Saturday, November 17, 2012

SWAP 2013

I've put my hand up again for SWAP this year and I've changed my method of planning.  I usually start with the fabric or at least a colour scheme then struggle to find patterns.  This time I have started with the patterns. 

These may not be the final patterns, but they at least represent the direction I want to go in. The rules this year require us to make two mini collections connected by a bridging garment.  I have decided to make a plainer or day collection and a dressier or night collection, the idea being that by adding say a top from the dressy side to a bottom from the plain side, an outfit can go from work to dinner etc.  My bridging garment will most likely be a dressy trench.  The picture in the middle is an inspiration  (I think it was Cue) that I have wanted to knock off for at least 3 years (and I have the fabric).

The left side is the plain side and I intend to make
2 x tops
2 x bottoms
1 x dress
These will all be a plain colour and will have a slight late 50's/early 60's feel to it.  This picture of Stockard Channing is inspiration and I've wanted to replicate this look for years.  I love the slim skirt and the fitted blouse with it's cute turned up collar. I'm on the hunt for a good pattern for side zip pedal pushers, if you happen to see one around.
The dressy side will be more simple patterns and this is where I will have more fun.  I have a hankering for some mini sequins, perhaps in a tunic top but I don't know if that will work.  The sorts of patterns I have in mind on this side also lean more towards the early 60's.
I have time to toss this around and get it right, so there will be other incarnations of this plan but at least I've started.


Faye Lewis said...

Looks like a great plan to me!

Robyn said...

Great pattern selections - can't wait to see you knock off the Cue jacket, it's fabulous.

Anonymous said...

Great SWAP. I have many of those patterns on my to list too.

Faye Lewis said...

Can I ask about your pattern numbers? I'm particularity interested in the short skirt, the sleeveless tie top and your dress.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

You sew fantastic swaps and I expect this one to be just as great! Can't wait to see what your fabric choices are!

Juliane said...

Love this! I really like the shaped waist pants, too. Will you share the pattern number for that one?

Sharon said...

Love your ideas for your SWAP and can't wait to see it come to life.

Gail said...

Love the designs you're planning to work with.