Done and dusted.
Here’s a reminder of the rules:
2018 Seasonal Designer Collection SWAP Rules
You are the Designer. Create a cohesive seasonal collection of eleven garments of your choice.
Consider designer collections like Eileen Fisher, Karen Kane, Kaliyana, Bryn Walker, Eskandar, etc and how they work with a few neutrals, add an accent color or two and some prints. Multiple styles of pants, tops, jacket/cardigan, dresses, accessories, etc are made from the limited color/print palette. New seasons bring new items that work with some of the garments from prior seasons. Your goal is to create a collection that looks like it belongs together and that you can easily add new pieces to in the future.
Choose two neutral colors
Add one accent color and two prints OR two accent colors and one print
Make at least three garments from each neutral color
Make at least one garment from each accent color
Make at least one garment from each print
Remaining two garments may be made from any one or combination of your neutrals, accent(s) and/or print(s)
Create multiple outfits of at least two garments that work for your personal style
Each garment must work with a minimum of two outfits
Sewing begins on 26 December 2017 and ends 30 April 2018
One garment may be started on 1 November 2017 and completed prior to 26 December 2017
One garment may be completed prior to 1 November 2017
One RTW garment may be included
Neutrals do not need to be the same fabric, however, they do need to work together **
I will award a $25 gift certificate to EOS or another online fabric store to the winner
Guidelines (not required but recommended)
Use TNT patterns as much as possible
Limit the number of patterns used since Designer Collections include the same garments made in different colors/prints
Here was what I liked the look of, all from Dogstar
How close did I get? You be the judge…here’re some of the finished pics…link to full album on //s.imgur.com/min/embed.js“>IMGUR here. We took over 100 pics, and I only needed to delete a few, and move the ones of the photo bombing kitty to another folder!
I may have blurred the rules regarding accent and prints, as so many garments are made of multiple fabrics. The tartan is woven so I’m counting it as red! I have 4 black items, [including one trimmed in red, and one in multi fabrics including a print] 3 grey [including a print, my RTW item, and a pre-made item], 4 red [including the woven tartan and a multi/print piece].
Well, it’s 11 items altogether, and the colours are coherent. I’ve been wearing the heck out of all bar one, so I think it’s very successful. Of course, they’ve all been suitable to late winter/early spring, so will now hibernate until autumn in all likelihood, but I love ’em!
What made the cut [all previously blogged]:
V9114, Kathryn Brenne: black skirt, tartan skirt, red trousers
Style Arc Lani tunic: black maths print, grey with pintucks [pre-made], grey animals
V1415, Tom & Linda Platt: red velvet tunic
Style Arc Ebony trousers in grey pinstripe
V8793, Tilton Tshirt
B6287: red multi tunic
Grey Vera Wang RTW leggings
Just 6 patterns used, only the red trouser fabric was purchased specially, and the red tartan was from someone else’s stash clear-out. Lots of piecing and stash diving here, so I feel quite virtuously thrifty. The Butterick top and the black skirt were re-fashioned too.
What didn’t make the cut:
V8434 silk kimono- it is lovely, but I must shorten the sleeves somehow, and it doesn’t mix and match enough for this collection.
Style Arc Daisy black linen trousers- still waiting to be tamed
V1415 black denim trousers, ditto
StyleArc Marie cardigan jacket- mainly because I couldn’t tolerate layering that much in this heat! It does work with lots of the tops though
Kwiksew 4173 striped tunic, it’s lovely if layered, but I can’t wear it on its own, so it lost to the rules!
V1415 black swirl tunic- the only item I’m just not feeling. I love the fabric, but it may go.
These are the pics I’m submitting to Stitchers’ Guild. If you’re a member, voting will start soon!