I’m almost bursting with excitement as I type this, but One Week, One Pattern, also affectionately known as OWOP is back! The brainchild of Tilly of Tilly and the Buttons, who launched it in 2012, it was then run by Handmade Jane in 2014 and Hannah from Cinderellis Sews last year and this year they’ve kindly handed the baton over to me!
It’s such a brilliant challenge, and has proved popular each time it has run, so I’m delighted we can launch it now for 2017. Previously it has run in March and September, but this year it will be running at the end of November, so you’ll all have a new season to undertake the challenge in.
For those of you who don’t know what OWOP is all about, here’s the lowdown; One Week, One Pattern is a photo challenge to try and get as many sewists as possible making the most out of their sewing patterns, by wearing garments made from ONE pattern for ONE week. This might be your favourite pattern you’ve made in lots of different fabrics, it might be one or two garments from the same pattern that you want to style in different ways, or you could be a pattern hacker who’s used the same pattern to make lots of different versions. The beauty of the challenge is that it’s totally up to you to choose which pattern and how you interpret it.
Here are some handy FAQ’s to help you decide whether to sign up (Pssst there’ll be prizes!)
When is OWOP 2017?
Saturday 25th November – Friday 1st December 2017
Who can join in?
Anyone! From complete beginners wanting to get more wear from their first makes, to more experienced sewers who love a Frankenpattern and want to get hacking or show of their me-made wardrobes.
What pattern can I use?
It’s totally up to you to choose! You can use an indie pattern, a big four pattern or even your favourite vintage pattern. It could be a pattern you’ve made lots of times, or one that’s been gathering dust and needs a little love. The only thing you have to commit to, is to make it part of your outfit for seven days!
Do I need lots of versions to take part?
You decide! If you’ve only made one skirt so far, you could take on the challenge and style it a different way each day. If you’ve got the same pattern in lots of different fabrics, you could wear a different one everyday of the week! If you’ve got a pattern you’ve hacked, you might wear all or some of the versions.
Do I need to panic sew a whole weeks wardrobe for OWOP?
No! Absolutely not! The aim of OWOP is to show of the versatility of sewing patterns, and the creativity of the sewing community. You don’t have to sew up anything new to take part if you don’t want to. As we’ve said, we’ll be uber impressed if you can style one garment in seven different ways and not spill your lunch down yourself! If you do want to add to your handmade wardrobe, then maybe OWOP can give you a reason to look at your patterns in a different light or tempt you to use that fabric you’ve been stashing.
How do I actually take part?
You sign up following the info below, then when Saturday 25th November 2017 rolls around, you take a pic of yourself in your handmade OWOP outfit each day. You can post on Instagram and use the hashtag #OWOP17 or if you’re not on Instagram, we’ve set up an OWOP17 Facebook Group which you can post into, or if your feeling particularly social you’re very welcome to post in both. The most important thing is that you sign up below first, as we’ll be cross referencing prize winners with the sign up post.
If you don’t want to post a pic of you actually wearing your outfit, that’s totally OK too. You could style it on a dummy, hanger or do a flat-lay on the floor.
I’m in! How do I sign up?
Leave a comment on this post with the following details:
Pattern company + pattern name + garment type (garment type can be hacked so just the original version is fine!) If you want to take part but don’t know what pattern you want to use, that’s fine, just put TBC.
Eg – Tilly and the Buttons, Coco, Dress
Please also say how you’ll be participating, either Instagram or Facebook and if it’s Instagram we’ll need to know your Instagram handle.
Can I post on my blog?
Yes please do! Feel free to share your thoughts, tell people you’re participating and share your outfits during OWOP 2017. If you could link back to this post so others have the full details on how to join in themselves that would be great.
So there you have it! I hope lots of you will join in with OWOP 2017, it’s such a great way to show of the creativity that the sewing community is just bursting with. There’ll be guest posts over the next few weeks to give you some inspiration and ideas, and we’re also compiling an AMAZING collection of prizes – more details to follow!
Sign up or ask any questions in the comments section below.