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:

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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.

Positano – as you can see, it’s built on an ENORMOUS hill

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.

Room in Pompeii

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.

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The shorts are also great with my Whistles-tribute white top. Here’s me waiting for the ferry in Capri while wearing it.

capri ferry

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.

capri chair lift

This is the view from the top. WHY DO I LIVE IN LONDON. WHY.

capri day trip

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.

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I also took my emerald-green skirt which goes nicely with a simple navy top, and is breezy enough for aperitivo time.

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I’m ending this post with some holiday photos, just to show you how colourful everything is in Italy. I want to go back!

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Beach umbrellas
Flowers in Ravello
Sunset in Ischia
Boats in Capri
Washing in Procida
another Ischia sunset
Red buildings on Procida
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Flowers in William Walton’s garden on Ischia
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More flowers from somewhere
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Chinese lanterns in Sorrento
Just to prove that Alex was actually there and I didn’t go on honeymoon by myself. Also that we are both big fans of navy blue.

34 thoughts on “Handmade honeymoon, or, What I wore on my holidays

  1. Gjeometry August 29, 2013 / 2:08 AM

    Beeeyoooouutiful pics!!! Looks like the weather has been sheer perfection every day for you! And, you have the most delightful wardrobe to go along with the beautiful scenery! I hope you are having as much fun as your pics show!

  2. mary August 28, 2013 / 6:21 PM

    Amazing outfits and pics. You both look so happy, congrats! Can you share your fabric sources? I tend to buy organic from http://www.organiccottonplus.com but would love to hear about your resources

  3. Danielle August 28, 2013 / 12:54 PM

    Such beautiful photos – thanks for sharing! Glad you had such a wonderful time 🙂

  4. sewamysew August 27, 2013 / 11:18 PM

    Such amazing shots! Sounds like the perfect honeymoon. I would love to see your take on the summer dress.

    • yesilikethat August 28, 2013 / 8:38 AM

      My next Minerva Crafts project is a summer dress! Just need to actually find time to sew it before the deadline…eek

  5. alwhatley August 27, 2013 / 9:56 PM

    I really love everything you make but oh man, those skirts! I love the mustard one (especially now sans pleats), and the green one is gorgeous. Might have to do some sneaky borrowing of those… Also loved the pictures. All that colour! I used to live in Italy and this makes me want to go back!

    • yesilikethat August 28, 2013 / 8:37 AM

      I think it is a lot better without the pleats, they were just too saggy. I love the colour but the fabric is very strange, it’s like a linen but without the body. Hmmm. Am jealous that you lived in Italy!

  6. Elise August 27, 2013 / 7:44 PM

    Argh such gorgeous photos! And lovely outfits of course, I love all your blouses 🙂

    • yesilikethat August 28, 2013 / 8:37 AM

      I am a big fan of sewing separates, you get so many more outfits from them!

  7. Helena August 27, 2013 / 7:00 PM

    I like your photos and your outfits are great. You look so stylish and comfortable in each of them.

    • yesilikethat August 28, 2013 / 8:36 AM

      Thanks Helena! I think I underestimated just how hot it would be, I needed a lot more loose things. Just not used to that kind of weather…

  8. IngeMaakt August 27, 2013 / 6:08 PM

    Looks like you had a wonderfull honeymoon! Beautiful pics with those pretty outfits, I really like your style.

    • yesilikethat August 28, 2013 / 8:35 AM

      Thank you! There were a fair few sweaty, hot and crumpled photos of me too but obviously I only picked the nicest ones 🙂

  9. Marie August 27, 2013 / 5:14 PM

    Oh what stunning photos… I need to visit Italy before I die! And I love how you took so many handmade clothes with you, you look super cute in all of them!

    • yesilikethat August 28, 2013 / 8:34 AM

      You must go! I definitely recommend Sorrento/Amalfi Coast, it was beautiful.

  10. Donna August 27, 2013 / 5:10 PM

    I love the honeymoon photos – such beautiful images – I won’t complain if you share more! 😉

    • yesilikethat August 28, 2013 / 8:33 AM

      Ha ha, don’t tempt me, I have 1000s! Need to get some printed, it’s a shame always just having them on the laptop.

