One Week, One Pattern

Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons is leading a sewing blog group project this month, called ‘One Week, One Pattern.’ The project will feature sewing bloggers wearing garments they’ve made from one sewing pattern every day for a week, Saturday 24th to Friday 30th March 2012.

Why would you do that? Good question, and Tilly answers it below:
It’s about celebrating those sewing patterns that we love so much we use them again and again. Many of us have a special sewing pattern that is so wearable, practical, versatile, beautiful or for whatever reason it never gets time to gather dust on the shelf before we whip it out again. Personally I’m really interested to find out what other people’s favourite patterns are. Plus the exercise may get us to reflect on how much we use the patterns in our stash, or what factors make a well-used pattern.

Take a look at her official post here for more details: One Week, One Pattern: Details!

I’m totally in favour of this concept. When I design patterns, I really want them to be made up more than once. That’s why I offer one or two variations to the basic design, and also plan the patterns around using a variety of different fabrics. Think how different the Minoru Jacket looks in rainwear versus wool! Or cotton with plaid lining. The simpler the pattern, the more options I want to provide. The Renfrew Top pattern can be used to make nine different tops! And that’s just variations on pattern pieces. Fabric, embellishments, contrast, applique – there are so many cool ways to make the same pattern look completely different.

When I sew, I always want to use patterns more than once. The first time, we work out the fit issues, and customize the design to suit our taste. We’ve probably even worn the garment a few times and can improve on its wearability for round two! I have very little free sewing time, so it’s in my best interests to re-use patterns that fit well. I’d save on precious sewing time! We work so hard at making a muslin, getting the details just so – it makes sense to use patterns again and again if we’re happy with the results!

It applies to sewing as well as knitting, although I often just want to move on to the next, exciting thing. So how do you make your second version of a pattern just as much fun to make as the first?

If I were taking part in this challenge, I could easily wear nothing but Pendrell Blouses all week. It’s my go-to piece when I want to look pulled-together and still comfortable. The different views – ruffled, sleeves, or sleeveless – combined with different fabric choices make each piece look unique.

I’m looking forward to seeing how people re-make patterns again and again, and also how they style them! Sometimes I’ll end up with an item in my closet that I think can only be worn one way.. and then see an outfit on someone else that inspires me to try something new! I bet this will be an inspiring week both on how to sew up the same pattern multiple ways, and how to work them into your everyday looks.

Are you joining in Tilly’s week-long adventure? If you were to pick a pattern to make over and over, what comes to mind?

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17 Responses to One Week, One Pattern

  1. Marie March 8, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    Great post Tasia and I’m loving all your beautiful Pendrells! I will be taking part in Tilly’s inspired week and I’m actually planning on using your Renfrew pattern! I’ve already made one, I have two cut out and waiting to be sewn and another two fabric options too…very exciting!

    • Tasia March 9, 2012 at 10:41 am #

      Awesome! Thrilled to hear it! The Renfrew pattern is easy to make and wear over and over again, without it looking obviously like the same pattern. Looking forward to seeing your ‘One Week One Pattern’ progress!

  2. Jessica March 8, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    I am newer to sewing and haven’t made a lot of a single pattern yet. But I do have two Pendrell bloues and two Meringue skirts! So, while I can’t participate with one pattern, perhaps I’ll wear my doubles together!

    • Tasia March 9, 2012 at 10:42 am #

      That works, too! Plus you might see new ways to style your Pendrell blouses and Meringue skirts on other sewing bloggers. You never know where your next sewing inspiration will come from!

  3. Funnygrrl March 8, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    I’ve made the Pendrell more than any other pattern. I have 3. I can see the Renfrew becoming a re-used favourite too.
    This is a great challenge/project and I look forward to seeing other’s faves!

    • Tasia March 9, 2012 at 10:43 am #

      Me too, I’m looking forward to finding out about a bunch of well-loved patterns! And your three Pendrells are fantastic!

  4. Seraphinalina March 8, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    I do like making 2 or so of everything. The first is usually a wearable muslin, the second in a more loved fabric. Usually by 3 it’s time for me to move on or really shake up the pattern. I know I need to make more Renfrews. I have two (both view C) and managed to wear them 5 of 7 days last week thanks to doing laundry and reporting to 3 different offices for work. A me-made month would be pretty repetitive as (from a visual perspective) it is more important for me not to wear the same thing two Mondays in a row than back to back Monday/Tuesdays.

    Oh.. Lekala 5432. I’ve made that up 3 times now. One fancy, one knit, one light rayon woven for work. But the satin/swiss dot overlay dress really only gets worn to special events, I couldn’t pull it off at work.

    • Tasia March 9, 2012 at 10:45 am #

      I agree with you about the Monday-Monday repeats. Or even stranger, the month-to-month repeats. Where you see a group people monthly, and end up wearing the same outfit as last month even though you wore a bunch of new stuff in between!

      Thrilled to hear you’ve enjoyed the Renfrew pattern and worked it into your work wardrobe!

  5. Jo March 8, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Hah, I WISH I could do this but I’ve only just started sewing so I don’t have enough garments! I have dreams of making a bunch of Pendrells though, I agree they are so versatile (and I love the cute sleeve options :) )

    • Tasia March 9, 2012 at 10:46 am #

      Tilly did say if people wanted to participate, and didn’t have enough garments, they could re-style the same garment all week! Depending on what you’ve sewn, that might be easy (white top) or really challenging (printed dress)!

  6. Debbie March 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    I have signed up for this challenge and am using the Pendrell pattern. I have already made two and had another two cut out ready to go when this challenge was announced.

    • Tasia March 9, 2012 at 10:46 am #

      Awesome! It’s great to see Pendrells and Renfrews showing up as people’s favourite patterns!

  7. Leith March 9, 2012 at 1:56 am #

    I’m doing the Renfrew Pattern! I actually hadn’t made any when I blogged it… I’ve made one , two more cut out and one on order. That should do a week.

    • Tasia March 9, 2012 at 10:47 am #

      Fun! It’s quick to sew up, and four options should definitely do for a week! Looking forward to seeing all four of your Renfrews in the One Week One Pattern challenge!

  8. Caroline March 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    I’m doing it, with a vest pattern I’ve made twice. I have several patterns I’ve made twice but none more than that … though several I would love to make many many times!

  9. Becky March 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    I’ll be honest and say that I don’t often re-use patterns. Or when I do, it’s often with disastrous results (I’m sorry to say that the most recent example was the Pendrell, but I blame the fabric and a bad FBA job and not you!) But I’m trying to get better about mixing and matching pre-tried pattern elements to get a new look, or altering design details. I do have one New Look blouse that I’ve made about 4 times, 3 of which were quite successful, and I only made it straight from the pattern the first time. After making your Renfrew earlier this week, I have a strong suspicion that it will become my go-to knit top for design detail alterations–I loved making it and it fits great! And once I get a well-fitting pair or two of pants (likely one pants, one jeans), I’m sure I’ll be revisiting those patterns for everything.

    I’m not taking part in Tilly’s event since I don’t have enough of any one pattern to go a whole week–frankly, it’s not warm enough around here for me to squeak by on my four short-sleeved blouses.

  10. Stacy March 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    I don’t have a week’s worth of any one pattern, so I won’t be joining, but I look forward to seeing how everyone styles their garments. Right now I’m working on my 4th version of Simplicity 2614, and there will probably be more in my future!