I’m just back from the most relaxing mini vacation with my family in Hobe Sound, Florida. Beautiful beach days with high winds led to some gorgeous waves and cool breezy weather. Perfect beach vacation!
Today I’m focusing on the Red and White Stripe Holly Pants and Odgen Cami. I’ll share more on the other makes when I get a few more pics taken to show detail. My sis is a professional photographer (I work for her company editing her work freelance) so she took a few pics of this look on my phone at the beach. Definite benefits to having a photog take your pics-they are amazing! I wish we lived closer!
Spring Sewing Plans:
Spring break vacation planning always gets my sewing mojo back in gear! Winter is totally over here in Florida which means it’s time for a spring wardrobe overhaul. I change out my wardrobe here 2x a year. Fall/Winter is brief and not very cold followed by Spring/Summer which lasts about 3/4 of the year. This time around I planned out a mini wardrobe refresh with a few coordinating pieces that I’ll share today.
- red + white stripe Holly pants, By Hand London
- floral Odgen cami, True Bias
- Ruska Boatneck Hack, Breaking the Pattern
- cream Utu skirt, Breaking the Pattern
- Pieced Embroidered Fiona Crop Tank, Closet Case Patterns
- Red + White Stripe Vintage 1930’s Underwear, Simplicity 8510
- Ruska Blue Rashguard, Breaking the Pattern (not pictured)
- Green Swim Skort, Kwik Sew 3232 (not pictured)
Previously Me-Made Vacation Packing:
I packed a bunch of me-mades but because I was trying to stay device free I didn’t get photos of everything I wore. It’s almost Me Made May though so you’ll definitely see all these makes if you follow me on Instagram. I’ll be posting what I wear everyday-it really helps me with my sewing planning to see what works together.
- Linen Pinstripe red and white (ordered last July! OOS), Blackbird Fabrics
- Guava Bamboo Jersey Knit (OOS), Blackbird Fabrics
- Floral (mystery poly with some stretch from remnant bin), JoAnn’s
- Plain Weave Hemp + Organic Cotton Muslin , Organic Cottons Plus
- Upholstery Fabric Remnant (24″sq) with Embroidery(Fiona Piecing)
- Sunscreen50 Nylon Taslan Woven Wicking Fabric-Lucite Green, Rockywoods Fabric
- Sunscreen50 Activewear Poly/Spandex Light Turquoise, Rockywood Fabrics
I’ve made both of these before, you can see my white Holly Pants here. I’ve also made the Odgen twice, you can see my Navy version here. The tank was a breeze to sew, and I really love it in this lighterweight drapey fabric. I need a few more for summer!
The pants I have been planning for awhile now. This fabric was purchased last year but then never used. I have been wanting a pair of red and white stripe pants for the longest time- especially to wear with the grommet tank I made last summer. I had sketched those two together and was waiting to find the perfect fabric. This linen is gorgeous! Lightweight but just opaque enough.
My zip is covered on the side (but un-ironed when I wore these) so it shows in the pics. I left the hem raw so it will fray a bit. I sewed a hem line an inch above so the fraying won’t extend beyond where I wanted it. These are nice and high waisted and so comfortable.
Simplicity 8510 Vintage 1930’s:
Plus I can wear them with this matching vintage bra top (Simplicity 8510). Luckily, I had just enough fabric left from the pants for the 1930’s Vintage Simplicity Bra and Tap shorts pictured below. For buttons I found these cool vintage ones that I used on both the pants and shorts that I purchased locally at the Cooper City Antique Mall.
I did quite a bit of piecing on the bra but the way I cut it makes it look purposeful. Especially because I kept it all symmetrical. I love the gathered band. I also used the selvedge for my straps which looks really pretty. It does fill a bit strange wearing a woven bra but it fits pretty well in the straight size 12. Next time I’ll tweak the fit in the cup to add a bit more fullness.
Here’s a little sneak peek at my Fiona Bodice and Utu Skirt:
I’ll blog about these makes soon! They are my favorite pieces I’ve made in a long time.
Hobe Sound Vacation:
My whole fam (sis + brother in law + kids, brother, niece and boyfriend, and my mom and dad) all got together for a little spring reunion. My sister’s family rented us a gorgeous Airbnb beach-house (on sale currently for 3.5 Million!) directly on the water in Hobe Sound. Perfect family getaway.
The last two family trips have been to Disney and Universal so this was a nice change of pace for a more relaxed getaway. The house was large enough that everyone could get together but also have space apart. 2 Large master bedrooms and baths upstairs and 2 more bedrooms downstairs with living and dining as well as full kitchens on both levels. Plus a huge open porch facing the beach. Perfect for early mornings watching the sunrise. Most of my family already lives in Florida so only my brother and his daughter needed to fly in. And at just less than 90 minutes away from us a nice relaxed drive with the kiddos.
I worked on some knitting and read some magazines but tried to stay off devices (other than reading on my phone) and spend time connecting with the fam. Vic fished and grilled and the kids had a blast playing in the sand and surf! Plus games galore: Uno (Filipovitch family rules encourage cheating and competition) and Family Trivial Pursuit.
I also did a ton of cooking which I really enjoy. South Florida Eggs Benedict (from the Margaritaville Cookbook which has some amazing recipes!), BLT’s on the beach, Hamburgers + hot dogs on the grill, and a taco feast (with freshly caught fish) rounded out the menu. Cooking for a crowd is relaxing for me. And who knew-I love to clean on vacay, though not so much at home. I’m trying to stick with that habit now that I’m back home. I figure 2 weeks and it will become a habit.
Back soon with the more Spring makes! Happy Sewing!