31 March 2012

OWOP! I'll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours...

Phew! OWOP! - aka One Week, One Pattern - is through. 105 people played along! Lest you think I was the evil cult leader, cackling to myself in my lair as I watched you all suffer through a week of wearing the same pattern, here is photographic evidence from the last seven days to prove that I wore self-drafted button-back blouses:


Day 1 - Chocolate Buttons Button-Back Blouse, lace collar necklace and high waisted jeans for a gorgeous day spent in the park and at two birthday parties.


Day 2 - Refashioned Lace Blouse, black trousers and grandma shoes for brunch at a friend's house.


Day 3 - Chocolate Buttons Button-Back Blouse and Banana Sweetie Skirt (a chocolate banana, no less) for the office and the plane for a last minute business trip to Lithuania.


Day 4 - Teal button-back blouse and A Dazzlingly Red Beignet for the mayor's reception at the Vilnius Film Festival. If I had Karen's chutzpah, I would have got a shot with my arm round the mayor, but I'm embarrassed enough just getting my own photo taken.


Day 5 - Refashioned Lace Blouse and black trousers (are you bored yet?!) in Dulwich park.


Day 6 - Chocolate Buttons Button-Back Blouse and high-waisted maroon jeans. High time you saw the buttons at the back, the main feature of all these blouses!


Day 7 - Teal button-back blouse, Autumn Maples Skirt and an amaretto sour (or three) at OWOP! cocktails. In real life my head isn't quite that mammoth in proportion to the rest of my body. Or at least I hope it's not.

So what were my reflections from the week? Firstly, I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of people involved in the project - 105 OWOP-ers! What a fantastic online sewing community we have. I love the idea that the term "OWOP" has now entered the vernacular of our friends, family and colleagues - brilliant!

What's been particularly interesting is seeing a temporary shift in the blogosphere from snazzy patterns and vintage dresses which are great for posing in to practical styles which are what we really wear on a daily basis, for going to work, pottering round the house or nipping to the shop. It's definitely got me geared up to make more everyday clothing and to be honest with myself about how much use I'll get out of a pattern and garment before making it. I've taken lots of inspiration from fellow OWOP-ers for my new everyday wear wardrobe - for example, poor Tamsin had to put up with me feeling up her perfect denim Portfolio dress las night.

Over the last seven days I really got to know this pattern! Having worn it for seven days I've decided to make some adjustments to the pattern to make it fit even better - in particular redistributing some of the ease from the back to the bust to stop me pulling at it all the time.

From seeing these photos I've also learnt that I need a haircut! I hate to sound vain but my hair really does look awful. I could do with some hair styling tips for lazy women if anyone has any - nothing that takes more than five minutes, please!

How about you? How was your week? What reflections do you have on the project? If you’ve posted your photos on a blog, Pinterest, Flickr or whatever, leave a link in the comments so we can all see. I’ll post a few photos by OWOP! participants in a subsequent post so if you submit a link to your photos in the comments I’ll assume you’re happy for me to borrow your photos otherwise please say if you DON’T want me to borrow your images.





And finally, big thanks to the lovely Karen for having the marvellous idea to organise a London OWOP! cocktail party! Karen, Laura, Rachel, Tamsin, Melizza, Alana, Joanne and Rachel again in the photos above. The perfect way to celebrate the end of the week... can't wait to put a Breton top on today!

[Soundtrack: 'Don't Do It' by The Band]

76 comments:

  1. I didn't take part this year because I haven't sewn enough and didn't have time to catch up... but please run it again next year! It looked like such a great challenge.

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  2. I love the teal blouse with the red beignet and autumn skirt! Such good combinations on you! I couldn't participate this week but will definitely be trying this out for myself later in the year! Please run it again at some point, it's a great idea!

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  3. It might be the same pattern, but it doesn't look like you've doubled up once! And they're all gorgeous...
    I think you are so right about the everyday factor - I am definitely guilty of making too many fancy things and not enough basics!

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  4. Wonderful Tilly! I wore the Renfrew for a week and really enjoyed the challenge. I have another two in the planning so I must like the pattern. But I will be wearing a dress for a few days to recover...

    Check out my daily posts at www.sewbrunswick.blogspot.com.au or my round up OWOP post at http://sewbrunswick.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/owop-renfrew-week.html

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  5. Love your self drafted button back blouse, it looks so different every day.

    I did wear the 4 versions of Vogue 8572 for the week and found it very interesting that I could make it work for all 7 days. It did help that I was away for the weekend and that meant dressing up a bit more as I don't think I would have worn it during the weekend at home.

