The Going Overseas travel wardrobe plans

28 Jan

Long time no write, right?!
I’m trying. I have my photos of what I sewed last year in one place. That’s a start, right? Right!

But for the meantime I just needed a place to do a brain-dump on what I’m sewing for when I go overseas for a visit..

My travel wardrobe’s never been good at in-between temps, which is what I’ll be dealing with on my trip. I’m really trying to fix that as I have plenty of sewing time before the trip.

Here goes, in order of importance.

Mid-weight Jacket – Dark blue cotton velveteen with dark blue silk lining, out of this pattern but I think I’ll make the peplum a bit longer to properly cover my hips. Have to look at the proportions once on me to work out how long.

Butterick 4020 Misses' Jacket and Skirt Sewing Pattern

To make sure it will fit properly I’m making a jacket in this high-hip length of some dark teal stretchy rayon/polyester/lycra. I wear that kind of fabric all the time in trousers for dance and pilates. It’s pretty light-weight, so I decided in my infinite wisdom to make it double-sided.

I bought this fabric; the pattern’s a LOT bigger than it looks here – those cranes are as big as my hand. And and and!!!! There’s butterflies!!! It’s gorgeous fabric, high quality and the print is so delicate it’s captured the embroidery strokes it is emulating. GORGEOUS!!! Also it’s a classic. It won’t be dated in 20 yrs. I don’t think so anyway ;-P
Oriental Printed Cotton Sateen Pink 127 cm | Spotlight Australia

The reference to 20 yrs is, because living in the tropics I don’t need jackets etc, so I only use warm clothes when I go to temperate climates maybe once or twice a year, some years not at all. So I always try to buy or make things for my travel wardrobe that won’t look dated in 20 yrs.

Jeans – I hate the buggers. I don’t know how people can say they’re comfortable EUW! but for travelling they’re so useful. I found this Jalie pull-on jeans pattern, Elanore. Simple to make (apparently) and easy to use and without all that hardware that contributes to their uncomfortableness. They come in full length as well as capri but I’ll make full length.

Jalie - Elenore Jeans pattern

I’m trying out the pattern with some lovely silvery-grey stretchystuff of the same kind of fabric as the teal. And discovered it is WAAAY too big  even taking into account the stretchiness and even though reviews said the hips were true to size. *sigh* So I’ll just fit those trousers, cut down the paper pattern then try that length out in a capri-length wedgewood blue stretch cotton sateen. I reeeellly need some more trousers like that anyway!

I was thinking about how bored to tears I get with my travel wardrobe after anything over a week. I know the suggestions are to play with accessories but I don’t usually wear anything other than hats so … I’m just not used to it and don’t know how to wear things. And even researching how to rock accessories, I know in the morning while travelling, I’ll just want to throw some shit on and get some tea into me asap. Just like at home! And because I know I’ll still be wearing it in 20 yrs, I go straight for classics, which are nice but en masse are BORING, right? And unusual, but not fashionable ie datable items tend to be hard to work into a travel wardrobe.

(Mind you I do a great lot of fun with socks, but then I need to wear shoes that need socks, but not boots that cover them, right?)

But most of all, I realise my travel wardrobe is full of plain colours. Nice colours, but plain. When at home I wear patterns, patterns and more patterns. I only use plains as a way to either show off detailed art-to-wear handiwork, like appliqued flowers or something, or just to make my print wardrobe work. Like those capris in wedgewood blue.

So … I think I might have worked out the boredom problem! Not enough prints! So …. I also bought some gorgeous stretch cotton knit with seagulls on sky-blue stripey background, and cute darling cats on a navy background.

