
Colours teal and black

Pod 1
Black ponte trousers
Teal and black stripe tee
Black and teal striped cardigan

Pod 2
Black pinstripe trousers
Black and teal print top
Black boucle cardigan jacket

Pod 3
Dark teal trousers
Dark teal top
Turquoise cardigan

Wild card
Dark grey raincoat
(Or may revisit a teal wool coat I had planned)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on May 17, 2018, 17:19:34 PM
I started pushing ideas and fabrics around on my blog...have a look (https://thedementedfairy.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/making-plans-not-for-nigel-for-me/)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kwaaked on May 18, 2018, 03:32:51 AM
I got my "theme" today and as a result, my colors may change.  Matter of fact, they probably will.  I'll have to sit and decide how and where I am going with it.

But theme: Octupi are aliens.  Basing each group on the changes the octopus goes through in camouflage AND making each an occasion (camo in social settings)  Smooth, Textured and Mottled (ladies that lunch, date night and social aka my in laws).

2 items I am working around is the cape and this Thom Browne:
(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/ee/a8/d3/eea8d3dc2bac7802bd5e00e6e041052f.jpg)

For the smooth, I've got satins. (dete night)
Textured is around this jacket (I may not make the same shape, but I like the idea of one with Vionnet roses and tendril-ness like an octopus) (ladies that lunch)
Mottled: the cape.  The embroidery is spotted enough...and obviously, it's social.

Haven't got a wild card yet.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Efemera on May 20, 2018, 09:17:49 AM
A few thoughts
Group 1
Vogue 9112   navy floral cotton
Vogue 9230   heavyweight linen
Santa Fe top (made)


Group 2
Burda 6488 blue checked cotton with short sleeves
Burda 6488 white eyelet sleeveless
Jeans RTW

Group 3 ?
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Efemera on May 24, 2018, 18:05:55 PM
Well that’s one struck off the list... Vogue 9112... it’s horrendous!..shapeless sticky outy!..I’ve made it up in some scrap stuff. I’ve had to put huge darts in the hem to bring it in at the bottom..it’s marginally better but it won’t make the SWAKOP.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on May 25, 2018, 00:09:43 AM
Well that’s one struck off the list... Vogue 9112... it’s horrendous!..shapeless sticky outy!..I’ve made it up in some scrap stuff. I’ve had to put huge darts in the hem to bring it in at the bottom..it’s marginally better but it won’t make the SWAKOP.

@Efemera, what I liked the most on Vogue 9112 is the collar. The shape woukdn't do anything for me. So, I copied collar and neckhole and put it on my dress sloper. You can see the result (my new cinema dress with sewn in LED light  :devil:) in my diary thread.
The Vogue 9112 neckline on it own looks good on me too, thus is was worth the sales prive of the pattern to create new variations using my loose fitting dress sloper.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Efemera on May 25, 2018, 09:16:38 AM
I like the collar too...I’ll stick it onto my Lantern Dress pattern
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on May 25, 2018, 14:37:56 PM
Item one-ish complete.  Shall I count my 'westwood' plaid skirt?  probably!  The colour theme is already slipping from blue/green to blueygreenypurpleywhite.  I'll have to rename it 'the seafoam collection'
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Greybird on May 25, 2018, 16:42:40 PM
Green, purple and white are the Suffragette colours so quite topical @DementedFairy ?
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Bodgeitandscarper on May 25, 2018, 16:58:20 PM
Well that’s one struck off the list... Vogue 9112... it’s horrendous!..shapeless sticky outy!..I’ve made it up in some scrap stuff. I’ve had to put huge darts in the hem to bring it in at the bottom..it’s marginally better but it won’t make the SWAKOP.

It's one of my favourite patterns  0_0  0_0
Maybe it suits my shapeless sticky outy body  0_0

I do make it in two sizes smaller and I've shortened it by about 3 or 4 inches.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Efemera on May 25, 2018, 20:54:44 PM
I just didn’t like the way it stuck out at the bottom..I prefer the balloon shape where it goes back in at the hem, I’m going to put big darts in the hem so it pulls it back in
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on June 02, 2018, 16:47:29 PM
Manuela, for this contest do we have to declare the detailed plan up front and then stick exactly to it?
I have been thinking about it and if that is the case then I don't want to do the contest.

I am happy to present something at the end which complies with the rules but need flexibility in the planning due to all the stuff which can go wrong during the sewing process.
I'll stick to my overall colours and theme but tweak as required.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on June 03, 2018, 00:15:54 AM
Manuela, for this contest do we have to declare the detailed plan up front and then stick exactly to it?

No Ruthie, you can change your plan as many times as you want/need to. It's always enjoyable to see plans develop and grow over time  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Renegade Sewist on June 03, 2018, 01:53:42 AM
Quote from: Sewingsue on May 14, 2018, 10:51:33 AM
If one was stupid foolish optimistic enough to be even vaguely thinking about attempting this would one have to register (with a plan) by tomorrow?

Reply:No, any time is fine, latest one months before the finishing date though - but you can still make changes  :)

No Ruthie, you can change your plan as many times as you want/need to. It's always enjoyable to see plans develop and grow over time  :)

After Ruthie's question, and thinking back to Sewingsue's earlier question, my thick head has one too. We do need to post a plan, on this thread, at some point, not too close to the end, but we can change it  as we go along, right? For that post your plan date, "any time is fine, latest one months before the finishing date though", did you have a specific date? September 1? Is October 1 pushing it?

I ask as I realize I might not actually get to it all until August.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on June 03, 2018, 02:50:17 AM
@Renegade Sewist October 1st would be a good cut off date for the initial plan (will add that to the first post)  - only a very prolific sewist with loads of TNT patterns and oodles of time would be able to finish in such a short time...

Again, the initial plan(s) can be changed at any time before October 31st.

My aim with having participants announcing their plans here is:
1. Make sure it complies with the rules and address questions/misunderstandings
2. Prevent what happened at Stitcher's Guild a number of years ago: someone signs up, does not post/communicate in the forum, submits an entry, wins and disappears.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Renegade Sewist on June 03, 2018, 03:53:49 AM
@Manuela Thanks Sweetie. I never liked that when someone just showed up at the end and posted photos and liked it less when they won. There was such a big disconnect with that. At SG we always had a number of people who jumped right in, swept up in what I call SWAP Fever and started a thread with their plan, never to be heard from again. That's to be expected, but the way you've set this up with less contemplation time between concept and start of sewing Will I think be really good. Once people get excited about the idea they won't have months to wait to get started.

Oct.1 sounds like a good cutoff date for all the reasons you cited.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: wrenkins on June 03, 2018, 07:27:35 AM
Really?
People are that rude???
My mum had a T-shirt that said  "The more people I meet the more I love my dog". No wonder!
I love the idea of this comp. Can't wait to see what everyone produces.
Good luck.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on June 03, 2018, 08:40:02 AM
Ok thanks for the clarification.
I will participate as much as is practical.
The approach I am going for is :-

Black/charcoal with teal
Stripes as a general theme
Trousers + top + cardigan/ top * 3
Coat which can go over everything

I am going to make the pieces as mix and match as possible.
Hopefully can do some fabric swatches this week.
My earlier planning was theoretical from holiday without access to the stash!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: mudcat on June 03, 2018, 18:57:51 PM
I have a difficult time with these plans.  In theory, I like the idea but my attention span is short and since I want to use stash fabric and patterns rather than buying all new I seem to have a disconnect between the fabrics and patterns I have.  Often I am short yardage and I have too many prints and not enough solids.  However, I need clothes badly.  Most everything is two years old or more and starting to wear out.  Most items I wear weekly or biweekly. My wardrobe is small.

I was looking at my old Sudoku plan that never came to fruition and thought it would work for this so I will see if I can plan the three sets and wildcard from it later today.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: samtowanda on June 03, 2018, 19:12:51 PM
I was looking at my old Sudoku plan that never came to fruition and thought it would work for this so I will see if I can plan the three sets and wildcard from it later today.

Good idea, I have a copy of an old plan on my bulletin board that I never finished. I'm wondering if I can change it around to work on my current plan.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on June 03, 2018, 19:31:02 PM
Mudcat I am going to mix stripes in with prints. I think pinstripe trousers are OK with a print top for example, that way I have have lots of 'print' things.

The sewing pixies seem to have made a mess in my sewing room again. However I will finish the current tee shirt, and then review fabrics for SWAKOP. Yardage when sewing from stash is always a challenge for me.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: mudcat on June 03, 2018, 20:18:48 PM
I think I've a plan.  It's StyleArc minus 1.  Yes, there's a lot of black because that's what I wear.  I will try to use mostly stash fabric but need to buy some organic cotton/lycra jersey which I get from Organic Cotton Plus.  The knit is a nice quality for a reasonable price and made in the US which I like.  I only wish they had more colors.  They also have some super nice french terry. I will likely end up moving around some of the sleeveless tops based on which look best with the respective pants.


Set 1
black woven pants (SA Daphne Duo Pant)
black woven print top (SA Daphne Duo Top)
royal blue sleeveless knit top (SA Evie Knit Top)

Set 2
black woven pants (SW Trio Pants)
black sleeveless knit top (SA Madeleine Ponte Top)
pink knit sleeveless top (SA Esme Knit Top)

Set 3
black woven pants (SA Besharl pants)
black knit top (SA Besharl top)
Mixed pink/blue (sweater knit) jacket (SA Besharl Jacket)

WildCard
black print woven top (SA Dahlia Tunic)

I changed it a bit from my original Sudoku plan which included a Cutting Line pattern that I already started and never finished because even the XS is too large (and the finished hip width is complete nonsense). Some day I will take it in a bit but the un-stitching is not something I enjoy doing.  Also a different SA sleeveless top I've made many times and thought it was time for a change.  I have more than 50 Style Arc patterns I've collected over the last few years and only made a handful of them. 


Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on June 03, 2018, 20:38:51 PM
With all that black it is definitely going to co-ordinate OK Mudcat.

Of course whether something 'goes with' something else is quite subjective (and my personal rulles seem rather arbitrary sometimes).

I was thinking if maybe Pod 1 and Pod 2 in my collection used the same suiting fabric, it'd all work swimmingly. I really need work clothes more than casual.

Pod 1
Charcoal and teal stripe trousers
Charcoal and teal stripe cardigan jacket
Black/teal/white print knit top

Pod 2
Charcoal and teal stripe skirt
Black/teal stripe top
Black/teal stripe cardigan jacket

Pod 3
Black pinstripe trousers
Black boucle cardigan jacket
Teal and silver stripe blouse

Wildcard
Teal wool coat.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on June 04, 2018, 07:17:47 AM
Actually committing to a plan is hard.
I had a bit of a look in the fabric cupboard and found a nice tweedy jacket in teal and white. This is not in any of the plans I have come up with yet, but I quite like it.
It is also quite warm here at the moment so the idea of jackets or even the coat I have planned for the SWAKOP does not appeal at all!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on June 04, 2018, 21:28:45 PM
@mudcat & @SewRuthieSews excellent plans, it looks like you're ready to start  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on June 04, 2018, 21:37:08 PM
Great thanks Manuela.

I am distracting myself with sewing tee shirts which use ivory thread as it was on all the machines.
Hope to start SWAKOP soon.
Its slightly cooler today so a coat is now a less objectionable thought.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Renegade Sewist on June 05, 2018, 00:04:18 AM
@SewRuthieSews  I think if you save the coat until toward the end it won't sound so awful to you. We do finish at the end of October and even I might be ready to face a coat in October.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on June 05, 2018, 07:16:07 AM
OK, thanks @Renegade Sewist, I will mentally park the coat for later and revisit it in the Autumn.

I've now made 3 ivory based tops but put the other ivory things back in the fabric cupboard because I want to sew the first pod now.

