I've been reading with a great deal of interest the excitement building around the 2008 SWAP that is discussed on Artisan's Square. The SWAP (sewing with a plan) runs from January to April 2008.
In fact, I was just about to sign up when I realized that I need a new, coordinated work wardrobe BEFORE Jan. 1, 2008 as I will be transferring to a new department within the organization on that date. One that will require a more polished look than I currently wear in the office.
So, I thought I'd be adventurous and try something new....planning ahead with my sewing! Whoa! What a concept!
Instead of "oh, this fabric is cute, what can I make with it?", I'm trying "this will coordinate with this, and this with this, and so on, and so on, and so on."
With that in mind I headed over to Treadle Yard Goods with my $175 gift certificate in hand ready to purchase good quality pieces that coordinated together. You know, it was hard to actually spend that gift certificate! Because once I spent it, it no longer represented a dream of what I *could* sew.
It was also harder than I thought for me to stick with my plan. I kept seeing all the pretty Amy Butler fabrics, and some wonderful rayon knits, and some sparkly silks - all fabrics that appealed to me but I had no idea of what I would have sewn with them.
After almost an hour, I finally decided on a black and white tweed with flecks of caramel brown, rose pink, pale lilac, and fuchsia to be sewn into a jacket and matching skirt.
The next piece was a winter white wool gabardine for a slim skirt, that will be underlined and lined.
Lastly a charcoal gray wool flannel for a pair of lined pants. I'm signed up for a Cynthia Guffey all day pant fitting workshop in November so I'll hold off on sewing the pants until after the class.
As soon as I added in the Ambiance lining for everything my gift certificate was gone! I must admit, this will be the first time I've ever used Ambiance lining. I feel as if I've finally gone up a notch in my sewing or graduated to the big girls school of sewing.
Once my new purchases were in my sewing studio I began digging in the fabric stash to see if I had anything else that I could pair with my new "core" pieces and was delighted to find a few that will work.
A raspberry (or fuchsia) wool knit that I accidentally felted a bit years ago when I preshrunk it - not knowing that wool should not be dried in the dryer. I think it will work well in a belted jacket, although it might be a bit too thick for the belt.
A winter white mystery fiber fabric with a wonderful nubby texture. This was purchased almost 20 years ago from a woman who was moving - if I remember correctly, she had originally purchased it in Ireland. It isn't very heavy so I think it will work well in the McCall's 5276 swing jacket I made previously.
In a free bundle assortment from Fabric Mart Fabrics I had received a two-yard piece of a caramel brown fabric - possibly rayon. The color I thought was horrible and I planned to use it as a muslin, however it matches the speck in the wool tweed perfectly, so I'm going to sew a skirt and see if I can make it work.
I also have a black/cream sheer Anna Sui silk purchased from Fabric Mart Fabrics that will be sewn into a top - possibly a loose fitting, longer length top.
I keep eyeing this gray/black charmeuse at Gorgeous Fabrics also, but it's so difficult to determine if the colors will work or not when shopping online. I haven't purchased it yet, but that may change this weekend.
So what do you think?