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Saturday, 10 November 2018

SWAP 2019 Palette refinement

I've been thinking more about the SWAP palette based on the inspiration, what I've previously sewn (and therefore have plenty of) and what's available in the resources cupboard.

Colour Palette

Ink blue – Neutral 1

Stone – Neutral 2

Teal – Colour 1

Rose Pink – Colour 2

I should be able to have 6+ pieces in shades of ink blue and stone.
Plus 1-5 accent pieces in teal, rose pink and prints.

Ink Blue
- Ink Blue Trousers
- Ink Blue Jacket
- Ink Blue Skirt
- Ink Blue Cardigan

- Stone Cardigan
- Stone Knit Top
- Stone Trousers

- Teal Wool coat (wildcard)
- Teal Knit top

- Rose Knit top

- Ink and stone knit top

Monday, 5 November 2018

SWAP 2019 Inspiration Board

For SWAP 2019 the challenge is to base a collection around an original inspiration. I've chosen Joy's quilt, which in turn is based on a stained glass window in Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
I think I'm going to pull a dark blue and a dark brown as the base neutrals and then add teal, turquoises, pinks and reds as the pops of colour.
I'm going to include the teal wool coat but currently don't have any other fixed ideas for the rest of the collection. Maybe it will develop more organically over the next 2 months.

The quilt hangs on my living room wall, so I get to enjoy it every day, so there's time for that inspiration to sink in!

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Winter 6PAC / SWAKOP 2

So I decided that if I added a winter 6PAC to parts of the Charcoal wardrobe I had started earlier in the season I could get another SWAKOP before the extended deadline of December 10th.
So I decided to keep the refasioned circle print top, the charcoal and teal stripe trousers and jacket, and the ponte stripe cardigan and add the following:-

- Teal wool coat
- Teal cardigan
- Dark teal trousers
- Black trousers OR a skirt from the same stripe as the jacket and trousers
- 2 knit tops, which might be one teal, one turquoise or I might play with some teal and black fabrics (overdyed from black and white).
The pieces should mix and match quite well within the black/charcoal/teal/turquoise colourways.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Teal Wool Coat Plans

Last Dec and Jan I made plans for a teal wool coat. I was short of fabric and played about with mixing 2 wool fabrics. Eventually I decided on a layout I could get out of the yardage.

I made a test coat which wasn't far off, and then I stalled. I never posted that test coat on the blog but my stash shrinker shows it was completed on 18th Jan.

I'm planning on lining mine so will need to draft some lining pieces and modify construction to insert the lining.

Thursday, 1 November 2018


Aubergine drapey trousers finished
Added the red faux leather culottes
And a previously made black ponte skirt
And the SWAKOP is done

Here's what it looks like a the Autumn 6PAC plus

Monday, 29 October 2018

SWAP 2019 Rules Announced

The SWAP 2019 rules have been announced on Stitchers Guild

2019 Seasonal Designer Collection II SWAP Rules

You are still the Designer. Create a cohesive seasonal collection of eleven garments of your choice.

Choose an inspiration piece of your choice --  Could be a scarf, artwork, fabric print, photograph, etc
Choose two neutrals that coordinate with your inspiration piece
Add 1-5 accent and/or print pieces that will work with your inspiration piece (ie: not clash)
Make 9 core pieces
Create multiple outfits using at least two core garment items that work for your personal style
Make 2 wild card pieces that can be used alone, with core items or with other items in your wardrobe
Wild card pieces should still blend in with inspiration piece
Combining fabrics is fine
No restrictions on type of garments

Sewing begins on 26 December 2018 and ends 30 April 2019
One garment may be completed by today (28 October 2018)
One garment may be started on 29 October 2018 and completed prior to 26 December 2018
One RTW garment may be included (it can be existing or purchased at any time before or during the SWAP)
Garments knitted, crocheted or woven by you may be included (limit of two since we are a sewing site)
Garments such as poncho, cape or wrap must include at least two pattern pieces, be one of your knitted, crocheted or woven items or have stitch work done by you to be considered a garment
Neutrals do not need to be the same fabrics
Neutrals may be textured
You will need a photo of your inspiration piece

You can read about them here

 I will need to process this a little bit, but there is time.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Wendy Ward's book 'Sewing with Knitted Fabrics'

I've made the Kinder Cardigan several times but not tried any of the others yet.

 Derwent trousres, which have wide legs and can be cropped or full length.

 The Kinder cardigan can be short, medium or long.

 The Longshaw skirt is in two lengths, one above the knee the other below the knee. Pockets are optional.

 Monsal lounge pants, these are tapered with optional pockets and cuff at the hem.

Peak T shirt, classic boxy tee, can be lengthened into a dress.
Winnats Tank, is a sleeveless top with a scoop neckline can also be lengthened into a dress.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Burgundy Kinder cardigan

I have enough tops for my collection already but I wanted to sew a cardigan.
It is from Wendy Ward's book 'Sewing with Knits', made up in a mystery knit with no stretch (but a little give). This garment comes in 5 sizes I made the 4th size. I think its slightly too loose and I maybe could retrace in a smaller size. I made the middle length.

