Posts Tagged ‘Simplicity 4023’


SWAP 2013: Third Time’s the Charm

December 26, 2012

I have decided to try the Stitcher’s Guild SWAP (Sewing with a Plan) Contest again. I successfully completed all the pieces by the deadline for SWAP 2010, but for the last two  years, I have come up short time wise. Still, I consistently find I have enough NSOs and fabric in my stash that I can develop a SWAP plan without doing a lot of purchasing.

So, this year the contest is to create two different mini collections with a crossover piece  that works with both of them. I’m going to do one contemporary collection and one vintage inspired collection with a coat that will crossover between  the two of them.

Collection 1: Contemporary Professional
2 bottoms, 3 tops

1.Vogue 1051 – dress pants in brown. Because there are fewer items to sew this year, I will do all of the details this time around. All buttons and welt pockets. I have a habit of leaving the back ones off, but not this time.
2. Vogue 1059 OOP – dress pants in black. I bought this pattern during the last BMV out of print patterns sale. I will do View A because I prefer the zipper in the front.
3. McCalls 6122 – white button down shirt. This is an NSO I’ve had fabric for for a couple of years now. It was part of my SWAP 2012 plan but I ran out of time and made a different shirt instead. This shirt can be worn with either pair of pants
4. A lacy knit top using Simplicity 4023 as a base. I’ve used this simple knit top pattern as a template for several knit shirts. I have some white lace that I plan to use this time. It will work with either pair of pants
5. Butterick 4556 OOP – knit shirt in  grey. I’m planning to do view A with the decorative tie at the neck.

Collection 2: Vintage inspired2 tops, 1 bottom, 1 dress

1. Colette Patterns, Jasmine blouse – I plan to make this blouse out of some red and pink fabric that I designed on Spoonflower so it is an experiment in all respects. It has a tie at the neck so it will connect it a bit with Butterick top from the first collection.
2.White cotton blouse inspired by this Vintage Pattern on Pinterest
3. Burda 8155 – My new favourite pencil skirt pattern. I’ll make this one in black so it can be worn with both tops.
4. I’ve decided to do a Little Black Dress for my dress for this collection. I have never really had one before so I decided that a vintage inspired one would be a good choice. It will be inspired by this vintage pattern. I plan to work with Simplicity 3673 and then create the cowl back.

Bridging Piece:
We need to create a bridging piece for this SWAP. I plan to do a Spring coat. I bought fabric awhile ago to make a knee length coat. The fabric is floral printed so the coat will supplement my trench coat but not replace it. I plan to design it myself rather than use a pattern. It will have a high neck, flare at the waist and have slit pockets in the front.

Work Plan.

In order to stay on top of this SWAP, I need to give myself some deadlines along the way so I can tell if I’m falling behind. April tends to be busy at work so I need to get as much done as possible before then. Here are my targets:

By the end of December I would like to have completed the two knit tops from Collection 1 and the Burda pencil skirt from Collection 2

January is pants month. I need to get the two pairs of pants done in this month and I would like to get the Jasmine blouse done as well.

This month I sew the coat. Since I still have to develop it, I expect this will take all month.

In March I need to get through the button down white shirt, and the vintage inspired cotton blouse

This leaves April for the Little Black Dress and anything else I am behind on.

Let’s see how I do this year.


Swap in Review #1: White stretchy shirt

May 11, 2010

When I first started the now completed Timmel SWAP, my plan had been to blog about it as I go. This worked for the first two items: the red shirt and the gabardine skirt. From that point onward though my life got far too hectic to sew and blog about the sewing and still manage to finish the SWAP in time. So I’m going to travel back to my completed clothes and talk about how I did them.

First up is the two way stretch jersey shirt with lacing on the sleeves.

Here it is in actionlacey sleeve shirt.

I used Simplicity 4023 as my base pattern. It’s a simple top designed for knits that is quickly becoming my favourite go to pattern for wardrobe staples.

I often find myself in need of a simple long sleeved top to wear under other shirts, particularly storebought shirts as I have inherited my mother’s long torso. With most reegular length shirts I experience a phenomenon referred to in my family as Gaposis. This occurs when one’s shirt is too short and the slightest movement reveals the stomach and lower back.

Now this was not a problem in my teens when belly shirts were in and I was effortlessly stylish (well sort of) but I find that a too-short shirt doesn’t do much for one’s professional credibility, and so I decided I needed a new white long sleeved top to where under other shirts.

Since the theme of my SWAP was A Touch of Whimsy, I added lacing to the sleeves from halfway up the forearms to the wrist. This meant I had to add eyelets to the sleeves. While I am aware that there are some impressive tools out there to press the eyelets in place, I’m a low tech operation so far.

needle nose pliers, awl and hammer These were my tools. The little silver cylinder next to the hammer was provided with the eyelets to be hit with the hammer to create the right sized holes. Due to the layers of fabric and interfacing, I quickly gave it up in favour of the awl.
This was not my first foray into the world of eyelets. I happen to love them and think the fashion world would be so much more appealing if there was more medieval style lacing on clothing.

I have had problems with eyelest in the past. They’ve pulled out of the fabric and so this time, I also purchased these: the smallest washers known to my local hardware store. Once I punched the hole in the fabric and inserted the eyelet, I put the washer around the inside of the eyelet piece to lock it in place before I hammered the other side of the eyelet down. So far, so good.finished eyelet

A finished eyelet.