Welcome to… One Week, One Pattern 2016!


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.


113 thoughts on “Welcome to… One Week, One Pattern 2016!

  1. Yay! Haven’t joined in with this before, just watched from the sidelines but I just cut out five versions of the Kim Dress by By Hand London… Guess that means I’m doing it…

  2. I’m up for it too. I’ll choose Sew DIY’s Lou Box Top. I’ll be away on holiday, but I think I can work this versatile pattetn while travelling. I will post on Instagram as sewing_in_spain. Thanks.

  3. I want to participate along with my daughter. I will be wearing the patterns for pirates layer me up shirt. And my daughter will be wearing the brindle and twig raglan. I will post my photos on instagram @manyvests my account is private so can you please request to follow me so I can participate, it not I can email you photos.

  4. Thanks for hosting this. I’ve finally decided on my pattern-the so zo dolores pattern! Looking forward to seeing how everyone gets on.

  5. I’ve been umming & aahhhhing about this but I REALLY WANNA JOIN IN!! So gonna go for it with the MIY Collection Fulwood dress.

  6. Sue here – I am a huge fan of all Colette patterns but the Sorbetto free download is my choice this week. I will email you photos and yes, if you like them, please use them.

  7. Ooh, this sounds interesting. I’m in. Not sure what pattern I’ll use yet – it’ll be weather dependent. Probably either the Colette Moneta Dress or Tilly and the buttons Agnes top.

  8. I’m excited to sign up – nothing like leaving it to the last minute. I’m going to do a week of Archer shirts by Grainline Studio. I’ll post on instagram, my user name is @heatherandthepugs

  9. I’m so pleased this challenge has popped up again! I’ll be wearing Vogue 1247 skirt pattern for the week ahead… thanks for hosting 🙂 I’ll’ be posting on IG and a roundup on my blog

  10. I’m excited to jump in! I can’t usually keep up for a whole month but I’ve got a week of photos and posts in me I’m sure! Plus I love wearing my laurel dresses and need a new top 🙂 I’m at superstarbecca.blogspot.com and most action will be at ig @rebeccaw0w

  11. Oops a bit late signing up, and with a very last minute (as in this morning) change of plan! I’m going with the Megan Nielsen Brumby skirt. Thanks so much for hosting Hannah!! I’ll post on Instagram – kathryn_mhairi for anyone who wants to follow me – and do at least one blog post.

  12. I was going to add my photos to th Flickr page but I can’t find anything else about it. Did you get that set up? If not I will use instagram (alisonwonderlandboutique). Thanks

  13. Thanks for hosting this! I’ll be using the patterns for pirates sweet tee (dress/top). It’s Sunday here already but I wore one yesterday so I’ll post a photo of that outfit. I’ll be posting on Instagram @sarahcampagnolo

  14. I just heard about this today and want to participate. I’ll be posting on IG using the Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs leggings pattern because I happen to be wearing them today and just sewed up a few last week.

  15. Sorry for the late change. I ended up using my Patterns for Pirates LMU instead of the Greenstyle Laurel. I’ll have a single blog post up later today showing all 7 versions that I have. Daily blogging doesn’t work for me. sewingbyti.blogspot.com

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