9 July 2013

Handmade Holiday Packing


Packing for the holiday I've just returned from, it was an absolute joy to fill my suitcase with handmade clothing. While I cheered along the Me-Made-May self-made wardrobe challenge, this year I didn't participate quite simply because I knew my schedule that month would prevent me from taking regular snaps. These days, however, most of the clothes I wear on a daily basis are handmade anyway, which is wonderful! Participating in previous Me-Made challenges has certainly encouraged me to make home-sewn clothing part of my regular lifestyle, as has focusing on making everyday wear - sewing cake as opposed to frosting, to evoke Tasia's inspired metaphor.

Anyway, here are some of my handmade holiday outfits. Turns out the Miette wrap skirt is the perfect swimwear cover up to wear for the walk to the beach - I basically lived in it all week long. I'll admit that its practicality for the beach didn't occur to me while designing the pattern in rainy London, but it's good to know!

From top left:
Blue Swallows dress
Denim Ginger skirt
Red linen Miette skirt
Polka Dot Picnic Blanket skirt
Handpainted Breton + Life's Too Short skirt
Summery Mathilde blouse
Denim Miette skirt
1970s Dress for Summer

PS. Little Dress Kits are currently offering you a discount of 15% off orders if you use the code tilly15 at the checkout. Take a look at their super cute kids clothing sewing kits and patterns, including these darling dungarees!

PPS. Forgive me for not listing where my other clothes are from but I don't feel comfortable promoting shop-bought clothing on this blog - I'd rather you made your own! I will tell you, however, that my beloved red coral necklace is from Dinosaurland Fossil Museum, cos that's how I roll...

[Soundtrack: 'Everything Goes My Way' by Metronomy]

26 comments:

  1. This is my goal...a great versatile me made wardrobe! Very nice!

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  2. Are we allowed to know where you got your fantastic straw hat?

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  3. What a fab me made holiday wardrobe. Ever stylish.

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  4. Tilly, that is so wonderful. I have yet to make any clothes for myself or my children except for crocheted hat, which count but i enjoy the planning. I hope you had a wonderful holiday. Xxx

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  5. These are the cutest outfits!!

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  6. Fab wardrobe. Carolyn has her complete wardrobe handmade - even tights can you believe! See here http://handmadebycarolyn.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. What a great wardrobe for a holiday! When we went on vacation a month ago, I was tickled at the amount of me-made I was able to take with me. I wore me-made (sewn or knit) pretty much everyday and it felt great!

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  8. I love everything about the blue swallows dress. The color is perfect and the print is adorable!

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  9. Hi Tilly I am trying to set myself the challenge of doing some craft work every day - it is difficult with a full time job but I am giving it my all. You are an inspiration to me, thank you
    Lots of love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxx

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  10. This is simply the cutest handmade wardrobe Tilly - one I would be proud to take on holiday anytime! What I love about your style and your approach to sewing is that you seem to go for quality over quantity!

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  11. Yes, I LOVE packing handmade stuff for holidays, I will even indulge in a little extra sewing and make things just for the occasion^^ As for your wardrobe it's among the prettiest and most stylish I've ever seen!

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  12. These outfits are lovely! Seriously, they're beautiful. I've been trying to get someone to teach me to sew for years. I've tried to self teach, but I need a person to help me lol. I taught myself how to knit, though!

    Mabel
    Life of Mabel

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  13. These outfits are all so lovely! We are going on a trip next month and my goal is to pack only handmade items...we'll see how it goes!

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  14. I am new to sewing since finding you blog back in January. I gave myself a target of 12 items this year. Have been trying to sew as often as possible and think it may be do-able (is that even a word). I have a very long list of independent patterns that I want to make and am trying to make cake and not frosting. I love wearing my own clothes made by me and my very understanding sewing machine. love the idea of the miette and swim suit combo

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  15. Fantasic! Super wardrobe, I'm very jealous! Any thoughts on making trousers next? I'm now the proud owner of two picnic blanket skirts and they are great for this weather!! Lisa (from twitter!)

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  16. Whoaa these are awesome and kudos to you for creating these. If these were available in a shop I would buy in a heart beat. Do you have store?

    xoxo
    Ivy
    http://www.purrpleivy.com/

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  17. WOW - these outfits are all so great. My favorite is number 3 - blue an red are so fantastic!

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  18. Oooh, what a cute vacation wardrobe! Absolutely adorable! I love how mix-and-match-able it all is, too! And OH! Dinosaurland?! Sounds like fun!

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  19. Such a chic holiday wardrobe! I'm guilty of over packing for trips so I think having a versatile, mix and match wardrobe is the way to go.
    The days that I don't wear self-made are always the ones where people ask 'did you make that?" Hopefully one day ill be able to say yes to this question everyday!

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  20. Please do a tutorial on that lovely Bon jour shirt ;
    I absolutely adore it!

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  21. Funnily enough, my sister in law said the Miette would be e perfect skirt for the beach.

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  22. Must have been very satisfying to pack these lovely items! I think you can see how clear you are about your own personal style from how well they all mix and match. Hope you had a relaxing holiday!

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  23. I hope that by this time next year that I too will have such a wardrobe of handmade goodies. I love your holiday wardrobe.

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  24. what a feeling a handmade holiday :) All your things look grand

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  26. Oh my goodness your outfits are so delicious I could eat them!!!! Thanks for the mention of the Me-Made challenges, I'm so pleased that you still feel they played a part in your sewing/self-stitched wearing evolution! Lots of love, Zoe xxx

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