Thursday, October 2, 2014

Travel Sewing Plans!

One of the best parts about an upcoming vacation is that you have an excuse to MAKE NEW THINGS! Do I already have clothes that would be sufficient? Of course! Would I rather give myself a barrage of self-imposed sewing deadlines that are unrealistic but thrilling to imagine? YES!

For my whole trip to Berlin, my wardrobe theme [because all vacation wardrobes should have themes] is utilitarian. I want to pack light and streamline everything and feel very mobile. I'm going to be doing a lot by myself during the day while my brother is at work and I will just want easy clothes.

The first and largest project I'm hoping to accomplish is a coat. I have never made a real coat, with interlining and actual warmth-preserving properties, and I've actually not even bought one in the last five or six years. But now I live in a place with an almost-actual winter, and will be traveling to a place that has a real winter. So I need a coat.

I'm pretty sure I've chosen the Colette [Walden] Albion jacket. It's partially because I already own that pattern, and that would be responsible of me. AND I have [I think] enough leftover navy moleskin from the KwikSew bomber jacket to make it, which would be even more responsible. IT'S LIKE AN almost FREE COAT.

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I wasn't sure if it was exactly the pattern I was looking for until I saw this version on Evolution of a Sewing Goddess. She did a lot of shaping and added seams and made it more feminine. I really love it. I don't know if I'll have time to do all the work she did, but if I even go a little in that direction I'll be happy.

I'm planning on interlining with Thinsulate, as I don't expect the cotton moleskin to be very warm or wind-stopping. Does anyone have any experience with using thinsulate? I'm trying to decide if I should use it in the arms or not.

Next, I have this acid wash knit that's burning a hole in my stash so I really want to make some jeggings, but I'm scared. What pattern should I use? Will the Berliners make fun of me? I feel like if I do them right they will just look like pants, not leggings-as-pants. The fabric is pretty thick and stable so it could work. I was thinking of using just a basic leggings pattern and adding some double topstitching along the side seam / inseam. I also have the Papercut Ooh La Leggings pattern, which might be better. But I don't know, WILL I LOOK RIDICULOUS?

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Also in the pants department, I'd really like to make a part of cigarette pants. I have already made a muslin of the Colette Clover pants, but sadly it's been lost to time and space, and I can't find it anywhere. I'm hoping that I accidentally left it in my old house in LA, and someday someone will find these weird see-through pants with sharpie marks all over them. I have some grey stretch twill that would be really cute, as long as I can get the fit right.

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And speaking of, well, Clovers, I'd like to make another Papercut Clover shirt out of this navy polka dot sheer business.

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I'd like to make up a Plantain or two as good staples, maybe long sleeved. I have some black jersey and the Arizona Tomahawk jersey for those.

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I also think that I need a daytime bag. I'm eyeing the Cooper bag because it can be a backpack and a messenger bag, which fits with my theme of utilitarian, a very important criterion. The only thing is that I don't have the pattern OR fabric for this one yet, so I'd have to buy them. We shall see.

And lastly, I want to use this motorcycle jersey to make a Thread Theory Strathcona henley for my brother as a thank you for putting me up. He has a motorcycle, and half of his instagram pictures are of motorcycles, so it seems only fitting. And I'm not ruining the surprise because I don't think he reads my blog...do you, Ian? Do you? This is a test.

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So there are my six[ish] sewing goals. As of today I have three weeks. Will I accomplish all? some? any? Who knows! But I'm gonna try!

27 comments:

  1. Three weeks!? Haha, this is the story of my life...
    Your plans for the Albion sound lovely. Navy blue with little wooden toggles = perfection!
    Wishing you all of the luck :D

    x. Zoe

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    1. thank you!! i’m very into the albion, or at least how it looks in my head. here’s hoping it happens in real life!

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  2. Aim high lady! Probably not enough time for you to get the pattern from Australia but the Style Arc elle pants would be awesome for the acid wash.......

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    1. you’re right! i’ll have to remember those for my next pair of acid wash jeggings… :]

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  3. It's SO much fun to read people's wardrobe plans! I've personally never made it more than halfway through a wardrobe plan (but maybe I'm faint of heart?). In any case, good luck!! Will be exciting to follow...

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    1. i love it too! it makes me excited. who knows if i’ll get through even half of it but it’s fun to imagine.

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  4. Girl, those Ooh La Leggings make the BEST leggins-as-pants (I think I already told you this on Monday, but it bears repeating, haha)! I have a couple ponte pairs that I made last year and I wear the heck out of them - they're so comfy, but they still look legit.

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    1. yeah i think i’m gonna go with those…more seams = more real pants

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  5. Firstly, unrealistic sewing deadlines are my favorite. And second, that Albion that the Evolution of a Sewing Goddess made was hands-down my favorite entry. Even more favorite than my own. So, I think you've chosen perfect inspiration. Happy sewing!

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    1. ME TOO! they make life more exciting, right?

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  6. Jen from Grainline put Thinsulate in this coat:

    http://grainlinestudio.com/2012/11/26/autumn-wardrobe-northwoods-toggle-coat/

    She ended up taking it out, but she still used it! I'm sure if you emailed her she would have valuable insight.

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  7. I put thinsulate into my coat from last year: it was great from the perspective of warmth! However:
    1. it melts if an iron is put *anywhere* near it, so make sure you don't iron!! (even on the other side of the lining it's attached to)
    2. I used the method of zig zagging it just outside the seam allowances and then sewing it up - that really didn't work, as the zig zags just appeared on the inside of the lining. Next time I'd just do it in the usual underlining way, and cut the excess out of the seam allowances. Good luck!

    I collated all the tips I learned from sewing that coat here! http://www.cashmerette.com/2014/02/top-tips-for-sewing-your-first-coat.html

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    1. oooh thank you so much for the link!! i just read it all and it's so helpful but also now i'm intimidated!! eeeek coats

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  8. I really hope you get to make the coat, because it would be so lovely!

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  9. If I didn't know you I'd say you were crazypants to try to do all of that before you leave. But as I know you and your insane ability to bust stuff out at the last minute, I'd bet you actually accomplish all of this!

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  10. Wow, that is a lot in three weeks! It's amazing what a little motivation can do, though :) Good luck!

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  11. I love travel sewing!! Or the idea of it anyway, the deadlines are less fun! Good luck with your sewing - they all look like great travel clothes!

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  12. Gosh, that is a lot for 3 weeks! It will be great if you manage them all. Your ideas are great. Good luck!

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  13. Cool sewing plans! I think Berlin is a place where you can definitely get away with acid wash leggings. I haven't been, but I get the impression it is. Have a great trip!

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  14. Brilliant plans. You'll fit right in to Berlin! Plantain is my favourite go to tee too! You can do it in three weeks. Can't wait to see your makes!

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  15. All your plans look very pretty! Planning really is half the fun, am I right? ;)

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  16. Travel sewing is the best! I was still finishing my Moneta the day before I had to get on the plane to France. But was it the best travel dress ever? YES, yes it was!

    Can't wait to see what you make.

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  17. These are amazing sewing plans and I really hope you can finish them all in 3 weeks because that would be amazing and I can't wait to see them!

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