    I did a week's wrap up at http://petiteandsewing.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/one-week-one-pattern.html

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  6. Here is the link to my OWOP week on Flicker http://www.flickr.com/photos/thehappyhermit40/sets/72157629309420652/
    Lovely to meet you last night, still in shock that i really went but so glad i did! As Karen says "i haven't met a sewist i don't like"!
    Claire

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  7. Oh, those are some great outfits! I think I love the teal blouse & red beignet and the chocolate blouse & banana beignet combinations best! Those two patterns go really well together!

    I wore garments (including two dresses) made from my self-drafted knit top pattern this week. Here's my round-up: http://farben-freude.blogspot.de/2012/03/one-week-one-pattern.html
    It was fun! I think I'll try OWOP again sometime later this year. There are two Macarons on my to-sew list!

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  8. I can't wait to see the other 104 participants blog posts on OWOP!!! I had to wear my M5845 dress for 7 days! Challenging, but it's not called a challenge for nothing right! I've blogged my 7 day OWOP pics and write up here, feel free to use pics. Http://www.sewmelove.com/2012/03/one-pattern-one-week.html

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  9. Oh very nice set of outfits.
    I love that teal one. :D

    My round up is here: http://beadsandbarnacles.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/owop-weeks-round-up.html

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  10. This was a fun challenge! I loved modifying a simple pattern to create so many different wearable looks. My full round-up is here: http://foursquarewalls.blogspot.com/2012/03/owop-round-up.html. Thanks for hosting, Tilly!

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  11. Thanks for hosting this event Tilly! I learned that I need at least two more skirts made in Vogue 2885. One in a plaid that would go well with my jean jacket and maybe a black or dark brown one. Honest, I don't mind that you managed to add two more projects to my sewing table! My round up is here: http://sewessentiallysew.blogspot.ca/2012/03/one-week-one-pattern.html and http://sewessentiallysew.blogspot.ca/2012/03/one-week-one-pattern-part-ii.html

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  12. I've enjoyed this challenge too Tilly, & love your reveals! The top you drafted seems so versatile & absolutely pretty as anything, & will be special to you because you drafted it yourself.
    Here's a link to my summing up post here:

    http://scruffybadgertime.co.uk/2012/03/owop-7-days-of-violet/
    Thanks for the organising :-)

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  13. Fun! I love the teal and red combination.

    And oh, how I wished I lived in London sometimes!

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  14. I'm going to do a round-up when I come home from work today (yes, working on a Saturday. Boo.) But here's a link to where my daily posts are; http://thecataloguer.wordpress.com/tag/oneweekonepattern/

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  15. Hey Tilly!

    Thanks for organising! I had a great week! Here's the link for my summary:

    http://frautipmatic.blogspot.de/2012/03/one-week-one-pattern-summary.html

    All the best for you!

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  16. Great blouses! I love your photos. As for lazy hairstyling tips, I wear mine in a French twist every day. It takes less than 5 minutes, since I've done it so many times. Look on Youtube. There are loads of videos that can show you how to do it. Since I never wear my hair down, I never get it cut. And since hair dirt helps keep my hair up and back, I pretty much never wash it. This is pretty much as lazy as it gets.

    Oh, about owop, here is my link:
    http://couturearts.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/owop/

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  17. Such pretty photos! I particularly love the Secret Garden one, with you poking your head out from behind the ancient wooden door. What adventures have you been having? A wonderful challenge, Tilly. You can, of course, use any of my photos should you wish.

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  18. Last nigh was great fun and it was my favourite outfit that you wore.

    I rounded my outfits here;

    http://houseofpinheiro.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/owop-outfits-from-cynthia-rowley-tulip.html

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  19. This was a great challenge. I enjoyed doing it and can't wait to see other people's garments. Please excuse my pics. I had a lab documented case of the flu, so the pics aren't that great. But hey, it didn't stop me from completing the challenge :) My pics can be found on Pinterest: Therealpatricia

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  20. It was an interesting experiment, and I can see why you thought it worth repeating. The unexpected summer weather (with cold mornings and evenings) meant that there were a few surprises in store but I appreciated having to put a bit of thought into what I was going to wear and it was good not to be as lazy as usual. Round up:
    http://www.sew2pro.com/one-week-one-pattern/

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  21. Lovely to see you last night and thanks again for organising! I love your weekly round-up - some gorgeous outfits there :) I've not done a round-up post but have just done a daily update throughout the week at www.stitchandwitter.com if anyone fancies a looksie.

