One Week One Pattern 2018

Hi everyone,

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. You know how life is, super busy and mine is also currently filled with Christmas sewing!

Anyway, having not successfully taken part in a instagram, Sewing related challenge, I decided to give One Week One Pattern #owop18 a go. Originally a Tilly and the buttons venture, it has been valiantly ran by the lovely Sheona at Sewisfaction this year. The idea, of course, is that you make the most out of you patterns and wear the same pattern every day for a week.

I obviously turned to my trusty Moneta, which I have made several times as many of you will know. It turns out that I don’t actually have 7 though… So this was a perfect reason to sew a couple more! They are so quick.

Monday: I’ve used some Black Jersey from Pound Fabrics to whip an easy one up. I lowered the back neckline slightly and extended the sleeve length to full length. I pleated the fabric at once centimetre intervals instead of gathering, using a cheaper fabric as an excuse to experiment and it has worked brilliantly. Every girl needs a comfy black dress.

Tuesday: I wore my Paisley Moneta which I wear a lot. Now I’ve been sewing a while, it’s made me realise how long the clothes you make can last. I made this in summer 2017 and it’s still going strong.

Wednesday: I made this version last christmas. I used a block burgundy colour for the top and a ditzy, black Jersey for the bottom, which gives it a different look again and is a perfect stash buster.

Thursday: this was my second weekend owop make. I used another border print jersey from Ebay. I tried to use the border print to my advantage. I made the skirt much longer; it’s midcalf. I also extended the sleeve length, an easy but satisfying hack. I also lowered the neckline and used to strips to make a cris cross effect at the back.

Friday: This is my version in brushed Jersey, which is beautifully super soft from Sew Me Sunshine. This is the original pattern, with pockets.

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Whilst I’m showing my Monetas, I though I would share a few tips from my experience. I always add an inch to the inside of the neckline because otherwise you end up showing your bra. I personally lengthen the bodice an inch so it doesn’t finish too low under my bust. I always overlock my neckline before I sew so that I can turn it under neatly.

I’ve loved watching everyone take part and feel really inspired by the way people have used the patterns they love in different ways. Thanks to Sheona for organising. If you want to see more Monetas, Amy also chose Monetas for their Owop.

Tribute Month Tunic

I’ve used Tribute Month in two ways,  I feel. One to inspire me to make relaxed and simple pieces, in plain fabrics to build on my wardrobe. I see so many sewists making well made, simple looking (but I’m sure lots of work goes in to them) garments. I wrote an inspiration post for the Sewcialists in anticipation for the challenge so I write about it in much more detail there.  However, I’m essentially copying the styles of amazing Lauren of Guthrie and GhaniMonika of Rocco Sienna and Maddie of Maddie Made This to make well made garments which stand the test of time. 

The second is to see the amazing prints that people use and endeavour to continue to source out fantastic fabrics to use for unique clothing, like Elle at Sew Positivity and Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow

Anyway, today’s make falls in to the simple but stylish category. 

With this in mind I bought a plain pinkish linen from John Lewis in Leeds and wanted to make a relaxed fit blouse. 

I rummaged through my pattern stash and came up with this simple Summer Tunic Top Sew Girl, I’ve never heard of them before. It turns out this pattern was free with Love Sewing Magazine, issue 3 about 3 years ago but I got it in the swap at Sew Up North. 

In a very strange situation, there are no instructions in the envelope, only the pattern so I was winging it a little bit but I felt pretty sure I could manage it. 

The first thing I did was shorten the tunic so it was more like a top. I cut the pieces and in my determination to make a high quality but simple piece, I paid attention to the details.  I French seamed the whole thing and I used the facings, which is something I wouldn’t usually do but it was crucial to the neckline so instead I used bias binding on the facing to make it neat. I was quite pleased with the facings, I’m pretty inexperienced with them as I am so impatient so I was quite pleased. So here’s the insides to prove my genius! 

The pattern requires you to make a little tab, which I had to redo three times as I couldn’t get it to turn out. I was quite pleased to have incooperated it in to the facings when I managed it though. 

The sleeves are a raglan style, something which I have never done but was really easy and that was it. All that was left to do was to chose a pretty button. (don’t you love patterns which need one button? It makes a tiny indentation in the stash!) I went with a pink sparkly one and that was it. 

I’m really pleased I was inspired to make this simple tunic and I’m hoping I can add more like this to the wardrobe. I thought maybe the style wouldn’t suit me but I’d definitely make it again! Sometimes simple is so much better. So thanks to my tributees! I love being part of the Sewcialists. Please feel free to check out my inspiration post for them or go to instagram for pictures and discussion!

I wore it with RTW Next jeans and my favourite brogues. Perfect for chilling on the roof terrace! 

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