OK, so I revealed most of it as I went along. But here’s the final summary with shots of the last few garments actually on me!
Let’s review the contest rules:
2 dresses -single pieces consisting of top and bottom that can be worn alone.
6 tops – t-shirts, shirts, blouses, or camisoles
2 bottoms – jeans, pants, shorts, skirts or kilts.
1 your choice (not an accessory)
2 garments may be purchased or previously sewn.
1 may be knitted or crocheted.
1 will be a matched print or stripe.
1 will feature embroidery, beads or sashiko
1 will have buttons as the star feature OR use unusual or alternative closure(s).
This year’s emphasis is going to be on making a wardrobe that fits your needs, and showcasing your sewing and embellishing skills.
Sewing will begin December 26th, and all garments must be finished by April 30th, 2010. Because this is a shorter time frame, pattern fitting and cutting may be done whenever you’re ready.
2 dresses – ok, so only one got done, thank goodness for the “2 garments may be purchased/previously sewn” rule. I’ve got a sleeveless linen shirt dress in my closet that fits right into the look of this SWAP! The dress that got done has embroidered cotton facings, one of 3 in my collection that fulfil that requirement.
(click on the photos to see the original posts about them)
The purchased dress is a linen shirtdress I live in in the summer:
(the “1 garment may be knitted or crocheted”)
And the two new ones:
with the all important “unusual closure” – pearl snaps on cropped jeans!
1 my choice:
past hip-length tunic in embroidered cotton with a 2-sided obi belt (plain side showing, the other side is in the same embroidered cotton). I might have to play with the photo settings on this one for the official entry – can’t really see the detail!
both the tunic and the belt were self-drafted. I intended the tunic to be long enough to wear over tights – we’ll see if I’m brave enough to do that!
I think everything has already been worn, some of them multiple times, since I made them, so check off the “fits your needs” category. I think this bunch was more showcasing the fitting and speed talents I didn’t know I had (really, I think this batch triples what I made in the two years previous combined!) than my sewing and embellishing skills per se (oh, wait – there were quite a few collars and buttonholes, weren’t there?).
For those on Stitcher’s Guild, keep your eyes peeled for the reveal album – this collection isn’t even going to touch most of the gorgeousness that’s been done in the last 4 months!