Travel Light and Look Fabulous - All With Free Patterns!
May 27, 2013
I love to travel. I love to make clothes. And I love a good challenge.
Recently, while simultaneously planning a trip and thinking about upcoming sewing projects, I was browsing through our free pattern downloads from HotPatterns, and a bolt of inspiration hit me. I decided to compile a wardrobe for my travels using only patterns from this group. I also like to travel light, so I decided I could only pack three tops, three bottoms, and something to throw on in cooler temps. By mixing and matching, that would give me nine different outfit options.
Here are the patterns I chose for my travel wardrobe:
- Gypsophelia Peasant Top -- This is new to the site, and I was super excited to test it out. I used a burnout jersey for mine, so I can wear the longer sleeves to protect my arms from the sun in warmer weather without boiling. I really love the effortless, casual feel of this garment. It looks pulled together, but feels as comfy as your favorite super-soft T-shirt.
- Fringe Festival Knit Top -- I actually made this one previously -- you can read about it here. I continue to turn to this pattern when I want a quick knit top that I can customize any way I wish. I packed my pink rosette version.
- All Wrapped Up Tank -- I made mine with an ultra-soft jersey knit from the stash. Feels like wearing stylish jammies.
- Tropicana Maxi Skirt -- This is another that I had already made. I included the longer gauze version in my travel wardrobe so I would have one long skirt.
- Bossa Nova Skirt -- This is such a handy pattern for your arsenal. Goes together in a flash! I made mine using a gray slub jersey. (Are you noticing a trend here? Almost all knits when I travel!)
- Sporty Sarong Shorts -- I was trepidatious about this one -- I NEVER wear shorts. But, I figured it was time to bite the bullet and give it a try. And it turns out, I LOVE THESE! I wear this garment all the time now. I'm only 5'3", so when I cut the pattern as-is, it's a long short on me -- just above the knee. And with the sarong layer tied in front, it really does look more like a skirt. I used a swim and activewear knit -- perfect for travel because you can hand wash it and it dries really quickly. This was definitely a delightful surprise.
- Slinky Shrug -- I made this out of slinky knit so I could roll it up and shove it in a shoulder bag during the day, and take it out when the sun went down if I needed some warmth. Worked like a charm!
Here's how my wardrobe came together!
This row, from left to right: All Wrapped Up tank with Sporty Sarong Shorts, Fringe Festival top with Bossa Nova Skirt, Gypsophelia top with Tropicana maxi skirt.
This row, left to right: Gypsophelia top with Bossa Nova skirt and Slinky Shrug, All Wrapped Up tank with Tropicana skirt and Slinky Shrug, Fring Festival top with Sporty Sarong shorts and Slinky Shrug.
This row, left to right: Fringe Festival top with Tropicana skirt, Gypsophelia shirt with Sporty Sarong Shorts, All Wrapped Up tank with Bossa Nova skirt.
I LOVED having easy combination options without having a suitcase full of clothes to lug around. And speaking of how I carried my ensembles ... in my next post, I'll share how I converted another free pattern download into a travel bag, and accessorized it with handy organizational bags! Stay tuned!
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