I am considering doing a SWAP for summer of 2009. SWAP stands for Sewing With A Plan and usually consists of 6 tops, 4 bottoms and 1 jacket that all go together. A dress can be included if it can be worn with the jacket. There have been SWAP contests running for several years, on various websites. I think I’m too late enter this year’s contests, as most of them are using a time frame of November 2008-April 2009 for when the garments must be sewn. I would like to do a vintage SWAP, but I’m not sure it will work out. In my experience, 50’s separates tend to look quite frumpy on me. I’ve made several blouses and a couple skirts, but never wear them. I have a couple 40’s separates that might work. Yes, I’ve complained about 40’s fashions before, but the separates seem to look less fussy and more wearable than the dresses.
For exmple, here’s Hollywood 932
I think the long, shaped hem of the top would be quite flattering for my short waist. I’m not so sure about the gathered skirt, but for that, I have Hollywood 1164
This pattern is a good basic blouse and skirt. I think the skirt is perfect! I already have a high waisted, wide leg trouser pattern that I love and I don’t wear jackets on a regular basis, so I don’t plan to make one.
I haven’t made either of these patterns before and will need to test them out before making a decision. If neither of these work, I have a modern pattern picked out.