I'd like to thank Sheila and Faye for checking in on me! All is well. I've been busy renovating a house, building another and working. On top of that I managed three overseas trips and am leaving on another this coming week.
I have been sewing, not much, but some. I haven't blogged any of it, but there are a few things I will show off in time.
For now I would like to introduce a travel wardrobe I am working on for a month long trip to Shetland this Christmas. So far I have only been there in summer and as I live in the subtropics my wardrobe isn't that well equipped.
The wardrobe was inspired by this cardigan, a gift sent to me from Nepal. This picture doesn't do it justice. It is the softest, lightest cashmere I have ever felt.
So I collected some paint charts and pulled a page from a magazine.
Then I pulled some fabric from my stash
And the Shetland Collection was born.
I have a fair idea of what I want to make, mainly skirts, tops and leggings. I have jeans already, including a purple pair from a SWAP a few years ago. There are other fabrics in my stash that co-ordinate and will take this in a different direction, but for the purposes of a travel wardrobe I will stick to the palette of dusty pink, dusty lavender, grey, black and cream. Not included in this fabrics above is a charcoal wool that will become a new overcoat.
So in an attempt to kick start my collection, I made this.
This is BWOF 03-10-126 that I last made in in 2010 here . It looks way better on a person than on Vera. This is a slightly fuzzy knit somewhere between a jersey and a ponte weight with a soft underside. I still wear the original red and white stripe, in fact it's been worn on about 10 international flights since I made it. Perfect weight, looks good over leggings and holds up on even the longest of long haul flights.