Tuesday, May 29, 2007

My First Swap Contest

I have entered a "SWAP"contest,sponsored by Pattern Review.You can check it out here.

"SWAP" means "sewing with a plan".A certain amount of garments are created to mix and matchable wardrobe.This contest requires 11 garments by July 31.I've been wanting to try this for a long time and always chickened out.This time I signed my name on the list and began digging through my fabric stash for summer fabric that matched.I came up with this bundle for my swap.

The colors are orange,tan,creme and 3 prints of the same color scheme.I hope to avoid buying more fabric.I can see a nice dent in my stash.

Friday, I cleaned up my sewing room,changed the serger thread and planned my cutting time.Saturday and Sunday,I cut,marked and interfaced 5 garments,2 top and 3 bottoms.Here are the cut fabrics and pattern choices for the first five.The tan will be walking shorts and a matching safari top.The orange will be a skirt and top.The cream,orange and tan stripe will be pants.
I spent a lot of time sewing the pants and shorts Monday.I had everything I needed on hand.It really pays to plan everything in advance.No emergency trips to the fabric store or wasted time,waiting till morning because I didn't have a zipper,interfacing,ect.
I took my time and enjoyed the process.I'm resisting the urge to rush through,with the deadline in mind.I've got plenty of time and I'll end up with a cool mix and match wardrobe.I really need that.
All of these pattern are "TNT".I know they fit and are kind to my figure.I don't want to spend time fitting and adjusting patterns.I'm almost finished with the both pants and shorts.I did not get any sewing time in today.I'll make up for that tomorrow.
Wish me luck.


cidell said...

Lisa I love the colors you've picked. That orange is really speaking to me. Good luck with the SWAP!

Elaray said...

Good luck in the SWAP! I like the idea of SWAPs, but I don't think I'll ever sign up for one. I really like your fabric choices. Using TNTs is a good idea. It will save valuable time.

Faye Lewis said...

Your color scheme is SMOKING!!! and I love your TNT pattern choices. I had signed up for this SWAP also but quickly backed (chickened out). I wish you the best here and can't wait to see your pictures!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I loved your safari jacket. Your review on PR made me put this pattern on my list! I really want to make this jacket for fall. Thanks!