(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-495QKtjnN2o/Ww-UAsYqViI/AAAAAAAALVk/ZmCQcFlHW3sF5l523k4F2wu78-a560r_ACLcBGAs/s1600/fabrics.jpg)
This is the charcoal suiting with teal stripes. It has a little stretch. I have plenty of it as its from a period when I was into the concept of the '6 yard wardrobe' as mentioned in the book Sewing a Travel Wardrobe.
https://sewingplums.com/2010/07/03/kate-mathews-wardrobe-plans/ (https://sewingplums.com/2010/07/03/kate-mathews-wardrobe-plans/)
I've only made one thing from the length of yardage (some trousers in 2009). As I am not tiny I would not get a dress, jacket, skirt and trousers out of such a length, but it did encourage me to buy a few longer lengths of fabrics which are stashed away in the sewing resources and could be a good source for my 'soft suits' for work plan.
So I am planning to sew a pair of trousers from this fabric, then move on to an unlined cardigan style jacket and a simple long slightly flared skirt with an elastic waist and side pockets.
The trousers and cardigan jacket will be for Pod 1 with a knit top from this fabric
(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-FYpivcrcn54/Ww-VJC-VXmI/AAAAAAAALVs/ypJKWkWT33ow2NYx5xlq5k61O1ziBW3TQCLcBGAs/s320/MarketFabric.JPG)

The skirt will be the bottom in another pod, probably with more tops, though that's not quite firmed up yet. Hopefully this is enough of a plan for now :-)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Renegade Sewist on June 05, 2018, 08:33:30 AM
I love that Kate Mathews book! Need to add it to my second hand list. She's also written books on pants and skirts, dresses and blouses. They're the same vintage, late 80's and my local library has the first two. I'll let you know if the pant one is interesting. I just requested it and the travel one.

No, the 6 yard bit does not work if one is about a size 12-14 pattern or above, is over 5' 6" (standard height Big 4 pattern ) or needs to allow for fabric shrinkage, like with rayon or linen.

I fell into that trap too, buying wardrobe patterns, then enough fabric to make all the main pieces plus a nice print or two and a complimentary color to make tops to go with. I think I usually wound up buying 8 to 10 yards. Add in the extras and you see why at SG I've often joked about having enough coordinating fabrics for everybody's SWAP.  ><

I really like that suiting you picked out and the knit for the top. Sounds like a good basis.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Sewingsue on June 05, 2018, 09:39:17 AM
I do like those colours, Ruthie.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Efemera on June 07, 2018, 09:49:40 AM
Got something cut out....there’s a plan in the making.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: warpjr1965 on June 09, 2018, 14:16:04 PM
Working on my dress which is the basis for the first group of 3.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kwaaked on June 10, 2018, 03:43:23 AM
I spent the day with my daughter sewing for the floral contest.  Her dad went fishing, and having nothing to do...gave her a stack of magazines, ads, catalogs and told her to have fun.  She spent a good portion of the afternoon tearing pages out of them.  So...beginning of the mood board-ish?

I have the theme, and a couple items...now it's time to get creative since I finished the pants...and in between my summer classes of course.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: MrsThrifty on June 10, 2018, 13:21:21 PM
Count me in on this one. I have a few things on the cutting table that would work as part of the groups, but need to fill the gaps as time goes on so this might keep me focused. I desperately need basics and it's winter my end of the globe so sticking with blacks, greys and black and white prints. If it was summer the colour palette would be much more vibrant. Sticking hard to the "kind of" part of the plan, here's my list so far.

Group 1: Work clothes
2 overs and 1 under.

Group 2: Work clothes (TGIF- heading in to date night)
2 overs and 1 under.

Group 3: Weekend
2 overs and 1 under - they must coordinate with either group 1 OR 2.

Wild Card:
Either an over or an under that coordinates with group 1 AND 2.

I might end up making two pairs of the black ponte Linda pants because I need comfortable winter weight basics and the pattern is a TNT for me. If I don't make the pants, I might make the Cashmerette Rivermont dress instead. With the leftover B&W stripe spandex I should be able to get out two more Diana tops, one in each colourway. And- I will definitely have enough leftover croc print scuba and black and white geometric texture knit to colour block another skirt, but I haven't got a pattern in mind just yet. I am comitting to none in this paragraph, just making a note of what's in my head in case they come in useful if/when I change my mind about the original plan.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on June 12, 2018, 21:27:19 PM
First SWAKOP garment finished - trousers in a charcoal suiting with teal pinstripe.
(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nmnOkDiLGoQ/WyAqLVxcVuI/AAAAAAAALYI/c8fHE2sNJDQGmb04rhzWFR6IW8oYtBrSgCLcBGAs/s320/CharcTealTrs%2B%25284%2529.JPG)
(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gfsW2s_lpek/WqrvtAnYixI/AAAAAAAALHk/x6phiiE5uFkGEccVRoUTXarGeqqwjm6DQCLcBGAs/s320/6216.jpg)
https://ruthieksews1.blogspot.com/2018/06/charcoal-and-teal-pinstripe-trousers.html (https://ruthieksews1.blogspot.com/2018/06/charcoal-and-teal-pinstripe-trousers.html)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: beepbeepsew on June 13, 2018, 12:31:50 PM
I would like to give this a go, I'm off on holiday in a few days so I'll have time to think it through while I'm away. I hope I'm not too late to start!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: jen on June 13, 2018, 18:42:30 PM
I haven’t got a formal plan yet, but am working on using neutrals in stash. It’s probably going to be all trousers with tops. So far I’ve completed black trousers and white trousers. A jacket is underway, which might be in the final. I’m thinking a shirt or two somewhere in the mix. Lots of ideas, but as yet not sorted into ‘looks’
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on June 13, 2018, 22:52:17 PM
Trying to decide what to do next, a cardigan jacket to match the trousers, a knit top to work with the trousers or another pair of trousers in a grey check....
The grey check is laid out for cutting but will need the checks matching, and single layer cutting and I am not sure I have the patience for it.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: blue mooney on June 14, 2018, 14:49:08 PM
I haven’t been a frequent poster here, but Swakop enthusiasm is pulling me in. I need a cool weather wardrobe badly, too. Cogitating on my actual needs and a plan...

No surprise that Ruthie has already completed a piece!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Magimum on June 14, 2018, 15:14:38 PM
I'm late to join in, but so pleased to find you all. How wonderful to see so many familiar names.

Manuela, thanks for an interesting challenge. I have to say the timing for this one suits me better than a post Christmas SWAP.

I'm going to revisit old-and-never-completed plans to see what I can come up with.

Lisa
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on June 14, 2018, 22:58:04 PM
Well I have cut out another pair of trousers (pants) which is not very SWAKOP, as I feel I should finish a whole pod before starting on the next one. However I am on a trousers track at the moment, as I love the way this particualr pant is fitting me right now, so want multiple pairs of them. Ahem.

Anyway after these I shall return to proper SWAKOPing unless I get sidetracked again).
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on June 16, 2018, 11:07:08 AM
It's great to see all the enthusiasm here. Do have a look here:

https://thesewingplace.org.uk/index.php/board,63.0.html (https://thesewingplace.org.uk/index.php/board,63.0.html)

... and vote for the two recent competitions  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Gemma on June 16, 2018, 22:30:44 PM
Ok, so I will shortly be in need of C-section recovery/nursing clothes, so I'm going to attempt to take part - whether I succeed will all depend how much gets done in the next week and then on how much harder 2 kids is than 1!

Group 1 - Pink theme
madrid dress/ (https://www.peekaboopatternshop.com/madrid-maxi-dress-more/) with nursing mod, gathered knee length skirt, empire waist and elbow length sleeves (Under)
Plain Pants (http://www.duckbuttdesigns.com/product/plain-pants) by DBD with low rise, maternity waistband, pedal pusher length and slim fit (Made today, just needs hemming) (Over)
Julia Cardigan (https://www.welcometothemousehouse.com/2013/12/the-julia-womens-cardigan-its-here.html) (Over)

Group 2
Same as group 1 but in purples, and probably with different options on the madrid dress.

Group 3
Purchased Jeans (Under)
Layer-me-up (http://www.patternsforpirates.com/product/layer-me-up-shirt/) with maternity mod & long sleeve (Over) - Already made
Layer-me-up with maternity mod & short sleeve (Over) - Cut out this week

Should coordinate with the cardigans and/or leggings from groups 1 and 2 (decisions on which fabric will become which garment are still being made!)

Wildcard
Women's forester coat with babywearing panel - this will probably be made in September when it get's cold!
Forester Coat (https://www.twigandtale.com/collections/ladies/products/womens-forester-coat)

Manuela, have I got the under/over thing right? I will wear the plain pants as leggings under the dresses as I love skirts but find that mum activities can lead to unintentional flashing if you're not careful!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on June 16, 2018, 22:34:12 PM
@Gemma there is no problem with your use of the formula - that looks like a very good plan to me  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: blue mooney on June 17, 2018, 14:59:55 PM
Some preliminary planning to get started. My first thoughts were to sew the different pods with no real variation, so that all the tops would go with all of the bottoms. But I do want to sew up some of my stash fabrics and to do that will mean a little variation.

So...
Pod #1 - 2 knit tops, woven trousers
Pod#2 - 2 knee length tunics, purchased leggings
Pod #3 - 2 shirt type tops, narrowish ponte trousers, will probable coordinate with both of the other groups.

Wildcard is probably going to be a previously made item, my Miss Fisher-inspired linen trenchcoat.
Or possibly a duster-length cardigan.

I am retired but do go out in public from time to time so I want these pieces to be at least a little stylish.

Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on June 17, 2018, 16:24:57 PM
@blue mooney that looks very doable and your Miss Fisher coat would be the perfect wildcard.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: warpjr1965 on June 17, 2018, 18:03:00 PM
I've gotten some momentum going this weekend, and have the bodice and skirt attached on the top dress, shoulder seams done. Heading back into the sewing room to get going on the floral under dress.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: sleepingwolf on June 17, 2018, 22:10:00 PM
I've been dithering for ages about joining in.  I usually just sew things that catch my fancy at the time and don't plan much.  However I've recently lost a fair amount of weight and while I'm OK for what remains of the summer I desperatly need wearable everyday clothes for the autumn/winter.  This is my inital plan -hope it fits the rules.

Group 1
Brown wide leg trousers – Burda Plus AW 2010 407
Yellow skinny rib top – Ottobre 5/2011 8
Brown drape front cardigan – Ottobre 5/2017 17

Group 2
Black/ brown/grey print trousers– Ottobre 5/2013 2
Brown T Shirt – Ottobre 2/2006 2
Yellow knit V-neck jumper - Burda Plus AW 2016 407

Group 3
Black denim jeans – Burda Plus AW 2010 418 or Ottobre 5/2007 16
Floral sleeveless  shirt– Ottobre 2/2006 4
Chocolate Half zip fleece – Burda 11/2004 118

Wild card
Raincoat - Ottobre 5/2007 20 or Burda 01/2009 129
or
Cord jacket - Burda Plus AW 2010 411 or Burda 08/2016 134

It is all a bit brown because I need to sew from stash and only the browns and yellows come close to working together.  Everything else seems to have been bought on the "Ooooooh pretty!!!" principle which is useless for wardrobe plannng.


Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on June 17, 2018, 23:20:15 PM
@sleepingwolf that looks like a decent plan, looking forwrd to seeing it evolving.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on June 18, 2018, 15:06:56 PM
I am fighting the urge to sew anything other (bizarely I fancy sewing window treatments for the conservatory) than the cardigan jacket which goes with the striped trousers.
I do like plans but I like them to have some wriggle room and not be too specific. I like to have some options available.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Magimum on June 18, 2018, 15:26:26 PM
I spent the weekend grappling with a boat canopy (thread-like wire and I broke the first jeans needle), all the time dreaming of sewing a beautifully coordinated capsule wardrobe.

