SWAP 2013

I have been haunting Stitcher’s Guild since September waiting for the 2013 SWAP Rules to be posted and here they are:

Hurricane Sandy, site outtages and a fairly wide-spread sentiment among the members has convinced me to keep this year’s rules simple and uncluttered.

We’ll be following JenSA’s suggestion to make two 4 or 5 piece collections, with a single other garment that can be worn with both capsules. 

Each collection is either 3 tops and two bottoms, or 2 tops, 1 bottom, and 1 dress, which all form a cohesive group.  The 11th garment should be a jacket or other piece that coordinates with both collections, both in style and color.

These collections can be for different occasions, or in different colorways, or simply reflect two very different styles or images. 

There will be no requirement this year to use a particular fabric or pattern choice, no fussy print matching or need to master any new skill. 

Sewing will begin December 26th, and all garments must be finished by April 30th, 2013.  Muslins, pattern fitting and cutting may be started whenever you are ready.

One garment may be sewn before the official sewing start date, and one may be purchased or previously sewn.

So this means that your SWAP collection can have a total of 9, 10 or 11 pieces.  As always there is a lot of discussion going on at Stitcher’s Guild and some of the ladies even have a pretty good idea of how they are going to proceed.

JenSA’s suggestion was made around the middle of October and quite a few of us really liked the idea, so I had started to play with my plan and had a pretty good idea what I was going to do, as long as I could work with the rules, and the answer is yes.

My SWAP plans consist of:

  • an evening collection
  • an everyday collection 
  • with the all important cross over piece being the rain coat Trench.

I’m pretty certain all this will come from my stash and I’m working out the patterns, but plan on using some of the TNT patterns I achieved last year.

So who is going to join me?

16 thoughts on “SWAP 2013

  1. The rules this year are very appealing. In the past it had been making things I didn't want. But this is very workable. I like the idea of the trench being the link. I could do a work set and a casual set with the trench link. Hmmm, I'm thinking about it 🙂


  2. Oooh this is so tempting! I have just cleaned out my cupboards and sent a whole load of old clothes to Vinnies so I have a very good excuse to indulge in some selfish sewing! I love your idea of a trench for night and day, especially as the trickiest part of this SWAP is having that one piece that works with both collections.


  3. Very interesting to read about your plan. I've been sewing just enough to realise I have too many disparate pieces…made just for kicks rather than a plan. I'm now beginning to pay a lot more attention to SWAP … A question; do you recycle or retire pieces from previous SWAPs?


  4. I think your plan sounds great – good luck 🙂 It's going to be so crazy at work for the next 6 months I won't be able to join in but I'm looking forward to seeing what others create.


  5. Given that I'm just about copying you, I can't wait to see what patterns you're going to use. I have about 30 patterns spread out on the sofa at the moment and hope to make a final decision this weekend. I haven't thought about fabric yet, so that will be my next task!


  6. I suspect that you will have a wonderful wardrobe, and am curious to see what patterns you choose… one of the things that I like the most about SWAP is seeing how very differently folks interpret the guidlines to suit their lives…~ indigotiger


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