Saturday, 11 February 2012

One Week, One Pattern: A Group Project?

Does anyone want to take part in a little group project?

    
   

One week last year, I wore homemade Beignet skirts all week. I posted about it here - One Week, One Skirt Pattern. I was thinking that I'd like to do something similar this year, wearing M2401 shift dresses all week or Jenny skirts all week or self-drafted button back blouses all week... And then I realised that it'd be quite fun if other people were playing along too with their favourite sewing patterns too.

Is anyone up for joining me? As a group project or challenge or whatever you want to call it?

Many sewing patterns get made up once - if that - and spend the rest of their lives on the shelf. And then there are the special few which are so versatile, wearable and totally gorgeous that they get made up again and again. The names PendrellSorbetto and Ginger have entered the stitcher's vernacular, even if you haven't made them up yourself. Even more bizarrely, some of my non-sewing friends will comment on my "Beignet" rather than my "skirt"! (Ooh that sounds rude.)

We should celebrate these patterns! With the One Week, One Pattern project, the (mini) challenge comes in really pushing the boundaries of the pattern's versatility, finding new and creative ways of restyling similar-looking garments so it doesn't look like you're basically wearing the same outfit all week. Or maybe you've only made one version of the pattern and want the added challenge of wearing the exact same garment all week... and not spilling wine all down it...

I could pick a week in March if people want to do it at the same time, although there's no reason to have any time restrictions so you could basically pick your own week if you like. Also, you could do it as many times as you like with different sewing patterns. I could create a blog page or some round-up posts with photos and links to different people's posts showcasing their week of wearing one pattern.

It'd be fun, non? Restyling our homemade garments, checking out what each other are wearing, wondering when someone at work is going to notice that you're basically wearing the same thing all week...!

Let me know if you're up for it and, if enough people are, I'll write a proper post about it with practical details and a button or something. If you've got any bright ideas for snazzy titles for the project/challenge, that'd be good, as at the moment the rather dull and perfunctory working title is 'One Week, One Pattern'. Also any other thoughts about how to make the project awesome!

Ooooh exciting!

[Soundtrack: 'Baby I'm in the Mood for You' by Odetta]

88 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fantastic challenge! I'd definitely be keen. :-)

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  2. Sounds like a fantastic plan to me! I would love to join in. Might get me to actually get around to make some more top or some dresses!

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    1. Great idea! I'm always inspired by other sewer's take on a pattern. The finished projects all look so different, and for that reason I'd love to join in.

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  4. I would be up for that too, sounds like a fun idea.

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  5. That sounds like a great idea. I have a top pattern which I've made about 6 times.

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    1. Six times, wowzers! Looking forward to seeing which pattern it is!

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  6. a lovely idea. I am somewhat time starved to beable to make sevral of the same item though!Maybe a super easy pattern? I would like to try.

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    1. If you're up for a real challenge, you could restyling one or two garments all week!

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  7. Count me in that sounds like a great Idea! especially as I'm a fan of making a few things over and over! x

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  8. Fantastic idea! I have plans to make several of the same pattern, but haven't made it past one yet. If I can manage to get another skirt sewn between now and then I'm in!

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  9. A wonderful idea! I think I don't have any patterns I've made up several times for myself, but I'd love to what patterns other sewists love.

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    1. Me too, I love seeing what patterns are other people's favourites.

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  10. I might manage this...be good fun to see anyways!

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  11. Count me in! I can blog about it over at A Few Threads Loose and bring a few more people in. I've been wanting to sew one of Victory Patterns' little beauties for a while. Maybe we could do it and support a new business at the same time?

    afewthreadsloose.blogspot.com

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  12. Wonderful idea ! It's funny but I customise a very similar skirt a few weeks ago ; it's on my blog if you want have a look ...

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  13. I'm crazy like that! Count me in :D

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  14. Oh yay, that sounds like fun!

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  15. I'm in - I've made so many different versions of Simplicity 2938 top that I could easily wear one top/dress a day for a week.

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  16. Great idea Tilly - count me in. Now to decide which pattern is allowed its 15 minutes of fame (or one week!) x

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  17. Great idea - I'm in ! I already know what I'm going to wear. This will be a fun challenge.

