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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Travel Wardrobe!

We leave for Ethiopia a week from today...I have been sewing extensively, trying to meet my (self-imposed) deadline. I could actually leave tomorrow without sewing anything, but where's the fun in that?

I made another pair of Style Arc Linda Pants in a wonderful rayon/cotton/poly/lycra from Marcy Tilton. This is the fabric I'd most like to be wearing on a 13 1/2 -hour flight...

It impressed me so much, I ordered more to make a jacket (not to be worn together) from my TNT, CLD Anything But Ordinary.

I changed it to a zipper front, added pockets, and lined it with a wonderful pleated poly taffeta from my "neighborhood" store (Betty's). I also used the taffeta to trim the pockets, sleeves, and the collar. I put 8 pockets inside, one of my favorite things to do with a jacket for traveling.

Next, I made Style Arc Adele Tunic in a rayon/lycra knit from Emma One Sock. It fit perfectly out of the envelope, as has been my experience with all the SA patterns I've used.

I made a separate cowl to wear when I need more coverage. I made the neckband in a contrasting ponte knit.

And lastly (although I don't think I'm finished yet!) I made Vogue 8582 out of another rayon/lycra knit from Emma One Sock.

I made the longer length, long-sleeved version and used some fun black trim
from Marcy Tilton for the neckband.

I found this in my closet...many sewists will recognize this 1980's Carol Horn for Vogue
1907, long OOP.

It, of course, goes with my travel wardrobe (one of many advantages of wearing the same colors all your adult life!)and I think I will take it. It's a lightweight cotton ikat and will be useful when it's hot and I want to be covered up.
I have one more tank to make, and I hope to photograph the whole wardrobe
before I leave...such gratification!

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A WORD TO THE WISE: My  6-month-old Bernina 430 started wailing like a banshee during my 3rd project; it's still under warranty, and probably is reacting to all the fuzz, glitter, fur, etc. I've subjected it to in the last 3 months...:D. I had always planned to take my SM and my serger in for spa treatments while I am gone...just not until I FINISHED my wardrobe! My humble $350 Brother was waiting in the wings, and stepped up to the plate like a trooper. Moral: always have a backup sm if you HAVE to finish something NOW!!!!


  1. Looks like you have an excellent travel wardrobe - enough to last for a year or more!!! I guess no sewing while you are travelling - wait for the withdrawal symptoms after this mammoth sewing session you just had...

  2. What a *great* travel wardrobe, Margy. Practical and very chic. That Carol Horn duster looks absolutely current. Maybe I need to make one. :)

    I hope you have a fabulous time!

  3. You have really been going to town! I mean...Ethiopia...I mean....oh heck, you can go anywhere now, and look fabulous! This is looking like the perfect travel wardrobe :)

  4. GREAT wardrobe - and I have that Carol Horn pattern. I love the top. I've made my Mother 3 of the duster/jackets.
    Marciae from SG

  5. Great looking wardrobe, Margy! Safe travels.

  6. What a fabulous wardobe of clothes! I remember that Carol Horn pattern too. I owned it back in the day but I never did sew it. Have fun on your travels!

  7. Very, very nice! Your clothing inspires me. I think I may have had that Carol Horn pattern once upon a time.

    And as for your advice re: a back-up machine, I could not agree more. My trusty and beloved Bernina 930, which I've had since the mid-80s, locked up on me once while I was working on a project. Since then I've purchased a Bernina 215 as a back-up. Now I have Big and Baby B, but I have to say there's nothing like a Swiss-made Bernina. Baby B was manufactured in Thailand, and as much as I like her, I LOVE Big B.

  8. Very nice travel wardrobe. Have fun on your travel. Love the jacket and the duster.

  9. What a lovely travel wardrobe. You're going to love every moment of your trip.

  10. Thanks for this post. It is such a pleasure to see and read about your travel wardrobe. Truly sewing-with-a-plan. Don't know the weather in Ethiopia but I'm assuming it's hot even now. Hope you have a wonderful and rewarding trip.

  11. A perfect travel wardrobe....beautifully made!

  12. Fabulous capsule wardrobe. Have a wonderful trip - you'll be the 'best dressed' person in all of Ethiopia!

  13. I landed on this post of your blog when I was looking for some project photos of Style Arc patterns I was considering buying. What a great blog you have! This travel wardrobe of yours convinced me to get the Linda pants and Adele Tunic for sure. I love the neck band you added to Adel Tunic. What a great variation of the outfit. Thank you for the great inspiration! I can't wait to make mine, and I can't wait to read up all your other posts.