AKA Sewing With A (Steampunk) Plan 2016
Should I or shouldn’t I? I first heard of the annual SWAP competition about 3 years ago, and then managed to forget/remember/forget it several times since. I now know [via the blogospehere] several people who regularly take part, and I’m debating dabbling this year. With my current preoccupation with items steampunky, I feel that would be the way to go [if the rules allow, I’ve just asked over on Artisan Square]
Here are the rules as posted there:
1 “3 pack” A of one or more Color(s) (3 garments)
1 “3 pack” B of one or more Color(s) (3 garments)
1 “Combo Pack” of Colors used in A & B (2 garments)
1 “3 pack” of Wild Cards
And in more detail
A “3 pack” will be:
2 tops + 1 bottom
1 top + 1 bottom + 1 outer layer
1 dress + 1 top + 1 bottom
The final 3 pack option is 1 dress + 1 top OR bottom + 1 layer.
The “Combo Pack” can be just about anything, but they must be garments, not accessories (scarves, belts, bags, etc). The “Wild Cards” can also be any color, or any color combination, but for this to work they will need to follow the format of one of the other “3 packs”. That is, you’ll need more tops, bottoms, or dresses to make the wardrobe work.
For this to work for you, the “combo pack” may need to be both tops, or both bottoms, but two more dresses is allowable for those of you who wear them. If you’re in the colder climes or need business attire, a jacket can be either a part of the combo pack or a wild card, whichever will work for you best.
A “top” will be any shirt or blouse worn on the upper half; a “bottom” will be any garment worn on the lower half, and it shouldn’t be obscene to wear either without another layer.
A “dress” will be any garment that covers both upper and lower halves, and again, it shouldn’t be obscene to wear it without an additional layer.
An “outer layer” will any jacket or sweater that is intended to be a second layer, over a top or a dress. If it can also be worn alone, that is fine.
A “bib” garment will considered a bottom, unless it can be worn alone without a top under or over it.
Two garments may be previously sewn, one may be purchased, and because I’m late with the rules, two may be sewn up before the official sewing start date of Dec 26, 2015. Muslins, pattern fitting, cutting, interfacing, and other preparatory work may begin right away. All garments must be finished by April 30, 2016.
Seems pretty OK to me, and my current projects would slide quite neatly into category A as the basis of a green-themed collection, with my purple plans being a good basis for category B. Any of the existing items would slot in too, as I’m working it all out to be a flexible mix-and-match affair….the section I highlighted in orange gives me even more leeway.
The deadline seems ages away, that doesn’t bother me in the slightest.
What do you think?