Tuesday, 1 July 2014

One Week, One Pattern 2014!!!




Exciting announcement time!!! OWOP is BACK!!!!!  If you haven't a clue what I'm on about, OWOP, (or to give it its full title: One Week, One Pattern) is a group challenge where participants wear garments made from just one pattern of their choice, every day for a week. The original One Week One Pattern challenge happened in 2012 and was the brainchild of Tilly and the Buttons. Now you may have noticed that Tilly has been just a teeny, tiny bit busy of late, so she’s graciously handed the baton over to ME!  I loved OWOP the first time round and I’m thrilled to be running the show this year



The starting point of OWOP is the pattern. We all have special sewing patterns that just seem to work for us. It could be that they fit well, they’re flattering, they're easy to sew and wear, or in some cases ALL of these things! It’s precisely because they work so well for us that we sew them again and again. The idea behind OWOP is to celebrate these super-hero sewing patterns by dedicating a whole week to them. It’s also an opportunity to really think about your own individual look and stretch your styling skills with your handmade wardrobe. Think of the infinite mix and match possibilities on offer - how creative can you get styling multiple versions of the same garment? The number of versions of your pattern you choose to wear/sew is entirely up to you - anything goes! It will also be really interesting to discover which patterns people decide to showcase. 


I’ll be publishing a separate post shortly where you can sign up for the challenge and which will give full details and hopefully answer any questions you have. Today’s post is just to announce the date and confirm that it’s happening (yay!!). So, just to make it official, One Week One Pattern 2014 will run from SATURDAY 6th TO FRIDAY 13th SEPTEMBER 2014.  Oh yes, and there’ll be guest posts from your favourite bloggers, the odd badly drawn graph and prizes aplenty. I really hope a few of you will join me! Can’t wait! x




79 comments:

  1. oh i'm so excited! i was a newbie when this ran before but i'm so glad that we have a lot of time before it runs as i don't remake patterns very often!

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    1. Wahay, you can truly flex your sewing muscles this time Joanne! x

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  2. im glad we have so much time! oh now ill have to choose a pattern!
    frankie
    www.knitwits-owls.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Make sure it's one you really love, the rest will be easy! x

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  3. I'm keen! Are a few repeats OK or do I have to have 7 different garments?

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    1. A few repeats are absolutely fine Sally, in fact last time most people got by with just two or three versions. The fewer versions you have, the bigger the challenge in styling them differently! x

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    2. Just added a line to the post to clarify - the number of versions of your chosen pattern that you make is entirely up to you. x

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  4. Yay for OWOP! But will you be able to out-geek my pie charts??

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    1. Never in a million years, not even going to try! I'm quite tempted to get my kids to do them - they'll probably make a better job of them than me! x

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  5. Yaaaaaaay! I did OWOP for Me-Made May this year, and it made for such a fun challenge! http://crafting-a-rainbow.tumblr.com/post/87497277977/mmm14-wrapup-and-whats-your-blogging-niche
    I'll have to pick a different pattern for September though - lucky I love sewing repeats!

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    1. What a great idea for Me-Made-May! I'm sure you'll have no problem choosing a pattern for September. Looking forward to seeing what it is! x

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  6. Ooh fun! Will be my first time to take part - can't wait!

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  7. I am so looking forward to this - do I choose Sorbettos or CoCos or self drafted skirt ? It is when you start repeating a pattern that your own creativity starts to take over, I feel.

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    1. Yes, I agree. I'm really looking forward to it too! x

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  8. This is wonderful, the only problem is that my goto pattern is self-drafted but I think I have 5 or 6 including my wedding dress.

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    1. Self drafted patterns are very welcome! You can even wear your wedding dress! X

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  9. I didn't take part last year, but I definitely will this year. I'm already well on the way to a wardrobe full of By Hand London Anna dresses and I'm sure I can fit in one or 2 more!

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    1. I love the Anna pattern, great choice! x

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  10. This sounds like fun. And as it's September, I think that means it will be Coco time for me. I went to town and made five of them - the Coco is my champion pattern for banishing the jeans and t shirt mum uniform I'd been in and finding me something homemade, fun and practical to wear as a mum of little ones.

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    1. It will be interesting to see how many people choose Coco - I don't think many stop at sewing just one! x

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  11. I am so excited by this!! I love repeat patterns, the challenge will be choosing which one to go for!

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    1. I know, I've got two or three repeat patterns I could use too! x

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  12. Can I join in? I haven't got a blog though, I am thinking about starting one, I have even named it (was very keen until my husband said nobody reads them). I already have a pattern I have a couple of versions of.

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    1. Of COURSE you can join in!! I'll be setting up a Flickr group for people who want to show off their photos but don't have blogs. I'll put all the details on the next blog post. And don't listen to your husband! x

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    2. Fab, I shall start that blog so hopefully won't be needing the Flickr group x

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    3. It took me three weeks but I started a blog. So shall be hopefully being quite active over there by September. It is creationsfromthecupboard.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. I've just found following blogs in the past few weeks and I have so enjoyed yours. Would a 60 something Gran from the mid-west USA be welcome to join the challenge?

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    1. You'd be VERY welcome Mid-West Gran! x

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    2. Great! I don't have a blog but find it exciting finding young women interested in sewing. I will keep an eye open for a pattern to use and would appreciate suggestions, or is there somewhere I can look at from the last OWOP. Thanks for any help.