So this is what I came up with:

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Jeans skirt in stone/cream (Under)
Thread Theory Camas navy & white spot jersey shirt (Over)
Chambray shirt (Over)

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Turquoise linen skirt (Under)
Style Arc Tara  sleeveless shirt in ivory (Over)
Style Arc Cindy Jeans jacket in light coloured denim (Over)

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Stretch trousers (Barbs or similar) in cobalt blue (Under)
Navy/white breton stripe tee (Over)
Turquoise tee (Over)

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Wildcard: a coat, maybe the Amethyste by Grains de Couture, in a teal babycord.

I've stuck to my favourite navy/turquoise/ivory palette, and casual, comfortable styles.  All the garments should go with everything else. I have all the fabric and patterns in the stash, except for the cobalt bengaline for the trousers.

I'm quite excited by this, I can see it being a useful collection that I will actually wear, and I'm already thinking about how it can be extended with accent colours (Coral? Mustard?) and other pieces into the cooler weather.

Lisa


Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on June 19, 2018, 00:16:38 AM
@Magimum that looks like an excellent plan  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on June 19, 2018, 07:56:38 AM
@Magimum that sounds so summery and lovely.  I'm making a chunk of my SWAKOP in blu/denim too, although it's already creeping towards the darker end of the summery vibe!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on June 19, 2018, 17:04:58 PM
I am part way through my cardigan jacket in pinstripe and then something bad happened to the overlocker and my attempts to fix it made it worse. However there is a semi retired local chap called Keith who repairs sewing machines locally if you take them round to his garage.
So the beastie is now repaired and back home, just needs the thread putting back and I can get back to sewing.

I bought the overlocker in the mid to late 1990s and its the first time I recall it needing attention so I don't begrudge the money one little bit.
I may have something to share before the end of the day....
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on June 20, 2018, 20:15:55 PM
Cardigan jacket finished. Yay.
(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-G-yJnMbQ5K0/Wyp_aAh8jYI/AAAAAAAALZQ/ROEHsWpPbKIVnpQW-c0_x6aBSvczy97JACLcBGAs/s320/CharctealJkt%2B%25282%2529.JPG)
Next up might actually do some alteration work before I move on to the next SWAKOP piece.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: beepbeepsew on June 22, 2018, 22:11:56 PM
Ok, I have been thinking about this and here's what I've come up with so far.  I'm trying to merge some ideas for projects I had into this so that ultimately everything I want to make, gets made.

Group 1 - Denim Jacket or possibly a cord jacket, Maxi dress and other summer dress  (summer clothes)
Group 2 - Coloured Denim jeans, a shell top, shirt  (everyday clothes for me)
Group 3 - Culottes, and 2x wrap tops, one that matches the bottoms for a faux jumpsuit effect and one contrasting (outfit for my grandmas 90th birthday party)

Wildcard : An oversized knitted cardigan, maybe?

Colours- I'm thinking emerald greens, mustard and navy - I found the most delicious green denim

I have no doubt this will all change, but I definitely need an outfit for my grandmas party in september so the priority is on getting some summer clothes done and making something semi-glam for the 'do'
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on June 24, 2018, 07:09:33 AM
@beepbeepsew that sounds like a very good plan.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on June 28, 2018, 02:06:31 AM
@Francesca, would you wear it just with a bottom out on the street. If the answer is yes, it counts as a top. If you need to wear something over it, it's underwear.  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kwaaked on June 28, 2018, 08:50:34 AM
This is my plan, would you let me know if it fits?

Group 1: satin skirt, satin pants-one will have grommets if not both as decoration.  Blouse

Group 2: wide legged pants, cargo skirt, blouse, rose appliqued jacket

Group 3: Golden tan slim pants in sateen (might change to jeans, though), gold skirt, blouse, cape

Wildcard: blouse

All of them will be interchangeable.  A blouse from 1 would work with 3, the cape from 3 will go with the pants from one, the jacket from 2 will go with the other groups, etc. I was going to do a few dresses, and still might at that.

Some of the fabrics are temporary.  As it sits now:

Group 1 will consist of a fruit punch and black satin, and the blouse will either be a black charmeuse, one with a print encompassing both or an orange.   

Group 2 I haven't decided on the jacket color yet.  It will either be navy with navy flowers, navy with hot pink, lime green, teal and orange roses or dark brown with lime green, teal, orange and pink roses.  If I go navy, the pants will be a blue and white striped boucle, a navy skirt and lime top (or a print with all the general flower colors).

Group 3 is tan sateen, and either the same for the skirt or metallic gold.  Top will be a cream and hot pink roses from Thakoon.  The cape is black wool/linen with khaki and antique gold embroidery.

The wild card is undecided.  I have to pull fabrics to determine the whole thing, and I have no idea as of yet for that.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on June 28, 2018, 13:35:49 PM
@Kwaaked that sounds like a good plan to me, there are more than 10 garments though - which is not a problem  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Magimum on June 28, 2018, 20:34:36 PM
@Kwaaked your plan sounds very luxe and glam. Looking forward to seeing pics.

I'm still on plan, though June has been so busy I haven't done much any SWAKOP sewing. I do have patterns/fabrics sorted though.

Oh, I forgot, I made the Camas shirt from a piece of jersey left over from making a wrap dress ages ago. It was far too big, and the neckline was too low (to be fair I had read a comment somewhere about raising the neckline and ignored it, so my bad).
Anyway I ended up whizzing up the centre front with the overlocker and ended up with a quite nice v necked jersey top. I still like the pattern so I'll try it again in a smaller size. The V neck top will still work in the SWAKOP so nothing lost.

We're aiming for a late summer/early autumn holiday, and I hope this collection will work for it.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kwaaked on June 28, 2018, 22:28:03 PM
@Kwaaked that sounds like a good plan to me, there are more than 10 garments though - which is not a problem  :)

The plan included another whole SWAKP amount of garments  :[  If I get to them I will.  Most of what I am making is pretty simple.   Much is going to depend on how much time I actually get to sew...my mom is real good about setting me up to fail on things I want to do.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: gingerlew39 on June 29, 2018, 22:22:33 PM
When I found this thread, I just HAD to sign up! This is the kind of SWAP I think I can actually finish. And, mostly from my stash (as I had the great fortune to get to hit up MOOD in NYC last week)!  :button: :fabric: :button:

I was shopping for things I could put together into a capsule, so this challenge gives me the chance to make it happen.  I have 14 garments in my plan but 3 are "last to sew" in case I don't make it. I'll be making cropped pants and shorts from the True Bias Emerson Pants pattern, some tops from Kwik Sew 2956 which is a nice little shaped top with a convertible collar and cut-on sleeves (a TNT), some tanks from Indygo Junction 1147 and a couple of skirts. I'm also making a tunic length vest from Grainline Studios Alder pattern. I just made the first dress with it and I'm in love. I have all of the patterns except the skort pattern Kwik Sew 4161 which I just love the look of.

I plan to use navy, dark teal green and flax linen (in stash) and the wildcard will be a print that has all of those colors sewn up into a tunic from the Tunic Bible. I'll probably bling up the exposed facing on that with some embroidery incorporating all the colors. I'll need that buy print fabric and some more of the flax fabric as I only had enough for the pants.

This is gonna be a stash-busting TNT pattern party!

When I figure out how to post pictures, I'll post a picture of the first pair of crop pants in flax that I finished today and a storyboard of my plan.

This is going to be fun! I'm happy to have found some capsule wardrobe crazies like myself!

Ginger
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on June 30, 2018, 03:22:22 AM
@gingerlew39 posting pictures is easy peasy  here is how to do it:

  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

Click on the '+' next to attachments and other options (below the text box)

  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

Click on 'choose file' to upload a picture from your device

  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

Click on 'insert attachment' to post the picture in your desired location in your post

  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

If you want to post more pictures, click 'more attachments' and repeat the above steps    :)

Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kad on June 30, 2018, 06:25:44 AM
@Manuela  this only works if you're a subscriber, used to work until quite recently for everyone I believe but no longer - there's a post about it in the ' technical support' section.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: elephun on June 30, 2018, 07:23:37 AM
Well, I've come to the realization that I have a full and coordinated wardrobe that I'm pretty happy with for my life as it stands. As such, I'm going to drop out of SWAKOP. I'll keep sewing my tests and experiments and I'm sure I'll end up with some new items along the way, but I'm not planning beyond doing the handsewing on the blouse that's been sitting for almost a month. Once that's finished, I know I'll need to start something else, but that's for another thread (if it is interesting enough)!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Sewingsue on June 30, 2018, 09:19:22 AM
Well, I've come to the realization that I have a full and coordinated wardrobe that I'm pretty happy with for my life as it stands.
I really cannot imagine being able to say that.  ;)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: elephun on June 30, 2018, 16:20:34 PM
I was surprised, @Sewingsue !

I tried on a bunch of my nicer clothes that I thought were no longer good enough in some way, before deciding what to sew next, and it turns out the existing things are fine. Now if I get a job where I have to dress up everyday, I’ll probably need to add a few items in that category.

Wardrobe planning, including SWAP, and seasonal 6PAC sewing is responsible for it. I’ve also lucked out at charity shops, and I’ve been able to fill in some wardrobe holes with really nice pieces that I now don’t have to sew.

I can play around with patterns and fabrics for a while. If I gain or lose too many pounds, or have some lifestyle change, it will be back to basics for me.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Renegade Sewist on July 01, 2018, 22:25:06 PM
Bummer @Francesca . I had hoped the little bra top would be a winner for you. The outfit certainly sounded good.

I may get to planning soon. Pain is a bit better. It really is a drag with almost constant yet variable pain in the shoulders and neck. Cutting out, sewing and pressing all challenge that region so I am rather reluctant to do much before therapy starts. See the Doctor Friday and hope for some improvement soon.

@elephun  I've completely forgotten what it's like to have an ample well fit wardrobe that I also like. Congratulations on achieving one.  :toast:
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: gingerlew39 on July 02, 2018, 03:51:22 AM
Ok... let’s see if I still can’t pictures up... the option doesn’t come up. I’ll try it on my computer... maybe it doesn’t like my iPad.


This is my plan with line drawing from the patterns and then a chart showing overs/under so I could try to see how things might match up. I’m making solids besides the tunic. I love prints and bright colors so I though sewing some solids would be a good change to get more mix and match into my wardrobe.

I’m planning to weed out 1-2 things I have in my closet now for each thing I add. I have a ridiculous amount of clothes and still stand there looking thinking “I have nothing to wear”. I’ll never go minimalist but I can keep clothes in my closet that “bring me joy”.

One picture is my first piece... a pair of Emerson cropped pants in flax. The pattern is from True Bias and I used the PDF version printed off.

Looking forward to seeing all the creativity from this group!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Efemera on July 02, 2018, 09:18:36 AM
My plan seems to have gone very much awry....time for rethink.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on July 02, 2018, 10:49:45 AM
Ok... let’s see if I still can’t pictures up... the option doesn’t come up. I’ll try it on my computer... maybe it doesn’t like my iPad.

It seems to be a subscriber privilege, in this case you'd need to host the images elsewhere (Flickr, Google, a blog, etc.) and the post it via the image link function (first one on the left above the smilies).
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Magimum on July 07, 2018, 19:30:27 PM
@Francesca, hope you can salvage some of your hard work. It's frustrating when things don't work.

