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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-04-20 8:28 AM (#54364)
Subject: Karen's Spring/Summer SWAP



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I'm inspired to make a few new things.  We will be going to Williamsburg in May and then I'll be going to ASG in July.

I was early for my hair appointment and went into DSW - look at these shoes - they are so cute - and on sale too!

I wear red often and already made a red spring blouse a few weeks ago.  Maybe I'll get to wear it this week.

Kathy Seidel says the way to start is with cute shoes.  She made her girls select shoes first and then she made their party dresses to go with the shoes.





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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-04-20 9:59 AM (#54369 - in reply to #54364)
Subject: RE: Karen's Spring/Summer SWAP



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This blouse was made a couple of months ago.  Hope to wear it this week.

It's a poly/linen blend.

Dresses - empire - shoulder princess - cap sleeve.





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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-04-20 10:04 AM (#54370 - in reply to #54369)
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I was working on this when I found the shoes.

I wore this to the Tim Gunn event with Lisa and Paul.

Dresses - empire - surplice.  I drafted a tunic length - longer than I usually wear blouses.

Sleeve is pleated with trim on the edge of the pleat and a button.

I didn't use facings for the neck area.  I folded over the seam allowance, trimmed and clipped.  I use a seam tape on the surplice wrap neck first.  Sewed on black trim.

I selected the trim after finding the shoes.  Before that was unsure of the finish I would use.

Big button is one from the 40's.  The wrap closes with an elastic loop.

I wore dressy black slacks with this.





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Mary Anne
Posted 2009-04-20 11:22 AM (#54371 - in reply to #54364)
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Love the shoes Karen.....very cute! I don't get to wear flats much because I am so vertically challenged.

Both tops look really good, would love to see a picture of you wearing them!!!

Not sewing much at the moment, as our weather is particularly nice, and that doesn't happen very often. Taking advantage of it and working outside while I can.
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Susan in Miami
Posted 2009-04-20 11:25 AM (#54373 - in reply to #54370)
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Hi Karen,

Love both of your tops, this one especially. I think it would make a stunning shirt-jacket worn opened or closed.

Susan

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julie w
Posted 2009-04-20 12:41 PM (#54374 - in reply to #54364)
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I just love those shoes that co-ordinate really well with both wonderfully styled tops. If I had those shoes I think I would lose them to my daughter!
Great inspirational pieces.
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Fashions by Joellyn
Posted 2009-04-20 1:43 PM (#54375 - in reply to #54374)
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Really nice--would love to see a picture of you in the whole outfit! The black trim on the wrap jacket looks great!
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-04-20 1:47 PM (#54376 - in reply to #54364)
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Will take some.  I wanted to put up the pix this morning - not a good time for pix.  Was thinking the whole time at aerobics class about other things to add to it.  I have already have black capris and gray slacks.  I ordered some fabric from Peggy Sagers in Denver - it was the gray and white she did the Ralph pants out of.  Very tiny check.  I should have enough for slacks, capris and a casual jacket if I cut carefully.
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ursula
Posted 2009-04-20 4:36 PM (#54381 - in reply to #54364)
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Lovely tops. Funny, I have been thinking and kinda working on something very similar to the red one.
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kirsten
Posted 2009-04-21 2:14 AM (#54399 - in reply to #54364)
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Thank you for sharing your SWAP with us. Just love your tops. That extra detail you put on the sleeve of the grey top makes it designer.

What a good idea to start off with the shoes, I usually end there.

Maybe we should all share out SWAPs.



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rowena___.
Posted 2009-04-21 7:38 AM (#54403 - in reply to #54364)
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karen, the shoes are really cute and i would love to see your total SWAP! 

this just MIGHT be the year i finally get around to a complete SWAP.  you have inspired me yet again!

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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-04-21 8:34 AM (#54406 - in reply to #54364)
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Yes, it would be fun the have more SWAP's this spring.

My "to do" list for today is pull from closet thing I already have and pull from my fabric closet fabric that might work with this.

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Kathy Seidel
Posted 2009-04-21 9:11 PM (#54414 - in reply to #54364)
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The first advantage of my "start with the shoes first" philosophy is that you aren't driving yourself nuts looking for the right pair of shoes. Another is that, at the discount shoe warehouses where I made my girls shop for their special-occasion shoes, the dramatic or multi-colored shoes are the most heavily discounted. My daughter got a pair of $200 three-shades-of-plum shoes for about $20. It wasn't hard at all to make a dress with varied shades of purple and plum.
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-04-21 9:30 PM (#54416 - in reply to #54364)
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I remember those shoes.

