Holidays and fabric buying!


tmp_4435-image-515852154White linen Anna top and linen blue and white striped Laura pants

At the moment I’m trying to put together a me-made travel wardrobe. For the UK and Northern Italy in August/September. Yep, I’m a bit excited 🙂

I’d love some fabric shop suggestions for London, Milan or Venice………………..

When travelling I really want to keep the number of clothes I pack to a minimum so what I select needs to be comfortable, allow maximum mixing and matching and cater for warm and cool weather, smart and casual looks.

So I’ve been doing some out-of-season sewing. I was very happy with my Tessuti pattern Anita ponti pants , they are lovely for winter. I thought I’d try Tessuti’s pattern for  woven pants, the Laura pattern.

The Laura pant is described as a cropped, slim leg pant pattern with an elasticized waist and a narrow hem with side split. Sounds like it would be good for summer/autumn travels. I made two pairs, one in navy  shibori printed Japanese cotton, the other striped enzyme washed linen:

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Like the Anita pants,  the Laura pants are very straight-forward to make. Overlocked/serged seams and an elastic waist. The elastic is prevented from twisting by being sewn through the middle. I like the side split at the hem, it’s a neat finish and the instructions for this were easy to follow.

Much as I love the shibori print, the cotton does bag a bit. I think the linen might be more versatile for mixing and matching as well. What do you think?

shibori pants worn with Coco top at the beachtmp_25152-image1282393718

Shibori Laura pants worn with Coco top at Kiola beach, south coast NSW.

linen Laura pants worn with white linen Anna toptmp_25152-image656791248

Linen blue and white striped Laura pants and white linen Anna top

The top is white linen with a rolled hem. the pattern is based on the Anna dress. The bodice lengthened and the back zip replaced with buttons. (Details of ‘how to’ for another similar Anna top I made are here).

I was wary about a buttons at the back not really wanting to get assistance every time I dressed. Gertie had the answer, she  said you leave the middle buttons done up slip the top on and the remaining buttons can easily done up without assistance. Win!

back view of Anna top close uptmp_25152-image-477664429



Pattern: Tessuti Laura pants for woven

Fabric: one navy Japanese shibori print cotton the other blue and white striped linen, both from Tessuti

Notions: 1 inch elastic


Pattern: modified Anna Dress, By Hand London

Fabric: white linen from Tessuti

Notions: shell buttons

Do you have any tried and true travel basics? and do you know any not to be missed fabric shops in London, Milan or Venice? 🙂 🙂

Linking withsewing saturday imageand with the lovely Patti at Visible-Monday-Logo-Public




18 thoughts on “Holidays and fabric buying!

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  4. I love this look – the linen top is so crisp and I have similar linen trousers that I wear constantly. Beautifully done up! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.


  5. There are a few fabric shops in Soho (Berwick street) in London, although they are quite pricey.. Famous Liberty is nearby, worth to see, but too expensive for me.. Goldhawk road (Shepherds bush tube station) is where most of us buy fabric.. It’s full of fabric shops, and you might find there the same liberty prints but much cheaper..


  6. Hi Barbara,
    I finally got around to ‘following’ you. Us oldies you know, a bit slow with the technology. I look forward to my emails etc.


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