So...new stuff for Key West...
Having only a few things means that they need to work hard and work well together, so I started with a fun tropical print to set the color palette. Gray and aqua. I made four pieces and we'll see which ones end up in the suitcase. It's nice to have a bit of a try-out period.
1. Fun tropical Hawaiian shirt.
I used my tried and true camp shirt pattern to make an oversized Hawaiian style shirt. The fabric is a cotton and rayon blend that feels very tropical.
2. Comfy T-shirt Dress
I worked on this pattern last summer for a t-shirt style dress but never got around to making it. I kept nipping it in as I was putting it together and I think it might still be a bit too big. The fabric is also quite soft, it feels really lovely, but I'm afraid that it may stretch out a bit too much. I may need to take another whack at it before I decide if it makes the Key West cut. Right now it is not an unqualified success. (I do like the pockets!)
3. Striped Linen T
One of my two shirts from last year was a gray linen jersey t-shirt. I really loved it! The linen jersey was soooo comfortable and dried much more quickly than cotton jersey...important when you only have two shirts! I found this cute linen jersey stripe to make a new version. Even though it was quite challenging fabric to work with, I like the way it turned out.
4. Cropped French Terry Sweatshirt
I am hoping that I won't have to wear this one too often, but it is January...even in Key West!
A gray sweatshirt seemed kind of boring (practical, but boring!) so I put it together with the seams to the outside and stitched down the raw edges. I think they will fray nicely as I wear it and give it a bit of character!
I'll give these pieces a 'test-drive' for the last weeks of the summer and see it I think they can handle the rigors of the Key West adventure. Only a very few get to make the trip!