The weather: Hot, Humid & Rainy
The patterns: Tried 'n True as well as try some new ones too
The accommodation 4 hotels in 10 days
The 10 day outfit brief:
- 2 x Smart comfortable outfits for the 11 hour flight and Business Lounge
- Outfits that are comfortable for walking in all day then transition into evening wear
- Fabric that conceals stains
- Shoes that are comfortable and smart
- Loose outfits that are flattering
- Natural fabrics
- Mixture of tops, pants, skirts & dresses
- Fabric from my collection
- Easy care Fabric that doesn't require ironing
- Easy outfit combinations that work
- A couple of jackets for layering
- Colours that say holiday
To start my Holiday Wardrobe..a simple, and hopefully a quick pattern to get my sewing momentum going.
I used a one way stretch cotton jersey that had a striped pattern. I decided to omit cutting the front and back on the fold and add centre seam allowances for the front and back. The front and back had the Stripes cut horizontally on one half and vertically on the other. Foldover elastic was sewn over both the centre front and centre back seams. Neck and armholes finished with self bias and topstitched.
Vogue 9246 Pull on Pants View E
A simple pull-on pair of pants in the same fabric as the Burda Top. They looked slim fitting with a not too bulky elastic waist finish on the pattern. The pant leg width was too wide. Reduced the leg width by two inches by sewing on the inner leg (one inch seam) tapering to the crotch and sewed black Foldover elastic on the outer pants side seam.
The two pieces were comfortable for the long flight and the jacket kept the air-conditioning drafts at bay. Yes food did hit my top...who knew the dinner roll had a liquid garlic centre! Oh and the food stain wasn't obvious.
Day 2 Pattern details
Vogue 9114 Lime woven cotton funky pants
As soon as I saw these funky pants Vogue 9114, I knew I just had to make them. I did prepare myself by reading the pattern reviews and was looking forward to sewing them. Gosh these were a pain to get right..No wonder I prefer dresses and skirts. Well after the finishing the pants I really was amazed at how baggy they were. I cut off the elastic waistband and shortened the length of the pants...hmmm too late I realised I was a bit rash. I made the smallest hem possible. To reduce the baggy width I cut off 4 inch in width total (folded both legs together cut 2inch inside legs and tapered to crotch then sewed with the Overlocker. I hastily cut off the waist band and to add the elastic I sewed 11/4 width elastic with the Overlocker, to the new top edge of the pants then turned and topstitched down...took in 6/8 inch 2cm in from seam between pocket and lower inset.. Eventually I loved these pants! A very stressful and tedious sewing pattern.
Burda 7645 Singlet jersey top
This same top pattern as day 1 was made with blue one way stretch plain cotton jersey ( I made a tube pull on skirt in the same fabric details later). This singlet was as per pattern and quick to make. Armholes and neck finished with self bias.
Poncho self drafted
150 cm X 1.3 metres
Day 3 Pattern Details
Vogue 1550 I love you. Tunic version.
Oh I love this pattern! I made it 3 times for this trip! This is the tunic length and worn over a pull on elastic waisted skirt. Confession.. I didn't do the organza centre front insert... Didn't really see the point for the look I was after. I used a seersucker linen that didn't wrinkle too much.
Vogue 8525 Skirt OOP pattern
This skirt pattern is my TNT tried and true. You could substitute any straight tube skirt pattern as this pattern is no longer available. Making the singlet top Burda 7645 and this skirt in the same fabric meant more mix and match options.
Day 4 Pattern details
Vogue 1550 my second version Orange cotton seersucker dress
The length of this dress version is half way between the tunic and the dress versions. I am 5'5" or 165 cm tall and feel more comfortable in this length. As in the previous version of Vogue 1550 I omitted the centre front seam detail. This cotton fabric is slightly ruched like a seersucker. It may also be a little see through. I packed my brown cotton Spandex tube skirt ( same pattern again Vogue 8525) to wear under the dress if I felt I needed it. I'm glad I did because it was a bit windy! I found the brown skirt to be quite comfortable even though it was hot and humid and the bonus it wasn't obvious either.
Day 5 Pattern Details
Burda 6988 fitted jersey dress
- I love texture and stretch fabric. I have made this pattern quite a a few times and love the bust dart that starts at the hip....it's my kind of dart! It is quite an easy & quick sew too. I shortened the dress length by 5 inches / 13 cm. To change up this dress pattern I added a centre back and centre front seam, cutting half the front and back,with stripes running vertically and half horizontally. I finished the neck and armholes with black Foldover elastic. I didn't love the dress as much as I thought I would. After I highlighted the front and back centre seams, shoulder and side seams with black Foldover elastic I was very happy with the result. I simply sewed the elastic on the edges with long straight stitch length 4. I don't use pins or stretch the elastic. If I do sew from top to bottom on one side, then I sew from top to bottom on the other side. If I make a mistake it's easy to unpick. Usually with this pattern I lower the front neck, but didn't this time.
Day 6 Pattern Details Cotton Silk dress
Day 8 Pattern Details
- 14 garments sewn + a self drafted Poncho + an existing pull on brown tube skirt (just in case skirt)
- 25 Metres/27.34 yards of Fabric
- All comfortable
- Both pants were way too wide and needed to be taken in on the inner leg...very annoying as the pants on both models looked sleek and perfect
- Had every intention of sewing a raincoat but ran out of time and packed an umbrella instead (it didn't rain on the holiday & we used the umbrella for shade)
- Had another 6 patterns cut out for this travel wardrobe but ran out of time!
- Vogue 1522 long sleeve blouse will have the sleeves shortened to 3/4 length
- All my outfits were in my hand luggage squashed..I really didn't want to have to shop for new clothes if my suitcase got lost.
- Great holiday made simple with the holiday Wardrobe I packed.
- Didn't do any washing
- Probably dropped food on 3/4 of these garments but the stains didn't show up
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