Here's how all the pieces look so far... I'm still a bit short of bottoms!

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Burgundy faux leather trousers

I had some burgundy faux leather - dark red vinyl front with a black woven fabric back which I thought could be fun as trousers.
I'm fairly flat on the front, but very curved at the back, so used darts to bring the back in. It doesn't look great on the hanger as it needs a curved derriere to fill it out.
I used Burda Feb 2010 Plus Section #135 B but ommited the front dart and pockets for a simpler sew.
Having worn them for one evening indoors I found them very warm, so think they would be cooler to wear and more current if I shortened them to culotte length, I also want to look at some other options for the hem as it got slightly twisted. The rest of the construction worked out OK though.

Fun video on sewing faux leather

Monday, 15 October 2018

Burgundy Autumn Collection Top 5

As I planned I have made the wrap top 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).
The wrap makes it a bit more dressy than the plainer styles, but I do like it and can imagine wearing it for a smart event with nice jewellery.
The pattern piece for the drapes has the grainline running across the body and I think this is what is causing the lower front to seem gathered underneath it. I think the pattern needs a fabric with a lot of stretch in both directions to avoid that.
Here's the Burgundy Autumn Collection with the latest piece added, just needs some bottoms!

Sunday, 14 October 2018

SWAKOP thoughts

I am keeping the SWAKOP rules in mind, though I find them quite complex.
The full rules are here but I've simplified them below.

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.
- 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

Finish by October 31st. Submission posts need to be up by November 5th.
I had been trying to expand my charcoal collection to be the SWAKOP but I was finding it all a bit samey and rather dreary being mostly grey.
I thought about combining it with the Burgundy but that wasn't working either.
I'm probably going to have more luck expanding my Burgundy Autumn Collection with some new bottoms. I should be able to get that completed by 31st October.

There is also an 'extension' to SWAKOP which runs through to December 10th, so I could revisit the Charcoal collection, inject a LOT more teal and try to be finished for then. It could work!

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Burgundy Autumn - so far

I've added in to the collection an Autumn Winter jacket I made in late August.
This cardigan was made with a short remnant of wool mix sweater knit in charcoal grey and burgundy red, which I used for the body and front band (matching the print as best I could).

There was not enough fabric for sleeves and I didn't want a waistcoat, so the sleeves are cut from black ponte and faux leather.

I have been wearing the pieces with purchased bottoms, mostly in black -  classic dress trousers, black jeans and black yoga pants, though I suppose for it to be a proper sewn collection I should have some sewn bottoms. And I might yet come up with something.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Burgundy Autumn Collection - Top 5 (plans)

For my fifth top I wanted to use a rich burgundy fabric from the stash. I thought it would be too plain in the patterns I used for the earlier tops and I have plenty of the fabric, so hunted through the pattern stash looking for something with a bit more interest.
Threadcount 1502 came with a sewing magazine (I think 'Love Sewing') but also looks a lot like McCall's 7249. I'm planning on making the long sleeved top. I've compared the measurements to New look 6735 and have sized up overall and shortened the sleeves slightly. I can always take it in a bit if it comes out too large.
I'll share when complete. I hope it works well and doesn't waste the fabric!

Note to self, some useful pointers on the McCall's 7249 here

Thursday, 11 October 2018

October Fabric Purchases from Economy Fabrics

I managed to donate 4 bags of fabric and one large box of patterns via a local contact who distributes them to a school and various voluntary groups in the area. I will know now for next time!

On the back of that success, I decided it would be OK to buy a few metres of new fabric, so purchased these from Economy Fabrics.

Top left
Grey stretch woven, boring but great for comfortable but smart work suiting.

Bottom left
Dark teal blue stretch woven, again for work suiting.

Top right
Brown linen for next summer, probably trousers for those really hot days.

Bottom right
Denim blue knit for a top or cardigan.

Given I donated many times the yardage I bought I'm not going to add these to my stash shrinker spreadsheet, but I didn't add the donations either so I think that works.

Looking at these I am not really getting any wow factor, but plain fabrics like these actually turn out to be the backbone of a wardrobe, and stretch wovens in particular are really useful to have. I'm not sure they are actually 'bengaline', but they should work well for the Burda and Style Arc patterns which specify stretch wovens.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Burgundy Autumn Collection: Top 4

Here's the fourth top in my Burgundy Autumn Collection.
I bought the fabric at Feira Dos Tecidos on holiday in Madeira in Feb 2017.
Its a white jersey with a burgundy print of leaves. I love it so much I bought the soft green version also.
The garment photo is more accurate than the photo of the fabrics.
I've used New Look 6735 again, though lenthened the sleeves here to full length.
I am planning a 5th top, but have other committments for a few days, so it may be a little while before that pops up on the blog.
In the meantime I leave you with the four tops and the coatigan.


I am now up to 110m sewn this year. I'm just going to keep going.