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Planning Ahead

Dear Lara,

Exciting news! K and I are going to Poland in the spring! I can’t quite believe it myself, but it’s true: the plane tickets have been paid for, the accommodations reserved, and I’ve spent too many hours to count researching the local cuisine and culture. I’m practically vibrating with excitement. Poland! It’s really happening!!!

Why Poland, you might be asking yourself. Certainly, as my twin sister, you probably feel entitled to know where this sudden passion for Eastern Europe has come from. But surely you know me well enough to understand that I’m in it for the food. The sausage, the beer and vodka, the cabbage, beets, and pickles. The PIEROGIES!!!! Needless to say, I anticipate that we’ll have a swell time eating our way through the country.

While I’m well acquainted with fall travel and know how to pack and dress for it, I’m much less well prepared for spring travel. I have a few good lightweight cardigans that can help the transition from the warmer daytime to the cooler evening temperatures, but my collection of casual outfits to wear them with leaves something to be desired. In other words, it’s time for me to get down to work. Here’s what I have planned for my trip wardrobe so far:

1. Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress


Bearing in mind that I plan to stuff myself silly with as much of the local cuisine as possible, having something to wear that won’t be too tight over my stomach is of paramount importance. Enter the Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress, a lovely and feminine take on a style that I’ve long been obsessed with but have never been able to wear because of a lack of suitable RTW options. This pattern has some beautiful details, like soft gathers at the shoulders, some simple yet effective darts that draw in the waist, and a curved collar. And with an extra 4 inches of ease around the waist, I’m sure I’ll be glad to have this dress in my vacation wardrobe.

This is by far the most complex garment I’ve ever sewn and I’m a little nervous about how the finished product will end up looking. Based on my first test garment, I think this dress will be good and, dare I say, flattering fit, but it feels prudent to make any construction mistakes using a fabric that will leave me with less heartache if I accidentally destroy it. So, pictured above is (what I hope will be) my wearable muslin, which I’m making with an inexpensive polyester fabric that features a bold floral print and has a really nice drape. If I don’t screw up too badly or at all (note: I expect to see at least a few mistakes), I’ll have something I can actually wear now, AND I’ll have the confidence to make two or three more using the fancy Japanese cotton I’ve been squirreling away for just this purpose.

2. Jaunty Skirt


As with the Vintage Shirt Dress,  a knitted skirt with an elasticated waistband is a no-brainer addition to my vacation wardrobe, and it’s also something I’ve wanted to wear for a long while. The best part about this project is that it’s given me the opportunity to use up some stashed yarn! The main colour, pictured above, is The Plucky Knitter’s Plucky Feet base in the Narragansett Gray colourway, and this will be followed by  wide bands of Plucky Feet in the Manderly (black) and Pack Your Bags (blue) colourways. If I’m being totally honest, though, this project may not be finished in time to take to Poland. Miles of stockinette knit at a tight gauge on small needles is not exactly conducive to speedy production, after all. But despite my anticipation of future boredom with this project, I think there’s a chance I’ll finish in time if I can make myself chip away at it a little every day. My fingers are crossed and I remain hopeful.

3. Linum Tee

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Okay, this one is a very big maybe, but I’m adding my half finished Linum Tee to the list of potential new travel garments. I started knitting this top last summer with visions of wearing it with my red wool and dark denim skirts, and I set it aside after coming to the realization that even small amounts of linen fiber in yarn is really, really hard on my hands and wrists. But I feel quite strongly that this tee will be among my most worn spring/summer wardrobe items if I ever get around to finishing it. So I should, you know, just finish it.

Anyway, those are my early plans. They’re somewhat ambitious to be sure, and I can see the gaps in what I’ve proposed (no woven tops or t-shirts, for a start… I need those as well!). But I have to start somewhere, and it might as well be here. Stay tuned for some exciting additions to my closet in the near future!

Talk soon,


P.S. I forgot to ask about how you make wardrobe plans for travel. How rude of me!


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