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  18. I would love to participate, but I am sure I won't be able to. That said, I will do it eventually, when I have a waist.

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  19. If I can get a few more of whatever made I'm in! I tend to only make a pattern twice at most, so this could be interesting.

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  20. This appeals to me. It would require a little thought, though. I don't really use the same patterns over and over. Or do I? More thought required.
    Claudine (couturearts.wordpress.com)

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  21. I've never made a pattern twice and I'm trying to be a more active seamstress so this is a perfect idea to sew more garments. I'd love to participate.

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  22. oohhh...brilliant idea! Definitely count me in! Hmmm...to do the shirtwaist dress or trousers pattern? Can we do sometime in later March? I can't wait!

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  23. Oh, that sounds so awesome! I have some amazing blouses made from Sorbetto.

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  24. That's an awesome idea, Tilly! I loved your one week-one skirt post last year, it was so interesting! I would jump in on this if it does indeed, come to pass. And I would venture to throw in the Renfrew top and the Violet blouse as potential ideas, they are both so popular on the interwebs already, and I would love to see what people do with them! Now, the big question, what do I choose...

    strugglesewsastraightseam.wordpress.com

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  25. What a great idea! I'd love to join in. (And considering the massive load of knits I just bought, I had *better* have a pile of Renfrews finished by March!)

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  26. You always come up with such great ideas, Tilly! I would love to join, but am so (happily) busy with the Sew Colette sew-along I would be afraid of not making the deadline. :)

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    1. You can join in whenever you like, Sarah, there's no reason why everyone has to do it on the same week. I'd love to see it continuing all year, in fact!

      Ooh there's an idea - we could do a kinda tag game where we literally take it in turns to do our week then pass readers on to the next sewing blog - it'd help us discover new blogs while we're at it. Actually that just sounds really complicated and ambitious. Maybe another time!

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  27. I might be in. I'd love to give it a try at least!

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  28. That sound like a really fun challenge!

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  29. I would be totally down! I have already cut 2 skirts out of Simplicity 2343 with the hope of making more

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  30. Do you know, I've never made two of the same pattern? (unless it was to give as a gift). I don't know why I feel the need to have all 'different' pieces in my wardrobe, even if one pattern works really well.

    Given that I don't have any two the same, I don't think I'll be able to join your challenge this time, but you've definitely got me thinking about revisiting some good patterns!

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    1. The vast majority of my patterns never get made more than once either. Strange, isn't it? Particularly as I'm happy to spend 12 pounds on some of them. Hopefully this will make us think about "pattern sustainability" a bit more.

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  31. Sounds like a great plan. I'm totally up for it.

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  32. I would make several versions of Simplicity 5914. The skirt is so flattering.

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    1. I don't think I've seen that pattern before - great to find out what other people's favourite patterns are!

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  33. I love challenges like this and because I rarely make more than one version of the same pattern this will be a nice way to encourage me to get my money's worth from patterns and get more creative with designs and how to style clothes I've made. I'm not sure what pattern I'd want to do, though.

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  34. I'm in! I have 3 different Ginger's now but I'd love to think up new ways to restyle them over the course of a week.

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  35. I'm definitely in. This challenge reminds me of the Uniform Project (read more here). I'd love to try to get by with one dress like hers for a whole week. Only I'm not much of an accessories person... I guess that's the challenge, right?

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    1. Yes! That was definitely in the back of my mind, that and The Clothes Horse's 'Saturday Remix' posts where she restyles her favourite garments.

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  36. I love the idea Tilly. In my current post-baby state, I am already repeat wearing Simplicity 3835s and Sew Lisette Portfolio top and dress! Your beignets are tempting me to make one.

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    1. Ooh I love that Simplicity dress - tres chic (as well as practical if you've had a baby, or eaten too much spaghetti and meatballs in my case!).

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  37. Great idea, I'm definitely in!

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  38. I'd love to play too ! Should we sew all the same pattern or could it be one of our own creation ?That's a very exciting project....
    Marie.

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  39. great idea. I'm not sure I'll join in in March, but maybe later in the year.

