- Paula writes, "Shannon, your first SWAP group is the absolute BEST! Love it! Now, as for the 2nd and third, they don't quite look 'finished'...good colors, but...? I love seeing your submissions to Julie's Timmel Fabrics site...you are truly inspirational! (do the kids in class get hyped, too?) Does your husband do your photography? Great presentations!
My husband is my photographer - I love to sew, he loves cameras - it's a match made in heaven. I usually pick the general location for the pictures and he rearranges me until I'm presentable. He is an extremely patient and supportive man - I'm a lucky gal!
As for the comment that the 2nd and 3rd part of the SWAP don't look finished. You are basically correct. The original Australian Stitches formula for wardrobing begins with a well-coordinated 11 piece grouping of garments for the first phase. The second and third phases are meant to augment and complement the first phase, without necessarily matching it. On the old Sewing World discussion board, someone (please forgive me for not remembering who and let me know if it was you) posted a "recipe" for the three SWAP phases. My fall/winter SWAP plans are based on this chart, although I have taken some creative license to create a wardrobe that will suit my needs.
- Summerset writes, "Lovely! I completely understand about the collar size! So what will you wear with it?"
- Vicki writes, "...can I come and visit your wardrobe? I hope you have a spare room just for all your clothes and shoes....sigh....."
- sewcreate writes, "Where do you fit the time between grading papers?"
(1) I am able to sew at the drop of a hat because I have a huge stash of everything - fabric, patterns, notions (thread, zippers, trims, beads, buttons, seam tape, bias tape, etc) - so there is no need to run out to the store for supplies.
(2) I am unbelievably anal retentive and an obsessive planner. Before, I begin any new undertaking (like my SWAP plans) , I plan it to the nth degree. That's not to say I don't make changes as I go, but the changes are not normally huge.
(3) I have no children. This is the ultimate reason why I am able to get so much done.
- eme writes, "...how many of your pattern choices are TNTs and how many are new (rough percentage)..." & "...can you go into your thinking behind each phase (why you chose certain patterns/combos, etc)?
My plans start with a colour combo that I like. I collect together all the coordinating fabrics that fall into this colour range. I decide which fabrics will be used for tops, for bottoms and for the jacket. I usually keep all my bottoms in solid colours. Print are usually reserved for tops - this way the prints don't have to coordinate exactly, as I won't be wearing two blouses at the same time. When choosing patterns, I take into consideration how all the pieces will work together. I try to ensure that all the tops' necklines and lengths will work with the jacket. I also keep in mind the style of the tops when picking bottoms - for instance, I don't want too many blousy tops if most of my bottoms are voluminous as well (I don't want to look like the Michelin Man). I also tend to prefer tops that either have long sleeves or are sleeveless if they are to be worn under a jacket (short sleeves bunch up and drive me nuts). Often, I try to include tops that do double duty, like cardigans that can be worn open over another top or buttoned up on their on (so, obviously the cardi can't have a neckline that is too low and revealing if it is worn on its own). Lastly, I check out the latest trends and see if these can be incorporated to an extent in my plan, although I mainly rely on classic, simple pieces.