SWAP on my mind

We’re back from our whirlwind trip stateside. Between the cultural must-visit places and shopping, one week is really just not enough. We had a fun time.

Shortly before we left, the SWAP (Sewing With A Plan) rules were announced on Stitcher’s Guild so my jet-lagged mind has been churning over a bunch of possible sewing projects. I’m sticking with the black/charcoal/lime green color scheme and drawing on all the wonderful inspiration that Janice of The Vivienne Files provides. Something like this:

SWAP 2014 visual

I have a plain-woven off-black/charcoal gray wool fabric for the four-piece suit. For the coat, there are two potential candidates: a black quilted smooth poly and a dark gray/black fuzzy wool. We’ll see. For the lime green pieces, I have some poly blend double knits, a cotton jersey, and wool yarn, and also leather for the skirt. Lots of choices here. The two sweaters on the bottom can be a shimmery gray sweater knit and a white/gray boucle knit.

SWAP 2014 patterns

I’m pretty sure about the jacket, coat, and pants patterns. I’ll have to make mock-ups because they are new to me but all three have been on my mental list to try for a while. The self-drafted skirt and dress patterns are no-brainers. I’m debating the sleeves on the dress. Sleeveless may be more versatile. Not entirely sure about the sweater patterns – most will probably be a new incarnation of KwikSew 3003, some may be machine-knitted based on a different pattern. We’ll see.


Here are the rules, for reference (edited for brevity):
We will sew 3 “3 packs” + 2 “wild cards” = 11 garments.

A “three pack” may be 2 tops + 1 bottom OR 1 top + 1 bottom + 1 outer layer OR 1 dress + 1 top + 1 bottom. The “wild card” options must be “garments”, not accessories.

One garment may be previously sewn; another may be purchased.
A current WIP may be included OR one item may be stitched up from scratch before the official sewing date of December 26.

There’s no need for every top to match every bottom.  However, all the individual pieces must form a cohesive collection.

“Sewing” is a blanket term; you may sew, knit, crochet, weave…whatever works.

Sewing will begin December 26th, and all garments must be finished by April 30th, 2014.  Muslins, pattern fitting and cutting may be started whenever you are ready.


OK, so the rules call for 3-packs and I’m thinking in 4-packs. But I think my plan will work anyway:

  1. charcoal gray pants + lime green top + lime green cardigan
  2. charcoal gray skirt + lime green top + charcoal gray jacket
  3. lime green skirt + shimmery gray sweater + charcoal gray dress
  4. wildcards: white/gray boucle top + black coat

I’ll do some more thinking and of course, this is all subject to change. But for now, this is my plan. What about you, dear readers? Are you participating? Thinking about it? Do tell, please.

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4 responses to “SWAP on my mind

  1. This sounds and looks wonderfully classic and sophisticated. Should suit you to a T Alexandra. Good luck. I participated in 2009 and still wear most of the garments made. As a matter of fact I’m wearing the jeans I made for that Swap today. I don’t think they’ll ever wear out!

  2. This is a terrific palette – can’t wait to see how you get from start to finish.

  3. Yes, I think I’m going to join, stewing over my plan right now. I love your palette, would be a good one for me too. I think I’m going with a bright navy and watermelon, with accent colors based on a scarf I’ve had a long time and really love. I’m going to work on making a bit of a storyboard today. K

  4. Thank you for the compliments!

    Diana, how wonderful that you’re still wearing garments from a years-ago SWAP. I’m hoping for the same – jeans that never wear out.

    Karen, I can’t wait to see your storyboard. Navy and watermelon sounds beautiful.

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