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Saturday, 5 July 2014

Saturday swap shop!


Whilst picking out the fabrics for my next project I realised I often make things once before putting the pattern aside and never touching it again unless its a staple basic. I also tend to buy fabric which sits in my stash or which I have used some of but because I don't want a wardrobe full of things made from the same fabrics I don't use the rest. I have tended to get a wee bit obsessed with one fabric during the early days of my sewing career and soon realised that when you have loads of items made of the same pattern it severely limits your wardrobe choices; however different the garment is in style it feels like you are wearing the same thing over and over!

With this in mind I had an idea that would help propel those unused pieces of fabric and those lovely patterns used but not quite forgotten to a place where they would be wanted again. I thought I could involve you all to see whether anyone out there wanted to swap some fabric or a pattern with me. I thought it would be a really interesting exercise to swap something to see what we both make and then share the results with each other. If it proves a success then I have many things to swap and it could become a regular thing! I would rather see my fabric pieces or unused patterns go to a good home. What do you think?

The first thing I have to swap is a lovely piece of Liberty Tana lawn pictured below. It is creamy, yellowy and has lots of abstract looking flowers all over it. Sorry if the colours don't come across Trula accurate in these pictures but the light is awful here today!




I used this fabric to make this lovely Sassy Librarian blouse from - its from a Craftsy class I took a while ago by Christine Haynes. And yes I have blonde hair here, not the red I am currently sporting. I just outed myself as a fake redhead :-)

I have just under 2 metres of this lovely stuff to exchange with someone else. It's a super fabric to work with and I have a love of Liberty so have tonnes of it in my stash. The reason for not using the rest of this is mainly because I don't think it suits me now I have changed my hair colour. If you fancy a new wardrobe a change of hair colour makes everything you used to wear look very odd. Best excuse to invest in new clothes if ever there was one!

So I have put in place a few stipulations regarding an exchange -

1 - You must make a comment to exchange an item and let me see a clear piccie of what it is. It would also be great to know what you used it for, if anything, and why you want to swap it.

2 - What you plan to use the Liberty fabric I am offering in exchange for.

3 - The exchange must be more or less equal - so it would be great to get between 1 1/2 - 2 metres of uncut fabric in return for this fabric piece. Quality wise it would also be nice to get something of a similar quality in return after all its all about wanting to expand our wardrobes so exchanging something free of defects and that you love but cant quite find a use for anymore or like me you don't feel like it suits you.

4 - We both send our items to each other in the post within a few days of the exchange.

5 - As part of the exchange I would be really excited to see what someone else has made with the fabric they have exchanged with me and in return I will do a post about both of our creations and if you write a sewing blog it would be lovely to be on your blog too.

Initially this wont be a randomly generated pick as I think we both have to love what we are exchanging so I will put a deadline on the swap as Saturday 2nd August and see who responds....hopefully it peaks some interest! At this point I will choose the exchange and post another swap item. I have a couple of patterns that I would like to swap for something else.

If it proves popular then I may make it a monthly thing. Can't wait to get started! Happy swapping!

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