If you've been reading Tilly's blog recently, you'll know she's planning a One Week, One Pattern project from 26th March to 1st April. The idea is simple: to celebrate those special sewing patterns that get made up again and again. How? By spending an entire week just wearing garments made from that favourite pattern. As Tilly says, "the (mini) challenge comes in really pushing the boundaries of the pattern's versatility, finding new and creative ways of restyling similar-looking garments so it doesn't look like you're basically wearing the same outfit all week."
I love this idea and shall be jumping in whole heartedly. It's also given me a boot up the arse to make another version of my favourite skirt pattern which I've been threatening to make for months on end. In case you weren't paying attention to the title of this post (there's a big clue there!), I'll be wearing my Colette Patterns Ginger skirt for One Week, One Pattern. As of today, I've now made three different versions of the skirt, which should be more than enough to get me through a whole week. Here's my latest version.
Thrillingly (for me anyway), this third version was made entirely from stash materials, yay! For the outer skirt I used leftover wool crepe from my Swing Dress, and underlined it with a scant metre of red cotton muslin that was lurking in my linings box.
I used a fat quarter of a 1930's style red flower print for the inside waistband and a zip that was part of my lovely bag of goodies from the Brighton sewists. All stuff that was just lying around - I love it when that happens.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: this is a very easy skirt to make. It took me barely a morning from deciding I was going to make it to pressing the final seam. The wool crepe is quite drapey and consequently, this third Ginger skirt has a completely different feel to my first two, which were made from much stiffer denim and cord (find them here and here). That's all good though as it means I can style it slightly differently. Talking of styling, do you like my lovely detachable collar?
I made it using a scrap of white cotton and a vintage glass button and it took me barely half an hour. I used Casey's excellent tutorial, which includes a printable pattern for the collar pieces.
So I'm now all set for the mini challenge - I'm really quite looking forward to wearing skirts every day for a week! x