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Sewing With A PLan (SWAP)

Swap is a concept that has been around for a couple of years. I read about swap was from Julie Culshaw's website sometime in 2006 or 2007. After reading Julie's article I started buying stitchers magazine on E-bay; and I was able to read and see more of how the swap concepts work. I have been planning to swap from 2006-2010 without success; I made a plan, choose patterns, fabrics, and created a design board. After all that planning, I felt overwhelm, anxious and abandon the whole idea. Every fall I went through this exercise and finally last fall I decided that SWAP was no longer important and that I was going to sew whatever I wanted, no rules. The fabulous Sheila-CTK who has a relaxed, matter of fact attitude has encouraged me and shared her knowledge and experience. This has helped me to refocus and re-organize how I sew and what I sew. The results were evident in the last three post (carnival of skirts and simplicity 1873- Cynthia Rawley). Finally, I realize that the reason why my attempts of SWAP was not succesful in the past was because I only had one TNT (skirt) pattern, all the other patterns I choose required too many alterations and this took so much of my time. Also, I did not have all required notions for the fabrics I choose etc. I now have several TNTs (skirt, dress, jacket). This brings me to my last point, there is a SWAP over at Sticher's Guild that starts December 26,2012 and ends April 30, 2013. There are three options for a total of  9 to 11 garments including tops, bottoms, dressess etc. This equals 2 garments a month. If you are interested head over to Stitcher's Guild.
I will not be joining SWAP swe along, instead I will be using the concept to add needed pieces to my wardrobe.


I enjoyed reading your post. I have gone through a similar situation. I started a project board, and abandoned it shortly after. I have decided I will sew what I like when I want too. The only problem I have is I tend to sew the same pattern, over and over and over again. So now I am top heavy in my closet. More tops and not enough bottoms. But I frequently remove anything from my closet that I haven’t worn in a year and donate it.
alethia said…
Thank you Melanie, you know how it feel. Since I made the decision to sew what ever I want, I no longer have the need to meet deadlines. I also clean my closet out yearly and donate stuff. So get to sewing more bottoms.
Claire S. said…
SWAP is such a good concept - and SCARY ! LOL I joined the Slow Sewist sewalong at PR for good reason. No matter how easy and doable the SWAP rules seem, there is no way I would do 9-11 pieces in that time frame. With all good intentions, I never even managed one skirt in the Carnival :-(
I'll look forward to your pieces as you 'fill in the blanks' in your closet.
alethia said…
Claire,,SWAP is not only scary, but stressful and it makes me anxious. Besides I am a very slow sewist. Slow Sewist sewalong? that sound like a sewalong I should join.
Sheila said…
SWAPs are good if one can endure the deadline. I learned that I do better working from my closet which helps pairing my sewn garments with rtw orphans.

Thanks for the shoutout.

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