I did it! I participated in One Week, One Pattern 2014! I’m so proud of myself for doing something larger than me, instead of stubbornly insisting on being a lone wolf.
I have only cellphone camera shots because all week I was exhausted — I got up early for work (430-5am) and I stayed up late each night (midnight-1am) to work on my first Butterick B6042. More on this later.
For OWOP I wore McCall’s M6078, of which I have five versions. One was in the hamper, so I was held to four days of participation. And here they are!
This version of M6078 is eye catching and a little dressy, but totally uncomfortable. The inside is scratchy from the threads used to hold the sequins in place. For OWOP, I found a fix: a tank top. Worn underneath this top, it was bearable for a whole day, but still uncomfortable. I drafted the cap cleeves using a Threads tutorial.
I blogged this version of M6078 back in June, and I’m still thrilled with it. I styled it in a different way for me; you’ve probably noticed my constant need for a cardigan or jacket. Well, on Tuesday, I threw this top under a semi-sheer, lightweight blouse. I loved the contrast between the brown of the blouse and the orange of the top, and how they both interacted with the blue pants. I wouldn’t wear this look again — it’s too distinct — but it insipired me to be more playful with layering, as fall comes to New England.
I know what you’re thinking. ‘That’s a dress!’ You bet your bippy it is! And an unblogged one, too. (I’ll get around to that …) This dress is a combination of M6078 on top and a self drafted skirt on the bottom. This summer I noticed women wearing simple dresses consisting of a sleeveless top and a pencil bottom, and decided to make one for me. I cut off M6078 two inches below the waist, and attached it to the skirt, then threw an elastic in the waist casing. I’ve since perfected the length of elastic and pegging of the skirt in another dress I haven’t blogged. But hey! I have the house to myself today, so I’m going to shoot everything that I’ve made and not yet shared. Anyway, to say I love this dress would be the ultimate understatement. I love it so much I’ve worn it around the house, just because. It fits great and it’s comfortable, and styled with Smurf-blue tights (We Love Colors) and equally blue shoes (Payless, natch), I felt very much like a 60s mod girl. Which is to say, awesome.
Go out with a bang! Or is it always leave’em laughing? At any rate, this outfit is hands down my favorite look of OWOP. I felt like a Boss in this, and that’s my favorite way to feel (after a 60s mod girl). The cardi is the Fiona Top by Style Arc, as yet unblogged. I love this outfit because I’m wearing purple, because the silver belt gives the look a clean, clear, but not overwhelming point of focus, and because that grey shirt, my first M6078, looks so good under the cardi but still holds its own against the white pants. This shirt is basically a middle child: adaptable enough to play nice with everybody.
* I had no problem wearing the same top all week. I used such different qualities of fabric with different appearances and different details that it didn’t matter.
* All week I wondered how M6078 would do in a woven fabric. Hmmmm….
* I loved styling my basic top in new and exciting ways! Looking forward to experimenting more.
* My favorite part of OWOP was seeing what other people were wearing. I kept checking the #owop tag on Instagram, and being delighted. :)
* I’ve learned to avoid fabrics with glitter on them; I think sequins fabric should also face close scrutiny. I did not enjoy having my neck and shoulders get scratched all day long.
Well, that’s all for OWOP ’14 — now I’ve got to shoot some makes! And the Bruyère sewalong starts on Monday — are you taking part?