My plan's evolving, partly because I bought some new fabric and of course I want to include it. I made a tee today, the first sewing I've done for a couple of weeks. It's a version of V9057, a Marcy Tilton pattern and I use it all the time. I had to piece the back as I was using an offcut, but I'm quite pleased with the result. Whizzed it together in the first half of a football match.  ;)

Here's the revised SWAKOP plan:

Jeans skirt in stone/cream (Under)
Thread Theory Camas navy & white spot jersey shirt (Over) done
Turquoise tee (Over)

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Wrap skirt in navy/ivory spot linen (Under)
Style Arc Tara  sleeveless shirt in ivory (Over)
Style Arc Cindy Jeans jacket in light coloured denim (Over)

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Turquoise linen Capris (Under)
Navy/white breton stripe tee (Over) done
Chambray shirt (Over)

Wildcard: a coat, maybe the Amethyste by Grains de Couture, in a heavy navy linen. (I was going to use babycord originally, but changed my mind after I saw some lovely linen trench coats online)

Wrap skirt next.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on July 08, 2018, 00:40:51 AM
@Magimum that sounds like a nice and wearable plan

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/b0/6f/e4/b06fe4ecd20e0f194e212a35dbfed92d.gif)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on July 08, 2018, 17:37:03 PM
I seem to be in a similar place to Elephun, a combination of sewing 6PACs, SWAPs etc and some RTW shopping in both thrift stores and outlets has resulted in a wearable wardrobe for my current size.
I'm struggling a bit with the heat, and may need to review as I lose weight, so I have more leeway to sew for fun rather than needing it to get dressed.

A few cool tops with sleeves which could pass muster at work would be good.
Also some alterations to RTW to fit better would also be helpful.
So I'm not saying I'm definitely bowing out of SWAKOP, but I'm no longer actively working it as I was.
Let's see how the weight loss goes.... I may have some new problems shortly!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on July 08, 2018, 21:45:21 PM
I managed to endure a short cutting out session earlier today, so there is now a small pile of things to be sewn, some of which are part of my plan.  THe heat is enervating though...
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on July 09, 2018, 20:57:28 PM
It has cooled down slightly in North Derbyshire, so I'm going back in the sewing room, probably fixing curtains though rather than SWAKOPing....
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on July 11, 2018, 13:46:17 PM
Yay, well done @Francesca - remember you have still oodles of time  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: warpjr1965 on July 19, 2018, 02:59:17 AM
Its nice to see everyone's progress.  I've been super busy, but also rather productive sewing-wise, which is unusual for me. I normally dither a lot!  Since June I've finished my metamorphic dress, a Wanderlust Tee in navy striped rayon, and a tank dress in the same rayon. If I throw my pre made capris in, I have the first of my 3 sets, plus a wild card (or two.)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on July 19, 2018, 11:30:23 AM
Exam marking finally complete, I got cracking on some of my cut out sewing over the last couple of days.  I managed to complete a pair of shorts, a unitard, and a pair of pull-on trousers for the missus, and just started on item #1 of my Mimi G components for the SWAKOP- a long, unlined denim coat
AT LAST!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Efemera on July 19, 2018, 19:10:27 PM
No progress here....I’ll be walking around naked at this rate...
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kwaaked on July 19, 2018, 22:56:07 PM
@Francesca Boy do I hear that.  My last 5 weeks have been crazy. 

I take care of my bedridden mom.  House got hit with a lighting bolt 5 weeks ago.  Her electric wheelchair was busted from it and we've been waiting for repairs ever since.  In the meantime, her pain clinic (where you have to go to get medication) appointment came and went and she couldn't go.  Place was nice, got 3 weeks.  Then repair for chair got an appointment, made new pain appointment.  Repair ignored appointment, got letter clinic closing and mom had her cataract surgery, rented wheelchair.  Rental is like driving from Doncaster to London...and as big a PITA.  Do all that, working on getting her a new clinic because I have 30 days.  Problem because most go to cash only, so trying to figure out how to get reimbursed for that plus find a place that will drug test with a swab and not just urine samples (harder then it sounds...no one wants handicapped patients).

Meantime, father in law is sick and going downhill.  Dr visits galore (we didn't go, but still helped with stuff).  Biopsy surgery tomorrow, mom check up tomorrow, chair due tomorrow.

On top of this: Kid starts school, had to get her clothes, make a couple and alter a bunch.  Still trying to mess with getting the school supply list, which we haven't got.  Brother is coming in the first of August, and lord forbid if it's not white glove in here, so we're trying to spring clean as well (neat but no where near magazine picture ready) AND my SO is a disabled combat vet, so we have PTSD and Gulf War syndrome with him and all of the problems and appointments with that.

LOL...I'm waiting for school to start!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Renegade Sewist on July 20, 2018, 06:30:04 AM
Aw geez Kwaaked; suddenly my life seems so peaceful and quiet. I've got 9 appointments this month but it's routine stuff, annual Cardiologist tests and then mostly physical therapy. But it's so blinking hot, more so than a typical July. We'll easily exceed the record of 21 consecutive days of 100 F or higher. My sewing spot tends to get rather warm and my cutting table is on the porch so nada is happening here. Bright side is the PT, even though it's for my lower back is helping my shoulders. This guy is good-we're waiting on an authorization for my neck but he believes in exercises that provide extra benefits.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kwaaked on July 20, 2018, 10:11:13 AM
Tennessee got you guys' weather this year...I've had rain most days and at most it's hit 90F/32C here, mostly it's been about 26C or so.  Humid as heck, which makes it worse.  I've been fighting damp in my studio all summer.  Usually we're hot, dry and it's miserable...this year it's just miserable.  And my studio does not have air conditioning in the work area and the mosquitoes are awful so it's even MORE fun!

This isn't normal for me as my schedule goes.  Everything just went sideways all at once.

But, as a nice little funny for you all: I keep extra cash at my studio in a drop box.  Not only does it allow me to buy things when I need to, but I also use it to save up for when I do need money and usually hide bills in there (not hiding money from my SO as such, but I hide it from my SO so we have money all month long.)  So, I need the cash I squirrel away every month this month (not the change, and yes I am crazily OCD about rolling change) and it's wet.  In my box.  Not dripping, but wet enough it's an "ew, WTF is this!?"

Right now I have about 60 bills hanging on a lingerie clothes line in my tub (the kind that has a bell like end and a hook to drag it across), sprayed with bleach water to kill the mildew to DRY.  So I can use it tomorrow.  Half tempted to iron the lot for kicks and giggles, though.*


*I should just use my credit card, I know.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Renegade Sewist on July 20, 2018, 10:25:35 AM
But, as a nice little funny for you all: I keep extra cash at my studio in a drop box.  Not only does it allow me to buy things when I need to, but I also use it to save up for when I do need money and usually hide bills in there (not hiding money from my SO as such, but I hide it from my SO so we have money all month long.)

I do the same thing! The man never met a dollar bill he didn't want to spend!  :(
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Fabric Lover on July 21, 2018, 12:59:02 PM
Sorry I have been absent from this thread for a while, holiday, family wedding, life etc! But I’v been thinking about my SWAKOP options all the time and think it’s about time I updated it.
Revised plan:

Group A:
 Vogue 1250, blue /white lightweight velour dress with cowl neck
Vogue 1353 blue/ yellow sleeveless dress currently being “toiled” - is that a word?
RTW navy cardigan
Group B:
McCalls 7600 Teal, navy and white camouflage top made from leftover scraps just finished
Blue and white striped jersey top
Ginger jeans 👖 need fabric

Group C (struggling with this one!)
Dress
Dress
Jacket/cardigan?

Wildcard - teal/ navy/white shirtdressB6333 posted recently

What do you think?
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: renita on July 21, 2018, 23:59:04 PM
Hi there, I'm new to the forum.  Any forum actually.  But I'm very excited to be here.

I've followed SWAPs from the sideline for many years - I think I may even have had the original Australian Stitches magazines that they were based on, way back.  Of course, I was young then and only interested in sewing glamorous one-offs (that were wildly inappropriate for my lifestyle, even then).  But something must have registered in the back of my brain as I've been interested in the concept ever since.

This year, I'm going to give it a go.  SWAKOP is perfectly timed.  Thank you for organising it.  My plans are still sketchy - I'm very glad we don't have to lock everything in up front!

I'm an 'autumn', colour-wise, so the colours will probably be based around greens, browns and cream, with an accent or two somewhere I hope.  I lead a very casual life, no glamour here whatsoever (which suits me to a T).  I also live in what might be described as a mild climate - it's the middle of winter here and we're expecting 22 degrees Celsius today.  I'm going to get the most wear out of casual trousers and shirts and maybe a light layer.

I've studied the rules and trawled through The Vivienne Files (a site I find very helpful for building-a-wardrobe ideas) and my stash and have come up with the following plan.  Hopefully I'll progressively be able to swap out the written descriptions with images, but one step at a time... it will be a miracle if this plan shows up at all, though Francesca's instructions are excellent.

(https://i.imgur.com/AsmZ3o4l.jpg)


The little green smiley face indicates a finished item - so still a long way to go.  I just finished it last week, but no photo yet.  I'm pretty sure I've finished the other upper in group 3 too - the refashion item which was prompted by the other sew-along.  It may not end up in the final collection -will depend if I have something to tie it in.  I'll try to take pictures of both soon at any rate.

That's probably long enough for my second post.  Thanks for reading this far.  It's great to be here.  I'd better go off and mention my refashion item in that thread now.

Renita
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on July 22, 2018, 00:41:02 AM
@renita - that looks like a great plan (and a bit like a Sudoku  0_0, I'm a huge fan of Sudoku sewing). Looking forward to seeing your plan evolving.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on July 29, 2018, 18:54:37 PM
A few days ago I finished sewing the charcoal grey pinstripe linen trousers.
(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZjG7nYqRCT4/W138kj2xJHI/AAAAAAAALeE/jJ5zlk13YPIN4X6R3CJx5QXHuEc9b1UegCLcBGAs/s320/CharcLinenTrs%2B%25283%2529.JPG)
This is using New Look 6216 again as it is working so well for me at the moment.
(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gfsW2s_lpek/WqrvtAnYixI/AAAAAAAALHk/x6phiiE5uFkGEccVRoUTXarGeqqwjm6DQCLcBGAs/s320/6216.jpg)
My SWAKOP is finally beginning to form. I decided that if I kept charcoal grey as the key theme I could have
Charcoal grey with teal pinstripes - trousers and cardigan jacket
some sort of teal top to make up that pod

Then Charcoal grey pinstripe linen trousers with a soft waistcoat from the scraps
some sort of coloured top to make up that pod

Then the Charcoal grey checked trousers with a charcoal grey cardigan and probably a white top for the final pod.

And then some sort of dark grey? coat to go over the top
(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OeLXxU29AWY/W139ruoIu4I/AAAAAAAALeM/KuA6buRgw9AXtWm6uMLyeRQ79MeKlpj1ACLcBGAs/s320/SWAKOP%2B2018.jpg)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on July 31, 2018, 14:52:38 PM
@Francesca - I'd recommend to make something more loosely fitted from your precious fabric. Silk charmeuse is known for its poor seam slippage, seams tend to disintegrate quickly at stress points.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on August 13, 2018, 08:19:53 AM
My SWAKOP has ground to a halt. The pieces I have done so far look interesting enough close up but in hanger shots everything is dark grey which is a bit boring.
(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OeLXxU29AWY/W139ruoIu4I/AAAAAAAALeM/KuA6buRgw9AXtWm6uMLyeRQ79MeKlpj1ACLcBGAs/s1600/SWAKOP%2B2018.jpg)
I've made the charcoal grey cardigan but its just added to the greyness.
But there is still 2 1/2 months to go so I can inject some much needed colour.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kwaaked on August 13, 2018, 08:50:29 AM
@SewRuthieSews having a lot of color has it's own problems, so be aware you're not alone with SWAKOP problems.

