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Date: 4/2/09 11:55 AM

I'm not sure where to put this question, so if I'm in the wrong forum, I apologize in advance.

I was wondering if people who had completed a Sewing With a Plan session would chime in on whether or not they were glad they'd done it and if they found the new wardrobe truly useful over time.
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Date: 4/2/09 5:46 PM

I didn't quite get a SWAP finished last spring, but yes, I've worn everything I made multiple times and am SO glad I worked that way. In fact I keep finding new ways to wear the pieces I sewed...I found that thinking in terms of color/shape/coordination while I was sewing really helped me find stuff at thrift shops and in catalogs, etc that also work with those SWAP pieces even though I wasn't consciously aware of my change in focus...

edited to add:
Swap 2008 blog post that discusses the things I had learned by doing the SWAP. I've actually found the exercise helpful to me even when I'm not consciously working with a 'plan.'
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Date: 4/3/09 6:38 AM

I finished a SWAP this year, and two capsules. For me it is a great way to focus my sewing and attention and I actually get wearable garments out of them. I don't know that a full SWAP is essential to get the same benefit - a couple of smaller capsules give much of the same benefits without as big a commitment.

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Date: 4/3/09 11:12 AM

I'm 4 garments away from finished on my first full SWAP and so far I'm regret-free. It's really forced me to focus on and produce practical, needed clothes that play well with each other. If I went purely with my sewing inclinations I'd only make wildly impractical dresses and costumes so this self-imposed goal of SWAP-worthy items means I've gotten to work with fabrics, techniques, and patterns I normally wouldn't but now, as I see my wardrobe fill out a bit, I"m glad I did. I"ve been wearing the seams off all the things I've made for the SWAP and I know I'll continue to wear them long after I've finished.

So, yeah, one more vote for the merit of a SWAP. :)

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Date: 4/3/09 4:57 PM

I did a SWAP last summer and am going to add a capsule to it this spring. I'm wearing an outfit from the summer SWAP right now, in fact.

I got to wondering, because while I've seen all these wonderful storyboards and things, I don't see people talking about their wardrobes much afterwards. So, either it was so useful and mundane it wasn't something that caught the attention, or it didn't work out.

For me, it was actually a really useful makeover that I'm still happy about. I've never been what you could call a clothes horse, but a closet full of coordinated garments that I don't have to think about too much to be decently dressed has been wonderful.

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Date: 4/3/09 7:45 PM

I was very pleased with the SWAP I did for my young daughter, it all went together fine so she was able to choose her own clothes without any major clashes.

I am planning to do another one for her now, as she is at school & doesn't need heaps of clothes outside of uniform. But it's still nice to have some variations available.

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Date: 4/3/09 11:52 PM

Does it really curb the oooooh! costume! urge?

I was trying to incorporate the intense lust for period clothing into an everyday look... Okay, I was trying to get brave enough to do that anyway. But, oh, they call my name so badly!

Do you just stack up your patterns/practical materials over the costuming and corsetry supplies?

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Date: 4/4/09 1:40 AM

Lady_M, I love what you sew for yourself and don't see any reason why you couldn't incorporate some of the SWAP guidelines into your current sewing. A SWAP is about the mix whether it's style is from 1949 or 2009.

My mom made SWAPs for my sisters and me when I was little, except they were called 'mix and match wardrobes.' In 1960, when I was ten, she made thirteen complimentary pieces for me and each of my two younger sisters = thirty-nine garments, in three different colourways incorporating three 'mix and match' prints. The concept is not new.

I can definitely see a capsule or partial SWAP from whatever decade pleases you, as a possibility, which might satisfy your costuming urge, while allowing you to create some versatile wardrobe additions. JMHO.

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Date: 4/4/09 1:24 PM

As you can see from my userpic, I do costume-type sewing myself (in fact, learned to sew because I could not afford Renaissance faire garb. After learning how to make an Elizabethan corset, modern garment sewing stops looking quite as intimidating!)

So, yeah, I sympathize. I did the swap in part so I'd have a real grown-up's wardrobe for professional purposes!

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