Warm Weather SWAP 2016

I know it may be a bit early for some to think of summer sewing, and realistically it is still the middle of winter and I am nowhere near getting through half my Cold Weather SWAP 2016, but I have enjoyed planning ahead. Probably due to the fact I have done so much pattern testing with summer patterns, not sure if it’s a disadvantage or advantage of having a different climate to the northern hemisphere. It has got my brain into gear about a mental list of patterns that will be adaptable to my summer makes.

Just for the record, once again so I can remain accountable for my sewing, here is what I have come up with as my Warm Weather SWAP 2016. Lots of denim, trendy off the shoulder looks, short skirts (planned to be skorts), some classic pieces and khaki and pastel tones.

SWAP 2016

This is just a planned capsule wardrobe but don’t get me wrong, I still plan to do lots of other sewing not related to the warm weather SWAP.

As always, I’m sure my choices will change as will the silhouettes by the time it comes to sewing them. Now to browse the stash and put the fabric aside and match up patterns, and try to avoid hitting the shops to buy new fabric although I am definite I don’t own khaki fabric so that will be a planned trip, during sales of course!!!

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Cold Weather SWAP 2016

At the beginning of every year I write a sewing list which gets edited many times throughout the year. Last year was the first time I actually made somewhat of a visual capsule wardrobe with my SWAP 2015.

Surprisingly I sewed up quite a lot of my 2015 plan, those I didn’t make were due to the fact I had similar or alternative items to wear. As a brief overview this is how my plan started, and not to mention there was lots of blue in the palette.

basics fabrics and patterns

And this is what I made, 13 items out of 20, obviously swapping out some fabric colours and patterns to suit my needs. I have 2 more of these cut out and ready to sew so almost 15/20 – I think that’s a good accomplishment. (Each photo links to the post for that item)

New look 6107 side 3     new look 6107 belted side 2   Simplicity 1425 front Tania's and Mccalls 6960 front 2   Mccalls 6514 front 2   Simplcity 3850 front 3   Wonderland blue front front  mccalls 6503 front  New look 6301 front FT Simplicity 1354 side   Foxglove tank front

So for this year I have decided to do two seasonal SWAPs. First I will tackle autumn/winter, or as I’ve called it, the Cold Weather SWAP 2016. I have enough warm weather clothes to get me through the rest of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Although it won’t stop me from sewing warm weather clothes if I feel like it.

I used Polyvore to assemble my mini wardrobe and have mentally tried to stick to stash patterns and fabric wherever I could. Most silhouettes are actually quite simple, I think my biggest challenge will be the Moto jacket, and I’m excited about that – there are some great patterns out there. My Cold SWAP 2016 was partially designed so that pieces would also fit in with my existing wardrobe. I realise I may be slightly ambitious with some items but I did cheat a bit though as a couple of the items I have already sewn these past few months whilst doing pattern testing. 

This year I am mainly going with neutrals and a splash of red for colour. I haven’t been as organised to pattern match the items just yet but having a visual plan is good as done.

I hope you get some items off your sewing list to get 2016 off to a great start.