But to me, it's not that boring.  I can see the texture differences, especially #2, the color differences and the pattern difference in #3 so it's not really a sea of grey or all that boring.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on August 13, 2018, 18:29:20 PM
Thank you @Kwaaked
The left jacket and trousers are dark grey suiting fabric with a teal and turquoise stripe.
The centre trousers are dark grey linen with a white stripe.
And the right trousers are grey check with blue, gold and ivory with a plain grey cardigan.
I could add some colour with the tops, or maybe have a skirt for one.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on August 13, 2018, 23:37:34 PM
months of thinking, and doing nothing, but I'm finally off the ground.  Let's see if I complete it though!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Efemera on August 14, 2018, 12:18:14 PM
Plan...what plan, think I was being a little ambitious. I’m more a random person  :S
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on August 14, 2018, 17:46:31 PM
It's very sheer, but sheer shirts are a thing right? @Manuela does that count? Two trews and a top for a group?

Group 3
A black crepe pinafore is going to be a must. I had one two years ago and wore it 'til it fell apart. With the red stripe t-shirt to wear underneath it. White t-shirt could be my second bit for that but it seems like a waste because the "bow" would be largely hidden by the back of the pinafore. So maybe the funnel neck Ottobre top I liked...



I'm twitchy about the two bottoms 1 top- it does say 2 tops and 1 bottom [which irked me as I need more bottoms lol]
Maybe make the pinafore your wild card and shuffle things round a bit?  I have moved two of my tops about so many times...at least I know they must be versatile enough to do that!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on August 15, 2018, 09:13:44 AM
@Francesca & @DementedFairy, there is absolutely no problem when your group has 2 bottoms and one top. If that's what you need in your closet, it's fine with me  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Sewingsue on August 15, 2018, 15:43:35 PM
Why would you make them like that?
More to the point why choose a fabric like that so you have lines disappearing into darts?
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: wrenkins on August 15, 2018, 15:48:46 PM
It's obviously intentional...check out the waistband...but why?  :[
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: wrenkins on August 15, 2018, 16:11:15 PM
Oh my.  0_0
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on August 21, 2018, 23:56:10 PM
@Francesca that's a tricky one. You could add a top to the group though, ideally each group creates complete oufits. Hence it's best to keep dresses in a separate group or use as wild cards. Making more than the given number of garments is fine with me.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: renita on September 04, 2018, 11:51:08 AM
@Francesca I might be doing the same thing and sewing my own little plan well beyond the finish date.  After getting to spend two lovely months with my nieces, who were visiting Australia from the USA, I'm well behind on my sewing plans.  We still have mostly two months though, so there's still hope?

@Manuela can you please clarify something for me as I'm feeling I might be off-track?  In some of the earlier posts, you mentioned that having two tops would be okay in a group, but then you recently mentioned that a group should make a complete outfit.  At this stage, not all of my groups have two uppers that I could wear at the same time, like a shirt and jacket. Some have two shirts.  Should I be rethinking my groups to have an under, an over and an over-over?  Or are trousers with two different shirts making up a group still okay?

Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on September 04, 2018, 12:02:21 PM
@Manuela does knitting a garment count?  >:) I have to sew the front and back together, and sew the sleeves in...

@Francesca yes, it does  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on September 04, 2018, 12:05:55 PM
@Manuela can you please clarify something for me as I'm feeling I might be off-track?  In some of the earlier posts, you mentioned that having two tops would be okay in a group, but then you recently mentioned that a group should make a complete outfit.  At this stage, not all of my groups have two uppers that I could wear at the same time, like a shirt and jacket. Some have two shirts.  Should I be rethinking my groups to have an under, an over and an over-over?  Or are trousers with two different shirts making up a group still okay?

You're over-thinking it  ;)
An outfit can be a top and a bottom:
two tops and one bottom = two outfits
one top and two bottoms = two outfits

either way is fine  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on September 04, 2018, 12:10:42 PM
Question to everyone participating:

Who wants a deadline extension?

Many of us live busy lives/sew slowly/decided late/changed plans (chose one or several options) and nobody really likes sewing under pressure. SWAKOP is a huge undertaking for most, so I'd be only too happy to extend the deadline.
Let me know what you think about is and how much more time (weeks/months) you think would be appropriate.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kwaaked on September 04, 2018, 16:18:52 PM
@Manuela I would, but I don't know if it will make a difference.  My father in law is dying, so a lot of mine will depend on Mr K...he is a combat vet with PTSD and I'm not expecting his dad's death to go well.  (On the other hand, being at the studio all day, every day may also happen.)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on September 04, 2018, 22:03:09 PM
How about finishing on December 10th? Not too close to Chirstmas, and it gives you almost 6 weeks extra time.

Please comment here  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on September 04, 2018, 22:06:39 PM
End of October will suit my plans as it's an autumn wardrobe, I'll be making different stuff by christmas!  This stuff may be wearing out by then [or with free school dinners, be too tight!]
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on September 04, 2018, 23:39:02 PM
Question to everyone participating:
Who wants a deadline extension?

Me please Miss.
Work is bonkers and I've got sidetracked with red things, then have holiday, more bonkers work with 2 weekends working as well etc.....
However don't wait for me if I'm the only one as I'll plough on sewing anyway, its just fun to join in.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on September 05, 2018, 00:14:38 AM
Could we maybe allow extra groups of clothing to equal extra brownie points when it comes to voting? I know it's subjective. But that would allow DF to wrap up her autumnal wardrobe and then tack on a few groups to make it a seasonal wardrobe that can extend into winter... and hopefully voters would consider that extra work when they voted? We could have multiple different categories to vote for maybe. Most garments/groups, best design, best colour scheme, best effort etc (best time management? haha) so that people can be rewarded for different things?

Now that's an excellent idea @Francesca
Those who finish on October 31st will get an e tra x-votes bonus (the exact number to be decided) foe finishing early. Submission posts need to be up by November 5th

Those who finish on December 10th won't. Submission posts need to be up by December 15th.

Thoughts please everybody  :)
Do you want a November 30th extension deadline, or is December 10th fine?
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: mudcat on September 05, 2018, 04:53:58 AM
I would love a deadline extension. I was gone most of August and will probably not even start until the weekend after next since Mr MC is leaving town again early next week until the end of the month so I want to spend the weekend hanging out with him.  Then I'll have three weekends with minimal obligations and our weather will finally not be so uncomfortably hot.

Dec 10th would be nice but the end of Nov works too. 
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Renegade Sewist on September 05, 2018, 05:39:43 AM
Dec 10th would be nice but the end of Nov works too.

Considering I'm just this week actually making my plan...cough...after verifying that we had until Oct. 1 to post such news, I'm happy with whatever date you want Manuela.


We could have multiple different categories to vote for maybe. Most garments/groups, best design, best colour scheme, best effort etc (best time management? haha) so that people can be rewarded for different things?

Don't forget got the latest start planning...cough... :ninja:
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: renita on September 05, 2018, 08:42:08 AM
Thanks Manuela - I shall stick with my plan as it is then (barring any major catastrophes).

I'm too new to this and don't really have any idea about the extension - I'm only 40% complete at this stage but was preparing to get stuck into the rest to meet the original deadline. 

I'm happy to do whatever you tell me to do Manuela  :D
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on September 05, 2018, 14:19:25 PM
I actually like the idea of an early bird bonus for meeting the original deadline... With the extension more people will be able to finish and those who submit their entries earlier get a little reward...
If nobody objects to this in the next few days, I'd be more than happy to implement the changes.

We're doing something as big as this for the first time here, and it'll hopefully become an annual event.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: samtowanda on September 06, 2018, 02:44:42 AM
Yeah for the extension. Now I'm going to re-work my plan to include more cold weather garments. One of my goals is to make a jacket and now I have enough time. Thanks all for voting for the extension.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Boppingbeth on September 09, 2018, 01:55:14 AM
Quietly sneaking into the fun

Group 1:
All the greys
grey swing tee
grey forward shoulder tee
grey 'dressy' joggers

Group 2:
All the blacks
black yoga style pants
black swing tee
black maxiskirt

Group 3:
All the blues
blue swing tee
blue pull on denim trousers
blue button up top (aka swing top)

Wildcard:
Likely a white and blue button up top
and because I am a sucker for sewing, another pull on white trouser and a pull on shell top

It isn't exciting sewing but it will all work together and I will be able to get dressed for work in this new larger sized body.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on September 09, 2018, 02:03:42 AM
@Boppingbeth hood to see you coming out of lurkdom  ;)
That looks like a well thought through plan.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Boppingbeth on September 09, 2018, 18:50:48 PM
 :D

It is nice to be able to not lurk.  I had about five months of no screens after the accident along with no reading  I can sew now, so life is good. 
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Boppingbeth on September 10, 2018, 01:05:32 AM
Well, I started testing my patterns for the plan and I am not convinced that the pattern is a good fit for me.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Fabric Lover on September 23, 2018, 20:42:29 PM
Sorry about this, but I have to withdraw from the competition as I have not completed the task! 😩 I have only about 6 of the designated 9 garments completed. Even with the one RTW garment allowed, I can’t manage it and am away from home for the rest of the month anyway so am unable to put in the extra hours which would have been necessary to complete the challenge.

I must say though, this has been very useful nevertheless in getting me to focus on having interchangeable pieces! At least I have 6 which meet this description, which is a first for me!  :toast:

I will of course be watching with interest the remainder of the competition and voting! So good luck to all!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on September 23, 2018, 20:59:54 PM
I've just done a rescue of a StyleARc Toni dress [two actually] that were never worn, as they just didn't drape properly no matter hwat I did.  they have languished in the Crate of Shame since, then I saw that Ruth of Core Couture had turned a Toni or two into long open waistcoats.  FINALLY I did the job.  And I now have two.  Can I be cheeky and count one of them as my 'RTW'?
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on September 24, 2018, 18:45:02 PM
mwahahahahahahaahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa :* :* :* :* :* :devil:
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Fabric Lover on September 24, 2018, 20:53:39 PM
Sorry about this, but I have to withdraw from the competition as I have not completed the task! 😩 I have only about 6 of the designated 9 garments completed.
Since I posted this withdrawal I have now spotted the extension- Woo Hoo!
Can I withdraw my withdrawal? 😁🤪
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on September 25, 2018, 03:57:50 AM
@DementedFairy, of course you can count your version of the Toni pattern as your RTW garment.

@Fabric Lover, I was just about to mention the extension   :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Renegade Sewist on September 25, 2018, 06:24:41 AM
Since I posted this withdrawal I have now spotted the extension- Woo Hoo!
Can I withdraw my withdrawal? 😁🤪

You'd better!!! Or it'll be a round of  :fish:

Manuela, I'd completely forgotten about the extension, as I usually refer back to the first post. Perhaps an update there would be useful. Thank you.

Also, I'd better get my plan posted! I've got that October 1 deadline looming!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela 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  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: beepbeepsew 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
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews 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.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Renegade Sewist 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.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: renita 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!
(https://i.imgur.com/7A5pOJSl.png)

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





Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Renegade Sewist 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...
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews 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.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews 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.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Esme866 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!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Esme866 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!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews 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.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Esme866 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!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews 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.
(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LD5Em83q4NI/W7oYCL-Ir8I/AAAAAAAALp0/rCD3we9cXMMVK-BV43tuYjdxgkSlpUsVACLcBGAs/s320/Burgundy%2BAutumn%2B2018%2B3.jpg)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: renita 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.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on October 14, 2018, 07:08:42 AM
Here's my plan to be completed for end of October.
(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IEliwRcWmJU/W72lxldpv_I/AAAAAAAALrc/9r77NEAKkZkHV9J0RW5JzNaVJwDtsodyACLcBGAs/s320/SWAKOP%2B2018.jpg)
Big Picture Here (https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IEliwRcWmJU/W72lxldpv_I/AAAAAAAALrc/9r77NEAKkZkHV9J0RW5JzNaVJwDtsodyACLcBGAs/s1600/SWAKOP%2B2018.jpg)
Blog post here (http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.com/2018/10/swakop-thoughts.html) :[
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on October 14, 2018, 12:51:27 PM
I'm a bit stalled, but itching to sew SOMETHING today.  I spent all yesterday at a maths conference [don't groan, it was FUN] and was too tired to function after that.  Today I'm marking [feel free to groan] but hope to at least cut out my green wool jacket.
I've actually got quite a few things that were planned for this collection, a few that weren't but work well, so I should get in under the deadline.  It's this ruddy green jacket that has foxed me!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kwaaked on October 14, 2018, 19:13:26 PM
I am beyond stalled.  MY father in law is dying of cancer and in a hospital 2.5 hours away and we got 4-5 times a week.  I have everything ready, just no time.

