This year's OWOP is the first sewing 'event' I have taken part in, it feels really good to be part of something so positive when often you feel like the only person in the world going out of the house in clothes they made themselves. I decided to use the Mimi blouse from Love At First Stitch as my pattern as although, as those of you who follow me on twitter will know, I was unsure whether it made me look older than my years I hoped that being a blouse I would have more styling options. I was very glad of these options as it turned out as; as the title suggests it turned out to be One Week One Blouse for me. I did have a second version of the blouse that I had whipped up from a lovely white scarf with pink and blue spots but seeing as it wasn't fabric straight from the bolt I decided it didn't need pre-washing - never do that. I think the least said the better about the mess it made in the washing machine both of itself and the school uniforms the better.
Right then I suppose the only way to record the week is by showing the photo's, all, I'm afraid taken with the smartphone and a mirror method but you get the idea.
Day One; Nice and simple, blouse buttoned up with jeans. I was really comfortable in this outfit and didn't think it looked bad at all.
Seeing as this week has been lovely and warm I decided to see if Mimi would be suitable for my favourite ever blouse and jeans look. I think it worked but at 31 I think I might be starting to get a little bit old to carry it off. Cropped jeans and shirt tied under bust.
Today I decided to make a change from trousers so went for a skirt, the blouse tucked smartly into a black skirt was, I think, my favourite look from the week. I can see me wearing this outfit as it gets a bit colder with thick wine coloured tights and black ankle boots.
Back to trousers, this time not jeans but my casual black trousers (I call them casual but the are actually demoted workwear) and to make a change I tried the blouse as a jacket open over a vest, I thought this actually looked really nice but the photo doesn't do it justice.
Having felt the blouse worked well as a light jacket I decided to go for it over a dress, I will be honest and say that probably wasn't the best idea I have ever had. I felt in this case the blouse confirmed my fears for it and I did look - just a little bit- like my Nan. Looking back at the photo now though it doesn't actually look as bad I as I felt it did.
Days Six and Seven:
As bad as it is to say this by the time I had worn the blouse for five days in a row I had no idea how to style it differently. So the final two days I did exactly the same thing, nice and simple with the blouse tucked into black trousers.
Looking back over my week it certainly changed my view of the blouse and think it will probably become quite a staple in my wardrobe. I shall probably make another one, maybe two, Thinking about the day I wore it over a vest got me wondering about a chiffon version to wear done up over vests and camisoles as this is a look I wear quite a lot - not sure about sewing with chiffon though.
It has been great to be involved in this event and to feel like part of a community and I would like to thank Jane (of Handmade Jane) for hosting the event.