Travel Clothes 2013

14 Jun

We just got back from Spain, and I wanted to share with you my travel wardrobe.  I was very pleased with what I took this time.  Everything fit in one carry-on size bag (which I can’t carry on because of the dang liquid restrictions).  I don’t know how TSA thinks a woman of a certain age can possibly go on a two week trip with the bottles of liquid one can fit in a quart-size baggie!

I have learned over years of traveling that knits are the easiest to wear, pack, and launder while on the road.  They are comfortable, they fold to nothing, and I can wash them in a hotel sink with Eucalan, a great product that you don’t have to rinse out.  Knits dry pretty fast (it depends on the knit, of course).

I started the travel wardrobe by participating in Elizabeth’s Spring Six-PAC on Stitcher’s Guild.  Here is my completed Six-PAC:



Okay, now for pattern numbers, clockwise from top left:  The white top is a frankenmorph of Katherine Tilton’s Vogue 8710 and Vogue 1261.  Vogue 8710 goes to just below the bustline.  The blue top to the right of it is the same frankenmorph.  The only difference is that the pleats on the sleeves are folded inwards instead of outwards like the white top sleeves.  The blue top on the dummy is Vogue 1261 without sleeves.  The gray top is Katherine Tilton’s Vogue 8817.  The blue top on the hanger is Marcy Tilton’s Vogue 8582 (OMG, it’s out of print – when did that happen).  Both of the pants are a modified version of The Sewing Workshop Hudson pants.  I have slimmed them down a bit.

So, that’s 5 tops and two pairs of pants.  You can’t tell from the picture, but the pants are black and brown.  They are made from that indestructible Parisian microfiber knit that Marcy Tilton sells.  I can’t rave enough about this fabric for travel.  I wore these two pairs of pants almost daily on my trip, washed them in Eucalan, hung them to dry (which they easily do overnight), and put them back on again (no ironing).  They are lightweight and cool for a hot climate, as well.  This fabric won’t work for cooler climates.

Those two pairs of pants, and about 10 knit tops were my key wardrobe pieces for two weeks of travel.  Yes, I did take a rain jacket, some shorts for a bike trip, and two lightweight sweaters (one black and one camel) as layering pieces.  Also, I made two dresses out of the microfiber knit and took them as well.

Here are some random pics of me in my travel wardrobe on the trip:


IMG_0137One thing I noticed from these pictures:  As much as I love the crossbody bag for travel, it really isn’t the best look, is it?  I’ll probably continue to use a crossbody, but I might try one with a thicker strap and see how that looks.

We had a wonderful time in Spain.  The people are very friendly, the food is good, and weather was fabulous.  The culture is interesting, so what’s not to like?


18 Responses to “Travel Clothes 2013”

  1. Audrey June 19, 2013 at 10:30 PM #

    What a stylish and practical travel wardrobe! I really like the white top. Great Frankenmorph!

  2. Ángela June 15, 2013 at 6:55 AM #

    Spain!, that is my home country. I am glad you enjoyed your trip. I see those pictures in El Retiro park and other places and make me want to be there.

    • Janis June 15, 2013 at 9:17 AM #

      El Retiro is one of the most beautiful city parks I’ve ever seen. In fact, I’ll bet there are more beautiful parks and gardens in Spain than in the entire USA!

  3. Martha June 14, 2013 at 10:00 PM #

    Yes, just what is it about travel wardrobes? So interesting. I’m traveling as a I type wondering if I could have improved on my choices. I do love your selections and would love to know pattern numbers and fabrics.
    I too am a big fan of Marcy Tilton’s microfiber knit. Great reminder.

    • Janis June 15, 2013 at 9:15 AM #

      Thanks for the comment, Martha. I’ve edited to include pattern numbers now.

  4. Sharon June 14, 2013 at 8:44 PM #

    Gorgeous travel wardrobe Janis and love how you have got it all to mix and match. Be careful of the thicker handle for your cross body bad, mine just digs into my neck!

    • Janis June 14, 2013 at 8:48 PM #

      Maybe I’ll have to go to a fanny pack….just kidding : ).

  5. fabricfan June 14, 2013 at 4:17 PM #

    I have big feet, and shoes take up the most room. I take a total of 3 pairs. Great travel wardrobe, I haven’t written about my latest trip, Love the clothes that you took with you.

  6. Linda T June 14, 2013 at 3:51 PM #

    What a great, practical set! And pretty too!

  7. SewRuthie June 14, 2013 at 3:44 PM #

    I’ve enjoyed my trips to spain, though i must admit to wearing Craghoppers clothing the whole time! I also travel with carry on only, but have not done a trip for more than a week. It is doable, especially since BF and I share toothpaste, suntan lotion etc.

    • Janis June 14, 2013 at 8:50 PM #

      I had to Google “Craghoppers”, Ruthie. LOL.

  8. Peg sewer June 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM #

    I too love travel wardrobes! Looks like you could have kept traveling all summer with these beauties!

    • Janis June 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM #

      I definitely could have traveled all summer with this wardrobe, but I would have been sick of it in the end. Thanks for the comment, Peg.

  9. Claire Ramsey June 14, 2013 at 10:56 AM #

    Your travel wardrobe is fabulous and it looks great on you! I adore travel wardrobes and yours is an inspiration! I’m planning a trip to Andalucia for next Feb and March. Thanks for sharing it. What shoes did you take with you?

    • Janis June 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM #

      Claire, you will love Andalucia! It’s a beautiful place with lots of beautiful Moorish architecture. As for shoes, I took two pairs of sandals. One was Ecco Flash and Abeo Crescent Neutral. They both worked well for my very bad feet.

      • Claire Ramsey June 15, 2013 at 11:47 AM #

        Janis thanks for the details on your shoes! I am partial to Ecco sandals, I admit. And the Abeo Crescent sandals look really interesting. I’m going to head for a Walking Store and try them on!

  10. Shams June 14, 2013 at 10:40 AM #

    I don’t know why I love travel wardrobe posts so much, as I rarely travel. But this is a great wardrobe! Small, but varied, everything goes with everything, easy to care for, packs well and it’s so YOU! Very inspiring!

    • Janis June 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM #

      Thanks so much, Shams.

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