Saturday, 31 March 2012

OWOP - my week!

One week, one pattern, three skirts and many costume changes.  The week of wearing variations on the same tried and trusted pattern is now up and the pattern (Colette Ginger) has been well and truly worn to death.  Here's how I got on:

Day One
Denim Ginger worn with refashioned blue rose top and a green cardigan.


Spring officially sprung today, so the whole family hopped on a train and headed to Brighton.  Whilst the boys frolicked on the beach, I sloped off to Zoe's Craftaganza for an hour.  It was wonderful - by far the best craft fair I've ever been to, with a really cool mix of sellers.  I bought loads, caught up with Zoe, bumped into Kathryn and had the pleasure of meeting Rehanon and Laura for the first time.  What a fab day! 


Day Two

A nice combo if you're feeling a bit old fashioned, which I was that day, lounging around reading vintage magazines and playing with my old buttons....


Day Three
Red crepe Ginger worn with an L K Bennett polka dot blouse


There's something about top-to-toe red that really puts a smile on your face. I loved wearing this outfit, hooray.


Day Four
Denim Ginger worn with rabbit blouse


The high waistbands were beginning to be a bit tiresome by this point so out came my rabbit blouse.  It's short enough to wear untucked but still fitted enough to give you some shape.  

Day Five
Red crepe Ginger worn with Peter Pan collar Pendrell


I was pleased that these two pieces went together so well as I love red and aqua.  You may notice I've added the sleeves to this blouse.  I wore it once in its sleeveless state and felt dreadful, just really frumpy.  Every time I caught sight of my reflection I felt about 100 years old.  I don't know what it is but it looks way more youthful with sleeves (they are frilly after all). 

Day Six
Apple print Ginger with a white T-shirt


The apple print came in quite handy here for jazzing up a boring top half.

Day Seven
Denim Ginger with stripe top and cherry brooch.


A nice nautical end to OWOP. It was so sunny too, I got to wear my fab new Clarks shoes, God how I love them!


Some random thoughts....
  • Although it's the most casual of the three, my denim Ginger is also the most versatile.  There's virtually no top that doesn't match this madam.  
  • The red crepe Ginger felt the most dressy of the three. I don't know if this was the fabric - it certainly feels a bit floatier than the other two.
  • The apple print Ginger was the trickiest of the three to style.  Yes, it's a print, but the colours are also quite unusual to match (aqua and dark brown).  It was the most comfortable skirt of the three to wear though - it's the only one with a proper slippery lining.  Maybe I should keep this in mind for future skirt making?

Overall it was a really interesting exercise and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  BUT, quite early on, I did feel that I'd restricted myself by choosing a skirt pattern, doh! Versatile as it is, next time I'll go for a top pattern so I can style it with skirts AND trousers.  Funnily enough, I went straight for the trousers when getting dressed this morning!

Thanks Tilly for organising such a great initiative, I'm now looking forward to spending the day reading through everybody's thoughts on OWOP. Oh yes, and going to see a street dance 'crew' with my son of course....!  x

30 comments:

  1. Your jeans version is definitely my favourite. I am sure you will "wear it to death!"

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  2. The moral of this story is: I need a denim Ginger...now!
    It looks great with everything. You mentioned only one of your Gingers was lined, would you recommend lining the denim one, or would that just be silly?

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    1. The denim one is unlined and I've never thought it needed one. The crepe one is underlined though. I'd highly recommend a denim ginger! X

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  3. I too am thinking denim Gingers rock! Your outfits are so colourful Jane & how great that most of them have hand made tops to pair with. I like how you spent your vintage day by the way! You must have lots of buttons .....and those sandals are to die for - thanks for the link, I have already checked them out. (restraint is currently winning !)

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  4. What a lovely week of outfits!

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  5. Really nice round up! And I love it that you're already planning for next time!

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  6. Great photos, Jane! What's your lad reading? What, what?! You have youreself a collection of very pretty outfits there.

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    1. Thanks Karen! He's reading The Hunger Games, I bought it for him at Victoria station and he'd finished it by the next day, he literally couldn't put it down! X

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    2. Oh, The Hunger Games is awesome. You must go and see the film - it's very faithful to the book.

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  7. Love them all!!! The top to toe red outfit is the best!

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  8. Lovely outfits :-) I am now wanting to make a red polka dot blouse!

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  9. Although it was the hardest to dress I think I like the apple ginger best. Lovely photos.x x x x

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  10. I love your OWOP! Your different outfit choices make each skirt look really different!

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  11. We missed you at drinks last night.

    I really love your red Ginger.

    Like you, I put on jeans this morning and it felt so good to do so.

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  12. Lovely Gingers - the apple print one is gorgeous!

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  13. Lovely Gingers! The apple print one is gorgeous!

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  14. Oh my goodness, what an array of beautiful outfits Jane! I love how bright and fun they all, you have such great taste! I actually cannot choose a favourite out of the bunch, they are all charming. What I do know is that I need a dark denim Ginger myself now ;o)

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  15. Those skirts all look fantastic - I definitely need to make myself a denim skirt like that!

    I've nominated you for a versatile blogger award, but please do not feel obligated to collect/pass on.

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  16. LOVE your ginger skirt and how you styled it up on each day! I really love having lots of separates and enjoy how well your separates compliment each other! Great OWOP week!

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  17. I love all your Gingers Jane but the apple print one is to die for! Another pattern to add to my huge list. Just waiting for some fabric to arrive to have a go at a couple of vintage patterns for the first time. It's all your fault, you've really inspired me!!

    Ann

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  18. Love them all!! Haha, I get a kick out of the fact that whenever someone posts a series of makes, my favourite is always the one they claim is 'boring' LOL!!! I love your white top with the apple print Ginger; that looks so fresh and pretty on you :)

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  19. It looks like you had a good OWOP week! I like the red version the best, though they all look great! By the way, I love your sons Aussie cap:)

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  20. I love seeing all of your Ginger skirt variations - that red one in particular is great! Wow, what a lovely pop of color! I'm working on two variations right now for spring after making a denim one last fall. It's such a versatile pattern and all of your variations of it are lovely. :-)

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  21. Inspirational! My 'Ginger' pattern arrived in the post this morning and I already have some fabric to make the first one and I'm determined to make a denim one! And the shoes from Clarks! Had to get me a pair to wear to my son's wedding- thanks for showing them!

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  22. I love all your gingers. They look fantastic.. I think the apple ginger is my favorite.. I made 2 last year, and have 2 fabrics sitting on my sewing table for gingers.. But after seeing your denim one.. I am really thinking I need a denim too..
    Happy sewing.

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  23. you look great in every one of your OWOP outfits! And so colorful too! And I love that cherry pin :)

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  24. love the red spotted blouse.

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  25. Hiya Jane! 'Best craft fair I've ever been to'?! I'm TOTALLY nicking that for my posters from now on!!! Thanks so much for the compliment and thanks so much for coming down to check it out, totally made the day more special seeing you

    xxx

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