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  14. I'm in! I'm a newbie sewist who has sewed 3 garments so far and 2 of them are the Sewaholic Renfrew top (love love love this pattern). I'm definitely wanting more of this top so this OWOP will be perfect, I can't wait!

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    1. Hoorah! Looking forward to seeing your Renfrews! x

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  15. I repeat patterns a lot, but unfortunately, I don't usually have multiples on hand at any one time...I wear them out, lol. This will be a fun challenge, so I'm in!

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    1. Hoorah! I've worn a couple of favourites out too, one of them I intend to make an exact copy of! x

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  16. I'm in!

    That's the easy decision. the huch harder one is: should I be going for tops or skirts?

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    1. I went for skirts last time, I think this time it will be tops! Decisions, decisions! x

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  17. Oh yes, i like the sound of this one, wasn't around first time and with a Sept.satrt date gives plenty of time to clear the decks and think, love it xx

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    1. Oh good, I hope you enjoy it! x

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  18. Ooooh yay, sounds fun. I definitely have one or two patterns in mind already!

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    1. Yay indeed! Glad you're joining in! x

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  19. Count me in- now which pattern to choose?!?!
    Freya May
    thedressmakingdiaries.blogspot.com

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    1. I know that's the big question! x

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  20. I didn't hear about this last year, what a fun idea! I linked it up to my social sewing calendar: http://swoodsonsays.com/sew-a-long-calendar/

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    1. Thanks for adding to the social sewing calendar, much appreciated! x

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  21. I'm a newbie to this, but it sounds like a great challenge. I'll have to add this to my calendar. Thanks for hosting :-)

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  22. This sounds great! I love how one pattern can be made to look so different each time, with a few tweeks!

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    1. That's exactly what I think too. I love seeing two versions of the same pattern looking totally different! It's also a good opportunity to go mad with accessories! x

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  23. This will be my first OWOP! I think my brain just exploded with ideas, can't wait! xx

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    1. Brains exploding with ideas are totally encouraging during OWOP! I can't wait either! x

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  24. This will be my first OWOP too! Looking forward to it!

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    1. Yay, should be a lot of fun! x

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  25. Ok, made two Monetas so far, and working on a sweater version. Think this may be the OWOP pattern!

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    1. Ooh a week of Moneta's sounds great! x

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  26. I collect patterns (my pattern box is over flowing), so I am sure I can find one of those patterns for September. Looking forward to do a challenge on my new sewing blog = )

    www.sewmodiste.wordpress.com

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    1. Looking forward to reading about it! x

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  27. Ooh, I want to do this! The only thing I've made multiple times is the Sorbetto top; maybe I need to make a couple more. :)

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    1. You can never have too many Sorbetto tops! The Sorbetto pattern was a popular choice last time round, I think it would be perfect for OWOP. Good luck! x

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  28. oh - what an interesting idea, and a perfect excuse to sew more clothes!
    I've made the dress from Simplicity 1699 twice already - one time in a stretchy jersey fabric that was so successful and soo comfortable (and didn't need a zip cos it was stretchy) that I bought more of the same fabric in a different colourway.
    A girl can't have too many dresses, right?
    Jane (yes, another one!)

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    1. hee hee! I DID it! my new blog, all ready and waiting for OWOP (sincere thanks Jane for the inspiration to finally DO it!)
      http://made-by-lady-jane.blogspot.fr/

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    2. Ah that's wonderful to hear, congrats on your brand spanking new blog! it's bound to be a success with a name like that! x

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  29. Oh my oh, my sew exciting!... (sorry couldn't resist the pun well somebody had to !?)
    I'm thinking a dress with layers under and over, early autumnal style for september.
    Please count me in!
    Meanwhile I am off to search my patterns I want it to be something i have not already made a real challenge......back later to let you know ...
    bestest wishes from Daisy J x

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  30. I'm loving this idea! I totally missed it last year. Can't wait to start planning my sewing up until the start date! Thanks so much for hosting.

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  31. Just found this, would love to participate again this time! Not sure if it will be a knit blouse or TNT skirt!

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  32. What a fun idea! I want to participate for sure using a TBD pattern :)

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  33. Ooooh this sounds like a challenge I can do! Thanks for hosting this! xo

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  34. I have used Simplicity 2444 so many times that I think I could participate! Wahoo!

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  35. Hi Jane. I would love to sign up. My pattern is Butterick 6016 which I used to make my Eiffel Tower dress and have lots of other ideas (and fabric!) lined up. x

    http://carolineparadigmdesign.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/butterick-6016-eiffel-tower-dress.html

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  36. I would love to do this! I am going to use Sew Caroline's Out and About Dress. This is perfect!

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  37. I am excited about joining in. I will use the skirt from Vogue 1247.

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  38. I wanna be take part of this fantastic Challenge with Chanel-like-jackets. I'm so excited. Anja from the north of germany.

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  39. Hi Jane, I'm in! I'm using a self-drafted dress pattern. Excited! X

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  40. I hope to take part but the fabric I ordered has not arrived yet boohoo. I will seriously need to sew this weekend. I am making Autumn Mood from my Ottobre magazine. Thanks Jo

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  41. I'm doing a new look top (6483). Already have a few and will do a new one this week.

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