Sunday, November 13, 2011

SWAP 2012 - Ready for the Challenge!

I have been contemplating a SWAP for some time now. The 2012 SWAP (Sewing With a Plan) contest on Stitcher's Guild will focus on fitting, and making tried-and-true patterns or in my case figuring out what my “tried-and true” patterns are.

Sewing will begin December 26th, and all garments must be finished by April 30th, 2012. Muslins, pattern fitting and cutting may be started whenever you are ready; so this gives me plenty of time to determine what I would like to consider and develop as my tried and true patterns. I do have a few patterns that I really like, but still have small fitting issues to work out and this SWAP will give me the opportunity to do just that.

Here are the basic guidelines:

Choose any seven garments from this list:

  • Button Down Shirt w/Collar  
  • Blouse or shirt (collar is optional)  
  • T-Shirt  
  • Vest  
  • Overshirt  
  • Dress  
  • Jeans 
  • Trousers  
  • Shorts or Capri Pants  
  • Skirt
  • Jacket (jean jacket, windbreaker, hoodie, etc.)  
  • Coat (suit or sport coat) 
  • Overcoat or Raincoat  
  • Bathing Suit & Coverup
From those seven, choose four to make twice for a total of 11 garments that will work together. Those four may either be repeated garments from the same pattern, or one each from two different patterns.

It doesn't matter what styles you choose, but these should be patterns you will be using over and over in the future, so keep 'em simple with lots of room for future alterations, changes and embellishments. You will probably want to make test muslin of each pattern, so that any fitting issues can be addressed early on.

For now, I am off to make a calendar to set deadlines. I am actually quite excited!

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