The SWAP contest requires that all the garments go together. While there are three “sets” here, which stand alone, the three “wildcards” are garments which work with the three sets. Also I have designed my collection as a “wardrobe” in which everything goes with everything else.
When it comes to photographing the 11 garments at the end of the sewing period (the first few days of May 2015) I will want to put together some combinations that show the versatility of the wardrobe I have designed (mainly using purchased patterns) and made. Last year we were allowed no more than 8 photographs. So before I actually put thread to needle I want to just test out, in my imagination (and yours too!), how this might work. At this point I need some drawings to show you what I mean.
Here is the list.
- Garment 1 Squiggle jacket (top 1)
- Garment 2 Squiggle trousers (bottom 1)
- Garment 3 – Grey Linen shell top (top 2)
- Garment 4 – Charcoal jacket (top 3)
- Garment 5 – Charcoal skirt (bottom 2)
- Garment 6 – White beetles Blouse (top 4)
- Garment 7 – Turquoise Casual trousers (wildcard 1)
- Garment 8 – Colourful shell top (top 5)
- Garment 9 – Pink Skirt or Shorts (bottom 3)
- Garment 10 – grey embroidered jersey (wildcard 2 – purchased item)
- Garment 11 – Pink Boyfriend coat (wildcard 3)
The sets are fairly obvious
- 1 +2 + 3 = Squiggle set
- 4 + 5 + 6 = Charcoal set (blouse not visible)
- 7 + 8 = Casual set
- 9 + 10 + 11 = Pink set (coat not illustrated)
The Showcased outfits
Which leaves four more outfits I am thinking of putting together. It’s a bit like Sudoko – you have to try to use each item once, but only once. These, with the sets, would create 8 photographs if that is what the rules allow. Is this the best combination?
- 1 + 8 + 9 = Shorts suit (blouse not seen)
- 2 + 6 + 11 = Smart Saturday
- 3 + 5 = Presentation
- 4 + 7 + 10 = Weekend
Combinations I might actually wear
The other way to think about this is just to choose what I would like to wear, not caring how many times each item is used (beyond the first four matching sets). How about this?
- 5 + 10 +11
- 4 + 7 + 10
- 7 + 10
- 2 + 6 + 11
This combination leaves out 1, 3, 8 and 9, whereas the grey RTW jersey appears three times, and garments 7 and 11 appear twice.
Any other suggestions?