Hello, hello! I am back from Bologna Book Fair and so happy to be reunited with my blog. Here I am on the first day of the fair, wearing my Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress.
In fact, I wore this shift dress on both days I attended the fair – my navy wool crepe was the second iteration that showed its lovely face. Solid colours keep you feeling safe when you’re too tired to draw attention to yourself.
The Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress is perfect for comfortable, smart attire. Plus, it rolls up small in your carry on case. At the other end, all you have to do is shake it out and hang it up. The long sleeves save you the headache of packing extra layers. A slip, a pair of tights, some statement jewellery and comfie shoes and you’re good to go.
I made both of these dresses with the fair in mind. It’s always good to plan ahead. It makes the trip fun, too – imagining your capsule wardrobe. And when the event rolls round, home sewn outfits give you a good conversational ice breaker. The Irish publishers were particularly enthusiastic about my sewing skills and if memory correctly serves, a literary scout came over to tell me that she’d sewn the knickers she was wearing. I didn’t ask to see them. That would have been rude.
For the travelling part of this trip, I wore my Tilly And The Buttons Stella Hoodie from her new book, Stretch!. This pattern is PERFECT for travel. The kangaroo pocket is ideal for the safe stashing of passport and phone.
I sewed the dress-length hoodie in a navy viscose ponte from TMOS. I liked the viscose detail for breathability; some pontes and scubas can be a bit sweaty, I find. The hood was lined in grey rib jersey and the ties are adapted shoe laces with the plastic ends snipped off and raw ends hand sewn shut! You can see this detail in the below photo of another Stella Hoodie I have sewn:
My sewing for travel guidelines are:
- Forward plan. No, you shan’t sew that dress the night before your trip.
- Keep it simple.
- Keep it comfie.
- Keep it easy to launder.
- Choose fabrics that roll up small and don’t crease.
- If you are wearing home sewn knickers, find someone to tell! (Or was that just between me and the literary scout…?)
That’s it! Do you have any top tips of your own?