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  22. Hi, love your outfits.
    I made it! I really enjoyed being able to take part, with less than 2 months sewing clothes under my belt the Sorbetto was great for me as I had 5. The quick results are really encouraging for a newbie. I've learnt there are definitely things I need in my wardrobe and I'm compiling a list and the value of a repeat pattern, where you've ironed out fitting issues, is obvious. I've also learnt that if you're uncomfortable having your photo taken it helps to drag your children and parents into the event! Oh, and nobody (apart from those I told) realised I'd worn the same thing all week - result! Thanks Tilly, it's been good fun.
    Jacq x

    s888.photobucket.com/albums/ac84/jacqcoldwell/OWOP%20for%20Tilly/

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  23. Here I am :
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/karamiel/

    Thanks for organizing this event ! It was great to part of this challenge !

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  24. I had a great OWOP with the Pendrell blouse. Thanks for organising!

    I love your self drafted blouses, especially the Chocolate Button Button-back Blouse. You have inspired me to learn to draft a pattern!

    I blogged about OWOP here:

    http://debbie-sewdebbie.blogspot.ca/

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  25. this was a lot of fun,I used a vintage pattern with button on collars and bolero that I made reverseable,great for travel.see more at http://ladymideva.blogspot.com/ hope that works

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  26. Here's mine:

    http://tiofingrarochfemsinnen.blogspot.se/search/label/OWOP

    Thanks Tilly, sorry I missed the cocktails ;-)

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  27. Thanks Tilly it has been great to see each others veriations on a pattern. And yes I really felt I learnt something about my own sewing mind, so much so I have put a little picture button on my blog to remind me to sew more mindfully!

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  28. Interesting challenge - I wore my self drafted pants (made from denim, black ponti knit, camel wool, wool/silk (where the invisible zipper broke at the end of the day, good thing I was on my way home!!!) and a grey micro fiber. What I found is I need to make more detail changes on my pattern (different pockets, leg styling details, waistband thoughts) What I realized as I was trying to style/dress in the am that the patterns I sew up, I'll change fabric but the basic pattern I keep the same. Guess this means I need to break out of so strictly following the pattern and think about how to personalize it more! I didn't take any pictures (though I might go ahead and take pictures after the fact). Thanks a great challenge. Always a fun way to get out of your comfort zone!

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  29. I only had two items - a dress and a top - both suitable for nursing and made from the same Ottobre design 2/2009 – 6 pattern.
    http://www.roued.com/tag/owop/
    The photos are not great but you are welcome to use them if you wish.
    Thanks for a great idea - you have inspired me to have a go at sewing more for myself. :-)
    Eddie

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  30. It's your refashioned lace top that really gets me salivating... Set off so perfectly by the contrast collar. Beautiful.

    Thank you so much for organising this last week, it's been such fun! Just gutted I couldn't join you guys last night. Next time. My round-ups can be found on my blog - stitchmesoftly.blogspot.com

    x

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  31. Wow, great stylin! I particularly like your banana choco combination :)

    My posts can be found here-
    http://rennous-oh-glennus.tumblr.com/post/20163111138/owop-intro
    and
    http://rennous-oh-glennus.tumblr.com/post/20192385074/owop-roundup

    Thanks for sharing your owop idea!

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  32. Hi Tilly! I had fun this week participating in OWOP. I'm glad I took the time and didn't just lose myself in work and stress. Your colors are gorgeous. Browns and teals and reds and yellows. So lovely! All of my outfits are posted on my blog: http://sewwell.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/one-week-one-pattern-march-24th-through-3th/ Looking forward to the next OWOP!

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  33. You're killing me with how adorable each way you styled your blouse. I love love love the collar you added in the first pic. And I didn't realize how dainty and gorgeous the teal blouse was until I saw you in it. Pictures don't do the blouse justice.

    Great challenge, Tilly! I loved taking part.

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  34. I had a bunch of fun with this challenge. A week was just the right length. Long enough to be truly challenging, but not long enough for fatigue to set in.

    Here's a link to my seven looks with simplicity 4079 :

    http://churchsexy.blogspot.com/2012/03/owop-wrap-up.html

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  35. Thank you very much for this awesome week! I enjoyed very much, really! It was great to see every day differents version in others blogs. Thank Tilly because you made all this posible!
    If you want here you have my versions:
    http://masustak-eguzkitan.blogspot.com.es/2012/03/one-week-one-pattern-summary.html
    Kisses,
    Maider

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  36. YAY! Love your OWOP week photos! I've posted my throughout the week and plan to do a little recap tomorrow--feel free to grab any of the photos! I've really enjoyed this week and it's been fun trying out different styles!

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  37. This is a great posting I have read. I like your article.

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  38. You make a good point in noticing the more casual nature of dressing this week. I love your blouses. The longer sleeves gathered on to a band is one of my favorite sleeves.

