So that was OWOP – One Week One Pattern!
This challenge was hosted by Handmade Jane and involved wearing an item of clothing made from just one pattern every day for a week. You can either wear a number of different versions of the same pattern or wear one version in different ways. I don’t really do any ‘styling’ of things that I wear so multiple versions of the same pattern was definitely going to be my thing.
And luckily I already had a pattern which I had made several times – and hardly blogged about. I am really pleased to be able to show some love for New Look 6843– it isn’t new or a super cool independent pattern and I haven’t hacked it – but it is the first pattern I used when I started sewing again last year. I decided to make an A-line skirt and I went and bought a Big 4 pattern (because that was how it done when I used to sew very many years ago). There are three options, for a flared skirt (a bit like Hollyburn), a straight skirt and an A line skirt. The envelope art wasn’t hideous and apparently it could be sewn up in an hour!
I cut my first attempt based on my RTW size, completely unaware of the sizing and ease issues that many people find with Big 4 patterns – and miraculously the fit was fine. I think if it had not fitted well I might not have carried on sewing as I don’t want to wear clothes which look home-made (in a bad way). But it came together really well – the zip insertion is a bit wonky but everything else was great. I added a lining because I could! This was the black and blue floral print skirt and I have worn it regularly since finishing it – through summer and winter.
Over the last year I have made more because if you work in an office then you can always use another basic skirt! The grey wool version was made last winter and makes me feel rather Mad Men. The blue linen and pink floral flared version were added during Me Made May when I really started to build up a handmade wardrobe. The purple linen version was cut out then but only finished a few weeks ago. My latest version is the black bird print – which I am so pleased with that I wore it for Day 6 and Day 7! The fabric is this lovely cotton sateen print and I lined it with a silvery grey satin.
It hasn’t been a huge challenge to wear this pattern for a week – the only days that felt odd were the weekend, as I don’t normally wear a ‘work’ skirt then. The pink flared skirt was great for hanging out on a sunny Saturday and shopping, but the purple one felt more ‘office wear’.
I already have some totally amazing tweed fabric ready for another straight skirt and I really want more versions of the flared skirt – more weekend options perhaps!
So how was OWOP for you? Any tips for styling or ideas for what to have ready for next year?