Wednesday, April 25, 2007

SWAP Voting: Having Your Say

It's time to vote for your favorite SWAP! To vote, join Artisan's Square here. To see the 31 SWAPs go here. Vote for your top 3, in order, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and email your vote to Julie. You'll find the email address on the home page for Timmel Fabrics. You have until April 28 to cast your ballot.

THE VOTING DILEMMA: Everyone has created a wardrobe appropriate to their skills and clothing needs. It seems intrusive to make a judgement in the light of all that hard work. The hard part for me has been to find a way to decide upon my 'favorite.' I came up with some criteria, and tried to put point values on various aspects such as color difficulty, fit, variety of styles and ultimate 'looks'. First place was easy, but second and third were tough. It was especially hard to decide the dress SWAPs, as I rarely wear dresses and really can't relate.

Philosophical questions arose: Is a 99% fantastic SWAP which includes a purchased item better than a 95% fantastic SWAP with all items sewn by the SWAPper; is a technically magnificent SWAP, with garments I don't really like, better than a SWAP I love which is made up of simpler garments? Eventually, I found my judgements were based upon the technical complexity of each wardrobe, as well as the variety of "looks" each wardrobe afforded the wearer.

I think it boils down to the fact that "there are no right answers." It's interesting that there are no voting criteria that I am aware of, so the diversity of our group will be seen in the outcome of the voting.


Heather said...

I agree with you about voting being really hard to do and about making value judgements re: the wardrobes. Everyone did more than me as I've never made a SWAP before. Your wardrobe is very attractive and will I'm sure get lots of wear.

VickyJ said...

Your SWAP is wonderful and stylish. I have been drooling over it for months (it seems).
This may be a frivolous question at this point, but where did you find your print fabric?

Betty said...
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Betty said...

Hi Vicky,
Hi Heather,
My print came from Fabricville last summer. It kept calling me each time I visited the store until I finally bought a huge hunk of it. It is a heavy cotton with a slightly brushed finish. Lovely to work with. I think it was somewhere between $6 and $8 per meter, and maybe even discounted in one of their sales.

Thanks to both of you for your comments on my SWAP. It was a great learning experience.