Friday, November 11, 2011

Sewing With A Plan - patterns

Given the nature of SWAP 2012, my starting point is to identify patterns that have been fitted to me and need to be sewn again.  I have some good ones!
I've sewn a sweater coat and a jacket using Jalie 2680 

I've sewn a blouse-type top and
 an unlined jacket from V8044
I have a good start on a coat using BWOF 11-2006-108

We are to select seven a la carte items from this menu:

Button-down shirt - TNT shirt pattern         
- TNT t-shirt pattern          
Overshirt - Jalie 2780              
Dress  - make a shirt-waist dress using 
my TNT shirt pattern         
Shorts or Capri Pants       

Skirt - my Versatile Skirt pattern
Jacket -  Vogue 8044 with added design details               
Coat -  BWOF 11-2006-108  

Overcoat or Raincoat     
Bathing Suit & Coverup

That seems like a good start.   I came up with seven patterns!  That is pretty amazing.  When I sewed a SWAP in 2008, I don't think any of my patterns were fitted yet.  When I look back, I got an enormous 
sewing boost from participating in SWAP 2008.  I still wear some of those garments regularly, too.

I wonder what it would be like to sew for a few months without tackling ANY new patterns.  That seems like a novel idea - what do you think?  

It seems like having 7 TNT patterns is not very many when I read blogs of people who might sew 30 different patterns in a year (and they all fit beautifully).  But for me, this is pretty special.  Yep, this is some gooood sheet, man.

Happy Sewing!


  1. Your TNT list looks pretty good to me! I had no TNT patterns in 2008 SWAP either, so it will be interesting to me to see how many on the list I could call TNTs now.

  2. I'm thinking of doing this SWAP, too. Have you decided which four of the seven are you going to make twice, and whether you are going to use the same patterns for them?

  3. Nice tnt list. When you've already done the hard work of fitting the pattern it feels like you are half way there. I look forward to watching as you sew up your list!

  4. I love this SWAP plan, so I think that this will be the first one that I do. I'll have to go run through the patterns I have, I know I have several that fit fairly well. Except pants! That will be a tough one.

  5. I will be following you during this series. It's always fun for me to see what you create. I love the shape of that coat.

  6. You know I love sewing from TNT patterns and I love the theme of this year's SWAP! I think you are going to be thrilled by the end results because you will end up with 11 very wearable pieces.

  7. This sounds like a very interesting/practical SWAP. I'll be looking forward to what you make.

  8. "I wonder what it would be like to sew for a few months without tackling ANY new patterns. That seems like a novel idea - what do you think?"

    It wouldn't be a big deal for me. I'm not as experienced a sewer as you and, more significantly, I don't have a dress form, so fitting is no easy matter. I realize that one can't tell how a pattern is going to fit and sew until you actually make it. There's no romance to me in putting a lot of time into a pattern that doesn't work.

    There's a sewing blog that has a feature that I find ridiculous: They take a photo from a store catalogue, find a photo of a fabric that somewhat resembles that of the store garment, locate a pattern that has a cover drawing with somewhat similar lines and voilà, the supposed ingredients of a knock-off. Except they never sew the dress.

    After wasting some time on some commercial patterns last summer, I decided that I would work on developing some basic blocks instead.

    I may enter the SWAP, as the challenge is perfectly in line with what I've been planning to do for a while. Although I do like many aspects of it, garment construction is too time-consuming and expensive for me to jump from one questionable one-off to another. Fortunately, there are a few basic shapes that I like and with which I'm happy to work over and over.

  9. I have completed (or nearly completed) fitted block patterns for:

    A button front shirt with a collar and collarband;
    A skirt;
    A simple dress.

    I've read that one way to draft a trousers pattern is by using a skirt block. Maybe I'll try that.

    I've been wanting to make T shirts for a long time. Maybe I can find a pattern and an overlocker or a coverlock machine.

    I have some tunics that I've been meaning to try to copy using the rub-off method.

  10. Very good list. I'm over SWAPs though as I never complete them. My new approach for summer sewing - lucky dip the pattern cupboard and find the right fabric from the stash cupboard. Random creativity!

  11. Good sheet indeed. It's sooo soo much easier to sew a cohesive collection when you already have the pattern and fit worked out ahead of time. Believe you me.

    I have a couple of fairly basic patterns I like to re-work with new details, necklines, draperies, etc... It also helps streamine sewing with a purpose... :)

    Really looking forward to seeing more of your work on this.

  12. Your posts have totally convinced me to join this year's swap. I've been thinking about doing something similar on my own, and this will be my motivation for finishing it quickly. I'm excited to see what you sew up, too. I've enjoyed seeing the things you've made before.

  13. This will be my first SWAP and scared witless and excited at the same time.

    I only have one true TNT to work with so I will be making test garments asap and getting my fabrics ready to cut and sew.

    I am glad to see that your 2008 SWAP gave your sewing a boost. I hope some success rubs off on me.

  14. I know it's not the real goal of next year's SWAP, but I'd like to use the challenge to figure out what makes a tried and true pattern for me. Eleven garments seems like a lot for me to handle in that time frame, but I'm going to give it a shot. I hope to have a list like yours by the end of next year, if not by the end of the SWAP. Thanks for the motivation!

  15. I'm a little late to get in on this discussion so I'll just ask a quick question. Does anyone know where I can find a copy of the Burda coat/dress pattern #108 pictured here? Thanks for any information.


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