Even though SWAP officially started the day after Christmas, today is the first day I will be able to sew. I had to work both the 26th and 27th, but I’m home today and ready to start the first garment.
What’s SWAP you ask? It stands for Sewing With A Plan. And it is an annual competition over at the Artisan’s Square forum. This year, the rules are 10 or 11 coordinating garments, sewn in 2 capsules. Each capsule has to coordinate within itself and there has to be a bridging garment that allows the two capsules to coordinate with each other. I felt that I needed work clothes badly, so that is my theme. I am doing one capsule in black and white and the other in grey and white. The bridging piece will be a jacket in gray with black trim so that I can wear it with both sets.
We have from December 26 through April 30 to complete the wardrobe. You can find more detail on the rules here.
Following is my story board for the plan. I will update with pictures of the completed garments as we go along.
You can’t see it in the picture, but the green blouse has a few tucks at the shoulder that have been smocked. I intend to duplicate that. The blouse will be white, with black smocking.
I believe I will start with the jacket today. Then, I will be able to see how each blouse looks with it and change plans if I need to. I’m really excited about this. I haven’t sewn anything in a long, long time. Especially for myself. I think the depression was in charge of that, mostly. But I’m starting to do a lot of things that I haven’t in a long time. That to me is the most encouraging thing of all. A good sign that the depression is on its way out.
Anyway, I’m off to sew. (and bake some 7 layer bars, too, I think.) Have a great day!