Forget the Planning Vacation Wardrobe

Logically, when planning a vacation wardrobe, it is a good idea to coordinate pieces around one main color, with some compatible secondary colors. After a long, dreary, cold, gray winter, logic was not invited on this vacation.

Hilton Head, South Carolina can still be a little cool in March, but it was warm and sunny enough to chase away the blues of a Michigan winter. I wanted pretty colors and florals, no shoes that went with everything and no mix and match anything.  As for tops, well there is always white.

I used this Burda skirt pattern from the Spring 2014 magazine last year, sewing two skirts at the same time, assembly line style, as blogged here. It’s an easy, unlined skirt with a back zip and slightly curved waistband.


Since leaving my job and no longer sitting for 8 hours a day, I’ve lost a little weight and needed to adjust the pattern. It was easy to change, I just cut off 1/4 inch from the center and side seams.


A little top stitching makes this appear almost like printed denim.


The white top was a quick make using the boat neck top pattern from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual. I used a very soft knit and can see getting lots of wear from this. I’ve already made it in another color and will likely make a couple sleeveless versions for summer. This is a fast and easy pattern with great results.


The cornflower blue floral is actually a home dec  fabric by Waverly, which I picked up at Satin Moon in San Francisco. I don’t usually even look at home dec fabric because I’m afraid of looking like a Von Trapp singer wearing the curtains, but I really wanted something for spring.

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The fabric for my second vacation skirt was also from Satin Moon, another floral. This one is by Amy Butler. Both these fabrics wash beautifully and resist wrinkles, a plus on vacation  (not that I did any wash there).The top is just a Target t-shirt, the scarf I found in Hilton Head. Shopping as you travel is a good option when planning an uncoordinated wardrobe.


The pattern is actually part of a dress, Vogue 8993. To make the skirt, I placed the center front on the fold, eliminating the center seam. Instead of a waist band, I faced it with petersham ribbon and skipped the pleats in the back due to lack of yardage. The pocket bags are made from white cotton left from another project.


Skirt three is my favorite. I saw the cotton print on a quick trip to Haberman Fabrics for skirt two’s petersham ribbon. The giant peonies just shouted, “Winter is over!” Peonies will always remind me of my grandmother’s garden, of course these did not have the ants crawling all over them. What is it with peonies and ants?


The skirt is almost a full circle and lined with a cotton blend I had in the stash. The little girl in me wants to twirl around in it, the middle aged mom reminds me I would likely not look cute showing off my undies.  I used a favorite ready to wear skirt to trace off a pattern. The front and back are almost the same, but the back has a center seam to allow for the zipper placement.  The only area to fit was the waist and the large pleats (2 front, 2 back) allowed for some adjusting. The waist band is just a narrow strip cut on the bias. Another easy make.



Besides my new skirts, I also took dresses made last summer, never wore anything twice and managed to get it all in one within the weight limit suitcase. The advantages of warm weather packing.

And what was I looking at off that balcony?  The view of a lovely Carolina salt marsh, so peaceful and pretty. It changes throughout the day, with the tides and light.


After vacationing in Hilton Head for 15 years, we bought the ultimate souvenir –a house.

DSC_000214 view from golf course

It will be a few years before we move there, but for now I’m getting obsessed with decorating ideas and trying to figure out where I’ll put all my sewing stuff. My husband won out of the view, it’s on a golf course. I’ll just need to find a really large painting of a salt marsh to hang in the living room.

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10 thoughts on “Forget the Planning Vacation Wardrobe

  1. Your vacation skirts look fabulous. How wonderful to escape a long, long winter. Congratulations on your new home! Maybe you will get bitten by the golf bug and join your husband on the links. I took up golf just to spend time with mine and now play more than he does,

    • Thanks, I tried golf, once. I was living in El Paso, years and years ago and dating a club pro. Needless to say the golf and the relationship did not work out. But I enjoy being around golf courses and actually can sit and watch it with my husband. Putt putt may be more my speed. 🙂

  2. Lovely work, as usual! I especially like the swishy peony skirt–it really does herald the coming of spring. And congratulations on the souvenir to end all souvenirs!! Planning the decor in a new place is always so fun and inspiring (and helps to keep the mind off of the whole “moving everything you own” aspect of what you’ve just done)!

  3. Oh yea, I love a swishy skirt. I even got a complement from the young hostess when I wore it out to dinner. As for moving, I have started the process of getting rid of things that are not worth moving. Maybe by the time we actually make the move, I’ll have an almost empty house! Well, except the sewing stuff.

  4. Beautful skirts – all of them! Perfect for South Carolina, either viewing the golf course or the salt marsh! Your house looks fabulous – what a fun decorating project that will be. Congratulations on making an excellent decision.

  5. oh yes, thanks, the first one has been worn quite a bit. More than the others. Tomorrow is the closing on the house, when the papers are signed it is officially ours. The personality is what sold us.

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