My goal is to travel light but not give up too much in comfort and style. The first 'outfit' I made is a set of silk knit pajamas. The top is a very thin tricot that can double as a layer if things get really cold. Why silk? Because silk is warm, light weight and dries very quickly. It also pulls moisture from your skin, keeping you dry and comfortable.I use shoe bags to keep other things in my suitcase clean. I have cotton ones I made years ago, but just made new ones from a very lightweight poly lining. I added drawstrings this time so everything stays in its place.My uniform is mainly stretch jeans and knit tops, and that's what I plan to take. I'm ending the trip with a good friend and her family in Cologne, Germany. She just happens to be my size, so I am planning to leave at least some of my clothes with her to free up room in my suitcase when I head home.
I'm also taking gifts. I made this dress for Sophie, our friends daughter. Her mom says she like to be really girly, but she also loves to play outside. I thought this was the perfect little dress/jumper. I was thrilled to finally have a use for these 3-d flower appliques. I got them from my excellent fabric dudes at TexStyles here in Austin. They had heat-set adhesive on the back, but I also hand-stitched them so they'd stay on through all Sophie's adventures. The fabric is from our great quilt shop in Dripping Springs, Valli & Kim.
And here is the outfit for Megan, Sophie's mom. The skirt is linen, from tablecloth I got years ago. I dyed it with fiber reactive dye from Dharma Trading. The top is a really nice cotton batiste eyelet. The embroidery design is from the awesome folks at Urban Threads.