There is so much travel info online. I have learned about packing cubes – rectangular nylon bags that help you save space when packing, tips to avoid getting sick when choosing and eating at street vendors, travel clothing with hidden pockets, easy care and quick drying garments with anti-odor properties that allow longer wear periods between washing, ways to go ( to the bathroom ) in different countries. It is amazing.
My on line reading influenced the planning and sewing of my travel wardrobe. My wardrobe will be loose tunic type tops worn over camisoles and tanks, with jeggings or pants, and comfortable shoes . For the most part the temp will be 60's to 80’s with minimal rain. However the night temps in the desert are near freezing and we have one desert excursion planned that starts at 4 AM. I will travel from VA, which is cold in Dec, in light layers which I can use on desert night excursions.
Secret Pockets and Reversible Garments.
When I travel outside the US, I am always a bit paranoid about losing my passport or being pick pocketed. It doesn’t matter what country. So I put “secret” pockets in the front of pants, inside the front of coats and in other garments, where I can carry my passport, charge cards and ID close to my body. I made a bunch of secret pockets out of muslin and poly/cotton scraps. These are the type you sew into the inside front of pants by attaching them to the waistband facing.
|Sew in secret pockets|
For knit tops I like to insert the pocket in the side seam with an invisible zipper. I specifically looked for light weight invisible zippers that have mesh tapes instead of the regular weight tapes. I believe these zippers are for use on lighter weight fabrics that would be weighed down by a standard invisible zipper. They are very hard to find and in limited colors. The difference is the zipper tapes are made of a lighter weight polyester mesh versus the typical polyester twill weave. The pocket itself is made out of skin colored knit to avoid see through.
|Zipper tape types|
|Secret Pocket on Tank Top|
I noticed my recent sewing projects all had a bit or a challenge or puzzle in the construction. Sewing for this trip was no exception. Reversible garments. The first is the Style Arc Courtney top with different front panels. A silk Asian print in purples and grays for side one and a rose and gray colored floral silk stripe on side two, with the rest of the top constructed of gray rayon spandex knit. All fabrics from Denverfabrics.com.
And reversible knee length shorts. Fabric used was a stretch denim woven with black and white fibers resulting in black tweedy color on one side and white on the reverse. Pattern is an old RTW (Sears I think) I took apart and used for a pattern. The fabric is from Fabric.com. I had been planning to make reversible pants from this fabric for a while.
Solution: a faux zipper placket. Looks great on both sides.
The leg edges on the black side are hemmed using a faced piece about the same width of a typical sewn jean hem.
The secret pocket for these pants is on twill tape tabs inserted between the elastic and the waist edge. No matter which side I am wearing out, I can flip the packet to the inside.
|Secret Pocket on reversible pants|
The other item I sewed for my travels is a cross body bag with water bottle compartment
The pattern is Cross-Body Hipster Bag with Water & Phone, sold by Lidija Miklavcic on Craftsy.
|Cross-Body Hipster Bag|
It is a clever design for a medium size bag cross body bag which rides on your front, with separate compartments for your phone and water bottle. The front shoulder strap is designed to enclose your earphone wires, and position the ear pieces near your ears. It is a well drafted pattern with very good instructions. It is still a bit of a challenge to sew. Mine is sewn from gray leather from www.theleatherguy.org. The lining is dark red nylon, backed with vinyl, scraps from a raincoat project in my UFO pile. I added some extra pockets inside the front strap, and finished the lining in a different way that the directions recommended. My Galaxy 7 phone is too large for the pocket. The flap cannot close. Next time I make it I will make the phone pocket larger.
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