I will use Deer and Doe’s plantain pattern to make myself some tops, the seagulls short sleeved and the cats long sleeved. I think the style will work well and be easy to wear in my travel wardrobe, as well as being good as a more outer layer if necessary. I’ve made this before in stretch velvet with a turtle neck as a skivvy and on my hourglass figure that flare over the hips is very gentle. And I won’t need to fiddle with drafting different sleeve lengths. It’s a really really nice pattern. (It would make me buy more deer and doe but hey, I can get a lot cheaper patterns when Spotlight has a sale… Mind you I’ve never seen anything with quite the simple but slightly unusual elegance of the Chataigne shorts. *desire*)

DSC_0023plantain

Speaking of cheapy-sale patterns from Spotlight I bought this pattern in the recent sales, I would love to do the orange tee version. But the seagulls are stripey and wouldn’t work and I only bought enough long sleeved with the cats and this pattern doesn’t have them. And I don’t know enough about sleeves to know how to lengthen what look like cap-sleeves. Maybe I need to go back to Spotties. There were some gorgeous duckies in that cotton/lycra knit…
B6458 | Butterick Patterns | Sewing PatternsCopenhagen Ducks Cotton Spandex Black 148 cm
Given I’m going to need to cope with lot of different temps, which is how it usually is when I travel, I’ve found really helpful three red silk petticoats I sewed while living in Canberra (silk from the old, good, lincraft – fabulous quality!) But I would love to have some white pantaloons too, I might be more comfortable in those in certain circumstances, but also I can wear them more comfortably than a petticoat, or on their own with a nice t-shirt, if it’s hot.
Sooooo I am going to use some white silk I have, to sew up a pair of silk pantaloons. I don’t know how fancy I’m going to get with it, depends, I think on how my temper is and how much time I have before I fly. This item is fairly low on the list. But I’d wear them here, too, so they might get done anyway.

I also want to sew some white bike shorts up. I have the same cotton/lycra knit in white as the seagulls and cats. I’m thinking very simple, with lace at the waist and the legs rather than faffing round with hems and such. Sewing hems on knit annoys me!

Oh and I definitely want to finish this – a half-made grey pleat-back skirt (the grey one in the pattern illustration) out of the same fabric as the teal (It’s such great fabric! It is mostly rayon, comfortably stretchy, wears for ever and comes very, er, classic, colours!) It’s to replace a grey skirt I had in my travel wardrobe that finally died *sobs* but was incredibly useful, easy to wear and easy to wash.

For goodness sake Imogheena just finish it already!
V7937

And … I’m not sure if I have enough of the blue velveteen fabric but if not I’ll go get some more, this time in green – if I get to it for this trip – to make a wrap velvet skirt fastened halfway down the front-side with buttons. I had one in blue velveteen for well over 20 yrs, and it came with me on every trip ever. Cotton breathable in even quite ‘hot’ weather, and easy to make warm with long socks and petticoat in freezing weather, and just about perfect for everything in between. And it died *cries* So I am going to make myself another one!

There. Well we’ll see how I go with all that. A lot of faffing round with patterns and fit, which is not my fave part of sewing, but I like the outcome of getting those right, so … eh. I’ll just get stuck into it!

Advertisements

4 Responses to “The Going Overseas travel wardrobe plans”

  1. Sofie Mitropoulos January 28, 2018 at 9:24 pm #

    Happy New Year! I’m loving that cute duck pattern. Your plans sound very ambitious but you don’t say where or when you are going… which is fine as you don’t want to advertise on the internet but just to note how your plans will fit… do tell when you get back. Good luck. I like the sound of the velveteen skirt – hope you get that made so we can see it.

    Like

    • Tropical Threads January 28, 2018 at 9:48 pm #

      Hi Sofie! Happy new year to you too 🙂
      I’m going to Europe, so there will be lots of temp changes. I think my plans are too ambitious – they always are… I am sure I won’t manage them all, sadly! But I really want at least the jeans and the velvet jacket. Thanks for wishing me luck. I need it 🙂

      Like

  2. katherine January 29, 2018 at 7:35 pm #

    Planning is such fun! Hope you get it all done xx

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: