Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Moving on...

I will get to the review of making the MOG dress, the coat (that didn't get worn because it was raining, and rain doesn't play well with silk velvet) and the brides jacket.
And I'll get back with commentary and hopefully pics of the MOB suit I'm making now.

But, moving forward, the question has been asked, am I going to sew for SWAP this year.

I don't know. I seriously need clothes that both fit me now and are suitable for work. I'm working in a pretty high end interior design shop, selling the window treatment fabrics and workroom services. There are a couple of ASID designers working there, as well as several of us more lowly types. Very chic shop, chic clientele, high end stuff...and looking "designer" is the name of the dressing game there.
The clothes that I own that fit that description are all too small for me at the moment, so the dictate Sew for the body you have Now is a great rule.

However, I'm struggling with the separates issue, and the 11 garments. I really want/need more dresses in my closet. SWAP rules this year don't allow for dresses, unless they can be worn over a shirt or pants. I'm too old to be wearing dresses over jeans. That is a college coed look, IMO.
Ditto with jumpers.
And, I want to sew with the fabrics that I currently own - sew up the stash!
I have capsules of fabric that will make fabulous mini-wardrobes, but I don't know about 11 coordinated separates without having to add to the stash. Especially since those I do have all have pieces designated for dresses.

So, the answer is, probably not.
Contest sewing is fun. But I need to worry more about what I need to actually get dressed every AM than about meeting a set of rules.

So what about you? Are you sewing SWAP? If not, then why not?

17 comments:

Nancy K said...

I will be sewing the swap. I agree with you about the dresses, but I rarely need them so this swap works for my lifestyle. I am sewing only from stash, but my stash is less dressy than yours is. Since I work from home, and I often wear my robe to work in in the morning, I wonder if I should include a new winter robe here? Just kidding. It won't go over everything in the swap.

Anonymous said...

I originally thought about doing the swap then decided I was not willing to purchase any more fabric - I MUST start using my stash. Most of my stash was purchased with a swap mentality, however you always have a piece or two that doesn't go with everything.

Sigrid said...

No, I won't join SWAP. Mainly because I find it very difficult to commit to this at the moment. Thinking of doing a mini wardrobe soon just for the fun of it. Not part of any contest.

Birgitte said...

Like you, I need to focus on personal priority, so no SWAP for me. But stash is not a problem cause I basically have none :))
Besides, I'm still working on my mini wardrobe, which, like Sigrid said she might do, is not part of a contest. But it was inspired by Pattern Review, and that was a good thing cause it pushed me to include more colors and do things I otherwise might not have done. I love contests, yet sometimes it's better to watch from the sideline and just inhale the inspiration.

Btw, you look absolutely sublime in the wedding photos, and your hair... to-die-for.

Anonymous said...

I will be participating in the swap this year, due to several reasons. I like the focus of wear this week, I can use my stash, and I like the longer time frame. To me, the additional time frame is necessary during this holiday period. I also appreciate SG Mods and Administrator's efforts to continue the contest.

Karendee

Anonymous said...

I'm joining the SWAP for the same reason you are not joining! I teach part-time and make dance costumes part-time. I really love the costume making and am always getting carried away with the next design idea. I'm SWAPping to make myself set aside time for sewing for myself. I joined for the first time in 2007 and have re-found my passion for wearing clothes I have made myself, but I rarely prioritise my sewing.
KathrynT

Dana said...

I'm 99% sure I'm swapping. But this time I bought fabrics and patterns first, the ones I really wanted to make, and then figured out a way to make them all fit into the SWAP plan. Also, last year I made several dresses and wore them maybe twice. So, the dress rule doesn't make any difference to me. Let me add that buying first and planning second really took alot of the anxiety out of it. I would have made these garments even if I didn't SWAP.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Hey Marji - I'm with you...no SWAPping for me. A week in my life would be work clothes and that means dresses...which I'm concentrating on more than ever! I totally understand what you're saying and can't wait for you to FINALLY start sewing some work clothes...I need inspiration!!!

Vicki said...

I always get tempted and then I come to my senses. I don't want 11 items that co ordinate with each other. I prefer special outfits and it is the details that make them special. Details and SWAP don't really work together unless you want to look the same everyday. Mini wardrobes are more friently IMHO. More choices, more colours and more fun :)

Mardel said...

I'm not swapping either. I need things that fit me now for my life now and work with what I have. That doesn't work with the SWAP concept at all. I am still fantasizing about the future and those plans will eventually materialize but other things come first.

Nancy W. said...

I guess I need to create my "own" swap - or it sounds like a lot of us are in the same boat. The endless combinations going on at PR is a better bet for me, because, like many of us, I really want to use up as much as I can from my stash. Maybe we should have a "sew-along" either at SG or somewhere else to do just that. I am in desperate need of more dresses, but I think the dress over skinny jeans or leggings look is best left to those my daughter's age.

Nancy W. said...

Oh, and I'm glad to see that you're going to be sewing for yourself!

a little sewing on the side said...

I really like Endless Combinations, too, and that starts on November 1 as well.

I look forward to seeing what you sew for your new job! That is exciting; the idea of you sewing dresses from your stash!

I love your MOB dress and what a cute haircut.

Alexandra said...

I'm in the 'not swapping' group. I don't do well with sewing commitments plus I want dresses.

Audrey said...

I will probably SWAP, but I really want to make 6 jackets(rather than tops) four bottoms and a coat. The rules don't allow this. The rules are not very exciting this year IMHO. I enjoyed the wedding pictures and am looking forward to the review of your dress. I have had that pattern and the fabric (moss green lace and knit)for a while, but don't have the occasion. Where do you get your energy to work, and sew as much as you do?

Angelia said...

I am going to do a Swap for next year. But I'm not entering a Swap contest.... that many items on a deadline! I really don't need anymore of that kind of stress!! Since I sew for people and they give me plenty of deadlines!

Anonymous said...

Marji

I'm so glad to read your reasons and the comments on your blog. I said I was going to SWAP, but I just can't get the MOJO. Like others, I really don't want 11 coordinating pieces. Myself, I prefer adding pieces to my existing wardrobe to round them out. A SWAP is wonderful for traveling, for short periods of time. But when you're gone for 2months, you get very bored with 11 coordinating pieces. So I'm not sure, actually I'm leaning towards closing my SWAP thread with the admittance that I just can't get exicited about it this year. Plus I truly disagree with the concept sweeping SG that you sew a bunch of stuff then choose 11 that meets the rules. To me, SWAP is about planning a wardrobe. Sewing a bunch of stuff without a plan created an unwearable wardrobe in my closet.
-- Dont want to set up a google account so posting as Anonymous and signing off as sdBev