Winter sewing – the complete 12 piece wardrobe

As today is the last official day of winter, it is time to checking on my progress with my Winter SWAP plans.  The format for the SWAP is the same for my previous swap.  This format helps me focus on the colour and the wildcards allow a bit of fun as the don’t have to be worn will ALL of the other pieces.

Some of my pieces are for work, some business-casual and others for the weekend.  Mostly I've used patterns I've used before which meant I didn't have to worry about fitting.  Two patterns, both from My Image magazine, have been on my stash for too long and I'm so glad I tried them.

Pack 1 Black silk knit shell,    bengaline pants,    denim jeans
Pack 2 Cream / Brown Knit blazer,     rayon knit shell,      stretch sateen pants
Combo All wrap front top,     colour-blocked top
Wildcard Red knit biker jacket,     utility jacket,     rayon knit shell,     canvas pants


What I wanted to achieve…

Main colours:   black, dark brown, cream and red.

Expand options for these jackets (black wool jacket  from 2015, brown leather jacket from 2014, Tosti jacket form earlier this year

Really need:

  • plain knit tops to wear under a jacket, esp cream and black
  • black jeans and dressy pants
  • red jeans to go with the Tosti jacket

Nice to have:

  • dressy knit jacket
  • hand-woven jacket - sadly I didn't finish this project.  I made the body section of a Chanel style jacket - complete with quilting.  But shelved the project because I accidentally cut one of the front pieces from the sampling section.  -> My check pattern was wider on one front than the other.  I may come back and re-cut the piece or re-dye the fabric

Overall I think it has been a success.  My favourite pieces are the biker jacket and utility jacket. The other solid tops and pants mean I have plenty of options to wear them.

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