Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review
Enter your e-mail address:




Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Sewing Machines
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
NEW!Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests Add a Review Request
Your Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Friends of PR
Join Friends of PR
Find a member
Deal Corner
Photo Album
Calendar
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
enter contest
contest report
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials

Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
You are not logged in. Login here.



Message Board > Miscellaneous > Wardrobe Packing Capsule ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Wardrobe Packing Capsule
Know of any good SWAP-ish ideas for packing for a trip?
Aleah

Aleah
Beginner
CA USA
Member since 1/9/05
Posts: 186
Login to reply to this post

Date: 1/5/12 7:10 PM

I'm going on an international trip with my extended family and my own family of four this summer. I'm trying to start thinking about packing now since I have two small people to pack for and want to make sure my own luggage is as streamlined as possible. Anyone found any good guides for packing in outfits? I'm thinking along the lines of x numbers of pants, x numbers of dresses, avoiding packing things that require both brown and black shoes and picking one color family, etc.

Thanks in advance!

-Aleah

Margasweet

Margasweet  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
IL USA
Member since 2/15/05
Posts: 792
Login to reply to this post

Date: 1/5/12 7:21 PM

Aleah, please let us know where you're going and what you plan to do! I, for one, would like to experience it vicariously... but also that will help us give you advice. It can make a big difference.

------
2007 fabric in: 7 1/2 yards; sewn: 7 yds
2008 fabric in, 23 yards; sewn 20 yds; given away 6 yds
2009 fabric in 41 1/4 yds, sewn 29 yds, given away 22 1/2 yds
2010 fabric in 91 1/2 yds, sewn 27 yds, given away 1 1/2 yds;
2011 fabric in: 55 yd.; sewn: 21 yd; given away: 20 yd
2012 fabric in: 60 1/4 yd., sewn 25 1/4 yds, given away 16 yds, thrown away 3 yds scraps; UFOs completed: 7
2013 fabric in: 28 yds; sewn: 25.7 yds.; given away: 5 1/2 yd.s; projects 8, UFOs 4

2014 fabric in: 21.5 yd
2014 fabric sewn: 7 1/2 yd
2014 fabric given away: 8 1/2 yd
2014 projects completed:
2014 projects started:
2014 UFOs completed: 8 (5 small gift bags, pieced & quilted table runner, maxi dress, silk infinity scarf)

Sharon1952
star
Sharon1952  Friend of PR
Advanced
MA USA
Member since 7/1/08
Posts: 2939
Board Moderator
Login to reply to this post

Date: 1/5/12 7:23 PM

My only suggestion is to make sure every top you bring goes with every bottom - or at least almost all. Then if a messy accident occurs or laundry can't be done, you can at least change a portion of the outfit. You may get tired of seeing the same clothes, but other people won't see them again.

Depending upon the heat where it is you're going, roll up type clothing (usually polyester mostly) that doesn't need to see an iron is so much easier on a trip.

------
Sewing: A creative mess is better than tidy idleness. ~Author Unknown

Aleah

Aleah
Beginner
CA USA
Member since 1/9/05
Posts: 186
Login to reply to this post

Date: 1/5/12 7:27 PM

Good point, Margasweet! I'm going to northern Spain (relatively mild compared to southern Spain, summer weather-wise). This will be in July and my kids will be 13 months and four years old by then. So the four year old will probably not be wiping her hands on me as often, but the 13-month-old will still be a very new eater, so I think my goal is to look relatively put together, though hardly pristine or crisp! For some reason I'm thinking a lot of yellow clothes might be ideal--summer dresses, light tops, etc.

Cerisa
Cerisa
Beginner
AUSTRALIA
Member since 8/26/08
Posts: 188
Login to reply to this post

Date: 1/5/12 9:00 PM

One of the "Annes / Annies" on this site made a great travel capsule and reviewed it. Maybe this post will trigger someone's memory and they can point you in the right direction.

Amy-may
star
Amy-may
Intermediate
IL USA
Member since 6/7/05
Posts: 1214
Login to reply to this post

Date: 1/5/12 10:37 PM

Disposible!

When we travel I pack the stuff that I'm not thrilled with and throw it away when it's dirty! The top with the sleeves that twist, the weird shade of green top that was never very flattering, the capris with the minor stain that bugged me....they never came home. We even picked up a sportscoat at Goodwill for DH (had serious lining issues) which was a great dinner jacket on our European cruise, then pitched it too. (One of my friends thought it was funny that we were shopping at Goodwill for clothes to wear on our trip to Europe. I figured pitching a $3 shirt to make room for souviners made perfectly good sense!)

I packed colorful knit dresses, black bottoms, black cardi and an assortment of knit tops. It's easy to appear put together in a simple knit dress, even if it is little more than a long Tshirt.

lareine
star
lareine  Friend of PR
Intermediate
NEW ZEALAND
Member since 11/10/06
Posts: 1070
Login to reply to this post

Date: 1/6/12 0:48 AM

I travelled to Ireland for nearly 3 weeks in June last year (Irish "summer" which requires packing for all seasons), and I took only carry-on luggage. It is possible to be very streamlined!

