Thursday, April 05, 2007

Winding up SWAP

Well work is done until next Tuesday I will immerse myself in the finishing details of my SWAP. Of course, since I have had four more days to think about my reversible piece I am already changing some of the details. Now you would think that since I only have three more days that I would just try to get it finished but noooooo I am off on some kinda trip trying to make it more wearable and to fit in better with my collection.

See this is why I left my reversible piece until last...I just don't like reversible garments! So I had to come up with an idea that would really float my boat ~ something that I would actually wear ~ not something that I made just to fill the contest's requirements. I did that last year and have never worn the garment that I this year I am determined to make a totally relevant and wearable piece.

This dress from Monroe and Main (I must get every catalog under the sun!)
Became my inspiration for a reversible dress. This looked comfortable and like something I would actually wear. Of course this is just the jumping off point but it pointed me in a different direction, well different from what others were doing at Stitchers Guild - all good ideas but not what I wanted. Especially since I have invested so much time and effort into making my "collection" one that would work in my new corporate environment.

Tomorrow I will get up bright and early (well not as bright and early as I usually do - I am definitely sleeping in!) and start on the pattern work. I think I can get at least one of the dresses completed before Good Friday service tomorrow night. I will have all day Saturday to finish it up (while my Easter ham cooks!).

That leaves the top that was originally going to be a sleeveless Jalie turtleneck but I am tired of sewing winter clothes (even though it snowed today in NYC!). I have decided to make the Dana top from Peggy Sagers line, Silhouette Patterns.

Of course I have a twist for the top but nothing so extensive that I can't finish up my pieces by the 8th especially since I am doing sunrise service on Easter. I have gotten my confidence back and I know that I will be done by then! Will take photos on Monday the 9th, take them to work to Photoshop them and send them off to Julie at Timmel Fabrics!

Thank goodness because even though spring may have temporarily gone back into hiding here in the Northeast, I am so ready to sew spring!


  1. OOOOh, a reversible dress! I love it. I like the inspiration dress you've picked out.

    Ugh, it snowed here too - and here I though spring had sprung!

  2. Good luck on finishing your swap wardrobe. I am looking forward to see what you are going to make as a reversible dress.

  3. If anyone can get those last pieces done - it's you. I have complete faith that you will be telling us that your SWAP is done on (or before) the 8th. I can't wait to see it all!!

  4. I am so impressed by your sense of style and your sewing finesse. I took a peeksy at Monroe & Main... love the cross over tank and Empire waist dress... which I am learning I need to incoporate into my wardrobe.. and looking to sew some pieces up... I can't wait to see a pic and read the details on the making of your reversible dress... will you go with rayon material...? Thanks for posting on Cora.

  5. love the inspiration piece.
    Can't wait to see what you do with it.
    I finally also came up with a reversible piece I will Wear - and it was Hard to do that. Not to make, but to come up with.
    good luck finishing this weekend.

  6. Good luck! I know whatever you do it will be beautiful!

    I have been so ready to sew for spring/summer since about, let's say, February!

  7. All of your garments are just gorgeous!! I've been lurking here for some time, I enjoy reading your posts and all about the SWAP. Don't worry, you'll finish...nothing like a looming deadline to put the ol' kibosh on procrastination! Can't wait to see them all.


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