Friday, December 11, 2009

Another SWAP

Stitchers Guild is doing another SWAP this year (Sewing With a Plan/Purpose) I've kind of laid off of contests for a while, but I do have a purpose for this one. Many of you know that I went to Uganda last year to teach women to sew. Well, we are putting our plans in the works for another venture this year. I am so excited to get to do this again, and another woman from my church is going to be going with me. In fact, she is sort of the reason I got back into sewing again - long story for another post. Anyway, here is what I'm planning for the swap

2 dresses:

  • One long dress made from fabric I got in Uganda last year.
  • One shorter sheath style dress from a musical print shades of gold cotton
6 tops
  • one white button up shirt from embroidered cotton
  • a black and green African Print rayon crinkle pull over top (LH Marseille pattern)
  • 4 tanks/Ts - a red and black sports wicking fabric, green cotton interlock, black and white stripe knit, black and white print knit similar to ITY jersey
2 bottoms
  • LH Swing pattern skirt in black linen
  • Marcy Tilton sectioned skirt in green linen
1 extra item
  • LH capri or Garbo jacket in green linen

One item must be either embroidered or beaded. I'm thinking of either embroidering sections of the green skirt, or the neckline of the green top.
One item must feature buttons or an unusual closure. Well, the shirt and the jacket both have buttons, but I haven't thought of anything that "featurable" for them. I may do bound buttonholes on the jacket. My other thought was to use a distinctive exposed zipper on the back of the dress, but that wouldn't really be appropriate for my trip. I am thinking though of using a Riri zipper and changing the front of the jacket to a zip closure.

9 comments:

Sue said...

That looks like a great wardrobe! That zip is cute too and very on-trend to have an exposed zipper.
I would love to hear more about your trips to Africa, it sounds fascinating.

gwensews said...

Nice wardrobe. I especialy love that skirt. I'm interested in seeing your finished version. I have that pattern, unmade. When yo go to Unganda, does your husband go with you?

Marybeth said...

What a great reason to make a wardrobe... I would love to hear more about your trip to Uganda! Also, maybe this is a silly question, but why would an exposed zipper not be appropriate? Good luck! Looking forward to seeing your wardrobe take shape...

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Nancy W. said...

Marybeth, not a silly question. It's just that a dress with an exposed fancy zipper would look "expensive" and may be perceived as ostentatious. The people there are very poor and you don't want to stand out.

Gwen, I'm trying to talk my husband into going. He is blind, so is very apprehensive about going somewhere foreign without someone being available to take him everywhere and he knows I would be tied up all day long.

Birgitte said...

I, too, am so intrigued by the sectioned skirt. That would be my initial target for embellishment, due to both the design and the fabric- linen is the perfect surface!
The whole plan looks very well coordinated and the colors are beautiful.

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Little Hunting Creek said...

Wow - that's so cute and it looks great on you. Your wardrobe looks great. I never do SWAPs - I have too short an attention span. But I honor those who do :)

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kanishk said...

The whole plan looks very well coordinated and the colors are beautiful.

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