Le Rouge et le Noir SWAP 2007Tops
Simplicity 4047, blouse B, white poly satin
Brown Patterns basic shell, cotton batiste, lace, satin bias
SeeitSewit Cross Your Heart Top, stretch cotton
Jalie 2449, wrap top, mystery knit
Jalie 2564, cami, mystery knit and elastic lace
Copied after RTW, twist top, cotton/lycra
Modern sewing patterns, #5361, skirt, modified, houndstooth
Hot Patterns Artful Dodger Slouchy Man-Pants, black wool/poly
Copied after RTW, pants, grey wool/poly
Copied after RTW and modified (to copy Hot Patterns Bustle Back skirt), skirt, black wool/poly
E-sewing patterns, 3100, jacket, modified, houndstooth
This is a wardrobe for my daily life, working and non-working. I am lucky enough to be able to wear anything I want at work – and I mean anything, from the smartest suit to jeans and a t-shirt. I’ve already worn everything in my SWAP at work and felt very good in it. It saved me a lot of time in the morning when deciding the outfit for the day. For work, I’m going to wear a cami underneath the reversible top, for going out I would wear it like it is (pretty sexy cleavage, I like it, because it makes the most out of my modest B cup). The Jalie cami is meant to be put in my purse and then worn when going out directly from the office.
I don’t plan on wearing the white sheer batiste Romanian-inspired blouse with just a bra underneath, I will wear it with a cami. The photos are taken with just a bra because I wanted you to see the lace, eyelet and satin bias stitched on the front of the blouse and it is hard to make them show on white.
It’s been such a great learning experience this SWAP. Briefly, I discovered a sewing community (there is none in my country and I know of nobody else sewing besides me in my city), the sharing and support within this community is just great! I ended up having a great coordinated wardrobe and been “forced” to sew more than I would normally sew when having no deadline, which was absolutely great. I’ve experienced new techniques I knew about but haven’t tried yet – like French seams, bound buttonholes, sewing reversible items – and am very pleased about the results. And last but not least, it definitely boosted my creativity, so once again, Julie from TimmelFabrics, a great big thanks!
I'll post more pictures when the SWAP page is unveiled. Don't want to spoil the surprise