As I’ve made my way around the UK and published blog posts and Instagram updates, I’ve had a lot of questions about how many clothes I took on holiday so I thought I’d do a flatlay of the whole lot as a matter of interest. It’s all been washed, but not necessarily pressed, and laid out on the bed. The shoes are on a towel I took in the hope that I’d find a 50m pool to swim in (I didn’t).
Starting with the shoes, I took a pair of Keen hiking shoes, which I wore a lot, red Reikers, and black Prado laceups. I knitted a pair of fingerless gloves en route from wool bought in a Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire, charity shop, and they are on the shoes. At the very back is my raincoat and hat made from fabric bought from Misan in London a couple of visits ago. Moving forward is the single piece boatneck tunic from Drape Drape 3, together with the infinity scarf made from leftovers and the Maisie hack top made from a wool Indian shawl. Blue and yellow Anais jackets Tunisian crocheted from Stitch Diva Studios. To the left in the middle are blue jeans (pattern made for me), black wool ponte Jalie Elénore jeans, and a pair of striped wool trousers made from my trouser block.
In front of the Anais jackets are a red merino funnel neck top, orange merino long sleeved tee, cream/fawn self drafted turtleneck, hoodie made from thrifted fabric and copied from an old Esprit one I loved. Tucked under here and appearing to be out of sight is a 3/4 length sleeve yellow tee-shirt.
Moving to the front is an LBpullover from Knitwit french terry, a knitted hood, knitted beanie, The Weekender jumper, a grey scarf I Tunisian crocheted for Mark and immediately borrowed, self drafted ponte skirt, black tee shirt, and ponte Eléonore pull up jeans, with garter stitch gloves on top.
In the middle is the Lotta Jansdotter Esme dress I made from another Indian wool shawl, my Pattern Union Beverley cape, and Pattern Union Phoebe Bib and Tucker, both of which got many compliments every time I wore them, which made me feel vaguely trendy.
I just realised that I had left a few things in the ironing pile, namely the madder dyed silk shirt, the white tablecloth shirt, black shirt from Basic Black Japanese sewing book, and blue and mustard shirt. I probably should retake the shot, but I’ve put everything away now and just can’t face getting it all out again, so did a separate shot. I added the orange Frye oxfords to this group as I had also forgotten them.
I did borrow a couple of Mark’s jumpers, which is just as well as he didn’t wear either of them!
Of course I also had socks, tights and underwear all made by me. Everything I took was made by me, apart from the shoes. It probably seems like a lot but we were away for nearly eight weeks and at times it wasn’t anywhere near enough. Of course, every day I had several layers on – some days many layers! I pack in vacuum bags so it didn’t take up much space, and my suitcase weighed about 22 kgs – on the way to the UK, rather more on the way home!
I wore every single thing shown here. I did take too many pairs of socks and I also took a swimsuit, cap and goggles, none of which I wore. Travelling at this time of the year is a bit challenging as I had to take clothes which would accommodate almost any weather and I did manage quite well with the layers.
I was pretty pleased with the wardrobe I took. I felt reasonably well pulled together most days and was able to complete all our activities in comfort.