Creating an opera worthy travel wardrobe that fits in my carry on.

Travel Wardrobe,

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.

Travel Wardrobe,

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.

Travel waardrobe,

travel wardrobe, www.moderngillie.comAs 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.

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.

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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.

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fabulous T-shirt
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Chinese Jacket with faux leather Ottobre skirt and black leggings.

Bright Vest for layering

“Combat” boots

What I sewed for my Travel Wardrobe:

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2 skirts: 5/2016 #7 one knit and one faux leather. Love the sporty design! Burnout knit top 5/2009 #5 Jalie 2910 faux wrap asymmetric top with 3/4 sleeves. The faux leather skirt took about 2 hours as it was the first one. The diamond pattern knit skirt took under an hour.
At the opera in my simple, elegant Ottobre Woman 5/2016 #3
Looks like lace knit.
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Rain Coat Issue 2/2009 #19
Lined with Kasha Satin for warmth
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Raincoat, vest, sporty knit skirt, legging and “combat” boot. Comfortable, warm, yet stylish so we can goof around in fun places like the Distillery District.

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.

Take the challenge and wear what you like!!

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travel wardrobe,

12 Replies to “Toronto Weekend Travel Wardrobe. Seamstress Style!”

    1. Thank you !! We had a great time. It was warmer in Toronto than in Vancouver! I had that fabric in my stash for ages. I was very excited to have finally found the right pattern for it.
  1. Wow you totally looked so fab! My fave is your simple and elegant dress that does look like a lace knit. Thanks for the awesome share. xx
  2. That dress you wore to the opera is FABULOUS! So chic and looks great on you. Very flattering - now I want to make myself one like that!

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