Saturday, September 17, 2016

Postmortem on a Travel Wardrobe

For the first time in recent memory, I spent time planning my wardrobe for travel. And it was fun!

pocket purses that are large enough to hold glasses, phone (for pix), passport and credit card

I made sure that every top had multiple pants to match and the reverse. I also kept checking, right up until we boarded the plane. I was in denial. I so wanted it to feel like crisp fall weather.

Part of my deception stems from my first trip to Europe in my twenties. I was living in Austin TX where it is hot, hot, hot in June. We went to Germany and it was cold (to me). I layered clothes that should never have been layered. I have traveled overseas quite a bit since that first trip but the idea that Europe was cold stayed with me.

As it happens, the geography and weather in Europe varies. Duh. What is a trip overseas if it is not an opportunity to learn a little geography? I now know that my current home town and Seville Spain are at approximately the same latitude. And we've had a very hot humid summer. In fact it still feels like summer here in the middle of September.

So here is what I wore a lot, rinsing the pieces out over night.

I also wore a pair of white canvas pants a lot but they are still in my laundry.
L to R:
Sewing Workshop MixIt Top in cotton print
Sewing Workshop Urban pants in cotton cross weave (black and white)
Sewing Workshop MixIt top in white shirting
Sewing Workshop Eureka top in cotton pique
Here is what I wore some.

L to R:
Sewing Workshop Ivy tunic in organic cotton knit
Folkwear Egyptian shirt in linen (plus Gaudi scarf, a fun souvenir of the trip)
Sewing Workshop Helix knit pants (2) - one in red, one in black
Sewing Workshop tunic in rough black cotton
Grainline Studio Lark tee in rayon stripe
Here is what I could have left at home.

L to R:
Sewing Workshop tunic in china silk
Sewing Workshop Plaza pants in 4-ply silk
Sewing Workshop Now shirt in cross dyed silk
Sewing Workshop Hudson top in cotton Ikat
Cutting Line Designs Hearts A Flutter shell in 4-ply silk
And here is what I wanted to wear and never did.

Sewing Workshop Soho coat shortened to a jacket.

A raincoat only works if it is (a) raining and (b) cool. It did rain one day but there was no way I was wearing a coat. An umbrella was the only thing that made sense.

My shoe choices worked just great:

Gray Vionic flip-flops, the most comfortable and supportive shoe ever.
Black leather Vionic ballet slippers - great for dinners and other evening activities
Sketchers in cream lace with add'l orthodics - the best for cobble stone streets and standing in museums 
And I was ever so glad that I packed some talc - great for stinky shoes and other spots!

Lesson learned - the weather won't be ideal but it should not get in the way, either. I had a great time!


  1. Oh, you didn't get to wear the gorgeous raincoat? damn. I love your wardrobe choices and the photos fro Seville show a chic American lady :-)

  2. And you didn't get to wear the silks? What a shame.
    Still, a very chic yet practical travel wardrobe for a fabulous holiday.

  3. I've sewn for trips but not the entire wardrobe. Looks awesome. I always get home and realize I could have left half of my suitcase home and not missed it. Need to take page out of daughters small backpack travels.

  4. Everything you do is always so lovely. Of course you can't always plan for the weather. If you had left that coat at home, you would have needed it. I was in Germany once3 when it was freezing cold in August. I have a lovely red coat that I knitted, and left at home. The entire time that I was away, all I could think about was how nice it would have been to have that coat. I would rather have a little more and be prepared. Hope you had a great time!

  5. Wow, great travel wardrobe....I did the same thing this Spring-make a travel wardrobe for my Riverboat cruise along the Danube and was so much fun! I have many of the same patterns and makes....great job!

  6. Wonderful travel wardrobe plan with those beautiful custom garments. Ah, yes, the vagaries of travel weather. I am currently consulting the weather app almost hourly as I have to pack tomorrow for a week in Denver and Rocky Mountain national Park....looks like not only will that include a range of indoor and outdoor activities but a more than 40 degree F swing. Love those Vionic flip-flops and have two pairs that I guard carefully so they don't go missing at the beach or somewhere.

  7. So elegant! You make me wish I could get interested in making clothing!