Speaking of adventure, we leave next week for our New Zealand trip. Here's the travel wardrobe so far. I've just finished hours of bias binding this clever pattern, the Vest-S-Cape from Saf-T-Pockets, #2011 "Sew Accessorized." Saf-T-Pockets Vest-S-Cape
|Cape-S-Vest from Saf-T-Pockets Patterns|
Pattern Description: When you are on the road there is nothing better than a beautiful, easy to use scarf or our amazing Vest-S-Cape to expand your wardrobe.
Pattern Sizing: XS-3XL I used the first size grouping, for XS-L
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I believe so.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Instructions are very easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I was considering a few types of shawls that I could bring on an upcoming trip of a lifetime to New Zealand. I like the versatility from this design. It is basically a large round tablecloth with holes for armholes but it fold and drapes into several different looks. What I didn't enjoy was sewing yards and yards of bias washed rayon binding. I'm not good at evenly binding an edge entirely by machine so I hand stitched the binding on the wrong side....around each of the armholes and the entire circumference. Don't ask me for the total length (I got a D one semester in geometry) but I can tell you that I threaded my much loved Susan Khalje hand needles 14 times.
|Yes, that's how much there is to bind.|
|washed rayon bias binding|
Fabric Used: Wonderful double knit poly rayon lycra blend from Fabric Mart bias bound with a brown washed rayon also from Fabric Mart, both in my stash.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None necessary
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I don't think I'll need another one soon but it would be nice in a lightweight silk as another travel accessory.
I tried the first version in a black microfleece. Not good. The microfleece did not drape nicely and got caught up on my backside. It looked better on the dressform. Oh well, it will become fleece socks.
Here's the back view of the brown double knit:
|Worn cape-like, my favorite version|
Conclusion: I'll be curious to see what I think of it when I use it for our trip. I'll try to remember to update this review with any additional insights from actually wearing the garment.
|Short cape look|
What else am I packing?
Most of our days will be spent hiking so I have the standard collection of rain jacket, Polarfleece 200 pullover, gloves and hat (for elevations, something I don't worry about in Florida) hiking pants, one pair a lovely black stretch pair from EMS (recommended by Summerset Banks on her wonderful blog, Pins and Needles blog which combines things I love....artistic sewing and her hiking pictures) and a khaki pair that zip off. Two pairs of jeans, one a dark wash and one a brown Chicos pair. That brown is the inspiration base for the rest of my clothes which I will mostly be wearing to the evening dinners and for a few daytime sightseeing excursions without hikes.
Here are some of the evening and sightseeing looks I have planned. This is a black slinky skirt that I can wear with this Eileen Fisher silk chiffon and silk tank top.
|Slinky skirt with Knip Mode top|
|Sleeveless Jalie twist top made into dress|
I'm packing my brown sleeveless knit dress from this past September's sewing projects ( brown sleeveless dress post)and plan on using it with a jacket and as an underlayer for a knit top and even with the poly version of the Chico's top (thank you Anita for that suggestion) from this post Chicos poncho blouse knock off instructions . Of course, depending on the weather, any of these tops can go with those pants for cool evenings.
|Jalie twist top dress underneath RTW top|
|Chicos poncho knock off|
|Simplicity 4095 wrap top|
|Jalie twist top|
|Boiled wool RTW jacket|
We'll be spending our first two days in Wellington, then take the ferry and the next two days in the wine country in Blenheim. I'll be celebrating the big 6-0 birthday that last evening (hours ahead of time of when I was actually born!!!) but not exactly as planned. Mr. Lucky went ahead and wanted to surprise me with a special dinner....only to get an email last night that the restaurant had a fire and will not be open. Glad to know no one was hurt but any recommendations for dinner in Blenheim, New Zealand?
The following day we meet up with our travel group, 14 of us, who have joined The South Island Adventure with a British hiking travel company, The Wayfarers. We've traveled with them twice before starting 13 years ago for our 10th anniversary. The guides and fellow travelers as well as gorgeous outdoors make this our very favorite way to explore another country.
|Lucky the rescue dog waiting patiently for the news that he can run and play again|