As an aside his hopes of tramping were further dashed when we had a day walk up Mount Arthur along the Flora and Arthur hut tracks. This is a very easy walk except I had trouble standing up, especially walking down hill, even wearing a good pair of walking boots. Plus I was carrying nothing more than a handkerchief, he carried the day pack. I do walk a lot but I don't tramp.
From this history of abysmal packer I have become hugely more organised. The turning point was in 2001 with an emergency trip back to the UK, where basically I went to work in the morning received a phone call, rushed around to hand over my job, dashed home to pack and flew to the UK that evening. My packing was not exactly focused but I survived a month in the UK with a suitcase that weighed so little I nearly fell over when I yanked it off the luggage carousel. This taught me the valuable lesson that the kitchen sink is not necessary when you pack for a trip away. But I do like choices and variety.
Having commuted by air to my job(s) for the last ten years it has really honed my packing skills. I typically pack for four days away - two bottoms and four tops with one pair of shoes, a top layer (cardigan or jacket) and a coat. Sometimes I will substitute a top and bottom for a dress.
Enter the concept of wardrobe planning. I just love wardrobe planning - choosing fabrics and clothes that go together. The Vivienne Files is a blog I enjoy immensely. I have used the 4x4 wardrobe template from the Vivienne Files to plan a 2018 travel wardrobe and you will see the resulting garments over the coming weeks.
Here is a sneak peak of two of the outfits from a recent weekend away.
|Megan Nielsen Flint trousers and UW Lofty merino cardi & merino singlet|
|UW Lofty merino cardi & Tact Summer knit tee with AM True Love trousers|
Here is the 4x4 wardrobe (the first four rows) and a little bit extra. Having chosen my neutral - a lovely mint colour which Untouched World call "scuba", I went through my fabric stash and it is amazing how many pieces of fabric I found to go with my neutral. Hence the two extra rows to give a 6x4 wardrobe! The Home Sewing World t-dress is in the wardrobe and worn a few times already.
|2018 4x4 (+ extras) travel wardobe...|
|...and what the garments are (or will be!)|
|When you have too much fabric the choices never end|
Developing a wardrobe of possibilities to choose from for my 2018 travels led me to the Pattern Review Wardrobe contest and then I was sucked into the thought of the Match your Shoes contest. Both of which I may enter time permitting.
For the shoe contest I have two ideas. Idea 2 is made and I could make idea 1 this weekend so both could be within the deadline.
Then for the Pattern Review 6x6 (six garments in six weeks) Wardrobe contest this is a possible combination:
Some of the 6x6 garments are part of my 2018 travel wardrobe but I had to make changes as my jacket for the travel wardrobe will be too complicated to do in the six week deadline. So far one garment has been made.
Lets see how much of this comes to fruition, as I may have bitten off just a tiny bit more than I can chew.