One Week One Pattern: the Parade of Archers

OWOP14 Collage by Allspice Abounds

[1] Spring Archer [2] Archer of Many Details [3] Flamingo Archer
[4] Oxford & Liberty Archer [5] Spring Archer [6] Archer of Many Details [7] Chambray Bird Archer

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!!

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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!

OWOP14 Day 1 compilation

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.

OWOP14 Day 2 compilation

Day 2 (Sunday) – Archer of Many Details, tied at the waist, with my black Renfrew maxi dress.  (This was the day I recorded my video – do you recognize the outfit?)

OWOP14 Day 3 compilation

Day 3 (Monday) – Off to work in my brand new Flamingo Archer and Butterick 5613 pleated skirt.  It was an extremely pink day.  I kind of loved it.  🙂

OWOP14 Day 4 compilation

Day 4 (Tuesday) – Oxford and Liberty Archer with jeans.  Classic and comfortable.

OWOP14 Day 5 compilation

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!

OWOP14 Day 6 compilation

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.

OWOP14 Day 7 compilationDay 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.

OWOP Reflections

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.  🙂

19 thoughts on “One Week One Pattern: the Parade of Archers

  1. Firstly, LOVE your looks! Seriously, I think you’ve made almost all the Archers I’ve seen and actually liked. Love day 2 with the maxi dress, and the purple look was golden. (Err, you know what I mean.) It’s hilarious and awesome and a testament to the quality of your sewing that you could pull off an unfinished shirt so well. 🙂 I know how you felt on the ‘sour face’ day, sometimes the last thing you feel like doing is a photo shoot. Congrats on finishing the week — now, go enjoy your knit shirts!

    • Thanks so much for the kind words, Ebi! I’ve definitely been enjoying my knit tops this weekend. 🙂

      Arranging a quick photo shoot after work was really a pain. I have to re-arrange furniture to prop up the camera at the right height, not to mention all the other shenanigans that go along with using a self-timer. UGH. Never doing that again!

  2. Day 6 was my tough day too. I really wanted to wear something other than a Lady Skater, so I just wore the skirt I wanted to but did stick with the challenge by wearing a skater tshirt hack.

    • That totally counts! I say if you used the pattern to make the garment, it counts. There are so many possible variations of any particular pattern, and I think that’s the point of the challenge – to push the limits of a favorite pattern. Congrats on making it through the week!

  3. I really like all of your Archers but the Oxford and Liberty Archer is my favorite. I love the classic blue and it looks great with jeans. I know I will be copying this one!! It’s pretty amazing how tiring wearing the same thing 7 days in a row can be– I was scowling on day 5 after wearing dresses 3 days in a row!

    • I can imagine!! I’m glad I didn’t choose a dress (I don’t have enough repeats of any dress patterns anyway), but even the Archers were getting old by the end of the week. A knit would have been a better choice.

      I like the Oxford & Liberty one too – definitely a classic and goes with anything. Looking forward to seeing your version. 🙂

  4. I love the new birds archer but the archer of many details is still my favourite and it looks really good with the maxi dress. I agree with you that having a deadline to complete something is a nightmare – you end up getting too stressed and more likely to make mistakes and I also never feel like getting pictures after work. I had a couple of mirror selfies when I didnt have someone to take photos and they are not very good pictures, you can’t see the skirt in any detail which kind of defeats the object! I liked seeing what other people had done though and also love the community aspect but it was a relief to wear jeans today!

    Louise

    • Agreed on all points, Louise! Trying to finish the last shirt on a deadline was really a nightmare. I would lie awake at night wondering how I was going to squeeze some sewing time into a crazy busy week. I’m so sick of thinking about it that I never took the time this weekend to do the buttons/buttonholes — it can wait!

      Unless you have a dedicated photographer and time at home during daylight hours (neither of which I have), I don’t think you can get good quality photos on a daily basis. Thankfully I think the photo quality bar for selfies is lower than usual, so we can all get away with it. 🙂

  5. You are so right about sewing deadlines. I never meet mine and then vouch to never sew with a deadline again…
    I think your archers look different enough to at least make sure your outfits looked different enough from eachother.

    • Yeah, I really don’t know why I did that to myself after professing my dislike of sewing deadlines so many times in the past. *smacks head*

      The Archers look sufficiently different I suppose, but by Thursday my coworkers had started noticing that I had been wearing almost the same shirt everyday. Awkward!!

  6. Many kudos to you for wearing so many of the same shirt for so many days in a row! I don’t think I could have managed to keep it together by the end!

    I personally haven’t participated in a sewing challenge– not for lack of want– but for what I can imagine are a lot of hiccups along the way. For some reason, any time I’m sewing on a deadline I somehow just can’t quite make it and my results don’t turn out as well…! But I definitely appreciate everyone’s work in the end!

    Good for you for continuing with it even though by the end you were over it! Everything looks great and to be honest, the uncompleted Archer was my favorite one of the bunch!

    • Haha, thanks! You’re so right about sewing on a deadline. The last Archer definitely has some wonky seams because I was sewing late at night and didn’t have time to fix mistakes properly. Needless to say, I won’t be putting myself in that situation again!

      Good for you for avoiding this challenge all together. 🙂 I think that will be my stance from now on!

      • Ya, sewing on a last minute deadline usually leads to some newbie mistakes. Too many of my thrown-together pieces end up having to get pulled apart at a later date to make them work. It doesn’t do our skills justice to rush it!

  7. Gold star to you for making it through to the end of the week! You have some lovely variations of the Archer, hopefully you’ll still like the pattern after all this! Thanks for participating. x

    • Thanks Jane, and thanks again for hosting! I do still love my Archers, and I have no doubt I’ll be making more in the future. They’re super versatile and have endless design possibilities.

  8. What a great post! Bianca sent me here — thanks, Bianca! Your shirts are beautifully made and I especially love how you’ve worn them over dresses. Very modern, casual and creative at the same time. I also love your honest review of the challenge itself. This is my first time to actually complete a sewing challenge, too (besides the Monthly Stitch, which is easier – a whole month to do one thing? Sure!). I really intended to do MeMadeMay but it was all the photos that stopped me – I would’ve ended up scowling at the camera! But I absolutely love the whole sewing community thing. Such a fun, educational and supportive addition to my life! I’m with you on variety though… I wore cotton dresses the whole week. Now I’m working on a silk T!

    • Thanks for stopping by, and for your kind words about my shirts! 🙂 I did my own scaled-down version of MMM this year: no daily photos and no “rules,” just celebrating and wearing my handmade garments a little more than usual. It was a great compromise. Do what works best for you!

      Congrats on getting through OWOP in your dresses. I can’t imagine wearing dresses for 7 days in a row, phew!! OWOP was definitely a challenge on many levels, but as you said, it’s fun to participate in the community.

      Happy sewing on your silk top!

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