I’ve been seriously considering a S.W.A.P. (Sewing with a plan) ever since I read Carolyn’s (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) posts on her S.W.A.P. and viewed the outcome for myself. I was so inspired when I read the Timmel Fabrics article on constructing a coordinating wardrobe. I thought to myself, Well, here’s an idea! Sewing articles of clothing that actually go together and make a complete collection. If you’re like me, you have sewn many separate pieces that don’t match the rest of your wardrobe. In and of themselves, they’re fine, but it’s hard to coordinate them with other pieces.
Well, at long last, I have decided to start my own S.W.A.P. of eleven garments for a fall/winter work wardrobe. I had thought about entering the Pattern Review contest, but I just didn’t think I’d have time (13 weeks) to complete the project, and I didn’t want to be rushed.
I will be following the plan as it is laid out in the said article. My wardrobe will consist of eleven garments: two pairs of pants; two skirts, one in a solid color, one in a print or check; two simple tops, one solid, one in the above print; four tops in colors that coordinate with the solids; and one jacket in a solid color.
The patterns I have chosen so far are:
New Look 6735 Top (for two tops)
McCall’s 5523 Skirt (I’m not sure which view yet)McCall’s 4924 SkirtSimplicity 3686 Pants (one of each in different fabrics)
Simplicy 3828 Purse. I thought I’d throw an accessory in there as well, either the first or second row views.
I still need to find some more simple top/blouse patterns. If ya’ll have any ideas, let me know.