Handmade honeymoon, or, What I wore on my holidays
Oh dear, I haven’t managed to blog for nearly two weeks, which is a bit pitiful. Weddings, hen dos, work, and boring house things all keep getting in the way. I haven’t had time to sew either, so instead you get this post which is a thinly disguised excuse to show you more honeymoon photos.
This year has been my best-ever when it comes to making things I actually wear. When packing my suitcase, over half of it was handmade. I present you with the pictorial evidence:
Here’s me in Positano wearing my yellow skirt and McCalls white blouse. I got rid of the pleats in this skirt as they never hung nicely, and I like it better now. The fabric is very odd though. It’s a bit too limp for an A-line.
This outfit was actually way too hot. I learned the hard way that you don’t want anything tucked in around your waist when it’s 30 degrees and you’re climbing up a massive hill, even if the view from the top is pretty spectacular.
The shorts I made were ridiculously useful, I wore them to death. Here I am wearing them in Pompeii and doing my best tourist impression:
Pompeii was an amazing experience, although I’m glad I saw this British Museum exhibition about it before we went. The site is so vast, and there’s so many tourists wandering around, that it can be hard to get a sense of how special the place is. Having that context from the exhibition helped a lot.
The shorts also went really well with the vintage Maudella shirt I made earlier this year. As you can see from this (rather smug) photo, I don’t actually tan at all, so I like to wear something to avoid that ‘lobster-red British person on holiday look’. This shirt was a great cover-up.
The shorts are also great with my Whistles-tribute white top. Here’s me waiting for the ferry in Capri while wearing it.
Incidentally I took my Kindle along thinking I’d have an endless supply of reading material, but it was hijacked by my new husband, so I had to resort to buying expensive English language books from a tiny selection on Ischia. I ended up reading the book you can see in this photo, Silver by Andrew Motion, which I can’t really recommend.
You can also just about spot me in this photo from the chairlift on Capri, which is in my top ten experiences EVER. I’ve never been on a chairlift before, and it was just like flying. I wish this mode of transport was available in more places. It would make the commute to work a lot more enjoyable.
This is the view from the top. WHY DO I LIVE IN LONDON. WHY.
One thing I don’t really have in my hand-sewn wardrobe is summer dresses. This is disconcerting as every other sewing blogger seems to have 100s. Must work on that for next year. At least I took along my Anna dress so I could get a bit dressed up in the evenings.
I also took my emerald-green skirt which goes nicely with a simple navy top, and is breezy enough for aperitivo time.
I’m ending this post with some holiday photos, just to show you how colourful everything is in Italy. I want to go back!