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SWAP

I've decided to join the Timmel SWAP contest. I read about this SWAP before and this week read about this new contest on the blogs of Carolyn and Laura.
I'm fascinated by the idea of sewing a wardrobe. Earlier I published my own storyboard for a personal wardrobe plan for this autumn.

Regarding this contest I thought it would be too much work and planning, and I decided recently to stop buying fabrics from so far away as the US (or Canada in this case) as the shipping charges to Europe are high.

But after considering the fact that you are allowed to make two things before the official start of the SWAP on January 1, I thought this might be done. As it has to be finished in April, this means that it must be a late winter/early spring set of clothes for me. Seems so far away!

And as to not buying from vendors located outside Europe, I'm allowed to make an exception to my own rule :-).

Which colors to use? I have no idea yet, but would like it to be something original for me, as I tend to use the same colors over and over again.

Looking for inspiration I found this site: FashionTrendsetter:

From this site is the colorscheme on the left. One color I will NOT use is what is called Freesia. I can't wear yellow, and always avoid it.

But I like the Snorkel Blue, that might be one of the colors to start with if I can find fabric in that color. (Does Snorkel mean in English the same as in Dutch: a way of exploring wildlife the water?)

If you click Color trends >> Pantone Fashion Color Report for Spring 2008 >> Preview colors for Spring 2008 you'll find all colors predicted to be in fashion next year in a pdf file.

Also nice to visit:A museum site on different designers:

http://cooperhewitt.org/EXHIBITIONS/fashion_in_colors/site/

This is going to be fun!

Comments

  1. I'm doing the informal BWOF swap in the Yahoo group and I was planning on using this season Pantone colors too.

    Also, I need to find a program on for my MAC to do my swap board in....

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  2. Yes, "snorkel" means the same in English!

    I'm pretty much sure I'm going to do the SWAP, too. I'll probably stick to my usual colors - no sense in making a whole groups of clothes that don't coordinate with the rest of my wardrobe! That and Julie has the pefect fabric for what I want to do.

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  3. I am tempted too, but not sure I want to be so focused! And of course the shipping charges from Canada - even further to down under.

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  4. I'm glad you joined... you will have fun, I promise :)

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  5. Sigrid - I am sure that your SWAP will be amazing! I am not joining SWAP this year but I will be cheering from the sidelines. Enjoy this - it is so much fun sewing with other seamstresses and sharing the experience of working towards the same goal.

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  6. Hi, I was just blogsurfing for other tailors and ran across your site. First, my compliments on the coat, even though it gave you so much trouble. Second, I thought freesia flowers were a light lavender color, not yellow, but I don't have any so I could be wrong. Third, snorkel means to breathe through a small pipe while underwater in English. Hope that helps?

    I haven't run into SWAP before, may I inquire as to what it is?

    Loni Ice
    www.foxtailedtailor.wordpress.com

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  7. Sorry, never mind, I looked it up through the convienient link you provided

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  8. Wow - I just found your blog, and loved readuing through it! What great work you do!
    I am looking forward to seeing your swap!

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