So for my upcoming trip, I have decided to set myself a challenge, a creative one at that.
My sewing has been non existent over the last 6 months or so, so I have decided to make some of the clothes I take on my trip along with knitting some as well. Hopefully this will help get my sewjo back!
First things first, I sat down and wrote a list of the general stuff I will be taking. Then I decided what I would buy and what I could make in a 2 month span – got to keep it real here folks.
Jeans – buy
Jacket – buy
Thermal Jumpers – buy
Jumper – knit
Tops – sew
Scarf – knit
Hat – knit
Backpack – sew
Zip bags – sew
Drawstring bag – sew
Pants – sew
Top – sew
Jacket – sew
I am halfway through my knitted jumper and might start on the scarf as I can do this on the train to and from work. The jumper is getting a bit too bulky to carry around with me, so I will continue to do this at home. I need to order the yarn that I want for the hat as my local yarn shop doesn’t have one of the two colours I want in the yarn I need.
With the backpack, this may be a bit too adventurous, timewise that is. As soon as I saw the Maywood backpack on the Klumhouse site awhile back, I had to have it. Unfortunately the pattern was designed for a magazine at that stage, which we don’t get here in Australia (note to self – check that out). Then one day I saw it on their site. I got the hardware kit and the magazine and just need to buy the fabric, but buying waxed cotton here in Australia is proving to be difficult. I have seen it on Amazon but I am pretty sure the postage will cost a bomb. If I don’t make it for the trip, it will get done later.
The clothes I want to make will be mostly knitted fabric, so should be an easy sew. In saying that, I have a fear of knits and this will be my first go at making anything out of this fabric. I am actually making them from a book I recently purchased, Wendy Ward’s “Sewing with Knitted Fabrics,” which is mainly for people who are new to this fabric and has a number of easy patterns to sew up.
I am hoping to make the Monsal Lounge Pants, the Kinder Cardigan and the Peak T-shirt (short & long sleeve). With the pants, I will forego the cuff and I haven’t decided on what length cardigan to make, but it will either be the medium or the long version. I am hoping to cut out a toile of the cardigan tomorrow and give it a go.
With the zipped bags, these are just to pop in crap like all the cables etc you need to take for your equipment these days. Phones, cameras and headphones etc. The drawstring bag is for the new headphones I purchased the other day. They do have a hard case but it will be too bulky to travel with. I will have a poke around my plethora of pdf patterns to find the right zip bag.
So I think this challenge will keep my well and truly busy for the next few weeks, so I better get a move on then. I’ll keep you posted via here and instagram. Fingers crossed I can do it.