THIS SWAP WOULD BE LIMITED TO THOSE THAT HAVE AT LEAST A BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF PATTERN DRAFTING.
It may be too complicated, but I thought it would be challenging and fun.
WHERE THE IDEA CAME FROM:
I know that my lazy and impulsive nature seems to always want to avoid drafting a proper sewing pattern. I tend to settle for eyeing-it and guessing about what shape or size I should cut the fabric and then hope for the best. Sometimes the results are brilliant. (Luck.) Other times they are rather er...mediocre. As a result the idea for this swap entered my brain....
DETAILS OF THE SWAP:
- You would send your exact body measurements to your partner with a list of preferred material types (cotton, spandex, denim, rayon, bla, bla) and styles (off-the-shoulder top with pockets, pinafore, sailor shorts, bla, bla).
- Your partner would then chose one of your prefered styles and create a proper pattern using your measurements. (Keep in mind that if you ask for an abnormal design such as a yoke top or something asymmetrical, it would be up to the drafter to design that element to the pattern possibly leaving you with quite a different style than you would have created.)
They would then pin the pattern to fabric that they purchase or provide (trying to use one of your prefered material types), cut it out, and post it to you.
You receive a pattern and properly cut material that should be exact to your measurements. That way you get the uniqueness to your item by having someone else pick the fabric and exact style, but you will still get the fulfillment of sewing the actual piece. AND you have a pattern so that if you like the creation you can mass produce it.
Wow, takes a lot of explaining! Ok, what do you think?