I tend to do very simple garment so cute shoes really work for me.  I have a pair of slip on sandles I bought for $8.  Original price $80.  Every where I wear them someone comments on how cute they are.

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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-04-22 10:36 AM (#54438 - in reply to #54364)
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Here is the fabric I pulled.  Back row is knits - front row woven.  I selected three pieces.

Black woven, Red woven, Black/White check.

The plan:

Black/White unstructured jacket.

Black sleeveless dress

Red Capris

In June I'll pull a knit to do the ASG blouse pattern to wear at the conference.

Time to start printing patterns.





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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2009-04-22 10:55 AM (#54440 - in reply to #54438)
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Karen, you need a plaid, or a paisley, or a stripe to go with that grouping. Or all of the above.

Love, love, love the color combo. They all look good on you, and will be gorge with those adorable shoes.
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-04-22 11:00 AM (#54441 - in reply to #54364)
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Guess that means a trip to the store.  Will start these today - I have to be ready to go on May 13th.

I can always add a print in June when I do the ASG top - maybe a skirt to go with it.

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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2009-04-22 11:18 AM (#54443 - in reply to #54441)
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Polka dots would be pretty, too. And understated. And very French. All good.
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Fashions by Joellyn
Posted 2009-04-22 12:21 PM (#54446 - in reply to #54443)
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Karen, I love that combination of colors--very sharp, very dramatic! I need to get organized like this for my trip back to Michigan and my class reunion in July!
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Paula J
Posted 2009-04-22 9:12 PM (#54466 - in reply to #54364)
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A little off topic: Karen - I am in Richmond, VA, about 1 hour west of Williamsburg. We have had an unusually rainy and warm spring, so everything is in bloom and the trees and grass are very lush and green. You should have great weather while you are here, and not too hot and humid. And the nasty pollen will be gone by then (puts a green tinge on everything). If you need any ideas or have questions, let me know. Williamsburg is my favorite place and we go often. A big reason we moved here 7 years ago from Michigan.

And speaking of Michigan, Joellyn, where in Michigan are you from? I grew up in Southgate (southern metro Detroit). Coming here was a big culture shock, but love the easy winters and all the history stuff, so it was a good move for us.

Back on topic: I have visions of putting together a SWAP with a combo of RTW and stuff I make, but can just never seem to do all the planning involved. Sometime I will get there! Will enjoy seeing your progress.
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Fashions by Joellyn
Posted 2009-04-22 10:30 PM (#54469 - in reply to #54466)
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Paula, I am from Negaunee, 10 miles from Marquette. I know where Southgate is, as I taught in South Redford for 3 years after graduating from NMU, and my aunt lived in Wyandotte. I moved to the Denver area almost 10 years ago from Midland (lived there for 20 years), where my late husband taught band and I was a counselor in rural Beaverton. There are lots of transplanted Michiganders in Colorado, plus other assorted Midwesterners. Despite my descriptions of recent snowstorms, the winters here are very mild (and SUNNY) compared to Michigan. We just get socked with some storms in the spring. And, yes, having lived in Michigan all of my life, it was a big adjustment for me to move here. My daughter and her husband live out here, and I now have 2 adorable granddaughters, so although I miss Michigan at times, I wouldn't want to miss out on seeing those darling GDs!

I will be flying to South Bend in July, where my son lives, and we will drive up to the Upper Peninsula together. I do miss him and the rest of my family in Michigan!

Living near Williamsburg sounds wonderful!


I have been putting together a SWAP for my oldest granddaughter. Will post pictures when I get more of the components finished. Now to plan one for me!
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-04-23 8:35 AM (#54474 - in reply to #54364)
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I have to say that having posted to the SWAP keeps me moving.

Started Black sleeveless dress yesterday.  I did a muslin, mainly for the neck choice and also I have not done a empire dress.  My empire blouses have been either surplice or princess.  My dress is back zip, darted.

I found I needed to lengthen the front darts.   There was a poof in the tummy area.  I just resewed the darts two inches longer - what a difference that made.  Sometimes I am still surprised what a small change can make.

Darts are in and edges serged.  Facings are fused and cut out.

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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2009-04-23 10:07 AM (#54476 - in reply to #54474)
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Sounds nice, Karen. You can't have too many black dresses, in my opinion!
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Posted 2009-04-23 1:28 PM (#54496 - in reply to #54364)
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Hi Karen -- I am enjoying your SWAP story and look forward to seeing you in these garments - photo or in person at the ASG conference.

What are your settings for the red linen top - design and ease? I think I need something like that.

Thanks, Sally
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2009-04-23 5:48 PM (#54506 - in reply to #54364)
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I have to take a look.  I keep my info on my old computer in the sewing room.
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