The other flaw was that instead of having the Sunday of departure to laze around writing this post we had to start our journey mid morning. Air New Zealand had to make some big schedule changes because of its Dreamliners being out of service with faulty Rolls Royce engines. This had a much bigger impact on our journey home which took us three days with unintended stop overs in Los Angeles and Auckland.
The travel wardrobe version 1I posted about my travel wardrobe aspirations back in February and was quite excited by the possibilities it provided. However due to time constraints (aren't there always) and the holiday happening a bit earlier than planned a few things fell by the wayside and some new ideas emerged.
So what made the cut?
- In number terms I took 24 items including a coat. The February plan had 24 items excluding a coat.
- The original idea had four dresses but in the end I replaced two of the dresses with a jacket and the coat.
- So I took 14 tops, two dresses, four pairs of trousers, one cardigan, two jackets and a coat.
- I took more RTW tops than I had originally planned (eight versus four).
- Strangely most of the garments sewn came from the fabric in the extra eight pulled from the stash, rather than the main wardrobe plan.
- The coat weighed heavily on my mind. I got as far as deciding on the Waffle Patterns Pepernoot hooded coat and buying some waterproof fabric. Maybe this will happen soon as I did buy a zip the right length from MacCulloch and Wallis whilst in London. After much internal debate I took a purchased coat with me.
The travel wardrobe version 2The run up to the holiday was a bit hectic (lots of frantic sewing) so the blog posts for the new garments in my travel wardrobe will follow later. I will update this post with links when I have them.
|The starting 4x4 wardrobe|
|The extra eight|
|The 4x6 wardrobe template|
|United Nude Issey Miyake Step in black; UN X-sandal in silver and mint; Ivy Lee May in faux python|
|And just in case - Untouched World reversible merino silk scarf|
Fantastic for the flight
The 4x4 wardrobe conceptThis travel wardrobe is based on the 4x4 wardrobe concept developed by the Vivienne Files. Here is the original 4x4 template by Janice.
The wardrobe in actionHere are the real life shots of the wardrobe...
|Gorgeous Butterflies top and True Love trousers|
Sweet Line knit singlet, Flint trousers and Lofty merino cardigan
at the Five Bells, Wickham
|Green/pink Kantha jacket with Cut Make Trim Mayrose tee and Flint trousers at The Angel Inn, Hetton|
|Clockwise from top left: |
World T dress at the Anderton Boatlift, Northwich;
Tact Summer knit tee and Lana's Caesar jeans in Sheffield;
Besharl IoW Pocho tee and True Love trousers at Beeston Castle
|Bloom Swing dress at The Queens Head, Finghall|
World T dress in the Yorkshire Dales
The journey homeAs we spent many hours hanging about on the journey home I did remember to take photos.
|In the SilverKris Lounge at Heathrow in my Cut Make Trim Seafoam tee and Flint trousers|
|Yet more construction at Heathrow Airport|
|At the Crowne Plaza LAX waiting for our ride to the airport in Besharl IoW Pocho tee and Lana's Caesar jeans|
|In the Koru Lounge at Auckland Domestic Airport in Roam jacket, Everyday merino top and Lana's Caesar jeans|
|Yay nearly home - coming in to land at Christchurch airport|
I didn't take a photo of the suitcase and its contents on the way to England but here it is ready to unpack after a wonderful few weeks away. My clothing fits into the Eagle Creek packing cubes apart from my coat and jacket which are in the top zipped section along with all of the holiday spoils (including a Melin Tregwynt cushion - a present from Cath).
The dirty washing is not quite in focus but you get the idea!
|The post holiday washing pile|
The wardrobe was fantastic I enjoyed wearing it for the whole holiday. It mixed and matched really well and I never felt I was wearing the same items over and over again or got bored with what was available.
Post travel thoughts
The two jackets and cardigan were true workhorse parts of the wardrobe worn every day. They also layered well with the green/pink Kantha jacket as the top layer and a warm wool layer (either the Roam jacket or Lofty cardigan) underneath. This was particularly useful on the days we were in the Lake District (especially by Lake Windemere) and Whitby. Amazing how much the temperature drops when there is a body of water nearby.
So what didn't work? Nothing was an absolute disaster. But there were some lessons.
- The coat was largely unworn and in hindsight I think my Issey Miyake Gorgeous raincoat would have been a better choice. The Whoops a Daisy coat was long and great for wandering around city streets (I have worn it in Wellington on two of the three weeks I have been back). Not so suitable for tramping through a field or heavy rain. As luck would have it the coat wasn't needed for either of these events. I should have thought about the context of the holiday more when it came to the coat like I did with the rest of my packing. I did have an umbrella but once again probably not context appropriate.
- Not an earth shattering observation but the weather makes a huge difference to what is needed. The first week was cold so the long sleeve tops were essential for layering and the High Rider jeans were useful. Once the weather warmed up they were redundant. Although I wouldn't risk a trip to England in May without the insurance of long sleeved wool tops. The long sleeve Everyday merino top was also comfortingly warm when we reached New Zealand's wintery shores at the end of our homeward journey.
- If packing space had been an issue the items that I could have left behind are: High Rider jeans; Desigual stripe top; World Cut Make Trim black merino tee; Desigual flower stripe top; Meredith flower top and Untouched World merino singlet. Not sure I could ever get down to sixteen garments but it is an aspirational goal!