My Porto city break #memade wardrobe

I have done virtually no sewing for about 3 weeks now as work has been so manic but it has been entirely worthwhile as I knew I had a holiday booked! We are in Porto in Portugal and it is sunny and really relaxing. We arrived last night and immediately found a great restaurant for a fishy dinner. Today, we have been exploring the neighbourhood, and have been to the mercado do Bolhao to buy delicious things for lunch.

It’s a really interesting city – lots of the buildings are beautifully tiled and there are amazing looking churches and gardens. Lots more to see yet.

I started planning what I was going to wear weeks ago and decided that the perfect place to start was the @sewoverit City Break capsule wardrobe. I made the Erin skirt a few weeks ago from some lovely Japanese selvedge denim from @FabricGodmother. It is one of the nicest and most useful skirts I have ever owned and I have worn it loads already. Even makes me feel like I’ve got a figure! I’m wearing it today with my @vanessapouzet Wanted top. I made this as a wearable toile with some really cheap yellow and white jersey from ebay, but it came out much better than I anticipated so it’s become a wardrobe staple.

I spent Saturday (the day before we travelled) sewing like a maniac! I had cut out the @sewoverit Heather dress a few weeks ago from some anchor print jersey form @MinervaFabrics and I just about finished it in time to travel in it. I didn’t get a chance to hem it but it is a really robust jersey with body so I’ve got away with it, I think. I’ll finish it properly when I get home. I made it 6″ longer than the pattern to cover my white legs! It’s the perfect dress for planes – as comfortable as wearing a nightie and it has pockets! It was a quick and easy make too with brilliant and clear instructions.

I also packed a really pretty cotton lawn floral blouse that I made from a vintage pattern and fabric from @sewoverit and a white drape neck top from @MakersAtelier book. Altogether, a really great capsule wardrobe, I think! One of the photos shows me in a fabric shop – there are quite few here but I haven’t seen anything I must have yet.

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