DSCN4329 This week’s SWAP piece is the skirt from Simplicity 1467 in the Astaire fabric I used for the pants from the same pattern.

The color of the photo below is more accurate.

The issue with the waistband has I think been solved. I read it again and again and finally paid attention to the notes saying that the skirt is worn below the natural waist. If instead of cutting the elastic to fit the waist you cut it so that it is just slightly smaller than the wide waistband, and the elastic is attached at the inner side seams at the very top of the wide waistband, the front can be quite flat and the back just slightly gathered.

Even worn a bit low, the skirt is rather short, so I used hem tape to make a narrow hem  to keep it about knee length. DSCN4330

It’s quite pretty and the fabric is nice and soft. The color, this spring’s Sand, is not a flattering shade for me. I bought the fabric on sale for $3.95/yd with the intention — per the SWAP system — of making a jacket as well.

I could use it to make a wearable muslin of the jacket I’ll be making in the tailoring class, though a jacket is a whole lot of work for a wearable muslin.

It’s also a whole lot of work to make a jacket in an unflattering color.

While I wait for the fabric for the jacket in question to arrive, I must figure out the fitting of the jacket. I also have a top cut from blue linen to sew up. The SWAP is on schedule — sort of.

Spring SWAP 2014 progress:

  1. gray jacket — not yet cut
  2. violet top — cut and sewn
  3. green top– cut and sewn
  4. blue top — cut
  5. cream top — not yet cut
  6. orchid top — cut and sewn
  7. orchid skirt — cut and sewn
  8. gray skirt — not yet cut
  9. gray pants — not yet cut
  10. sand pants — cut and sewn
  11. sand skirt — cut and sewn

You can see that I’ll finish the blue top this week and could even get the cream lace top made, too, if I make the effort, leaving two weeks in March to make the gray skirt and pants. That last week is Spring Break — if I use the time I would normally spend on teaching, driving, and grading, I might be able to get the jacket done in March; if not, certainly by April.

However, I have signed up for that tailoring class and ordered some orchid-colored wool. It hasn’t arrived yet (thus giving me time either to do a proper muslin and fitting for the jacket or to fret over it pointlessly), and once it does it will probably take me a month to complete. I might therefore need to change my plan, thus:

  1. orchid wool jacket — not yet cut
  2. violet top — cut and sewn
  3. green top– cut and sewn
  4. blue top — cut
  5. cream top — not yet cut
  6. orchid print top — cut and sewn
  7. orchid print skirt — cut and sewn
  8. orchid wool skirt — not yet cut
  9. sand pants — cut and sewn
  10. sand skirt — cut and sewn

This would leave me at 10 rather than 11 items, but adding one more top — something quick and easy like a Sorbetto or a Hot Patterns Sunshine Top in one of the Spring 2014 colors I haven’t yet used — would mean I could certainly finish my SWAP by Easter.

pantone2014fashionreport21 Gray is in the fall 2014 palette, too.