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:
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!
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....
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.
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.
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).
Apple print Ginger with a white T-shirt
The apple print came in quite handy here for jazzing up a boring top half.
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