Creating an opera worthy travel wardrobe that fits in my carry on.
For that last three years, my son and I have taken a trip to Toronto to enjoy the Canadian Opera Company (COC).
This began when my son said he wanted to go to one of the Wagner celebrations where they do a marathon of the Ring Cycle operas. I couldn’t find one anywhere and then a few years later the COC obliged by performing the operas annually. We’ve been to Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), Siegfried, and this year Götterdämmerung. I’m aware that opera is not everyone’s cup of tea or flagon of wine, but if you enjoy them the COC does a fabulous job with these, frankly, epic operas.
The COC does a fabulous job with these, frankly, epic operas.
We’ve also managed to squeeze in something on the lighter side – Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute. Both awesome musical experiences with some of the most famous solos such as the aria by the Queen of the night. The gal this year sang the living daylights out of it. Goosebumps, shivers…the works.
All this fabulosity must fit in my carry on!
Traveling to Toronto in February is tricky clothes wise. I want to look fabulous for two nights and stylish, while not freezing, for all the walking around we do the rest of the time. All this travel wardrobe fabulosity must fit in my carry on! I’ve learned to put together a wardrobe that fits these criteria, does not need ironing and leaves room to bring home two dozen Montreal-style bagels from St. Urbain bakers in the St. Lawrence Market.
As a seamstress, I am not limited to what stores have to offer. I can confidently create pieces to be stylish, versatile and comfortable. I am very fond of Ottobre woman patterns.
I subscribe to Ottobre Design. http://www.ottobredesign.com/en/.
Twice yearly I receive the magazine with the pattern sheets inside. These patterns are designed for women of all sizes, are usually quick to sew and are fashion forward without being faddish.
Storebought for my Travel Wardrobe:
2 pairs black leggings
compression hose for the plane
1 black t shirt to wear under Chinese jacket
Pajamas, socks, unmentionables, toque and gloves.
Bright Vest for layering
What I sewed for my Travel Wardrobe:
Most Ottobre Patterns are easy enough for beginners and sew up quickly. Creating easy travel pieces that are unique, stylish and comfortable does not take an expert seamstress.