Saturday, October 25, 2008


I think I’m going to do it. Join the SWAP (sewing with a plan) contest at Stitcher’s Guild , that is. I was pretty sure that with all the fabric and patterns I was purchasing for the fall I’d have all the required pieces to put together at least one wardrobe plan. And, I was right! This plan took me about one evening to put together and I’ve already purchased all the patterns and fabrics – woohoo! The twist this year is that is must be “A wardrobe which reflects a week in your REAL LIFE”. For me this will mean clothes for work, which is 95% of what I sew anyway.

The SWAP discussions have been reorganized too. I think it will be much easier to find a discussion thread.

Here’s a quick summary of the plan. (I need to draw out my pattern pictures when I’m organizing a plan. I just can't seem to visualize it as easily with a pattern envelope. The computerized version with the pattern line drawings is coming soon…)

Here are this year's rules:

  • Each SWAP must consist of 11 garments, which all work together to form a basic wardrobe. All garments must be handmade. You may knit, crochet or weave if you please, but they must be your own creations.
    4 bottoms - jeans, pants, shorts, skirts or kilts.
    6 tops - t-shirts, shirts, blouses, or camisoles.
    1 jacket - a tailored blazer, jeans-style jacket, sweater or shawl will do, as long as it looks right with everything else.
  • All garments must be made between November 1/08 and April 30/09
  • No purchase neccesary anywhere; this contest is open to anyone with a needle and thread, regardless of budget or availability of items.

Anyone else out there considering or already committed to this?

Oh yea, Gorgeous Fabrics , Hot Patterns , and Sew Organized are all donating prizes!


Dawn said...

Oh man, I love your colors!!! I love SWAP. I may join this one too.

patsijean said...

I am seriously considering joining the SWAP myself. I've lots of fabric in my stash but am having trouble with the jacket choice. I need to take everything out in order to see what I have. New fabric for pants might also be in order.

Birgitte said...

Beautiful colors. I will be following your progress with interest. Swap does not fit into my sewing preference, but I love the idea of it.

Meg said...

This looks like a winning combination to me.