Thank you everyone for your kind comments encouraging my me made holiday posts. I wasn’t able to reply so readily due to being offline & outside a lot, but thank you, I appreciate everyone who takes the time to read & if you comment too, it really brightens my day, that bit of contact with you
I’m back now & need to get back into the swing of 9to5 on Monday so this shall be a weekend of organisation …and exciting because it will include planning what to sew over the next few months …I love planning sewing (& then veering away from it with spontaneous makes! ;-) )
But before then, what are thoughts, learnings of my handmade holiday? Some pics first of all.
Not enough of this! But it was gorgeous whilst it lasted …
My high waisted 50s shorts with a sozo camisole (yet to be blogged). This is taken after an amazing immersion in the surf, much bobbing through the tall waves as well as the occasional “washing machine” spin when caught unawares. The swimmer’s tell-tale wet circles across my boobage haven’t appeared yet…but were there for the walk home….not a great look!
Traveled home & aww, someone missed me
I’m wearing my new breton top (yet to be blogged), kimono t-shirt and red cigarette trousers. I actually lived in this many evenings …it was the perfect lounging wear for cooler temperatures & was so comfortable.
So, thoughts on my holiday packing.
- I took too much! I packed too many tops, I didn’t need to wear my swimmers shirt dress, my vintage vogue jacket, my red cardigan, my Violet blouse …but the thing is, weather can be so crappy down in Cornwall that I might have needed them had it not been so warm.
- Bringing things that mixed & matched worked well – eg nearly every top could be worn with both pairs of trousers & the shorts. This was helped by having a theme of red white & blue with a dash of the nautical!
- The new makes (yet to be blogged) of stripey t-shirt, Breton shirt & strappy vests a la SoZo were really useful & perfect for a casual outdoor based holiday- being all jerseys they packed well, didn’t need ironing & were ideally comfortable
- Had it been scorchio, the kimono t shirts would have been good cover ups for burnt shoulders (but it wasn’t!)
- Packing one sundress was good – it would have been OK for any slightly smarter events but equally great for sight seeing (or art exhibition stewarding )
- I adore wearing shorts & would have preferred another pair to mix it up a bit, a better fitting pair perhaps.
- I wish I’d got around to making my own swimsuit in time.
- Maxi skirts are not for me….even though I enjoyed wearing it in the sea, it covered up my leggies when actually I wanted to get them out in the warmish weather! It will be made into a sundress for next summer. I have decided. Thank you for all your input on that decision…it really helped.
- So for this kind of uber casual outdoor holiday I would pack next time:
- 3 strappy vests
- 2 kimono tshirts
- a sundress
- 2 pairs of trousers
- 2 pairs of shorts
- longer sleeve jersey top (like my breton shirt)
- a warmer jacket/ cardigan thing with longer sleeves that matches both pairs of trousers & shorts
- a short-sleeved blouse that could double up as a cover-up for the sundress
- PJs of course
- waterproof jacket
MUST remember this next summer!!
But to carry on the handmade holiday theme, the next day Gary & I were tourists visiting Wells, a beautiful Somerset town, focused around its amazing medieval cathedral & cute ambling streets. We aimed for an afternoon in the Bishop’s Palace & wanted to share just a couple of pics with you as I think you’ll like them. We were recommended visiting the gardens which we did & loved. Tell you what, all this rain has generated the most lush intense natural greens…can’t be all bad! I took loads of pictures, but here’s just two to give you a flavour … one showing its amazing medieval masonry against its moat inhabited by bell ringing swans (apparently they pull a bell ring when they want feeding, no kidding….you’ll have to take my word for it as they are decidedly absent from this photo!)
The Palace has ramparts which you can walk along with views out to Glastonbury Tor as well as wonderful gardens to wander around, some under the shadow of the Cathedral. It is also the location of the wells that give rise to the name of the town.
But what I think you’ll like is evidence of the match made in heaven that is my red trousers (mentioned above) paired with my Simplicity 2154 spotty chiffon bow blouse:
I love wearing this together- casual, bright, comfy & cute. See those shoes? They may look innocent to the uninitiated but believe me they are cruel & evil heel rippers- I could not wear shoes with backs for a month after being savaged by these when new. I felt 14 years old again, but not in a good way.
Anyway, here are the final two pics for your delectation….tenuous link to sewing & cloth? Does dressing up count & the fact that these would have been handmade by someone for silly folk like us to mess around in?
Aww, the king of my heart!
How I wish I could be on holiday forever! There I was thinking I’d have all this time to sew & I’ve done hardly any! Oh well, seems as if sewing is actually part of my everyday life, so that must be a good thing! Back to normal & sewing ahoy!!