So close, yet not wearable, so, They Do Not Count yet.
You'll also notice, that a number of SWAP garments are not in the frame. They didn't make the deadline for sewing. ;(
It's ok...it really is. scroll down for my thoughts, and my letter to my sister and all who are disappointed that I didn't make the time frame.
But First, the 50 giveaway items to help start reducing the STUFF in my sewing room. I'm feeling swamped with stuff. Time to lighten the load a bit.
Click on the picture mosaic above. It'll take you to the flickr page. Spend as much time browsing as you care to.
If you see something you would like to claim to add to your collections, and lighten my collection, I will be grateful and happy to pass along the goods. I just am so far past what I can handle in terms of inventory, I must divest myself of some of it.
I will ask you to pay for shipping. I'm not making money on shipping, I'll charge you what it costs me, but I can't be paying it all.
So, back to process, If You see something you would like to claim, PLEASE
- leave your name in the comments under the photo - you don't need to be registered with flickr, just leave your name, or some way to ID yourself.
- Then send me an email at mlweaving at yahoo dot com. with a brief descript of item(s) and your address to ship to. I'll send you a paypal invoice for shipping, so I need an email addy for paypal too.
If an item is tagged, then it isn't available unless you've already had communication with me about it.
If an item is claimed - it's already spoken for. (My mom was here and some friends have also been peeking).
I really hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity to share the stash. I Love almost everything here...but I just can't get it all made up and I'm in a position where storing it is becoming a real issue. I would love to pass some along and then have the opportunity to see what You do with it.
Oh, other caveat: You May Not send anything at all back to me. Nada. As I stated, storage is an issue, and I'm trying to let go of stuff, not trade it for other stuff - ok!?
On to SWAP and contest discussion
When I first approached my sister "D" about making this year's wardrobe for SWAP for her, I had no idea how it would play out.
I didn't finish 11 items for specifically one wardrobe by the deadline yesterday. But I have completed close to 30 garments for her since starting on this journey, and there are many more to come.
I'm so grateful to Julie at Timmel for promoting and sponsoring the contest, and for all the encouragement I've received along the way, and to my sister for allowing me to get her into this.
I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to sew this the way I have.
What I've gained from this process:
- My sister and I have grown closer over the last 9 months, when we first started planning and started testing garments, than we've ever been. We talk to each other now almost weekly. We've seen each other twice since last August. For this alone, participating has been worth it.
- I've learned SO Much. This has been a real learning process for me. Fitting myself is something I've always done. Fitting someone else is something I've only started working on in the last couple of years. Fitting someone else long distance has required building communication skills and patience. I'm so happy that we attempted this. And I Think my sister will tell you that it's been a learning process on her end too. She's trying styles and combinations that she wouldn't have before. She's learning about the joys of custom fit. (She told me that she's getting spoiled now for clothes that aren't custom).
- The plan was originally to use up a lot of my stashed fabrics - Hah! In this we were less than marginally successful. Yes, we used some stashed fabrics, But, I have to admit that far too much got added to the collection everytime something looked "just perfect" to go with the wardrobe.
- I learned (I'm learning) to prioritize on what is important. Because of the nature of the long distance sewing, everything takes so much longer than normal. I could have banged out the rest of the garments in time (well - maybe, I had some unexpected events in the last 2 weeks), but I would have had to compromise quality for the sake of a deadline, that IRL isn't significant. We never got a dress pattern fit -and for me to make one just to fill the slot that I realized last week was still empty would have been a foolish waste of fabric.
- I also learned that I don't want to have a zillion projects out and going at the same time. It's going to take another six weeks to finish up all that is here that is in various stages of construction. When it's done - I'm going to try the concept of starting and finishing one garment, all the way through. What a concept. I feel overwhelmed and pressured by having all these projects in transit, so to speak.
I look forward to some balance in my sewing room.
At the beginning of the year one of my goals was to sew more for other people. Well, between projects for various kids - 5 of the above projects had kids names on them, and the clothes for my sister, and then the past week when my mom was here, and the two of us got 7 items made for her, I've accomplished that.
Going forward, I'm looking for balance. I'll spend the rest of April finishing up some jackets, dresses and another couple of skirts, Then I want to sit my butt down and KNIT!
Going forward, I want to complete one, maybe two items a month to add to D's wardrobe. The fabric is all here. The patterns are here. It's just the execution.
And I want to sew some for me.
I want to congratulate all those who did finish their SWAP wardrobes. Can't wait to see them and go vote. And in all honesty, I'm ok with the fact that my collection is sitting out the judging table.