I have decided that I am hopeless at blogging, mainly because when I get stuck in my sewing, I get stuck in my blogging, as well. That makes for a fairly sparse blog. Here is a brief update:
The Koos jacket is still unfinished. I decided somewhere along the way that it is NOT my style. This was one of the best sewing failures I’ve ever had, in terms of what I learned: I cannot wear clothes that don’t fit around the shoulders. Forgive me if I am repeating myself, but I really have no shoulders to speak of; therefore, anything loose-fitting around the shoulders makes me look like I’m playing dress-up in my mother’s clothes.
The Koos jacket sat on my dress form for months, while my sewing and blogging languished. I finally said to the Koos jacket, “Off with your head!” It is now folded up in a corner of my sewing room…resting.
In the meantime, I have started my travel wardrobe for 2012. In August, we are visiting family in Stockholm, and then taking a side trip to Budapest. It will be very hot in Budapest, so I’m going for a very cool and casual wardrobe, which for me means loose-fitting and light-weight.
I’ve been working on this “packing for travel” thing for a long time, and have decided that knits are the way to go. They are cool and comfortable, they pack light and fold to nothing. I can wash them in the sink and hang to dry. Knits are really perfect for a travel wardrobe.
My travel wardrobe will look something like this for a two-week trip:
1. 7 knit tops
2. 2 knit pants
3. 1 skirt
4. 1 or 2 knit overlayers (shirt or cardigan)
Marcy Tilton has some wonderful fabric she calls “Paris microfiber knit” that I used last year on some casual pants. I loved the ease of wear of this fabric, so I bought a ton of it for this year’s travel wardrobe, both in black and gray. Here is what I have come up with so far:
Here, I am following Nancy Nix Rice’s idea of a column of color as a base. This will make me look taller and thinner…maybe : ). The top is the StyleArc’s Annie’s Cami and the pants are Cutting Line Design’s Discover Something Novel.
I threw a Babette blouse from my closet over my shoulders, and viola, an outfit:
Then I made this StyleArc Creative Cate top to go with the pants:
Finally, I added this StyleArc cardigan to the mix:
The cardi is not hemmed in this picture, but you can see that I’m working my way to a functional summer travel wardrobe.