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Date: 3/10/12 8:09 PM

Thank you everyone for the great suggestions on patterns for my travel wardrobe. (To Ireland this summer) Now... what about fabric? I would love to be able to make some of the pieces reversible. I have to pack very light and I still want options. What do you suggest?
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Date: 3/10/12 11:10 PM

OK, some relevant questions:

1. How long will you be there?

2. What kinds of places will you be staying? As in, will you be based in a single hotel or facility the whole time, or will you be on the road, changing lodging every few nights?

3. What level of activity? Sedate museum and artistic studies or bikepaths or hiking trails?

4. So, dressy or sportive clothing in general?

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Date: 3/10/12 11:46 PM

I will be there for 2 weeks. I might be able to find a laundry a couple of times, but no guarantees. I will be staying in B&Bs mostly, and 1 or 2 nights at each stop.

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Date: 3/11/12 6:47 AM

Ireland is very windy, so be sure to pack lots of clips and hairbands with you. They also help keep hair tamed with the frequent showers.

As for travelling, I'm a great fan of knits. They don't wrinkle badly and the little amount they do usually fall away in the first half hour of wearing. Also, they're easy to wash in the sink and hang to dry overnight. To be honest, when travelling, I always bring black. It works with everything, hides stains, can be combined with everything and I don't have to worry about bringing special matching outfits that only work with each other. Also shoes/socks are less of a problem.

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Date: 3/11/12 7:20 AM

One of my most useful travel pieces is a reversible cardigan style quilted jacket- a cheerful print on one side and solid on the other which can be worn day or evening and co-ordinated with skirts, slacks, jeans etc. I try to wear my heaviest shoes and clothing while flying to save packing space and weight. Have fun in Ireland.

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Date: 3/11/12 3:09 PM

Saf T Pockets has lots of good travel clothes patterns and suggestions about travel and packing.

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Date: 3/11/12 7:08 PM

If you dont' want to be ironiong often, look for fabrics with some synthetic componene alongside natural fibres if you are a natural fibres lover. Or pack a travel iron and adaptor, and be prepared to iron if you like natural fibres only.
If you choose active wear you will find many of the fibres do not crease much or for long, and as another person already mentioned knits can be good. Microfibre is nice too for needing less care.
A windproof, waterproof jacket is really good to have, especially if it is lightweight but can have layers of clothing worn underneath for warmth, and one with lots of pockets is even better, particularly if some are concealed inside.

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Date: 3/11/12 7:54 PM

I did the same trip about 8 years ago and went 3/4 of the way around the island with 3 other women. For me it was important to take as little as possible so the trip was done with a small roll on suitcase and an expandable back pack. Part of the reason for packing light was that we rented a car, and the cars are smaller over there, so we needed to fit all of the suitcases in the trunk. Also if you are staying at B&B's they aren't all standard, and some of the rooms or hallways can be narrow so it's easier to maneuver small bags.

I wore my hiking shoes on the flight as well as the jacket. The backpack would slip over the handle on the luggage through the airport.

Layers are a really good idea.

**Pick fabrics that will dry quickly.
If you are doing any hiking or visiting heritage sites like Dunluce Castle or Blarney Castle you'll be doing a lot of walking outside.

I took a pair of lightweight cargo pants like these Travelsmith cargo pants

And some lightweight fishing shirts Exofficio

Patagonia will give you some ideas
Travelsmith as well

For knit tops you can use wickaway or performance fabrics.

You can wear jeans practically anywhere, so modal t-shirts would be good.

For evening I had chiffon blouses with tank tops under. Chiffon can hang in the bathroom to get all of the wrinkles out. I also wore Linen, I was very wrinkled but no one seemed to mind :)

You'll have a great trip I'm sure, remember to post some pics for us you lucky duck!

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Date: 3/11/12 8:01 PM

Also you might want to take a look at what one PR member did for her wardrobe to get some ideas.

Slapdash Sewist

or you might try this technique if you have some clothes you want to get rid of.

Disposable wardrobe technique

I know there is a blog somewhere documenting how she did it but I can't find it now.

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Date: 3/13/12 2:15 PM

I do not every buy reversible anything. I just don't see the advantage unless it's something like a quilted jacket. Something reversible takes up just as much space as two would, they get deodorant on them, you're still wearing a dirty shirt, and they're twice as much fabric, so twice as warm (I usually go warm places).

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