More on my SWAP idea

So I’d had the idea to do a lounge/at-home-wear SWAP. Recently when I was in a discount clothing store I bought a knit maxi-dress in a cool Southwestern border print on deep sale. It’s pretty cute, relatively speaking, and if I were the kind of person to wear a strapless maxi-dress… but I’m not, so I plan to cut it up and use the fabric.

Since it’s nearly floor-length, it’s got a bit of yardage to utilize. I’m thinking I can make a skirt out of the bottom part, and then use the rest to either make a sleeveless top, or part of a sleeved top. The background color of the knit is an off-white, with moss green, turquoise, cobalt blue, burnt orange, and black. These colors also mean I could use my already-sewn cobalt blue cotton asymmetric skirt as part of the SWAP collection, assuming I didn’t donate it to the thrift store when I put up my summer clothes last fall…

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A loungewear SWAP?

Dear readers, I have had a brilliant brainwave! (Er, maybe just a decent thought?) I would love to participate in another Sewing With A Plan (SWAP) contest at Stitchers’ Guild. But I’m just not fast and skilled enough yet to make 11 fitted items in 4 months. And I learned from the first time I tried a SWAP that if I make only knits and elastic-waist stuff I simply won’t wear most of the items.

But! I work at home and need some at home wear that is dressier than pajamas. I try not to be the stereotype of the self-employed person who stays in her PJs until noon, but some days that is what happens. I could really use some nice, but comfy items that would be easy to pull on in the morning, but are decent and non-nightwear enough to be unembarrassed to open the door to the mailman.

The other thing that is nice about this year’s rules is that every piece doesn’t have to go with any other, which I found really difficult to make work in the past. I am hoping that if I choose simple items and silhouettes I could finish in time. And, I could include some summer housedresses which I very much need for hot days at home.

Possible items:
Knit pants (the Knipmode ones I’ve made before would be a good TNT to use)
Woven pants? Or crops?
Knit skirt – yoga waistband?
Knit cardigan and/or shrug
Woven topper/overshirt?
Shift dress, housedress x 2
Knit tops x 2
Woven tops – Sorbetto esque x 2
Jacket – would be an “overcoat” under SWAP rules

SWAP’s ‘a comin’…

Julie at Timmel Fabrics has posted the rules for the 2008 Timmel SWAP (Sewing with a plan) Contest. Every year she includes a new ‘twist’ – last year’s twist was that one garment had to be reversible. This year the twist is wardrobing – at least three of your eleven garments have to be made from one wardrobe-type pattern, a pattern that has 3 or more totally different garments included in the pattern.

I think this is a really cool twist, and gets back to the inspiration for SWAPping in the first place. There’s been a lot about wardrobing recently, including in the most recent Sew Stylish. (Although I’m apparently the only person who hated the wardrobe pattern they chose to use and modify – the jacket and dress would look horrible on anyone rounded or busty, imo.) Also, if you choose something with a jacket and top, your necklines will automagically go together without you worrying about it.

Julie has listed the Vogue patterns that would work for the contest on the Fall SWAP-style sewing thread at Stitcher’s Guild, and I just posted a list of New Look patterns that should work. At first I was thinking of using this new Vogue pattern, 2989; I definitely want to make the jacket soon in any case.

But after having looked through the New Looks, I’m thinking that perhaps I could go even simpler, with NL 6571:

Part of my ponderings is that I’m still working on fitting Vogues successfully, while I’ve got NL pretty licked, at least for anything except pants. I’m bound and determined to finish my SWAP this year, so that’s why I’m leaning in the easy knits direction.