Sunday, October 11, 2009

SWALP - and Jacket BWOF 9/2007 no. 105

I would, probably, rationally, not attempt a SWAP. Not as long as the children are little. Not as long as my attention span is shorter than the thread on my needle. Not as long as my inner teenager battles my inner sewing instructor.

I may, however, be in the middle of a SWALP (sewing with a little plan) right now. In this post I named a table runner, kids' pants and a jacket from my most recent fabric spree as a tentative plan.
Runner? Check. Girls' pants? Almost done. Jacket? Weeeellll...

I have a confession to make: Last year, I attempted my first jacket:

All went well. Until I got to the collar. Here's the sad story in pictures:

I tried to fix it, ended up where I started, lost heart (and fabric, since this was ravelling terribly), and finished the jacket as it was. ("Maybe it won't be so bad if I look at it next week." Right.)

There's one more year of intense sewing experience (no tailoring though) between then and now. Is it time for another jacket?

SWALP says yes. I'd really like this:


  1. I made a very similar jacket last year for my first jacket. Maybe I should get back on the horse again. I say go for it!

  2. Of course you can! Go Girl! That's the only way we learn - we are so tough on ourselves at times...

  3. You can do it. My first jacket really didn't work out, although I've worn it several times. We learn by our mistakes (in theory) - so don't be afraid to try again.

  4. Okay I love the term SWALP. I too have 2 little ones, a hectic household, and a wandering focus. I am going to attempt my first coat sometime soon so I say go for it.

  5. I made that jacket a couple years ago (though I lengthened it to a coat). It is a nifty pattern and since it has a regular, rather than a notched, collar I didn't find it too hard. The only thing that was weird for me was the collar stand; the only way I could get it to work was by putting it in upside down and there's no telling if I was right or wrong!

  6. Uta, I just loved the comment you left on my blog. So well said. You are right that we must teach by example; that our children must see us being well-rounded in order for them to become well-rounded. I also agree with you that everyone is an artist. This whole artist thinking is new to me, but it is life changing.

    I think you may have just coined a new term SWALP. That is awesome. I am going to use that because with little ones underfoot, I cannot commit to a SWAP either. My attention span isn't any longer than yours.

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you come again. I'll be back to check on you, too.



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