Wednesday, 13 June 2007
What am I going to wear??
Deciding what to pack for the trip is always fraught. It gives me sleepless nights! (I know, I know, you wish you had my problems!) I don't like to take too much because I know I'll buy more while I'm away, but I want to be prepared for a range of temperatures and situations (business, travel, sightseeing, eating out). I want all my shirts (3 sleeveless, 2 short sleeved), cardigans (1 casual, 1 evening) and jackets (1 dressy, 1 rain) to go with all my trousers (1 cargo, 1 light denim, 1 dressy) and skirts (1 light)... and this time its complicated by the fact that I've lost nearly 20 kg since the end of last year and I don't have many summer clothes that fit me. I need to pack summer clothes because we are travelling to the northern hemisphere but its winter here and its winter clothes I've been buying over the last couple of months as I came down a couple of dress sizes. I've had some clothes given me by my daughter and I'll take some of them. One pale pink t-shirt she gave me had long, flared sleeves and I decided today to cut them short and make it into a summer shirt. Here is the end result. I've cut the sleeves off, and hemmed them so the cut edge hangs lower than the hem. I also added some decoration by ironing interfacing to a piece of patterned silky material. I cut the motifs from the fabric and stuck them on the shirt with vliesofix. I then free-motion stitched over the motifs. I imagine the edges of the motifs will fray once its washed but I stitched very close to the edge so that should be ok. The black "stitching" on the pink shirt is actually drawn on with a fine pigma pen.