Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Since last time...

Now it's already the end of April and Stitcher's Guild's SWAP is closing on Sunday. I haven't sewn all the things I planned for but I sewn some other garments. Maybe I'll manage to finished all of them completely before Sunday.
I've started to put my garments in a sudoku board to make my outfits. Let's see how it works.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

My sewing list

These are the garments I plan to sew in the near future. The dress and the black shirt is already cut and the red skirt is sewn. So maybe I'll start with these when I come home in the end of February. I really need one or two new pencil skirts in jeans fabric so these  need a high priority. And the long cardigan will be a fast project so I will cut that before the printed Granville Shirt even if I really want to wear it.
There will be a sewing marathon when I finally reach my french home in a couple of weeks.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Winter 6 PAC

These are my latest finished garments. I haven't sewn for more than a month but before christmas I finished these.
The black pencil skirt is one of my early garments for my SWAP at Stitcher's Guild's yearly swap contest and I will soon start to sew more of what I planned. The only problem is that all my fabrics are in my french home and I will not come there until the end of February.
I used these patterns:
Navy blue pencil skirt in heavy jersey; Kirsty Jupe from La Maison Victor.
Top in the same navy blue jersey: Pattern from Stof & Stil, same as the dress in this post.
Cézembre blouse in a single jersey: Anne Kerdiles Couture.
Navy blue wrap cardigan in a blue angora wool knit: Pattern from Papercut Patterns.
Gertie's Pencil Skirt from her first book.
Plantain Tee from Deer & Doe Patterns
Aldaia Dress från Pauline Alice.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Stitcher's Guild

I've missed Stitcher's Guild since the site is down. But today I found a blog post about it at Ruthie's place and then I went to Pattern Review to read more about it. You'll find the thread here.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

6 PAC planning

I'm not only planning for the SWAP2017 but also for the 6PAC sewing for winter. I thought at first that I would only sew garments from my swap2017 collection but I realized that I want to sew more than two items before the grand contest starts. Two garments is allowed to sew before the 26th December.
Winter 6 PAC
In this 6 PAC I still have my long cardigan i navy woolknit, a pencil skirt and a Plantain Tee. But I've added an Aldaia Dress in black jersey and a Quart Coat in a lovely navy wool. I need these garments right away so I've already started with pattern fitting and I'm cutting out the dress in this minute.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Preparations

I've started to cut out, sew toiles and I have also knit a test for my cardigan.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Planning for SWAP 2017

I've been away from here for a while. Mostly because I've traveled to my french home and I also had some busy time planning for what to sew, cut some of those garments and sew a few.
But first I'll show you my plan for what to sew in the SWAP 2017 Contest at Stitcher's Guild. The rules this time is simple and easy to follow.

2017 Less is More SWAP Rules
Eleven garments divided between Upper, Lower and Over pieces. These are tops and dresses; bottoms; and layers, all defined later. There are minimums and maximums in each category, to provide balance and variety. You decide the final distribution.
Upper: Minimum 3, maximum 5.
Lower: Minimum 3, maximum 5.
Over: Minimum 2, maximum 5. No more than ½ may be outerwear.
Your twist: Each garment in a category must work with at least half of the garments in each of the other two categories. Example 5 Upper, 3 Lower, and 3 Over. Each upper would need to work with 2 Lower and 2 Over garments in combinations that you will actually wear.
NEW: Because the number of layers is expanded and due to current fashion, layers can also be sheer materials, such as lace or eyelet. If Over pieces can also be layered together over other pieces, that is fine.  Having pinafores in this category is also new this year. 
PATTERNS: A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 patterns can be used. Two or three items will repeat but the garments don’t need to be identical. Use your imagination. Designed to develop TNT patterns. 
This plan rewards simplicity. The more you coordinate the less trouble you will have getting finished. The more complex you get with your garment types and color choices the more planning you will need to do to pull it off. I highly recommend working it out on paper. With this you will be choosing your difficulty level. Simple is easy to pull off.
You won’t be sewing any orphans or 11 of one category, but it is possible to create different groups in different colorways with more planning. 
You may use one previously sewn item, completed by November 5th, when the Rules were posted.
You may make 2 “Early Bird” garments, begun on or after November 5th, when the Rules were posted and completed prior to December 26th, the official start of sewing.
You may use one purchased item, bought at any time through April 30th, 2017.
The above are tools; use them to your advantage!
Sewing will begin December 26th, your time, and all garments must be finished by April 30th, 2017.  Muslins, pattern fitting and fabric cutting may be started whenever you are ready. 

I made my plan quickly and maybe there will be some changes down the road, but in overall it looks like this:

"The overs" is one knitted cardigan called Dark Pearl Cardigan (ravelry link) and I will knit it with a lovely navy blue yarn from Wollmeise. It's called Blend and it's 70% Merino, 20% Cashmere goat, 10% Nylon.
The other one in group Overs is a long cardigan from Knipmode, which I will sew in a wool knit bought at the market in my french town. They said it was wool angora but I don't really think it's totally true. 

In the middle row are the Uppers which in my case will be two Granville Shirts, two Plantain Tees and probably a dress in stretchtwill. Maybe I will switch this for something else. 

I the bottom row there are three pencil skirts for which I will use a pattern from Gertie's first book. The red pencil skirt is a skirt from La Maison Victor and it's called Kristy Jupe. I'll sew it in a red double knit.