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  40. Sounds great, although I'd best get a move on as I have only created one dress so far :)

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  41. love this idea! I've only made one wearable item so far so this would be a huge challenge for me XD

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  42. Fab idea - not sure when I'll get the time though :o/

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  43. What a great idea!!! Last week I sewed my second version of Sorbetto Tank and it was really funny, so I´m so happy to participate in your challenge. I hope, I´ll get enough time.
    Maider

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  44. Sounds like a great idea. I did have a plan to make a few more Beignets this year, so I may as well do several all at once, and then wear them all in once. Or maybe I'll finally buy myself the Pendrall blouse, and make a few of those. Will I be ready by March though? Probably not... :-)

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  45. Nice idea Tilly, count me in! I've just drafted a little pattern which I'm so excited about I'm sure to make a LOT of them...so this would fit in perfectly!

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    1. Ooh looking forward to seeing it! I can't decide whether to use my self-drafted blouse pattern or a commercial one... hmm...

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  46. It sounds like a good idea, I'm in!

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  47. I would love to do this and I love the idea of doing it across the year. Less pressure to do it all by date X and a great way to learn about new (to us) blogs.

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  48. Mmmm, I'd be interested in something that gave me an excuse to have lots of fun with V1247 - several executions of the blouse and skirt! Names, names ... The Sweet Repeat? Double Take? Repeating Pattern? Pattern Match?

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  49. Ooh yes! I've got a couple of favourite patterns which I could eke out for a week... Thanks for inviting us all to join you!

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  50. I love it, I'm in! I would love to do a week of sorbettos

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  51. I can't sew (yet) but love reading sewing blogs and a series about good patterns and projects is right up my street!

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  52. I love it, and I already have three versions of a favorite pattern in my meager suitcases, so I think I have some ammunition :)

    hmm. that'll be during the me made march phenomenon... and it'll be seven days of repeats... M to the 7th power?

    doesn't quite roll trippingly off the tongue.

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    1. Me-Made-March isn't officially on this year (I've double-checked with Zoe), but if you're planning on doing it anyway it'd work very well as part of it!

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  53. This sounds great, I'd love to join in.

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  54. Johnny-come-lately but I'm in! Great idea :)

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  55. Hiya... I am such a beginner but it will give me something to aim for !!!! Count me in and i had better get my L plates on!!!

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  56. I had a think and I'm in. Let's do this!!

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  57. I love this idea! I have a simple skirt pattern and I'll pickup three of four different fabrics to make it in. I have a week off in March, so I am definitely up for this!

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  58. Love this idea! Love to be involved! Only hope I can stay on track...

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  59. I love this idea, mainly to see how everyone else refashions their garment so they look different, this is a challenge for me. I'm not sure if I have enough of the 1 garment, 1 have 2 and 3 of some patterns but they are definately weather dependent.

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  60. This totally would have been easy for me if I was still pregnant and made the same skirts and tops over and over... but alas I am starting from scratch and barely have one of any pattern! Maybe I'll try at the end of the year on my own time.

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  61. I'm excited for this challenge. I've made a few different simplicity 2451 skirts and I'm looking for the perfect fabric to make another.

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  62. I am totally in!! I have made my own pattern for the beignet skirt, it is a little bit different but the idea is there. I have already made 3 of them in the last few days one in grey corduroy, one in a yellow sixties flower pattern and one in leopard print. I am now hooked! Now I just need to make four more! better get sewing!

    here's a link to a picture of my leopard skirt if anyone wants to see it! :)

    http://odarlinblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/leopard-anyone.html

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  63. I'm in! I have a pattern in mind, and couldn't decide between 3 fabrics - maybe I have time to make them all!

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  64. great idea. I'm in. Now to decide which of the many many patterns...ha ha ha !!

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  65. Oh sounds wonderful! It's a good excuse for me to use my much neglected sewing machine!

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  66. I'm in! I've already made two Sorbettos, and still have ideas for a few more. I love your blog, Tilly! :)

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  67. Tilly I hope it's not to late for me to join your one week one pattern project. If not please sign me up!

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  68. I would love to do this. The dress I'm thinking of wearing is not an official pattern (infinity dress) and is designed to be worn in different ways.
    Is this cheating? I do hope not.
    Pippa x

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