Take everything you think you'll need, lay it out, and put 2/3 of it back in the wardrobe. You won't wear most of it anyway.

Here is all I would pack if it was me:
A good go-with-everything pair of walking shoes,
a pair of sandals that can be worn with nice clothes,
1 x long trousers (not jeans as they are heavy and bulky),
2 x dress (one casual, one smarter),
1 x swimsuit,
1 x shorts,
2 x t-shirt or top (one casual, one smarter),
1 x cardigan,
1 x scarf. The scarf can add warmth or be worn as a light wrap.

I choose dresses because they can be made smarter or more casual with accessories, and are easy and quick to pack and wear.

EVERYTHING should dry quickly and require minimal or no ironing. A bit of lycra or spandex in fabric is your friend.

If the weather turns bad while you are away, buy warmer layers at charity shops or second-hand markets and ditch them before you go home.

Nobody else cares what you look like on holiday unless you're a celebrity, so don't fret about having everything look perfect

Aleah

Aleah
Beginner
CA USA
Member since 1/9/05
Posts: 186
Login to reply to this post

Date: 1/6/12 0:48 AM

Forgot to say what we are going to do! We will mostly be just bumming around San Sebastian and local towns. With my two kids plus a 5 and and an 8 year old, we don't have high hopes of hitting every single cultural destination. We'll mostly be hanging around towns, sightseeing, eating, fitting in museums and hiking and a bit of beach time when we get the chance, though only one of the six adults we're going with is a "beach-person".The trip will be about two weeks.

Aleah

Aleah
Beginner
CA USA
Member since 1/9/05
Posts: 186
Login to reply to this post

Date: 1/6/12 0:54 AM

Thanks for the breakdown, lareine! I was with you up to the two T-shirts or tops. Were you really able to get by with just two? Did you wash one in the sink every night? I don't feel like I need to look perfect by a longshot, but my sister-in-law and my mom (with whom I'm traveling) are really starting to invest more time and energy into their wardrobes and after recent pics from a family trip it occurred to me that I am still looking like a college student and I'm in my mid-thirties. I'm figuring if I focus on a fun travel capsule for this trip it'll really just be an excuse to work on/buy some nice-ish clothes I'd like to have in my closet anyways.

debloves2sew

debloves2sew
Advanced
CA USA
Member since 4/2/05
Posts: 169
Login to reply to this post

In reply to lareine


Date: 1/6/12 1:48 AM

Hi Lareine, Please help me understand how this worked for you for 3 weeks. Did you find places there to wash clothes frequently?

I'll be travelling to France for 12 days this coming March and I always overpack. I want to avoid this but don't think I could manage on such a limited number of garments. I like Amy-Mays idea of taking things that could be left behind to make room for souveniers. I need to limit myself to 1 suitcase.

------
"You never see a stamp collector lick a stamp"

Collection Measured as of 2007: 550 yards
2008 - 2011: sewn 227 yards ; garments made 97 fabric bought 329.875+ yards

2012: Sewn 17.33 yds; Garments made 6

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Miscellaneous >> Wardrobe Packing Capsule

Merchants on PR
Fitz Like a Glove Ironing Board Cover
Made In Australia
Deals!
SewBaby
Unique Sewing Patterns
Deals!
Budo Bear Designs
Asian Designs
Web site
Patterns from the Past
vintage sewing patterns
Deals!
Elliott Berman Textiles
Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Online Sewing Classes
Break your Serger Out of the Box
Fee: $29.00
(Regular $49.00)
Break your Serger Out of the Box

Online Sewing Classes
10 Clever Techniques To Help You Sew Like a Pro
Fee: $49.00
(Regular $49.00)
10 Clever Techniques To Help You Sew Like a Pro

Butterick 4985 Misses' Top
photo
Review by cabinbaby on 1/23/08
Read Review

You Sew Girl Tulip Dress Pattern
You Sew Girl Tulip Dress Pattern

Details
Price: $19.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Everyday Baskets
Everyday Baskets

Details
Price: $8.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Oliver S Firefly Jacket Digital Pattern ( Size 6m-4 )
Oliver   S Firefly Jacket Digital Pattern ( Size 6m-4 )

Details
Price: $9.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Liesl + Co. Late lunch tunic Digital Pattern
Liesl + Co. Late lunch tunic Digital Pattern

Details
Price: $12.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Simplicity 5345 Wardrobe
photo
Review by kkkkaty on 7/9/06
Read Review

McCalls 6695 Pattern ( Size 16-18-20-22-24 )
McCalls 6695 Pattern ( Size 16-18-20-22-24 )

Details
Price: $18.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Simplicity 2741 Pattern ( Size XS-S-M )
Simplicity 2741 Pattern ( Size XS-S-M )

Details
Price: $15.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Subscribe to PR Message Board Feed Subscribe to the PR Message Board Feed Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe at NewsGator Online Subscribe at Bloglines Add to MyMSN