SWAP 2016

 I’m joining in the fun of the 2016 SWAP over on Artisan Square.  It is to create an 11 piece wardrobe by the end of April 2016.

My main idea for my SWAP is a hiking ‘collection’ that I can stuff in a pack for an 3-4 day walk without having to think to much about what goes with what.  You can see more detail of the hiking wardrobe plan.

As I was working on the plan, I second wardrobe emerged that was more for everyday.  I called it the “start with a skein” SWAP as it uses the colours in a skein of yarn I bought to weave into a scarf.

SWAP Requirements

More detail can be found here, but the main structure is as follows:

1 “3 pack” of Color(s) A (3 garments)
1 “3 pack” of Color(s) B (3 garments)
1 “Combo Pack” of Colors A & B (2 garments)
1 “3 pack” of Wild Cards

Posts on My progress …..

Posts are ordered by the most recent


Lekala 4466 Knit Blazer and other finish objects… - Lekala 4466 in a textured knit I bought this gorgeous textured knit from my “local” indie fabric store at the same time I picked up the pixel plaid wool.  The pattern I had in mind was Lekala 4466  which is designed for knits and has a shawl collar, princess seams and two piece sleeves. The…
Knit Biker Jacket (My Image M1459) Review - This knit jacket is from the pattern for the pinky-grey jacket featured on the cover of My Image 9 (Fall/Winter 2014/15).   The magazine shots show view B, which has a colour blocked layered-look sleeve. View A has a plain sleeve.  There is a mistake in the tech drawing – the front princess seam actually runs…
Winter wardrobe sewing catch-up: Basic Knit tops and not-so basic jeans - At the top of my list for winter sewing was some plain knit tops, especially cream and black, that  can wear under jackets.  Next in line was a pair of black jeans. For the tops, I went the top from McCalls M5890 (now OOP).  I’d this so many times that I had to re-trace the…
My Image Colour Blocked Top (M1412) Review - This dress pattern has gorgeous style style lines and is perfect for colour blocking.  It is from the Spring/Summer 2014 edition of My Image and has been on my wishlist for a while now.   Actually, there are a quite few other My Image patterns that I’ve been meaning to make.  But there is always that…
Winter Wardrobe Planning - Following on from the success of my Summer-Spring SWAP, I decided to use the same formula for a winter wardrobe.  Here are the bones of what I’ve been working on. The wishlist… Main colours:   black, dark brown, cream and red. Expand options for these jackets: black wool jacket  from 2015 brown leather jacket from 2014…
‘Start with a skein’ SWAP: Finish with a scarf - Since my SWAP wardrobe was inspired by the colours in a skein of yarn, I should show you the finished scarf.  After a few wrong turns learning experiences, the end result was a featherweight scarf that really showed up the colour variations in the dying. 
‘Start with a skein’ SWAP: Pack 4 - The last part of the new wardrobe is the “wildcard” pack.  The colours can be anything, as long as they match with some (not all) of the items in the previous packs.  I’ve used orange tones in my wildcards.   Burnt Orange Linen Jacket I made this jacket a couple of years ago and absolutely…
‘Start with a skein’ SWAP: Pack 3 - The third pack in the SWAP consists of two garments that use the same colour scheme as the first two packs and tie them together. Pack 1 was off-white, with the print in the top including blue and browns. Pack 2 was mainly blue, but the shorts also had a dash of tan. So this…
‘Start with a skein’ SWAP: Pack 2 - The next part of the new wardrobe is the blue pack – tencel denim shirt, linen jeans and cotton shorts.  The details and photos are below.  But first, a quick update on the progress of the scarf.  I’ve wound the yarn onto the warping board.  It was quite a slow process trying to keep the…
‘Start with a skein’ SWAP: Pack 1 - I’ve been enjoying working on my hiking wardrobe as part of the Artisan’s Square SWAP (and I’ve been slack about posting updates as I need to take some photos).  Progress has been a little low, mainly because most of the designs are RTW knock-offs that need a fair bit of drafting.  Then there are the…

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