Monday, November 23, 2009


It is that time of year not Christmas, but the day after. That is the official start day of the 2010 Stitchers Guild SWAP (Sewing with a Plan). I didn't finish last year as we moved half way through. I have a little more experience with planning (& executing plans) this year, so I'm sure I'll finish.

I really love the rules this year, as I can actually make dresses. There is an option with 5 dresses, so this is my choice. I will have to make 5 dresses, 4 tops, a bottom and another garment of choice. The rules also state that 2 of the items may be previously made or bought. One can be knitted or crocheted. At least one item must have some form of matched print or stripe, another needs some form of embellishment and yet another must have buttons as the star feature or have an alternative type of closure.

I've been working on a plan that is practical to wear, I want to wear this stuff, and also practical to make in the time frame.

I played with a few colour schemes and only got excited about this:

This colour scheme reminds of the last few minutes of a sunset, when everything is dark, but for that burst of colour on the horizon.

So this is what I have so far:


Skirt Burda 7610 View A, fabric still to be decided (TBD).
Skirt Loes Hinse Boot skirt in a black rayon (viscose) crepe.


Knitted boat neck raglan sweater in a red, purple, orange variegated yarn.
Loes Hinse Tank Dress Group tank in black rayon crepe with a lace hem.
New Look 6775 View D, Fabric TBD
Black silk blouse (already made) or another top if time permits


New Look 6775 View B, in a deep red & white polka dot.
Simplicity 2583 with short sleeve & neck knot, black, grey & white floral cotton pique.
Shirt dress, pattern TBD, in aubergine colour, with pretty distinctive buttons.
Embroidered or beaded fabric still to be found, with pattern TBD once I have fabric.
Knit fabric dress in black, grey or deep red/burgundy using New Look 6775.

I'll update once I find the outstanding patterns and fabric.

My storyboards (click to enlarge):


  1. lovely colour combinations and I like the simplicity dress and new look designs.

  2. Very nice SWAP. I love the variegated yarn particularly.

  3. I love it that you're going to knit a top too. Your fabric combo is really pretty.
    Where are you in CA?

  4. Marji, I'm in Windsor, which is across the river from Detroit.