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  39. Thanks for the inspiration for owop! Mt pictures were posted throughout the week at http://kellys-krafts.blogspot.com. I have yesterday left to post and I would be totally flattered if you used one of my photos. I loved wearing handmade pants everyday!

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  40. Hello Tilly
    I've really enjoyed taking part. What an inspired and inspiring idea OWOP was/is. You know that we will ask you to organise another one, don't you?
    Here's my summary post:
    http://pennylibrarian.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/oh-wow-that-was-owop/
    Px

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  41. Thanks for organising such a great challenge Tilly. My post about the week is here: http://renaemade.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/owop/

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  42. Oh, Tilly, you look great! I like your hair, but if you want low stress, layers work for me. I kid, my hair is awful. Sigh. I posted every day of the challenge, I got really into it! You can see all 7 days of my efforts here:
    http://strugglesewsastraightseam.wordpress.com/

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  43. Firstly, thank you so much for bringing OWOP to use...what an incredible idea! You already know I'm a fan of your back-buttoning blouses, but they really, truly do look divine on you! I think they look really edgy with the jeans and so feminine with the skirts. I'm particularly taken with the stunning combination that is your last outfit - wow!

    Thank you for the kind words on my blog, here's a link to my post should you wish to use any of my photos: http://asewingodyssey.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/one-week-one-pattern-renfrew.html

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  45. Hello Tilly! OWOP was so much fun - Thank you very much for hosting it! I loved being part of the community, and seeing the casual everyday photos from so many bloggers. Please host it again next year!

    I wore the Colette Peony, and my photos are here:
    http://crafting-a-rainbow.tumblr.com/post/20259684829/owop-a-week-in-review

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  46. I've been lazy and haven't posted Days 3 and 4 yet... and then I was super lazy and didn't even finish the OWOP challenge! I'm lame and a little frustrated that I couldn't even do it! I promise to post more soon, but here's the blog address anyways. www.theprettypickle.blogspot.com

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  47. That was a great week! Thanks Tilly for hosting this fun challenge....
    I had 7 garments from my pattern, one for each day, so I did a post each day on my blog
    http://handmadebycarolyn.blogspot.com.au/

    and the whole set can be viewed here.... http://www.flickr.com/photos/51638325@N08/sets/72157629349056732/

    Thanks again!

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  48. You looked amazing all week! I love your bold use of colour (to steal some cheesey fashion mag phrase!). I already left my link from my week, but here it is again. http://sozowhatdoyouknow.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/one-pattern-all-week.html

    Glad you had cocktail-based fun to conclude this interesting week. Well done and thanks for putting this together!

    xxxxx

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  49. Thanks for the challenge...I learned that I might just wear a little too much blue...:-)
    Flickr set at http://www.flickr.com/photos/racall/sets/72157629346921022/

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  50. Thanks so much for organising this week Tilly. It was great, both participating and seeing what everybody else was up to! So sad I couldn't make it on Friday night, next time eh?! Here's my rounding up post, feel free to use anything from it: http://handmadejane.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/owop-my-week.html. xx

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  51. Thanks so much for organizing this, you looks so put together in all of your blouses. Well done! I didn´t manage to go through with my OWOP- week, but I´ve been enjoying what everybody else have been up too! :-)

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  52. This was such a fun idea, Tilly, thanks for organizing! I love your photos and your little blouse, it's so perfect. :) http://3hourspast.com/2012/03/31/my-owop-and-finished-object/ I think I definitely fell under the "useful clothes" category this week.. I miss working outside the house because I miss dressing up!

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  53. Felicity from Down Under1 April 2012 at 12:19

    Though I was not an official participant, this challenge has intrigued me because quite unintentionally I do it much of the time: two tops, worn to work all week (alternating with plain work trousers). I might have several tops that use one pattern (I do, in fact, have four tops using Miss P's simple self-drafted top) but two would be enough to get me through most weeks. I launder alternate nights (lots of cycling and rowing gear to deal with) so it's easy enough to make sure I put the tops through as well. What my efforts utterly lack is any attempt at "styling". Plain top with plain trousers five days a week and the other two days? More of same, probably!

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  54. This was fun. Thanks for planning it, Tilly! Here's my roundup post: http://irononmaiden.blogspot.com/2012/04/owop-roundup.html

    The two biggest lessons I learned this week were: how useful it is to make separates that go with lots of other things, and that I really can sew something quickly if I have a plan and am not distracted. I was also using this as a practice run for Me-Made May, and I think it went well.

