Saturday, 17 September 2016

One Week, One Pattern 2016

The past week has seen me wearing different variations of New Look 6217 each day as part of OWOP (One Week, One Pattern) 2016. The challenge was run this year by Hannah at Cinderellis Sews and I had a lot of fun mixing and matching garments made from my current favourite pattern.

I cheated slightly as I've made both tops and skirts from the pattern, so it wasn't actually much of a stretch. But considering the pattern also includes trousers and a kimono jacket I think I was actually quite restrained! What I like about the top and skirt patterns is the fit: they have a fair amount of wearing ease but still skim the body to show off your curves. I already had three versions of the top and two of the skirt, but just managed to squeeze out another last minute top to give myself a bit more choice. Here's what I wore:

Day 1 - Red Swiss Dot NL6217 top and Gap jeans. I was visiting the Undressed exhibition at the V & A museum with Scruffy Badger


Day 2 - Denim NL6217 skirt and 1960's Shoulder Tie top (without shoulder ties!) I was at the allotment pretending to help, so this combo was actually really comfortable, although a white top probably wasn't the wisest choice for picking raspberries...


Day 3 - Liberty print NL6217 top and denim Arielle skirt. I hadn't tried this combo before now and was surprised how much I liked it.


Day 4 - Denim NL6217 skirt and Gingham Granville shirt. The Ginghamalong went live today so I wore my new gingham shirt with my New Look denim skirt. It's a bit of a polka dot/gingham clash but I think they look good together! This photo was taken outside my local boozer, complete with splendid old tiles.


Day 5 - Ivory Crepe NL6217 top and Liberty Carline Delphine skirt. This is a new, unblogged version of the top made from a 80cm remnant of prestige crepe from the Fabric Godmother sale. The drape is perfect for this pattern and I loved wearing it on its first outing. Being off white, it's also useful for pairing with garments that are difficult to match things to (like this skirt!) 


Day 6 - Black crepe NL6217 top and Bamboo skirt. Suitably smart attire for visiting the Buckingham Palace state rooms with my mother-in-law!


Day 7 - Black Crepe NL6217 top and Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers. Here I am meeting the lovely Mark from Girl Charlee UK at the Handmade Fair in Hampton Court (more on my visit in the next blog post).


A few reflections on the challenge:
  • I'm sooooo pleased I chose this pattern, everything I've made from it feels like such a natural part of my everyday wardrobe. 
  • The top is a simple shape and easy to make, but I think fabric choice and colour are key to wearing them often. The fact that I had three solid, neutral colours tops meant they could be paired with anything. Plus the lovely quality of the fabrics made them feel just a bit more special than a T shirt or cotton top in the same colours.
  • I love the slim silhouette of the skirt and the quirky little side split - I'll definitely be making more of them.
  • I'm still not very adventurous with accessories!

Thank you to Hannah for hosting the challenge and I'm looking forward to seeing what everybody else has been wearing for the past week! Have a great weekend. x



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19 comments:

  1. hi Aunty Jane
    Those are lovely!

    Love from Hannah (:

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    1. Hi Hannah! I thought of you and Tilly when we visited Buckingham Palace, some of the dresses had sparkly bits on them, a bit like your sparkly top! xxxxxx

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  2. I love that pattern too and have made the top in crepe, jersey with a crochet lace trim and also as a PJ top to some shorts. I have two pairs of the trousers in Liberty and in chambray. Not made the skirt yet but I like the fit on you so I will give it a go as I think we are similar shapes. Jo x

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    1. I think I've been usurped as NL 6217 queen! Trousers definitely on the list for next summer, though I'm definitely not finished with the top and skirt yet! x

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  3. Fun project and your top is wonderfully versatile.

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  4. Some wonderful and versatile makes here Jane and such lovely fabric choices too.

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    1. Thank you, the fabrics help a lot! x

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  5. You look great in all of you makes, love the colours and fabrics.

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  6. Such a useful and still lovely top! Block-colour separates like that are exactly what's missing from my rather chaotic clashy wardrobe...!

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    1. The block colour separates are supremely useful! And I love your colourful wardrobe by the way! x

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  7. Love all the outfits pictured Jane, excellent eye for colour, as i said in my last comment to you, you have a similar taste to myself in clothes. I am 65 but like to keep up with fashion, think you can get away with it more the days. Well done.

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    1. Thank you very much. It's nice to hear we have similar taste in clothes! x

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  8. Love your style, everything co-ordinates so well. My favourite is the day 3 outfit. That Liberty print top goes so well with that skirt. Great to see you at the Handmade fair.

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    1. Aw thanks Camilla, I like day 3 too, an unexpected success! Lovely to see you too, I'm sure we'll bump into each other again soon somewhere! x

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  9. This is a challenge I shall have to make a note of for 2017. :) Lively combinations.

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  10. I need a really basic top pattern like this. Love all your looks, but was really inspired by the gingham and spots combination.

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