Saturday, 13 September 2014

This week I've mostly been wearing..... or OWOP round-up

After reading so many fun reviews of Tilly's now Jane's One Week, One Pattern in 2013 I knew it would be a goal to take part in 2014. At the time I had only one garment made of any particular pattern. So many repeat-makes later I knew I was set to take on the challenge that is OWOP!

Now, what made participating in this wonderful sewing adventure a bit tricky was the fact it was my second week of a new job. So I had to keep it simple with a garment that was work appropriate.

A process of elimination followed:

Two Dolores Pocket Skirts does not a capsule wardrobe make.
Another thing to consider was my Matisse inspired green skirt is a little too distinctive to wear more than once in the working week - or even month for that matter!

Verdict: No


Again, two lovely Colette Ginger's would not be enough to create a full week of outfits...

Verdict: No


It seems my obsession for sewing two skirts of the same pattern knows no bounds as is the case with my Sew Over It Tulips skirts. Limitations of only two items for the week meant this again was a non-starter.

Verdict: No



My collection of Colette Sorbetto tanks had the possibility of being the chosen pattern, but I felt that they were a bit too summery looking for my second week at work.

Verdict: No 


Which left me with only ONE remaining multi-make-me-made item in my wardrobe.... the very versatile Grainline Scout Woven tee.

Verdict: Yes!

A great little pattern (that I have modified a few times) gave me the option to wear trousers or skirts to change the look of my outfits. Although due to a few late nights (working) and being generally overwhelmed with information for my new job the final outfits are a very basic version of the same thing...

Scout Woven tee + Gap coloured trousers + Gap cardigan + Paul Smith loafers  

I must excuse the grainy distorted selfies in this post because its been a hectic week all round in my household . I just don't know anybody well enough at my new place of work to say - 'Hey would you mind taking a photo of me wearing this home-made garment....'.


So there you have it. My first OWOP. Done.
And the most selfies I have ever taken all in one week ; )
Just in case you were wondering why I had very bendy and extremely weird looking legs, all selfies were taken at Angel tube station because I have no full length mirrors in my house due to my ongoing house renovation.

Lastly, there are only five photos because I spent all last weekend wearing DIY clothes. Too hideous looking to blog about but to give you a visual image: I would say they channel a 1990's deconstructed grunge vibe with a little bit of Jackson Pollock thrown in for good measure!

Did you take part in OWOP?
How did you get on?

12 comments:

  1. Hey Caroline. You were right about making me feel better about all my OWOP selfies. I love the fact you took yours at the tube station. Liking your Scout Tees - another pattern to add to my list of things to check out in the future... Good luck with any DIY filled adventures this weekend... X

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    1. Thanks Janet ; ) Glad I could make you feel better about your own fun OWOP photos x

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  2. I think the Grainline Scout tee was a good choice for OWOP, love all your different versions! I like the look of all your rejected patterns too! Thanks for taking part. X

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    1. Thanks for organising it Jane, next year I aim to be more ambitious with my OWOP pattern so I had better get sewing!

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  3. All your different fabric choices make for a great collection of tops! I quite like the distorted photos for showing off the tops :) Hope the new job is going well.

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    1. Thanks Alex - my new job is quite hectic at the moment but hopefully it will soon settle down and then I'm sure it will be fine ; )
      Yes, the tube station photos were the only way I could think of to record my OWOP but you are right they look quite fun in a 'hall-of-mirrors' sort of way!

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  4. I see what you meant about the safety mirrors in your comment on my blog now - looks like a good solution to not having a mirror at home to me! You've got a lovely collection of Scout tops, and I love your skirts that wouldn't have quite worked for OWOP too!

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    1. Thanks Ruth - hopefully by next year's OWOP I will have more options to choose from ; )

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  5. So glad you enjoyed owop, your Scouts are lovely. I have a serious case of skirt envy for your stripey Ginger, the effect of the fabric placement is amazing!

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    1. Thanks Helen ; ) Glad you liked my stripy Ginger skirt - that took a loooong time to cut out. I am very happy with it, but strangely I haven't really worn it much!
      I really liked your Scout tee's too - I am really happy with the pattern now I have tweaked it to fit me x

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  6. Hi Cazza, you've inspired me to download the Sorbetto pattern - it would be perfect for HK. I had a major fabric shopping blowout at the weekend, so i need lovely patterns to use with my new fabrics.I like the scout, but I think it's more of a top for your silhouette, not mine - it suits you perfectly!

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    1. Cool. Have fun with the Sorbetto. Sophie they are fun to make quite quickly ; ) Unless you are adding pin-tucks of course ; )

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