Sewing with a Plan

I’m finding that while I’m doing a lot of sewing, I’m not as good about taking pictures of what I make. I haven’t mastered the mirror shot or the timer on my camera, and am relying on my family to play photographer. Of course, when they have time/motivation to help, I’m not in the mood, and vice versa. So…in the time since my last post, I’ve made 2 pairs of regular jeans, and a pair of red skinny jeans, all of which I love, none of which have been photographed.

I’ve also discovered and modified a new TNT (tried and true) pattern for a basic scoop neck t-shirt (New Look 6735) and V-neck dolman/kimono/cut-on sleeve style shirt (Hot Patterns free Festival Fringe).

I’ve joined SWAP (Sewing With A Plan), a yearly contest run on Stitcher’s Guild (Artisan’s Square).  The rules change each year. This year, SWAP is based around the idea of 2 distinct capsules. We are given 2 different options for each capsule (and can make 1 of each or 2 of the same). Option 1 has 2 tops, 1 bottom, and 1 dress.  Option 2 has 3 tops and 2 bottoms.  Regardless of which options you choose, you must also sew an additional garment that works with both capsules (a jacket seems to be the most common).

I decided to name my SWAP “Sunset on the Beach.” One capsule is based on the colors of the sunset and the other on the colors of the beach. Both capsules are based on Option 2, with 3 tops and 2 bottoms.

WithNeedleAndThread: SWAP 2013 Plan

The blue stars are items that are done (the red jeans just need a hem, hence the almost star on them). All that’s left is 2 tops, neither of which is set in stone. I’m working on a muslin/test of the Sorbetto top, not sure if I’m going to like the fit.  And the other top is fabric I love, but that doesn’t work with the skirt (not that it necessarily has to, but it would be nice).

The deadline was recently extended from April 30 to May 10, which helps a lot. And, since photos are (obviously) required, I’ll have good photos of all of these items after May 10.