At the end of September, you may have seen the term OWOP banded about on Instagram! For those that aren’t sure what on earth that means, it is a sewing challenge called One Week One Pattern, where sewists are challenged to spend one week wearing the garments sewn from the same pattern. The idea is, you mix it up to show how you style things and the different versions you’ve made.
This year’s challenge was hosted by the gorgeous Sheona from Sewisfaction. Check out her blog for more information about the challenge and sponsors.
I decided to take part this year and had to come up with a pattern that would work well for both the working week and downtime at the weekends. Had it been the summer, I probably would have chosen a dress, but as it is getting very cold here now, I thought that the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top pattern would be the best option.
I have around 12 Agnes’ already made in various guises so there was no issue with duplicates!
So, here is a round up of my week:
Day 1 – Saturday
I wore my Sugar Skulls Agnes with my Ginger jeans for a day of sewing and fabric shopping. This version has long sleeves and the ruched neckline. This fabric was from Fabrics Galore but I don’t think it available anymore.
Day 2 – Sunday
A day of cat snuggles and more sewing called for more casual look so I opted for one of my Agnes vests. I hacked the top pattern by using the front for both the front and back, but scooping out the back more, and scooping out the sides slightly. I just overstitched the neck, hem and armholes and it was a really quick and easy make.
This picture also won the prize on day two – a £50 voucher for Netprinter – woo hoo! Jasmine got extra Dreamies to say thank you!
Day 3 – Monday
Back to work for me, wearing my Breton striped Agnes with a navy skirt for a Parisian Chic look! I just love this look as it is really comfy but looks well put together. The skirt is another Tilly pattern – the Clemence skirt from her first book.
Day 4 – Tuesday
Another Agnes hack for a day of meetings. This is my most recent Agnes, and I hacked the pattern to turn it into a dress. I wrote a blog post about it a while ago, so if you are interested in how I did it, head here!
Day 5 – Wednesday
I kept it simple with a basic black Agnes with sweetheart neckline, teamed with some self drafted burgundy culottes. Another easy to wear look for work. Not shown, Driftless cardigan and massive scarf!
Day 6 – Thursday
Mixing it up with some florals! This is one of my favourite Agnes tops – I just love the colours and, as I got the fabric from a fabric swap, it was completely free! I wore it with my lovely Pauline Alice Sorell trousers for another smart work look.
Day 7 – Friday
I don’t work on Friday’s so I got to have a casual day, wearing another striped Agnes with my Cleo dungaree dress. This is one of my go to outfits on weekends. The larger stripes lend this top to a more casual look and I just love the colour combination with the olive green dungarees.
Also bonus round on Friday! I went out for dinner and changed into another Agnes – my lovely velvet and lace version! I actually made this version as part of a costume when I went to see Moulin Rouge at the Secret Cinema. I just added some scalloped stretch lace as a cap sleeve and I think it works really well.
So there we are, one week, one pattern! I still have enough Agnes variations to carry me into next week, but I think I will mix it up a bit so my colleagues don’t think I’ve gone completely mad!
Despite its simplicity, the Agnes top really is such a versatile pattern that can produce really different looks. It works equally well dressed up or down and can really produce some great wardrobe staples.
I’ve done a vlog on my YouTube channel if you would like to see more!