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  55. Hey all! Had a great time taking part. Here is my roundup post:
    http://countrysideweddings.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/one-week-one-pattern-overview.html
    and here is the link to the 'category' that will show you all the others...
    http://countrysideweddings.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/One%20Pattern%20One%20Week

    The lessons I learned are that skirts that are lined are MUCH less forgiving than ones with bias binding waistbands (the bias must stretch more) and also... I NEVER NEED TO BUY FABRIC AT FULL PRICE... It seems my ability to thrift/beg/borrow/steal/inherit is at epic proportions and in fact most of my projects are down to negative pennies in terms of p/HOP quotas.

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  56. Was great to go a week without resorting to jeans but also made me realise I need to make some tops now. Here's my flickr album (haven't managed a blog about it yet): http://www.flickr.com/photos/34843623@N06/sets/72157629659195441/with/7035674805/

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  57. I posted some reflections on the week here: http://fashionsfromthepast.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/reflections-on-one-week-one-pattern.html

    Thanks for organising this, Tilly! It was so much fun!!

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  58. The week was much more difficult than I expected!

    http://www.jodimade.com/2012/04/owop-week-of-burda-7829.html

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  59. Heya! Loving your week of back button blouses! I drafted and made a top similar, and I added a flounce at the waist line (I actually wore this top in my one week pattern challenge)... anyhoo awesome job:) My circle skirt challenge went pretty well and I got to wear some skirts that I haven't worn for a while. Thanks for the challenge:) I thoroughly enjoyed it and have enjoyed reading everyone's solo pattern ventures.
    You can find my documentation of the challenge here.
    http://ficklesense.blogspot.de/2012/04/one-sewing-pattern-one-week-challenge.html
    Thanks again:)

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  60. I have finally finished my OWOP post:
    http://pimpmycurtains.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/owop-round-up.html
    Thanks for organising the week, and also for the nice words about my dress! I found it a bit tricky, but I think that was down to my lack out garments.

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  61. Oh Tilly, I really hope you have another OWOP challenge when I'm not drowning under a pile of papers! Such an inspiring week, and I adore all of the outfits you have created. The 'chocolate-banana' is a favourite! :)

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  62. tilly, i loved this challenge! it got a wee difficult near the end, but so worth it. if i could have had day seven cocktails with you ladies that would have been the ultimate end:)

    here's mine: http://oonaballoona.blogspot.com/2012/04/tallying-for-tilly.html

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  63. ps: three chocolate polka dots in one week? you are a brave and stylish woman, my friend. here i was hesitant to wear a white dress twice.

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  64. Brilliant challenge, I'd love to join in next time when I've sewn more! Hair advice - your hair looks great, but if you'd like more oomph, try the Babyliss Big Hair Rotating Styler - it's genius!

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  65. This challenge was both fun and easy! I loved seeing your outfits, every single one is just beautiful.
    I wore some of the BWOF 1/2008, #108 shirt variations I made during the years. I altered the pattern for some of those until it was unrecognizable.
    Stepalica

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  66. Adorable :) Your outfits are so cute, and that blouse looks like a brand new item in each picture! Great job!

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  67. I loved OWOP, it was a great experience, although I learnt that I really dislike having to take a picture of myself every day. I don't think I could do it regularly!

    My post are here: http://paunnet.blogspot.it/search/label/OWOP
    and I made a Flickr set with the photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/53944728@N07/sets/72157629724609241/

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    1. I feel the same - I'm tempted to stop being in my photos at all and use my trusty dress form instead...

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  68. I had such a great time with OWOP, thanks for organising it! And picking a week which was so unseasonally lovely in Scotland :)
    It's been great browsing through this post and seeing what everyone else has been up to. My pics are at http://whatdianadidnext.wordpress.com/

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  69. OWOP was fun! I found out that a colleague is also a keen sewer, and experimented with my pattern swapping woven material for knits and seeing the change in the garment. My reflection is at http://rocketsews.otheredge.com.au/?p=153 I also learnt that I need to figure out the self timer on my camera! Lovely to be part of something bigger than just my corner of the world, thank you Tilly for a great idea.

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  70. Thanks for this amazing week! It's been intensive. Mine have just finished. I love of your blouses, and definetely I have to make a button-back blouse. My rewiew is at http://petitemess.blogspot.com.es/2012/04/owop-day-7-petite-shorts-and.html. Thank you!

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  71. I seem to have misplaced my comment! I loved doing OWOP, and my post is here:

    http://buttontreelane.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/one-week-one-pattern-final-post.html

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  72. This shirt pattern is incredible! I love how you wore it on Day 4 and Day 6 especially. Those polka-dots are so freaking cute!

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