One Week One Pattern appears to have been a smashing success! Created by Tilly and The Buttons and hosted this year by Handmade Jane, the challenge was to wear garments made from the same pattern for 7 days in a row. This year, the challenge lasted from Saturday Sept 6 through Friday Sept 12. Yes, that’s seven full days of wearing almost the same thing in row. Phew!!
I chose the Grainline Archer, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite TNT patterns. (I could have chosen my all-time most-used pattern, the Renfrew, but most of my Renfrews are long sleeved and not really suited for late summer weather.) I had 4 Archers going into the challenge and set a goal for myself of finishing the 5th one in time to wear for the last day of the challenge. As you can see from the collage above, I made it! Sort of (keep reading).
So let’s see what I wore all week!
Day 1 (Saturday) – Spring Archer with RTW white eyelet skirt. It was a super hot summer day, and I wanted something light and casual. This coral shot cotton wears like linen, which was perfect for a steamy day.
Day 4 (Tuesday) – Oxford and Liberty Archer with jeans. Classic and comfortable.
Day 5 (Wednesday) – Spring Archer with my gray Renfrew maxi dress. This was the first time I had worn one of my maxi dresses to work, and I only felt comfortable doing so because the Archer covered most of my curves. It turned out to be a really comfortable outfit to work in!
Day 6 (Thursday) – Archer of Many Details. I started off with the shirt tied around my waist, paired with a khaki skirt. Unfortunately, my office was freezing that day, so I ran home at lunch to change into jeans! The best laid plans, as they say. Also, notice that I’m not smiling in this photo… the selfies were getting really old by this point.
Day 7 (Friday) – I wore my brand new (unblogged) Chambray Bird Archer, despite the fact that it still didn’t have buttons or buttonholes! Damn it, I was determined to wear this shirt by the end of the challenge. I paired it with my teal Renfrew, RTW jean skirt, and purple tights. This was my favorite outfit of the week.
Although I loved the idea of this challenge, I don’t think I’ll be participating in any more online sewing challenges anytime soon (or ever).
What I liked:
- It was fun to participate in a large, organized challenge. The online sewing community is amazing, and I love connecting with other sewists in any way that I can.
- That’s it.
What I didn’t like:
- Being locked into wearing the same thing everyday. By Day 6 I really didn’t want to wear another Archer and was yearning for knit tops. Hence the sour face in the photo.
- Taking selfies everyday. During the week, the only time I had to do this was after work, when I was exhausted and the only thing on my mind was DINNER NOW. Also, I found good photo quality to be an impossible mission on weekday evenings.
- Sewing on a deadline. My goal to finish the Chambray Bird Archer by Friday was extremely stressful. I solemnly swear never to set a sewing deadline for myself ever again. I didn’t even make it and wound up wearing an unfinished shirt!
- I had an unusually busy week with the start of the fall semester, and this was probably the worst week to have to worry about a sewing challenge. Many of these photos were taken at 10pm or later, as that was the first chance I had all day to breathe.
While I’m glad I participated and completed the challenge, I’m SO glad this week is over. I still love my Archers, but I’m so happy not to be wearing one today!
If you participated in OWOP, how did you hold up? If you managed to maintain your sanity, I hereby give you a gold star. 🙂