I'm still going to try. lol.  Just not expecting much at this point.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Renegade Sewist on October 15, 2018, 01:15:51 AM
@Kwaaked , so sorry to hear of this. It is so difficult for the entire family and distance only compounds it. (((hugs Dear)))

You'll be shooting for the extended deadline. Like me.  ;)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kwaaked on October 15, 2018, 05:06:37 AM
@Renegade Sewist thanks, I wasn't trying to complain about it.  I figure I'll either miss it with everything happening, and my DH is not handling this well, or I'll finish some but not all, especially the show stoppers.  I do have a plan, even with all the pieces I've chosen, which was 13 as the basic, and I believe 11 or 12 additional ones.  I know some of the additional ones are simple, and plays off the same pattern, which is easier to do (and 5 of them are not much to it) to make the deadline and then give me a chance to finish everything else.

A lot depends on how my FIL does.  He wants to come home, which is both easier and harder on us since we'll have to help take care of him, but on the same token it's not an 6-8 hour day visiting and I can always get in sewing (my studio is on the way to my in law's house at about the halfway point).  He really isn't in a health position to do so, and my MIL is not all that proactive in getting things done.  Plus he is dying, something no one wants to admit, and if he does pass on relatively soon, I'm not sure how that is going to affect my time to do much of anything for myself, something I generally have a hard time getting to do on a regular basis, and no one curr type stuff.

On top of all that...my dang ole overlocker just sheared the #$%^% screw off the blade so I got to order a part and try to get the old one out!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on October 15, 2018, 07:11:08 AM
Kwaaked sorry to hear about your FIL Sometimes life wins over sewing.

I'm still plugging away with my burgundy colourway. Here's my latest (and I think last) top
(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sgd6jfgpqo4/W8Ok9J16rzI/AAAAAAAALsA/hkDlyXrAUwc0zViHhq8ZO6AUQgBa5a_FACLcBGAs/s320/BurgWrapTop%2B%25284%2529.JPG)
its from Threadcount 1502 which came with a sewing magazine (I think 'Love Sewing') but also looks a lot like McCall's 7249 (I think a rebrand of the pattern).
(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xPplLBRWMZE/W7o7MvGxISI/AAAAAAAALqM/cm253vkyb9UOTGp63SsX4wZ8vzR0sncdACLcBGAs/s320/Threadcount%2B1502.jpg)
I now need some bottoms and have a Vogue skirt planned, plus some burgundy faux leather trousers/culottes and some dark burgundy trousers. There's loads of time left yet!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: ambro0 on October 15, 2018, 09:39:21 AM
@Kwaaked

Sorry to hear about your FIL. Your sewing will wait for you to come back......
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Nevis5 on October 15, 2018, 09:43:13 AM
@Kwaaked , I'm sorry too to hear about your FIL.  You must be exhausted, take time for yourself when you can.  Sewing will always be there xx

@SewRuthieSews , that is such a lovely top.  It would look terrible on me, luckily for you  :devil: but I think it's my favourite out of all those you've made recently.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Lachica on October 15, 2018, 13:12:06 PM
@SewRuthieSews I really like that top. I have the pattern but am always suspicious if line drawings v photos. Having seen that it works I'll put it on the 'to do' list.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: renita on October 18, 2018, 00:22:41 AM
@Kwaaked, wishing you all the best with your FIL.

@Francesca keep powering on - you're taking on wonderfully challenging styles and fabrics and the results will be worth the wait.


@Manuela, quick question about the photos required for our entries - what do we do there - how many of the combinations do I need to photograph?   I'm guessing it would be better to see them on, rather than just photographing them on the floor as I've been doing for my plan page.   

Also, just how far over the 10 garment limit is acceptable?

I remember you mentioned 11 or 12 early on, but after 8 days of continual rain and some serious crisis sewing, I'm now well over the line and have at least one more set - since I last posted I've made 4 more tops, 1 dress (that was supposed to be a top, but at mid-calf length is a bit long and I don't have the heart to chop it off) and 2 pairs of jeans (almost, still to do the hems and final topstitching/buttonhole/button on the waistband of the second pair). 

It's been a wonderful sewing opportunity, but I'm hoping that the rain will clear shortly so I can get on with other things in my life... don't care about the housework, but I'll run out of food if I don't stop sewing soon...


Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on October 18, 2018, 02:09:19 AM

@Manuela, quick question about the photos required for our entries - what do we do there - how many of the combinations do I need to photograph?   I'm guessing it would be better to see them on, rather than just photographing them on the floor as I've been doing for my plan page.   

Also, just how far over the 10 garment limit is acceptable?

I remember you mentioned 11 or 12 early on, but after 8 days of continual rain and some serious crisis sewing, I'm now well over the line and have at least one more set - since I last posted I've made 4 more tops, 1 dress (that was supposed to be a top, but at mid-calf length is a bit long and I don't have the heart to chop it off) and 2 pairs of jeans (almost, still to do the hems and final topstitching/buttonhole/button on the waistband of the second pair). 

It's been a wonderful sewing opportunity, but I'm hoping that the rain will clear shortly so I can get on with other things in my life... don't care about the housework, but I'll run out of food if I don't stop sewing soon...

My, you have been productive.  :D. I’d say limit it to 12 and chose wisely what you want to include. I leave the number of pictures up to you. Ideally would be worn or on a dressform for others to have an idea how the pieces look like together. Composite images are ok and please include one image that shows all garments (on a rack is fine for that)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: renita on October 18, 2018, 07:22:16 AM
Thanks @Manuela - I think the productivity has come to an end now.  I'll juggle things around and see what looks best, then start working on photos, including the group shot.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: warpjr1965 on October 18, 2018, 14:31:23 PM
Hi all, have not been present on this board since summer, too many other things to attend to!

Kwaaked, so sorry about your FIL. Be sure to take care of yourself.

I see that SWAKOP has been extended?  This is fabulous news!  I am participating in many other up coming challenges, and I am going to try to merge them all if I can. I have hit a space where I can do some concentrated sewing, so perhaps I can finish with the new deadline.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kwaaked on October 18, 2018, 19:46:15 PM
@renita awesome!  Can't wait!

Thanks everyone on my FIL.

Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on October 19, 2018, 22:24:22 PM
Yay I'm really excited about my burgundy pieces and should be able to finish in the time frame.
I need bottoms but am sewing a cardigan, so perhaps not the best move!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on October 21, 2018, 07:44:54 AM
Just reminding myself of the original timelines (which I'm using for my Burgundy collection)
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Other than that sewing starts on May 15 and ends on October 31st. Pictures should be up by November 5th.
OK so a week and 4 days to finish, then another 4 days over a weekend to get the photos up. Hopefully that's doable in some form.

The cardigan is finished but it was dark by the time it was complete yesterday, so hopefully a picture today when its a bit lighter.
Burgundy skirt was an A line shape in a knit and turned out to be hugely unflattering. Various attempts at a save did not improve matters.  I do like to sew all the pieces in the collection myself and not include any RTW. However I may need to use some previously sewn pieces.
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You are allowed to include 1 RTW garment and 2 previously made garments (or, if you're like me and have hardly any RTW garments, 3 previously made garments).

I am resisting the distraction which is wanting to take the reasonably sized knit scraps and make a patchwork top. As I have enough tops already and it will take a long time for the design and piecing which is better spent making bottoms!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on October 21, 2018, 09:24:01 AM
I'm not sure about any deadlines right now, but I'm really enjoying wearing the collection I currently have, so it's a win in any case! 
I abandoned the Okistyle jacket, it just wouldn't have worked, but the fabric is cut out for another Style Arc pattern, I just need to make a decision on how to decoratively clean finish the insides of an unlined jacket and I'm sure it will go together speedily.
It could still all work....
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: renita on October 22, 2018, 10:22:51 AM
Here goes nothing...

Let me present my collection for spring/summer 2018.  Sorry this is so long.  Not sure how much detail I'm supposed to supply... skip to the pictures if you don't need the details.  :D

Set 1:
B1: Denim jeans
Pattern: these are my own design, based on a mash-up of my pants block and a favourite pair of RTW jeans that currently have too much negative ease built in.
Fabric: this is a pretty special fabric for me - it is one of the last pieces of denim I produced back in my time as a denim developer/technician (about 10 years ago...).  Heavyweight, 100% cotton, with an overdyed finish (pale gold colour over the indigo).  Lining on band and pockets is the same paisley I've previously used for my hat.

T1a: 3/4 length sleeve tee
Pattern: My own draft based on my set-in long sleeve tee, with the neckline widened and deepened to match the neckline of the dress (WC2) and the sleeves shortened to 3/4 length, with cuffs added.
Fabric: 100% cotton jersey, natural colour, almost seedy.

T1b: Linen knit boxy tee
Pattern: My own - just two rectangles really with one longer than the other, with sloping shoulders for better fit. Binding folded over an trimmed at neckline.
Fabric:  100% linen, pigment dyed khaki, purchased from Cleggs in Melbourne several years ago.  I've eked out all I could from this piece and now have 3 garments from it (one didn't make it through to the collection).


Set 2:
B2: Linen pull-on trousers
Pattern: based on Vogue 2064, with my own fit adjustments and without the darts, so I can get them over my hips.
Fabric: 100% linen, two-tone (brown warp, cream weft)

T2a: Gold spotted poly woven singlet
Pattern: my own, this was a test garment for fit, based on my loose knit singlet pattern.  Worked well, but found it needed a small dart at the armhole.  Have worn it several times already - it's a lovely happy colour.
Fabric: remnant - I think it's a polyester lining fabric.

T2b: Textured natural cotton shell
Pattern: same as above, with the dart moved to the side seam and eased into the back.
Fabrics: 100% cotton.  The outer has a great diamond weave pattern and hasn't been bleached so still has the seedy look of natural cotton.  Inner is a cotton lawn (the only 'purchased' fabric for the collection)


Set 3:
B3: Khaki canvas trousers
Pattern: same as the jeans, even down to the back pocket 'swirls'.  Because this fabric is lighter, I made them a slightly looser fit.
Fabric: 100% cotton, canvas weave.  Lining same as jeans.

T3a: Salmon jersey wide-necked raglan tee
Pattern: my own, based on a RTW tee I had years ago.  Not normally a fan of raglan sleeves, but I like the wide-neck and the wide band on this one.
Fabric: Cotton/lycra jersey

T3b: Printed raglan tie-front top
Pattern: based on the same raglan t-shirt pattern as above, just modified to add a lot more width to the pieces so it could be gathered.  Front slit and bound then the neckline trimmed in bias binding which then extend to the ties.
Fabric: 100% cotton, a remnant of border print - cut so the border runs across the back.

