Sunday, 15 November 2015

SWAP 2016?

Note to self:  I've put these fabrics in a separate drawer so I can find them more easily come February.

Briefly: Several of the blogs I read have been talking about Sewing With a Plan or SWAP. Last spring I watched those same bloggers make some lovely garments and I'm toying with the idea. myself. I have mentioned before that I am not really a joiner - more of a lurker, so I'll have to see if I commit (in writing) or not.

The rules about what to sew are copied straight from the Artisan Square site or you could follow the link above.

1 "3 pack" of Color(s) A (3 garments)
1 "3 pack" of Color(s) B (3 garments)
1 "Combo Pack" of Colors A & B (2 garments)
1 "3 pack" of Wild Cards

A "3 pack" will be:
2 tops + 1 bottom
1 top + 1 bottom + 1 outer layer
1 dress + 1 top + 1 bottom
2 bottoms + 1 top
Two dresses & one layer.
The final 3 pack option is 1 dress + 1 top OR bottom + 1 layer.

The "Combo Pack" can be just about anything, but they must be garments, not accessories (scarves, belts, bags, etc).  The "Wild Cards" can also be any color, or any color combination,  but for this to work they will need to follow the format of one of the other "3 packs".  That is, you'll need more tops, bottoms, or dresses to make the wardrobe work.

The rules this year seem highly manageable, so I have rummaged around the sewing room and this is what I think I can do.

Pack A: a pair of shorts and two tops.

Pack B: either a skirt or trousers and a blouse. Since we are allowed to use two previously sewn items I may use the window-check blouse from this summer.

 Combo Pack: two dresses.

Wild cards: orange shorts or skirt with a white t-shirt and possibly the 'skeleton key' Oakridge blouse I made earlier this year

These clothes are mostly for casual wear on the the weekends. I am trying to look a little less rumpled on my days off; now I just throw on...whatever... and run out the door.

There has to be some work-wear sewing before all this starts. I find sewing summer clothes so much more exciting than winter clothes, but I still have to go to work, and there are some brighter colours in here. I had plans to sew this fabric for last winter, but obviously that didn't happen. Let's see what I accomplish this year.