I’m preparing for a 16-day trip to London, Paris, and Edinburgh – my first international trip, and the longest vacation I’ve ever taken. When we first started planning the trip, I immediately began dreaming up all of the clothes I wanted to sew to take with. How chic I would feel when wearing a sleek pencil skirt in Paris, and, when complimented on it, I would gaze down my nose, flick an unlit cigarette bought expressly for this purpose, and coolly say, “Je l’ai fait.” …To which the Parisian in question would laugh and say, “Put your Google Translate away, dummy, your French is terrible.”
Alas, between getting ready for our upcoming move, organizing a big fundraiser at work, and regular life stuff, I have barely any new me-made clothing to take with. A couple of unblogged skirts, but nothing too special.
Now, though, I need to think of the crafts that I’m going to take with me. I’m going to spend most of my time exploring (and sniffing out all of the fabric shops!) but I have two 8-hour plane rides and several train trips to look forward to, and want to bring something with to keep my hands busy.
I’ve thought about crochet and knitting projects, and, inspired by Kalimak’s recent post, embroidery. But then I discovered The Machineless Sewist, and man, I was blown away. Obviously, I know that people sew by hand, and that hand-sewing used to be very much the norm, but I had never even considered hand-sewing an entire project.
Now, though, I’m thinking about that list of clothes I wanted to make for this trip, and thinking, “…Maybe?” What do you think? Is hand-sewing a simple garment on the road completely insane? I mean, it is, but is it doable? Do you craft on the road?