Wild cards:
W1: Linen knit cardigan
Pattern: V8954, modified to raise the neckline, as a previous version of this kept falling off my shoulders.  Also adjusted the collar pieces to match the smaller neck opening.
Fabric: same linen knit as T1b

W2: Linen darted dress
Pattern:  One of the dresses in the 'Basic Black' book by Sato Watanabe.  Modified the shoulders.  I was going to make this as a thigh length tunic, but just cut it out to the end of the fabric, ready to trim it off once I tried it on.  I actually like the length as it was, uneven hem and all, so hemmed it as is.  I thought it might be too long to go over the trousers B2, but liked to look, so have kept it in the collection.  As a wild-card, it needs to go with both sets 1 and 2.  It goes from being an 'under' with the tops from Set 1, to an 'over' with the trousers from Set 2.
Fabric:  Same as B2

Here they are:

(https://i.imgur.com/StZKoHgh.jpg)
Left to Right: Linen dart dress (W2), Printed cotton tie-front raglan top (T3b), Textured cotton lined shell top (T2b), Raglan wide-neck tee (T3a), Woven singlet (T2a), Linen knit boxy tee (T1b), Natural cotton jersey ¾ sleeve tee (T1a), Linen knit cardigan (W1), Linen pull-on trousers (B2), Cotton canvas jeans (B3), Denim jeans (B1)

Some detail shots, showing various neck and edge bindings, my chinese knot buttons on the cardigan, and the fit of the jeans, which I'm very happy with:

(https://i.imgur.com/VvJGd7Lh.jpg)


And finally, I've spent all day taking photos and am quite certain now I'm not cut out to be a model!  Oh goodness, it's tedious.  I've never changed clothes so many times in one day.  Here are hopefully enough looks to show how it all works together. Please tell me it's enough, I'm not even sure I have the strength left to change into my pyjamas!

(https://i.imgur.com/D0Z8tABh.jpg)



So there it is folks.  It's been a hard task making the final selections.  There are several garments that are still very much part of my overall wardrobe, but couldn't fit into the garment limit. 

I also have more plans to fill out the 'holes'.  I'd love another set or two to reduce the workload on these garments, so they don't wear out too fast.  I'd also like an extra over-layer or two, so I'm prepared for cooler evenings.  And more a couple more dresses... so much still to do.


This has been a very rewarding process and I'm going to be better dressed than I've ever been before.  It will be marvellous to know I can pick anything out of the wardrobe and have something that works. 

Thanks @Manuela for running this and giving us a wonderfully flexible set of rules to apply.  I'm going to be busy with other things for the next few weeks, but look forward to popping in and seeing others' collections from time to time.  I'll be thinking of you all.

 :)



Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Sonatine on October 22, 2018, 10:38:36 AM
@renita I'm completely in awe, what a wonderful collection! The fit on the jeans is brilliant and I love the darts as a design feature on the linen dress.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Greybird on October 22, 2018, 11:08:48 AM
Very impressive @renita !! You must have been working non-stop to achieve all that. The garments and the fabrics are all lovely.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on October 22, 2018, 12:21:16 PM
Wow, just wow! very impressive Renita

(https://avatars.mds.yandex.net/get-pdb/225396/7a53992c-d4e3-4eb0-a0fb-8b8ab2c8ddfb/orig)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Nevis5 on October 22, 2018, 17:46:23 PM
Add me to the WOWs!  Fabulous, @renita !  That is such an impressive collection.   :toast:
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on October 22, 2018, 18:04:27 PM
Wow @renita your collection is wonderful. Such interest variety and so many outfits!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: renita on October 24, 2018, 01:37:09 AM
Thanks everyone for the wonderful feedback :|  :) 
The sewing machines are all packed away now for a bit. :'( 
But I'll be keen to get back into sewing the 'Extension Plan 2.0', as soon as I can. :D

I wonder how I'd go at limiting myself to sewing one day a week, instead of it consuming every waking hour for days on end as it has done for the last 2 weeks?  Probably not possible... ;)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Fabric Lover on October 24, 2018, 10:26:02 AM
Very impressive and well organised, puts mine to shame! It’s been a little derailed by Halloween!  >:)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: ambro0 on October 24, 2018, 22:12:09 PM
Wow @renita!!! Absolutely wonderful collection that you have created - you should be very proud. Congratulations on your photo shoot too. I can understand how tedious it was but we all appreciate it. So much better to see all the garments on the "wearer". I am in awe!!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: warpjr1965 on October 25, 2018, 02:17:49 AM
Beautiful collection!!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Gernella on October 26, 2018, 13:37:06 PM
Flipping heck, what kind of elastic do you use because you surely must have some with a lot of stretch for time spent.  It's taken me all my time to do three jackets and I wouldn't even dream of joining something like this challenge.  Just thinking of the competition would put me in a panic.  Absolutely awesome.

Exactly how do you do it?  Can't be Santa's little helpers.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: renita on October 27, 2018, 09:35:29 AM
@Gernella, I hear you.  I've been there - this is the first year I've been brave enough to attempt such a huge challenge.

Everyone might have different strategies, but I think there are some general things that helped me to finish in the time-frame - you've probably heard them before:

1. Used patterns I know and used them more than once, with different fabric or style/finish details to make them look different.

2. Simple designs are a blessing - my favourite pull-on pants pattern has just one single pattern piece and just two pieces of fabric to sew! I can have them cut out and fully sewn up in a couple of hours.  The trousers/jeans with their fly facings and shields, yokes, bands, pockets and top sewing took a day and a half each - much harder to find that much time.  I only contemplated them once I had the simple stuff out of the way.

3. Used the same fabric more than once in different styles and sewed them up one after another to minimise pre-washing/prep time for the fabric and thread changes once sewing.  I also generally pre-wash all my fabric as soon as it comes in, so I know it's ready to go as soon as I take it out of the stash.



Things that might be specific to my situation:

1. We had something like eight days of continual rain - perfect excuse to lock myself in the house and do nothing but sewing.  I was sewing from stash, so had everything on hand. I managed to sew up half my collection in that time.

2. I'm retired, single and have no children that I need to feed and wash, etc - that probably gives me, what, about 60 extra hours per week to sew?   ;)  Even then, it was going to be a close call without that rainy spell.

3. I was in a dire situation clothes-wise, having worked out that all my existing clothes either didn't fit or were very worn. This collection, with only a few extra pieces, makes up the entirety of my wardrobe.  I either had to convert some of the stash to the wardrobe, go naked or, even worse, go into a clothing store - eek!  Strong motivation, right there.


No Santa's little helpers here.  My cat does insist on me pulling up a chair for him right beside mine at the machine, so he can be close to the action.  But he's a pretty useless assistant, he just sleeps on the job all day.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Gernella on October 27, 2018, 10:06:54 AM
Well @renita, I am exactly like you, retired, no children, two cats, three parrots and a DH. but I still have little time, partly due to the philosophy of DH, get out while we can. But, I have other interests and although I enjoy sewing and find it relaxing, entering a competition would put it in the mode of 'work', deadline etc.  At the moment I muddle along grabbing time when I can and don't have to worry if something is not finished by a certain date.

However, I've just finished a time consuming project, had a big clean up, and this week cut out a new skirt and am now ready to insert the lining.  If I get done by next week, next is a long sleeved top with two remnants (I've had a feel and it is lovely stuff).

You are right though, a bit of bad weather and you get a lot more time, which is why I quite like winters.

Love your strategies though, if only I could be like that <3
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on October 29, 2018, 23:11:42 PM
I might just slip under the wire here...

The long awaited jade wool jacket is coming on nicely [hurrah for StyleArc] and I think it's going to be a really useful addition to the working wardrobe.  I've finally got a teensy bit of mojo [after  a nasty bug that laid me low for over a week] so decided to make things more complicated by binding all exposed seams.  Sigh.

I THINK this means I have enough for the original plan...
Tomorrow we're off for a teensy short break, to visit Longleat and Cheddar [yes we've chosen the iciest days of the year so far, but we just got a range rover, go figure] so will likely spend much time in warm hostelries yay!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on October 30, 2018, 14:23:03 PM
I'm also trying to get finished in time.
I've decided to sub in a previously made skirt, so just have some trousers to finish and then can share my pieces.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Mocarroll on October 31, 2018, 17:50:05 PM
@renita I’m not sure what I admire most, your wonderful wardrobe so well planned and executed or your IT competence, describing so clearly the process and inserting all those fab pictures...respect!!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on October 31, 2018, 22:53:55 PM
Reminder to those who finished early: please have your pictures up by November 5th   :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on November 01, 2018, 00:10:28 AM
I have managed to finish and will try to do some photos of me wearing the pieces over the weekend.
Aubergine drapey trousers finished tonight
(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9XIPypMXLvg/W9pDQjFeaFI/AAAAAAAALvs/C297H9nZx8Ior8wdf-3DnQWlpgJcMBzFQCLcBGAs/s320/AubergineTrs%2B%25283%2529.JPG)
Cropped the faux leather trousers into culottes (which are more versatile I think)
(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OloSIExw4SM/W9pDYC_jf3I/AAAAAAAALvw/KqZFLXNU7qs-n_DfXw7rEM8f40VeMa98ACLcBGAs/s320/BurLeatherCulottes%2B%25282%2529.JPG)
Subbed in a previously made black ponte pencil skirt
(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wCDzobpHL-Q/W9pDiWo-06I/AAAAAAAALv4/zMYcP3WDdOYmwi1u2bv0aEfljckwA7vbACLcBGAs/s1600/blackpencilskirt.jpg)
To give this as the collection
(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XtzTJQQJhKs/W9pDngOIp2I/AAAAAAAALv8/P635gbYJLxk1lrhjmnkgzLxjr-GF-rdRACLcBGAs/s320/SWAKOP%2B2018%2Bv5.jpg)
Bigger Picture (https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XtzTJQQJhKs/W9pDngOIp2I/AAAAAAAALv8/P635gbYJLxk1lrhjmnkgzLxjr-GF-rdRACLcBGAs/s1600/SWAKOP%2B2018%2Bv5.jpg)

BTW I realise I have 3 pods and 2 wildcards so will decide which one to discard when I do the full photos.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: renita on November 01, 2018, 06:09:27 AM
@SewRuthieSews yay!  Terrific work.  I love the variety in the prints and you have some great jacket options.  I think it's acceptable to have a second wildcard, based on @Manuela's feedback that we could have up to 12 pieces.  I cut mine down to 11 in the end and also had 3 pods and 2 wildcards. 

@DementedFairy well done on the jacket - hope the final seam binding goes well.  Can't wait to see it.  Enjoy the new wheels and the holiday and hope to see some photos when you're back.



Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on November 01, 2018, 07:00:04 AM
@SewRuthieSews yay!  Terrific work.  I love the variety in the prints and you have some great jacket options.  I think it's acceptable to have a second wildcard, based on @Manuela's feedback that we could have up to 12 pieces.  I cut mine down to 11 in the end and also had 3 pods and 2 wildcards. 

@renita thanks for letting me know about that, I was working off the basic rules post, so maybe that was some extra guidance given later I missed.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on November 01, 2018, 08:59:20 AM
we had a short break at Cheddar and Longleat, and by the time we got home I couldn't summon the energy to sew anything, so I didn't finish by the 'proper' deadline.  I'll sew on fora bit...
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on November 02, 2018, 05:52:32 AM
we had a short break at Cheddar and Longleat, and by the time we got home I couldn't summon the energy to sew anything, so I didn't finish by the 'proper' deadline.  I'll sew on fora bit...

You only missed the ‘early finishers’ deadline.... I hope you’ll sew on submit for the second deadline  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on November 02, 2018, 22:21:28 PM
right, suppose I'd better get everything out of the clean laundry basket and get it ready for a photoshoot?
I've been wearing most of the knit tops.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on November 02, 2018, 22:25:50 PM
THE JACKET IS DONE!  THat was an epic- the fabric is so gorgeous I didn't want to make just any old jacket out of it, but wanted it to go with the purple/green check Okistyle skirt, so it needed simple quirkiness...the Oki jacket pattern wa s a total bust, and this Style Arc one has worked out very nicely, except for the need for a tidy clean finish inside an unlined jacket...lots of Liberty binding later, careful handsewing, unpicking the bound sleeve hems and shortening TWICE etc etc and it's done.  Blogging it tomorrow, along with another recent make or two.  If all the pieces add up for my SWAKOP I'll take the pics fr that too, and keep sewing at my leisure lol
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on November 07, 2018, 07:38:08 AM
So, we have two early finishers, congratulations to @renita and @SewRuthieSews.
Looking forward to everybody else’s submission closer to the extended dealine  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Renegade Sewist on November 15, 2018, 01:02:58 AM
Looks like I will be sewing next week, but not on this. I've had other more pressing things to attend to recently and there's no way to get the printer set up before OH leaves Monday AM. He'll be back Fri PM and I though 5 days to sew. This snazzy printer weighs over 40 lbs and I can't lift it alone so my PDF patterns, my oh so simple to sew PDF patterns are not going to get printed in a timely fashion to do this now.