  11. Eva August 27, 2013 / 4:46 PM

    Coming out of lurkhood to say congrats on your amazing handmade wardrobe 🙂 really inspiring to see you make things that you wear all the time! I love your choices in colour and fabric. And in travel destinations!

    • yesilikethat August 28, 2013 / 8:33 AM

      Thank you Eva! It is satisfying to take along things you’ve made…

  12. gingermakes August 27, 2013 / 3:17 PM

    Wow! Gorgeous pics– what an amazing trip! Your outfits all look so perfect for travel! Great job!

  13. Kathryn August 27, 2013 / 1:16 PM

    Thanks for sharing all these photos – your honeymoon looks beautiful and it’s so cool to see all your clothes. I just love that emerald skirt, in fact I prety much covet everything you’re wearing in these photos, they’re all such great stylish pieces! I’ve been to Sorrento for a friend’s wedding and would love to go back sometime, even more so after seeing these photos!

    • yesilikethat August 27, 2013 / 1:41 PM

      Thanks Kathryn! Sorrento is beautiful, it’s very touristy but still somehow very Italian. Also it has the best gelato anywhere! I wish I had some right now…

  14. sewlittletime August 27, 2013 / 12:30 PM

    looks amazing. i love italy so much – we went there on honeymoon too (sardinia then florence and siena). and your handmade clothes looked fab – i love your anna!

    • yesilikethat August 27, 2013 / 1:40 PM

      I’ve never been to Sardinia, would love to go sometime. It’s such a beautiful country. Need to make another Anna, it’s the best pattern.

  15. Charise @ CRUNCH compass August 27, 2013 / 12:24 PM

    Wow! The sights and clothes are all SO beautiful. You inspire me to bring out my sewing machine and buy some new fabric! That is such a cute pic of you and your hubby – congrats again!

    • yesilikethat August 27, 2013 / 1:40 PM

      Thanks! Definitely get sewing, it’s so nice to be able to wear things you’ve made 🙂

  16. Handmade Jane August 27, 2013 / 12:09 PM

    Ah you must be really pleased with yourself, what a gorgeous selection of holiday clothes! I may have to shamelessly copy your emerald skirt/navy blue top combo, it works so well and I have trillions of navy tops! Beautiful, beautiful photos of a beautiful country, I also went to Italy for my honeymoon 15 years ago and loved every second of it. Thanks for sharing them. x

    • yesilikethat August 27, 2013 / 1:39 PM

      Thanks Jane – I got the idea from Pinterest (re: emerald and navy) so I’m glad to pass it on! I love Italy, never been so far south before and it was absolutely beautiful. x

  17. Heather Jenkinson (@heatherdesign) August 27, 2013 / 11:18 AM

    This post makes me happy. You have a way of seeing – and sayin’ things that makes a Tuesday morning (post Bank Holiday weekend) seem like a nice place to be. Even if it is, decidedly not, Positano… Thank you.

    • yesilikethat August 27, 2013 / 1:49 PM

      Thank you Heather – I’m really glad you enjoyed it. It’s such a beautiful place that every photo turns out okay!

  18. suzy August 27, 2013 / 11:08 AM

    That looks like such a lovely honeymoon! And the clothes look fabulous too. I need to make an Anna dress.
    (Also, I ordered Simplicity 2258 immediately after seeing your version)

    • yesilikethat August 27, 2013 / 1:39 PM

      Hooray! It’s a great pattern, I’ve been wearing my skirt so much. It just shows that sometimes the simplest patterns are the best.

  19. dandeliondrift August 27, 2013 / 11:00 AM

    These photos are all gorgeous! And this is my goal…to make my handmade wardrobe truly wearable. I’m working on it as I figure out my style and what I gravitate towards in my closet!
    I hope you had an amazing time on your trip!

    • yesilikethat August 27, 2013 / 1:38 PM

      Thank you! We did have the most amazing time, it was so hot and lovely.

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