Thursday, March 15, 2007

Sewing A Travel Wardrobe

After reading Kate Mathews' book on Sewing a Travel Wardrobe, I decided to try it for my trip to Hawaii in December. Although the book is a little dated (1999) there is a lot of useful information in the book. Even though I don't care for some of the styles, the concept is good.The one thing that caught my eye is the SiX Yard Travel Wardrobe.
This consists of a dress, jacket, pants, and a skirt. (p.56 in the book) I decided to try this in a tan/brown linen blend. I was hoping to buy a poly linen since it wouldnt wrinkle as mch, but ended up purchasing a linen-rayon blend, which will be very comfortable. I already have Vogue Pattern 8208 and decided to use that for the pants, jacket and skirt. I will use a basic sheath dress pattern for the dress.

In addition to these pieces, the wardrobe also has a dress and blouse out of a cotton print. I've picked out the blouse and dress, but not the fabric yet.

The remainder of the wardobe is made from Rayon Challis. It has a fuller skirt, shorts, sleeveless blouse, and long sleeve blouse. I have not picked the fabrics for this yet either, although I have chosen to use the basics from Easy Sewing The Kwik Sew Way (book with patterns) for the shorts, gored skirt, and blouse. I will probably use another pattern for the sleeveless top, which I still need to scan.

Of course, the first thing I'm doing is making this dress for my daughter out of a red polka dot rayon challis. Her birthday is Monday, so I'm going to try to get it done this weekend.


Anonymous said...

I like your choices for your travel wardrobe. The Vogue pattern is one I would enjoy making. I tend to like classical lines and tailoring....
Your fabric choices will be nice to work with too.
Isn't the process of sewing fun!
Traveled thru Visalia last week!
Hope your daughters dress turn out and hope you will have time to get it sound like you have a full schedule.
Enid in Orland, Ca.