Monday, 20 May 2013

SWAP 2013 Wardrobe Sewing

Completed SWAP (sewing with a plan) collections are up via Stitchers Guild.  Due to the many appearances here of my older daughter in the last few months, you may have gathered that  she is the recipient of my attempt at this year's challenge.
This year the concept of a completely co-ordinating 11 piece wardrobe was split. Instead,  two capsules of 4-5 pieces were required for each entry, which have only one linking piece needed. These are the two capsules I have entered (no multi-outfit photos are allowed in the official entries, so this is a good excuse for me to show them to you as a two part collection).

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I had planned to write a nice long post linking photos to each individual item I had made, but unfortunately, I am currently suffering from a very dodgy internet connection. 
Instead, here are some outfit shots that are not in the official entry.

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I think this is my most successful wardrobe sewing attempt yet, and despite making it often at long distance, all the items are being worn constantly (or else my daughter is a kind fibber). The success is partly due to having each top only need to coordinate with two bottom pieces and one cardigan, but also because after only 5 years of SWAP sewing I am finally getting more practiced at  planning co-ordinating separates to make an appealing silhouette - instead of actually making two completely unsuited garments and having to start over ;(. After colour and fabric choice, I think the overall shape of the outfits is the next category to discipline in order to have mulitiple outfits from a small number of pieces, and I will be working more on this for my own sewing when I want to maximize garment use.
As soon as my internet recovers, I will be spending a lovely long time looking at all the other collections - so many brilliant outfit ideas are always very good for pattern acquisition encouragement.


17 comments:

Mary said...

Oh, lucky daughter!! This is a wardrobe I'd be happy with also.

liza jane said...

I agree! Lucky daughter!

Paola said...

Nice work! Love both the collections. Seeing this and doing Me Made May has really got me thinking I need to get on the SWAP bandwagon.

Marie said...

Great SWAP - I kind of knew you were sewing a lot for your daughter, but hadn't really thought it was all part of a collection. Everything looks great - and yep, what a lucky daughter she is.

Mary Nanna said...

I can really see the benefits of being able to sew 2 capsules as the looks for the casual and work are so different - what a great job you did!

Dilliander said...

Your SWAP is fabulous and your daughter delightful! A resounding success all round :)

jacquianne said...

A very nice collection - I have followed your SWAP collections over the years and think this is one of the best!!! I have learnt lots from your sharing your journeys and look forward to many more!!!

Sue said...

Great collections! You are right that it takes time to work out what is needed in planning a capsule wardrobe and I find I am only just getting the hang of choosing pieces that coordinate on all levels.

Elise Lin said...

You did a great job! Especially the clinical collection, that's my favourite. You're daughter is a lucky girl :)

Vicki said...

Lucky daughter. Great wardrobe.

Diana said...

Great looking pieces. What a great Mom you are. DD must be so pleased. Good luck with the contest.

Sharon said...

Gorgeous SWAP for your daughter and your two capsules are perfect!

LLBB said...

interesting point you make on silhouette being an important part of a capsule wardrobe. I usually focus on color, then fabric, so this is something i'll have to remember!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Congratulations! These two capsules are just lovely. I like how they are for completely different parts of life, and yet somehow exhibit a harmony and unified style. I would take any of those lovely pieces in a heartbeat. Good luck!

Joy said...

Making one wardrobe is extremely challenging, and yet you made two! Both are lovely! What a lucky daughter you have.

Roobeedoo said...

What a lucky girl! You have put together such a great wardrobe for her.

Tia Dia said...

What great SWAPs! Love all the pieces!