I'll be off on holiday later in the summer, so today I thought I'd rummage through my wardrobe to work out which of my handmade clothes will work best in the heat. Because I generally tread the same path regarding colours, style and patterns, most of my garments tend to work well together. I've gone for lightweight fabrics and nothing too high necked - I can't bear high necks at the best of times, but especially not in hot weather. Here's what I've decided on...
|Vintage Shirt Dress|
|1950's-style shoulder tie dress|
|Lemon Mortmain dress|
This is my Parfait dress, made during my first year of sewing and still going strong! The straps and gored skirt make this really cool to wear and the double gauze is light and breathable.
I was also hoping to pack my Simplicity sundress, but sadly I ruined it in the wash - the blue linen-look cotton ran into the white bodice band. Now, instead of being snowy white, the band is a lovely shade of dishcloth grey. I pre-washed both fabrics, but the blue fabric obviously had a bit more dye to get rid of - so annoying as I loved that dress.
Just a couple…my Barkcloth skirt
And my floral A-line skirt from a vintage pattern. I refashioned this skirt a couple of years ago (shortened it and removed the waistband), and as it's made from very thin cotton lawn, it's now an ideal holiday skirt.
Gertie Capri pants, perfect for evenings teamed with a top and sandals.
|I won't be packing the ukulele|
My tie front blouse is great for wearing with high waisted shorts. Here's evidence from a couple of years ago...
|I have no idea who the cowboy hat dude is!|
Sleeveless Granville - goes with absolutely everything.
A toned down version of the Simplicity 2154 bow blouse. It pairs up perfectly with lots of my denim or blue coloured bottom halves. I can also undo the necktie if it gets too constricting.
The new Fifi set from Tilly and the Buttons.
Comfortable and pretty - perfect for hot summer nights!
I'll be packing a few store bought pieces too: my swimming costume, the red shorts above, several solid coloured strappy vests and a couple of striped T shirts. But the majority of my holiday wardrobe will be handmade, which I'm very pleased about. I just need to remember the sunscreen and a big hat! Happy holidays! x