Unpacking the Who What Where Sewing Details from My Travel Wardrobe to the States

When:

This Top pattern Vogue 7799 and RTW jeans were part of my back up plan

This Top pattern Vogue 7799 and RTW jeans were part of my back up plan

One week before traveling to Portland Oregon I Googled the weather forecast - checking any earlier and I'm probably sewing garments for the wrong weather.

Spring in Oregon isn't hot but the weather looked like it was definitely going to be hot and also mild. 

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So the process begins ...

Where to start:

Shoes - Must be comfortable & versatile

  • Brown neutral

  • Orange for a Colour Pop

  • Blue

  • Ankle brown neutral boots for the flight and for cooler weather

Finished this dress in time to take with me

Finished this dress in time to take with me

What I will Sew:

I had my sewing plans ... 

I always laugh at what I hope to sew before a trip ...

Big dreams help me get into the sewing zone quickly ...

Big dreams = No time to Dilly Dally

Back up plan self drafted kimono wrap top

Back up plan self drafted kimono wrap top

What I was going to do on this trip impacted my garment choices ...

  • Running Grab & Go Dress Workshops

  • Speaking at the PRWEEKEND Portland OR

  • Lots of Traveling by car 2000 miles/3000 kms circumnavigating Washington State

  • Traveling long distances by plane - Melbourne to Seattle (inflight & airports 42 hours total)

https://youtu.be/pIF9hCgImTY

Song lyrics... I went from Phoenix Arizona all the way to Tacoma, Philadelphia, Atlanta, LA

Our version .... on the way to Tacoma, Oregon, Idaho, BC and S.E.A. (SEATTLE) 🎢

How: Taking the T2 Priority Fast Lane

Simplicity 1366 Pants New Look 6459 both back up plans

Simplicity 1366 Pants New Look 6459 both back up plans

The updated weather report for Portland and with only 7 days before departure, made me change the direction of my sewing plans!  I had some cute outfits planned but timewise I really was kidding myself. Elaborate garments with a 7 day time deadline is a recipe for disaster and stressmaking not dressmaking.

Top New Look 6816

Top New Look 6816

My Back up plan:

Knowing what garments I could take if I ran out of sewing time, was the saving grace and kept my sewing experience fun.

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Showing both sides of my

Reversible Wrap & Go Brocade Coat

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I switched my Sewing lane to the Fast Lane by cutting out an extra two Grab & Go Coats. These coats ended up being my favorite travel pieces. Using the blue and brown reversible brocade & using my Hokusai wave digital print for my Grab & Go Wrap coats, gave me the wardrobe options I needed for this trip & Saved my sanity!

Columbia River Sewing: Such a fun group

Columbia River Sewing: Such a fun group


Who I would be spending time with:

  • fellow Sewist's

  • Instagram friends old and new

This Wrap & Go coat was so last minute, I sewed the tie to the wrong side. Good thing I tried it on just before I packed it! A quick dash back to the sewing machine 😁

This Wrap & Go coat was so last minute, I sewed the tie to the wrong side. Good thing I tried it on just before I packed it! A quick dash back to the sewing machine 😁

Why I make new garments for Trips:

  • I use garments in my Workshops so people of all sizes can try them on and I use different materials to demonstrate Fabric drape and provide Inspiration

  • Oh I have the Fabric already either I use it or someone else will

  • I like to be comfortable when I Travel

  • It's fun

  • Wearing the new garments adds to the holiday experience

  • Helps me discover the garments that really work

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The best pieces for this trip were the Grab & Go dresses, Animal print sweater, Wrap & Go Coats, RTW ready to wear jeans, and Tee Tops (with and without sleeves) to wear underneath. Easy travel pieces to wear & comfortable too. Even though the cut out jeans and the silk tops didn't get made in time, I enjoyed my travel wardrobe and felt great everyday!  

I'm looking forward to  spending some quality time sewing up those precut pieces for another trip.  

 

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