Posts Tagged ‘SWAP 2013’

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A Perfect Zipper

February 5, 2013

I am working on the SWAP, but I am somewhat behind on my work plan. I have completed my December goal but I have not yet started making the pants or coat.
In the process, though, I had a chance to practice zippers a bit. Invisible zippers have always been a struggle for me. I have an invisible zipper foot but I’ve had difficulty stitching close enough to the zipper teeth to actually make the zipper invisible. You may have noticed that the zipper tape is often visible which is the exact opposite of how it is supposed to be.

I’m rather proud that I got it right for this version of Burda 8155: my favourite skirt pattern.

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See, no zipper tape.

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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:

December:
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:
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.

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

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

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

Let’s see how I do this year.