Welcome to… One Week, One Pattern 2016!

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Anyone who has read my last few blog posts might have picked up on my teasers for an upcoming announcement – and here it is! One Week, One Pattern, or OWOP is a group sewing challenge, where the participants wear variations on one pattern every day for a week.

OWOP is about celebrating our Tried ‘n’ True patterns, the ones we’ve made lots of times in different variations, until we could practically make them in our sleep, tweaking the fit until it’s just right. It’s a good chance to think about your own style and what you like to wear! It was started up by Tilly and the Buttons in 2012, and then run by Handmade Jane in 2014. They have both kindly agreed to let me carry it on in 2016! Thanks ladies!

So here are the details:

What is OWOP?
One Week, One Pattern is a group challenge where participants wear garments from one pattern of their choice, every day for one week.

When will OWOP take place?
Saturday 10th – Friday 16th September 2016

Who can take part?
Anyone! You could be a beginner trying to wear more of that first skirt, or an advanced sewist with a full handmade wardrobe looking for a fun challenge.

Which pattern should I use?
You can use any pattern – Big 4, Indie, from a book, self-drafted or vintage. As long as you’ve sewn it yourself you can use it!

How many versions of a pattern do I need to take part? That’s entirely up to you! You could have one version that you style differently every day for a week – like some cute handmade trousers styled with different tops and accessories OR you could have 7 pairs and change them every day!

Do I need to sew any new garments especially for OWOP? Nope! You can wear the versions you’ve already made! But maybe this is the excuse you need to make it again, perhaps with a different neckline, or hemline, or in that scrummy fabric you’ve been hoarding? OWOP starts in 6 weeks, so you do still have time if you do want to make anything!

How do I sign up?
Leave a comment on this post with the following details:

Pattern company + pattern name + garment type

(e.g. Tilly and the Buttons, Bettine dress; OR Colette, Laurel dress; OR Sew Over It, Ultimate Trousers) If you’re undecided just sign up now and then you can decide later!

Then, from the 10th September, wear your chosen pattern for 7 consecutive days! Take a photo each day to show how you styled them. If you don’t like posing you can put them on a hanger, lay them out or crop yourself out. Then post your photos! You can do this any of the following ways:

  • On Instagram, using #OWOP16
  • On your blog. Please make sure there’s a link to this in your sign-up comment.
  • On Flickr. I’ll be posting details of the Flickr group later closer to the time.
  • Email me your photos. Please leave a note in your sign up comment if you’d like to do this.

I’ll then do a roundup of some of your outfits during the week. Please let me know if you’d rather I didn’t include your photos in my roundup! Otherwise I will assume you are happy for me to use them.

Is there a logo I can add to my blog?
If you’d like to add the logo to your blog, you can download it here.

Anything else?
There will be some exciting guest posts coming up in the next few weeks! I’ve also arranged some really exciting giveaways for each day – make sure you’re signed up here to win! I’ll be posting more details closer to the time!

Any questions? Let me know in the comments below.

MAXI – moneta

Hi guys!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted, and I’ve got lots to share! I’ve just been in the USA, Canada and Iceland for the best part of a month – it was such an amazing trip, but sometimes it was fairly tough as I’m still on crutches after my ankle injury. Before my trip, I’d had grand plans of making myself a lovely holiday wardrobe, with lots of mix-and-match pieces, but with limited mobility sewing was not really that much fun. I can now carry bits and pieces as I’m mostly down to one crutch, and can actually stand at the ironing board for long enough to press things so I’ll be sewing again as soon as I’ve finished unpacking all the fabric I bought on my trip (but that’s for another post)… In the meantime, here’s the one dress I managed to make in time:


Continuing on from my two knit Laurels, I decided to go for another jersey project, one that I’ve had planned for a while! I bought this scrummy Liberty jersey in the sale (at Liberty) last year. It was still very pricey at £40 for the cut, but it was the end of the bolt so I got 2.25m for that price (and it’s at least 60” wide!). It’s the viscose jersey which I’ve used before, and it is fantastic quality so I don’t mind paying a little more for it.

I knew when I got it that I would make a maxi-dress, as it’s not often that I have enough fabric for that! I decided on the Colette Moneta, which I made a few years ago to limited success. Previously, I hadn’t had much experience with jersey, so made a few rookie errors in terms of fabric and finishing. Now I’ve had a fair number of jersey projects under my belt, I decided it was time to cut into this pretty fabric!

 I didn’t quite follow the order of the instructions, but instead went my own way:

  • I didn’t use the drafted skirt, but instead did some basic drafting to make it because the fabric is a wide stripe so the skirt as drafted would create “smile lines” in the skirt from the curved waistline.
  • To make the skirt, I worked out the approx. length to be full length on me. Due to the stretch of the fabric, I then reduced it by a few inches so that it wouldn’t extend below my feet. I decided to use the selvedge for the hem, as it wasn’t visibly distorted. I made sure that I had enough fabric left to cut the bodice after cutting the 40” length skirt, and then used the full length (i.e. the 2.25m) of the fabric for the width.
  • I then split this into two – one each for the front and back. I took the skirt pattern piece and used it to create some shaping up towards the waist. This reduces the amount of bulk.
  • I measured the right amount of elastic to fit the bodice, sewed it into a circle, then gathered the skirt to fit.
  • I used clear elastic to stabilise the shoulder seams, neckline and armholes. I wouldn’t normally stabilise the neckline when using a neckband but due to the weight of the maxi dress, I thought it would be a good idea to make it a bit stronger! I drafted the neckband to fit the neckline – I was rather worried about it being too tight, but in the end it is a little too big – as you can see it gapes slightly at the back neckline. I decided that the risk of stretching out the neckline when unpicking it outweighed how much it might annoy me!
  • I used my overlocker for the side seams, shoulder seams and attaching the bodice to the skirt. I then used my Bernina for attaching the elastic, attaching the neckline and finishing the armholes.

The photos are from my day out in Escondido, California with my friend Patience. We had so much fun catching up!

Keep an eye out later this week for an exciting announcement 🙂