This week I've been taking part in 'One Week One Pattern' an online challenge designed to make you use your sewing patterns more than once! Basically you choose a pattern and wear as many versions as you like for seven days. I chose Deer and Doe's Plantain t-shirt, partly because I had four already when the challenge was announced so it wouldn't involve any panic sewing, and partly because I love the pattern - it's comfy, it's flattering, and it's free. Lovely!
Here is my recap of the week;
Day 1; kicking things off with a soft grey jersey Plantain. I extended the hem by 3 inches and added a little bit to the short sleeves. Would you believe I have three grey coats?! I made this to go underneath them and coordinate with my scarves which also have grey in the print.
Day 2; long sleeved purple jersey, again extended by 3 inches to make a tunic length. This top turned out a little big everywhere and I have no idea why. I was able to fix things round the sleeves and down the sides but unfortunately the neckband was sewn on and I couldn't alter the shoulders so the neckline slips off and shows my bra straps if I'm not careful.
I wasn't feeling brilliant when this was taken so it's just a quick snap by the wardrobe doors.
Day 3; the 50s Hard Rock Cafe Plantain (that's what the fabric is called). I was super-careful with the placement of the print on this one which is why I'm pointing at the record player in the centre back - it could have been unfortunate if I had ended up with JFKs face on a boob. 0_o
Day 4; this is my favourite Plantain of all. The fabric is called Seashells. I wore this to the fabric shop where I bought it and got complimented by the assistant, she has some of it in her stash too!
Day 5; the mermaid Plantain. I have to confess that I only wore this for a little while. I love the sequins, combined with the colour they make me think of scales on a mermaids tail, but they are so itchy! I totally understand now why RTW garments don't usually have sequins all over, if I made it again I would use a different fabric for the back, sleeves and neckband, and I would line the front.
Never mind, live and learn.
Day 6; the black micro sequin disco Plantain. This one is a little less itchy but so glam that I never go anywhere without feeling overdressed wearing it. This was the first Plantain I ever made.
Day 7; a plain black Plantain worn with Anita Ponte pants made from wild print scuba jersey. This is another top made to coordinate with things already in my wardrobe, it's very versatile.
Thoughts on OWOP;
This was my first online sewing challenge and it's been fun. I've really enjoyed sharing my pics on Instagram every day and seeing everybody else's makes. I've found some new and inspiring people to follow and I'm looking forward to seeing their future sewing projects. I've started to hope that Me Made May will be possible for me next year if I continue building my handmade wardrobe.
BUT (also Instagram related) I have to admit that I've compared my t-shirts with other people's beautiful blouses and dresses and felt that I may have chosen practicality over style while making my Plantains. I realised that I've only made one long sleeved top and it doesn't even have the elbow patches that are a feature of the pattern! What about a lace overlay? Or some kind of colour blocking? Or a wonderful zebra print body with striped sleeves??? My versions have expanded my wardrobe but I don't feel like they have captured the creative aspects of the pattern.
Hmmmm, I guess that means I'm not done with the Plantain just yet.....
Thanks to Jane for organising the challenge and giveaways, it's been an interesting week. I've certainly been thinking about gorgeous style vs boring wearability due to OWOP and anything that generates new ideas is great for me. I hope she will do it again next year :)