Vacations are a great source of inspiration for getting the ball rolling on new sewing projects. DD and I recently returned from another trip overseas and I wanted to be as comfortable as possible while traveling.
On our trip to Japan in March, I wore a comfortable pair of skinny jeans on the flight. After 11 hours on the plane, I realized no matter how comfortable jeans are, they are not too comfortable after sitting for that long. Plus, with skinny jeans, your circulation is affected which is never good on long flights.
With this in mind, I decided to wear leggings on the plane for this trip, but didn’t have a comfortable top to cover the booty/crotch area. Most of my tops were too short. I realized long tunics were something I needed desperately in my wardrobe, so I decided to make my own.
I used the Grainline Hemlock Tee pattern (free!), with a few changes:
- Lengthened the front piece by 2 inches and the back piece by 5 inches for maximum coverage
- Omitted the sleeves
- Raised the armhole notch by 1 1/2 inches
- Made a side-split seam
I am so happy with how this turned out! It’s a super-fast sew AND it goes great with my stretch faux-leather handmade leggings (fabric from GirlCharlee.com). 🙂
AND look at that booty coverage! No indecency here… unless I jump for joy…
At least you can get a good look at my leggings here! (And my quads…)
I was so happy with how this tunic turned out that I immediately made another one. The fabric I used for both came from SAS Fabrics in Tucson and were purchased a few years ago, so these were great stash-busting makes!
For the hem and armholes, I serged the raw edges, turned them under twice, pressed, and sewed them down with a lightning stitch (straight stitch for the bottom hem since it doesn’t need to stretch much).
I wore these outfits (different shoes and accessories) for 2 days of flying and 4 days of train/bus rides. I was so comfortable that I think this will be my go-to traveling outfit.
So where did we go on our vacation? We spent two weeks in Europe traveling through Germany, Switzerland, and France! I wanted to get some good blog photos on our trip, but between jet-lag and catching a cold halfway through the trip (I KNOW, RIGHT?!), that was kind of the last thing on my mind.
But all in all, it was a great trip and I was able to bust out a lot of me-made garments throughout. I’ll post again with another travel-friendly make, what I packed for this trip, and some awesome pictures from my vacation (can you say OKTOBERFEST??)!
In the meantime, I’ll be getting in some good quality time with the animals. I missed them so much!
What’s your go-to outfit when you travel? Jeans and a tee? A comfy maxi dress? I want to know!