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:
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 Laura pants worn with Coco top at Kiola beach, south coast NSW.
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!
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? 🙂 🙂