SWAP Item #4, Knitting Update

SWAP Item #4 is done!! No, don’t revise your impression of my sewing speed, this piece was cut out prior to this week, and as an unlined skirt, it’s probably the simplest piece of the whole plan! (I may have to revise that plan…). I was very happy to be able to squeeze an ankle length skirt out of the same brown wool as a pair of pants (also cut out, next on the list) – in the storyboard I had this drawn as a knee length half-circle skirt because I didn’t think it was possible. I definitely wear ankle-length skirts more. This is an 8-gore flared skirt I drafted long ago – I made a 6-gore version of it about 4 years ago now. This will replace a tan poly skirt I bought at Le Chateau even longer ago!

(I have my fingers crossed that there will be a few nice days in April when I can do a photoshoot outside of the whole line.  Or I may have to break down and construct a photo studio in my apartment!)

Since the SWAP theme is heavy on the practicality, it was important to me that all my bottoms at least had pockets. This time I used the same in-seam waistband pocket that worked out so well in the skorts I made for the June Capsule Contest (the slight bubble on the left of the pic):

(the actual colour of the skirt is somewhere between the close up images and the distance ones!)  Inside shot:


Similar style shot as it would look with the tops and vest I have planned for the SWAP:

And – SHOCK – there was no drama with this one!! Yeah, the yoke seams had to be taken in, and the length was too long (things that really shouldn’t happen when you’ve drafted it for you specifically 😉 ), but there’s no problem fixing that. Just a nice skirt that went together almost without complaint. YEAH! Fingers crossed for the next 7!!


Now, I have been knitting during all of this. Quite a bit actually. Most of it has to remain secret, and the one thing I have finished, I don’t want to show you:

One fair isle sock done!! But if I show it to you, what will be the big deal when I get through the second one? And we all know the second one is harder ;).  

Now I have to decide whether to continue with the brown wool pants (pros: already cut out, would get the semi-dreaded last pair of pants out of the way, could always use more wool in this weather!) or dive in to something new – plaid buttoned top with puffed sleeves?  The mint and chocolate 3/4 sleeved t-shirt?  

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