Monday, December 31, 2018

The Sewing has started for SWAP...

At least, it's started on the Stitcher's Guild site.  I'm not going to even decide what I'm doing first until I see what Janice's picks are for the January wardrobe sets.  Pants and cardi in the main neutral with an accent top?  Accent pants w/ neutral top and cardi (twinset)?  Or will she do something other than pants?  I kinda doubt that...she has long maintained that a good basic pair of pants is the best first garment in wardrobe building.  But she has used a different neutral/accent combination every year so far...and with three pieces in the January set, she's pretty well exhausted the combos already.  So I'm not sure what we'll see when the posts go up.

But I've been digging around on the SG site and found that there have been some more definition/explanation added to the rules, one of which has me wondering if I can actually meet the requirements AND stick to my 12-months 12-outfits plan.  See, I'm required to pick two neutrals...which isn't at all hard, but I can only use 5 total pieces of additional fabric for the accents.  In other words, I couldn't have black and gray for my neutrals and then have two royal blue pieces made from different fabrics...if I had two royal blue pieces, they would have to be from the same fabric.

So that means a MINIMUM of six garments from the two neutrals, unless I manage to squeeze multiple garments from a length of fabric.  Twinsets R Us and all.

This may complicate things; if the picks for the month happen to be all accent pieces I could be in trouble.

But I have decided on ONE garment....my Epic Trench Coat from 2014 has never actually made it into a SWAP wardrobe; it was the only piece of the plan I actually finished that year.  And it will work well with the color scheme, so it's going to be my pre-made garment.

Which means I can't use the taupey brown again, as I don't have any more fabric to use for even shorts or something.

So more pondering, with decisions to be made this week after the new scarf inspirations and the January choices are up.  I'm kinda curious to see what scarves are chosen this year; I confess, last month I did a pretty thorough look through the Hermes site and picked out six scarves that I think met her criteria for wardrobe inspiration...so I'm curious to see if I guessed right.

Just so Facebook has a pic to put with the post when I link it up, here's a reminder of the inspiration scarf for this year's new wardrobe:

In other news, I ordered some more dark green fabric in case we use it again in choir next December.  A piece of poly/lycra stretch velvet, which I hate sewing and am not fond of wearing, but the COLOR was just gorgeous.  A yard of sequin-encrusted lace and  some forest green poly chiffon.  No pictures, because my cutting table is currently in use as a Christmas wrapping station (oh, yes, we traveled for the holidays so our family Christmas gathering will be January 1st...the 8th day of Christmas, for those who track such things.  I still have the trees twinkling and the Christmas music playing and everything.  Bucking the culture, but it works for us.... ;-)

2018 sewing recap post coming sometime soon...not that there's that much to recap, lol.  Next year should be different...

6 comments:

  1. I have t been on Stitchers Guild in over a year? I think someone said they are asking for membership fees now? Have they changed much and I keep looking at scarves but haven’t found one that says “I’m the one for you”

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    1. Yeah, Julie tried running on donations for 2 - 3 years but just couldn't get enough voluntary support to keep the site afloat. So there is an annual membership of $35 for full access to the site...although I do think there are a few discussion threads available for non-members. I can't blame her; web services are not free and she spends a LOT of time keeping things intact.
      And I'm still afraid to actually wear those scarves, lol! Gonna hafta get brave in 2019. ;-)

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  2. It confused me too, and I've switched to TEAL as one of my neutrals which has helped matters.

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    1. I'm still not sure I've got it right. I don't know why I couldn't repeat a color with another piece of fabric so long as I don't go above the limit of 5 non-neutrals. But I haven't read all the clarifications through. My primary wardrobe plan is the 12 months/12 outfits, so if it comes down to it and I can't make the mix work then, well, I guess I'll bow out of SWAP for this year. We'll just have to see how it unfolds.

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  3. Merry Christmas since you’re still celebrating and Happy New Year! The SWAP seems complicated. It will be interesting to see your choices or if you even sew along.

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn! And a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you as well! :-D

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