Here are the other two tops I am making up for my SWAP.
Butterick 5283 is the one I’ve just done twice (spots and grey).
This fabric below has different properties to the other two.
I like the colour of this fabric because it goes with my darkness theme. I wore the grey one top to work and it was comfortable and looked good, so I know this is top is a keeper.
Diary of a sewing fanatic raised some good points about how to SWAP. They were points that I could understand.
I don’t have a storyboard, I just have a theme.
The pattern below is a new pattern so I’ve got the energy to adjust it to work for me. The fabric didn’t cost much but it’s dark but can be matched to other items in my wardrobe.
Life’s too short to make ill-fitting clothes.
As I’m still working on my SWAP, I found a piece of black woven fabric with a heavy embroidered border. I bought this from Pitt Trading at least three years ago. I thought it would be good on a dress but I’ve used this on the bottom hem of this cross over top.
I’m using Butterick 5328 and I’ve already made this up twice before.
This week I was in the mood to alter and cut out a few pieces to sew on the weekend and this was one of them. A pattern piece was missing so I traced this from a top I made up last year (lucky).
I’ve added a full bust adjustment and I’ve made the sleeve gathered. I’m not sure how long/short the sleeve will be as yet. It will depend on where it ends, in relation to my bust. I always avoid sleeve hems that are level with my bust. I don’t need the attention here.
Here’s the next skirt in dark fabric and I had to match the pattern somehow, on the skirt.
There’s a large flower filled wheel barrow that I used as my anchor point. I’ve used this to help match the pattern around the skirt. This is my favourite a-line skirt and I’ve used an invisible zipe in the back. There’s no waistband. The skirt is lined as well.
Jackets – 2
Tops – 17
Dresses – 17
Skirts – 3
2009 sewing highlights – melbourne fabric shopping visit and our sewing weekend.
2010 aim – use my fabric stash better and continue to share.
I’ve finished my first two SWAP items.
Option #1 has:
– 6 tops
– 4 bottoms
– 1 of your choice.
2 garments may be purchased or previously sewn.
1 will be a matched print or stripe.
1 will feature embroidery, beads or sashiko
1 will have buttons as the star feature.
My first swap was lining my purple haze skirt with a blue georgette. I’ve been wearing this skirt to work but it really needed lining so I’ve added it in. The fabric has a check in the weave and I’ve matched this at the side seams.
My second item is a black skirt with an embroidered hem edge.
I bought this fabric from Pitt Trading at least 2 years ago. The fabric was a remnant and I have been wanting to make this up for a while but I was stuck on how to get the edging around the whole skirt hem.
I recently brought a skirt that was very girlie and when I wore it, I realised that the feature was only on the front piece. The back was plain. This was a really simple idea so I’ve used it on this simple a-line skirt
I’ve tried to match the pattern. The plain embroidered part is used on the back, so it blends in. I’ve also tried to match the front hemline with the back hemline too.
I’ve used an invisible zip. The centre back hem is lower than the front hem, to cover my tush.
I’ve overlocked the edges and used interfacing on the waistline, to give it stability.
The good thing is I can slim this skirt down when I lose my 5kg.
I’m hoping to use as much of my dark fabrics as part of my SWAP.