I still plan on sewing it up, mostly in December (maybe?) but it won't be happening now. So, looking forward to seeing what really got made!  :loveit:
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kwaaked on November 17, 2018, 11:53:45 AM
Well, I am going to officially drop out.  My FIL got sick and made my time hard to find. 

Then earlier tonight, my mother died.  Yes, I know it's weird I am posting but I took care of her for the last nearly 5 years and am a loss on what to even do with myself right now.  I'd sew, but don't feel like it.  I'd make Thanksgiving...but don't feel like it.  And I know I'm just not going to finish the last 3 garments right now.

I do look forward to everything you guys got!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: toileandtrouble on November 17, 2018, 12:09:38 PM
Thinking of you. 
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Bodgeitandscarper on November 17, 2018, 12:49:16 PM
So sorry to read that, @Kwaaked.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Greybird on November 17, 2018, 12:57:00 PM
So sorry to hear that @Kwaaked - you are certainly going through a bad time. Take care of yourself and will be thinking of you.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: fajita on November 17, 2018, 22:17:20 PM
Oh, Kwaaked. My condolences. X

It's not weird to be on here. You're looking for non demanding distraction. That would be us!  Real life demands instant replies, we can speak and wait indefinitely.

 :drink:
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Renegade Sewist on November 18, 2018, 01:09:22 AM
OMG! @Kwaaked . I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. You've been through so much this year; now this. Take care of yourself please. Remember to eat nutritious foods even if you don't feel like eating.

We're here for you.  :drink:
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kwaaked on November 18, 2018, 06:27:42 AM
Oh I appreciate it.  Just been a weird day all around.  My mom's family doesn't know me, and a few don't even remember me so I spent the day being told what a stranger I was, how it was easier hearing it from another uncle, they knew I existed but not know me...and everyone was surprised I would call and tell them.  I mean, really?  I was raised with a bit of manners and occasionally have shown in family things I can use them.  Plus, I've been put down by that side for so many years, and have a sister that is Greed incarnate, I think they were all genuinely stunned I was actually not Satan in disguise.

It's got to me today, plus I am looking at a box of fabric we just ordered. 
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Sewingsue on November 18, 2018, 13:39:13 PM
So sorry to hear your news, Kwaaked, and more sorry that you are in such a difficult situation with the family who should be supporting you.
I am glad you felt you could come in here and 'chat' to us and you know there will be people around at most times of day when you need us.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Ellabella on November 18, 2018, 15:13:58 PM
So sorry @Kwaaked, please be gentle with yourself and give yourself time to heal.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: renita on November 20, 2018, 06:44:11 AM
Oh @Kwaaked, I'm so sorry to hear about your mum also.  Look after yourself.  (hugs)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Tamnymore on November 20, 2018, 06:58:45 AM
Only just read this but very sorry to hear your news @Kwaaked .
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kwaaked on November 20, 2018, 07:26:58 AM
Thanks, y'all.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on December 01, 2018, 15:25:08 PM
I've tried scrolling back but this is a LOOONG thread now.  What's the extended deadline again?    Do I still have a day or two to sew or is it photo time?
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on December 01, 2018, 20:52:53 PM
@DementedFairy

Deadline extension until December 10th.
Submission posts need to be up by December 15th.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on December 01, 2018, 23:13:23 PM
@DementedFairy

Deadline extension until December 10th.
Submission posts need to be up by December 15th.

Ah good cos I just cut out a new batch lol
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: warpjr1965 on December 05, 2018, 00:57:09 AM
I am no way, no how, gonna finish this. :( Sad, cause I really liked all my ideas.

Kwaaked, do take care of yourself. Hope you are doing OK.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kwaaked on December 05, 2018, 01:33:33 AM
Thanks, you guys.  I appreciate it.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Missie on December 05, 2018, 09:05:44 AM
Ah good cos I just cut out a new batch lol

You are a machine, not a woman, of that I am sure!!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on December 05, 2018, 22:01:45 PM
wearing the hell out of the teal/jade stuff right now, very cheery in such dismal weather! 
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on December 09, 2018, 01:13:44 AM
Looking forward to see the second round of submissions  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on December 09, 2018, 08:03:35 AM
Planning to do a little final sewing today before selecting the final cut.  I got distracted by a trip to buy coat fabric, and snagged a glorious bright red cashmere, and fake astrakhan for trim...yum!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: MrsThrifty on December 15, 2018, 06:42:14 AM
Well, I've made it just in time! Didn't think I'd be able to take photos in time but I've just managed it. I also want to point out that an outdoor photo session (due to camera lens constraints- zoom is broken!), when the temps are hovering around 38c with 70% humidity and rising due to imminent summer storms are not great conditions for modelling anything with long sleeves, long legs or indeed any extra layers, including WOOL COATS! I need to get my AintoG and photograph as I go... At least then they'd be seasonally appropriate. ;)

Copied from my little plod-along-thread from a week or so ago, here are the groups as they stand:

Group 1
- MADE - Style Arc Fay Skirt in black croc print scuba.
- MADE - Style Arc Terry Tie Cardigan in double face merino.
- MADE - Cashmerette Dartmouth. B&W printed poly knit. Sadly too small and wants to ride up, should have sized up for the fabric, but I'll keep it in for the purpose of this plan.

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/nte4d6dp31pfezs/TSP_SWAKOP2018_Group1.jpg?raw=1)

Group 2
- MADE - Style Arc Fay Skirt in black and white geometric textured knit.
- MADE - Style Arc Diana Top in a pepper grey space-dyed, heathered spandex black ITY knit.
Style Arc Demi Drape Top- outside layer only (see camisole above).
- SUBSTITUTED - Style Arc Abby Cardigan in a black, sheer, textured knit fabric.

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/53xs448ghon3bkt/TSP_SWAKOP2018_Group2.jpg?raw=1)

Group 3
- MADE - Style Arc Linda pants in black ponte knit. Fail! I apparently didn't pre-wash the fabric and they shrank in the length! They're awaiting being lopped off into house shorts. Therefore...
- SUBSTITUTED - Style Arc Barb in a "ponte like" fabric. Thick and spongy like ponte, with a fine rib. This fabric DIDN'T shrink, thank goodness.
- MADE - Style Arc Samantha Raglan Top in B&W and W&B striped cotton spandex.
- MADE - A loose fit, dropped shoulder t-shirt with a godet back I took a rub-off from, in a B&W border print knit.

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/6vqskr897alhlhq/TSP_SWAKOP2018_Group3.jpg?raw=1)

Wild Card
- MADE - Simplicity 8141, View D- Twist front tunic in a grey, drapey, loose weave knit.
Which goes well with the Croc Print Fay Skirt from group one, the Black ITY Diana Cami in group two and the ponte-like Barb Pants in Group 3. Yay!

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/7akycc6947h2597/TSP_SWAKOP2018_Wildcard.jpg?raw=1)

And here they all are lined up together on the curtain rod in my sewing room! Achievement unlocked! Woot!

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/7l1zj1j55pe8fxi/TSP_SWAKOP2018_All.jpg?raw=1)

I'd do things a little differently next time to make it easier (like prewashing things), but I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and appreciate being able to look back and feel a bit proud of the number of things I've made this year. :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Greybird on December 15, 2018, 09:24:31 AM
That's a very impressive collection. You have been busy! They all look very nice. I particularly like the twisted top and the Abby cardigan.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on December 15, 2018, 11:06:53 AM
Fabulous @MrsThrifty
There are still a few hours left to submit your entries everybody.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: DementedFairy on December 15, 2018, 11:21:38 AM
wow!What a great collection MrsThrifty!
I think I've dropped the ball at the final hurdle [mixed metaphors or what?]
No time or energy to take photos of the finished collection, but everything is getting lots of wear and lots of compliments so I'm more than happy.  I'll do a  blog post instead, when I recover from this dip in energy
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on December 15, 2018, 13:01:36 PM
Noooooooooooooo @DementedFairy, sob sob..... I was soooooooo looking forward to seeing your SWAKOP
(https://media1.tenor.com/images/fad098c27dda7bc19ed93a0b79105a70/tenor.gif?itemid=11634358)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Tamnymore on December 15, 2018, 14:39:53 PM
Fabulous collection @MrsThrifty . I had to check where you lived when you said you were sweltering in 38C. In the UK we are freezing in 38F. I'm always really impressed by those of you who sew WAP or WAKOP. I seem to sew OAW (on a whim).  :D
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on December 16, 2018, 01:20:49 AM
The voting thread is up, please head over there and vote  :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Lachica on December 16, 2018, 09:15:13 AM
Wow! Well done to all 3 entrants. It was very hard to cast just one vote as they're all so good, but I went with the collection I'd like to have made. Maybe next time I'll enter - ooh, there goes a flying pig!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Sewingsue on December 16, 2018, 12:11:59 PM
Maybe next time I'll enter - ooh, there goes a flying pig!
Make that two flying pigs  :D

Really impressed by all that work.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Greybird on December 16, 2018, 12:14:21 PM
I have voted but it was a very close run thing. They are all worthy of winning and all entrants should feel very proud of themselves - well done!!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: renita on December 16, 2018, 20:05:16 PM
@MrsThrifty what a great collection - you look terrific! The collection looks both comfortable and stylish. And yay for getting those photos in just in the nick of time.

@DementedFairy sorry you couldn't quite get there, I was so looking forward to seeing your collection. Let us know when the blogpost goes up, so we can check it out. :)

I haven't found the voting thread yet, so will head off to look for it now.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on December 16, 2018, 21:39:04 PM

I haven't found the voting thread yet, so will head off to look for it now.

@renita here it is... :)

https://thesewingplace.org.uk/index.php/topic,6063.0.html (https://thesewingplace.org.uk/index.php/topic,6063.0.html)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Sewgorgeous on December 16, 2018, 23:58:11 PM
@MrsThrifty - you look fabulous, I love your collection, they look comfortable, easy to wear and timeless, they look like there from an expensive boutique, well done!
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Kenora on December 17, 2018, 00:01:39 AM
My goodness, it's difficult, isn't it? :S I've looked at all the collections over and over again. They're all amazing but it's so hard to decide. I have voted but would have liked to vote for all of them. :)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: mudcat on December 17, 2018, 03:45:49 AM
I also voted and had a hard time deciding which one to vote for.  Really excellent job everyone.
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: SewRuthieSews on December 17, 2018, 08:46:07 AM
Hi all, sorry I did not do more photos of the SWAKOP pieces (or any of me wearing them). I've not been too well and its been dark and cold so no outdoor photos. The plus side for me is I have been wearing the knit tops from my collection over and over and love them :-)
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Efemera on December 17, 2018, 15:30:47 PM
Are the pictures of the entries just scattered through the thread or all in one place?
Title: Re: Sewing With A Kind Of Plan - SWAKOP our first wardrobing competition
Post by: Manuela on December 18, 2018, 00:21:50 AM
Are the pictures of the entries just scattered through the thread or all in one place?
They are as usual all in the voting thread, just below the poll.  :)
Here is the link again:
https://thesewingplace.org.uk/index.php/topic,6063.msg96069.html#new (https://thesewingplace.org.uk/index.php/topic,6063.msg96069.html#new)