My Handmade Travel Wardrobe: Summertime in Italy

My Handmade Travel Wardrobe: Summertime in Italy

Last year, Whitney wrote about using her MyBodyModel fashion croquis to plan an entirely handmade travel wardrobe for a month-long trip to Italy. Now, thinking back on the heat waves and affogati of her Italian summer, Whitney reflects on the me-made items in her handmade wardrobe that she wore during last year’s travels.


Last summer, I spent a month visiting my in-laws in Piedmont, the northwestern region of Italy. I had some very lofty goals for everything I wanted to make ahead of my trip, which I shared in this blog post. While I only ended up making one of the projects from that post, sketching on my custom My Body Model croquis helped me realize that I had a lot of amazing me-made pieces that worked well together already in my closet.

My me-made travel wardrobe packing list drawn on MyBodyModel croquis fashion template, and some photos from our trip. Top row L-R: Seamwork Akita top + Made by Rae Cleo Skirt, Colette Wren dress, Seamwork Veronica dress, Made by Rae Cleo Skirt, Seamwork Akita top + Made by Rae Cleo Skirt, Colette Wren dress; Bottom row L-R: Seamwork Kimmy dress, Zadie Jumpsuit, Megan Nielsen Jarrah Tee, Colette Wren dress, Megan Nielsen Sudley dress, Colette Wren dress
My me-made travel wardrobe packing list, and some photos from our trip

I used the 12-model page to sketch out everything I wanted to pack. I ended up taking 2 blouses, 2 t-shirts, a cardigan (for the plane), 3 skirts, a jumpsuit, and 9 dresses.

The knit Colette Moneta shown below was perfect for our 24-hour travel day. The knit fabric and elastic gathered waist kept me comfortable, while the dark color hid any toddler-related stains. I also made a Pattern Scout Luna Crossbody bag for the trip, and it was the perfect travel companion!

The perfect travel day outfit from sketch to finish: Whitney wears her beige Luna Crossbody by Pattern Scout and black and white polka dot Moneta dress by Colette Patterns designed on her custom body positive MyBodyModel fashion croquis for her handmade wardrobe
The perfect travel day outfit, from sketch to finish: Moneta dress by Colette Patterns and Luna Crossbody by Pattern Scout

We spent most of our days in and around my husband’s village, Asigliano Vercellese, and the nearby city of Vercelli. Halfway through our trip, western Europe experienced its worst heatwave since 2003, with the heat index reaching 114 degrees one day! On those days, I really appreciated the linen Made by Rae Cleo skirts and short, breezy Seamwork Veronica dresses I had packed.

Whitney wears her blue Cleo Shirt by Made by Rae and black and light purple Veronica dresses by Seamwork
Akita top by Seamwork and Cleo Skirt by Made by Rae; Veronica dress by Seamwork

Naturally, a lot of gelato was consumed! One of my favorite ice cream treats is an affogato, which is a scoop of vanilla gelato ‘drowned’ in espresso. Fortunately that espresso blended right in with the tan-colored flowers on my Colette Wren, because I definitely spilled it all over myself! I had almost overlooked bringing this dress along with me to Italy, but sketching out my outfits on my croquis helped me remember just how much I love this silhouette.

Whitney wears her red and tan flowered Wren dress by Colette Patterns alongside clothing sketch on her custom body positive MyBodyModel fashion croquis for her handmade wardrobe
The perfect outfit for gelato: Wren dress by Colette Patterns

The real workhorse of my travel wardrobe ended up being this Colette Myrna made out of a lightweight shirting fabric. The structure of the pattern helped me to feel a bit more polished than I did in my knit dresses, while the lightweight crispness of the fabric kept me cool on the hottest days. I wore this dress when we went to the mountain sanctuary at Oropa, while shopping in the heart of Vercelli, and during a day trip to Lugano, Switzerland. 

Whitney wears her Myrna dress by Colette Patterns alongside clothing sketch on her custom body positive MyBodyModel fashion croquis for her handmade wardrobe
The real workhorse of my travel wardrobe: Myrna dress by Colette Patterns

The one garment I made out of all the sketches in my previous blog post was another Colette Myrna, this time in a silky viscose poplin. I fell in love with this dress after sketching it on my custom croquis, and I knew it would be the perfect thing to wear to my brother-in-law’s wedding. And how perfect did it look against the backdrop of the rolling hills of Monferrato?!

Whitney wears her flowered Myrna dress by Colette Patterns alongside clothing sketch on her custom body positive MyBodyModel fashion croquis for her handmade wardrobe
A beautiful dress for a family wedding: floral Myrna dress by Colette Patterns

From days when it was too hot to do anything but hang out at home drinking an Aperol spritz, to spontaneous lunches at sidewalk cafes, to the pre-wedding dinner at an incredible trattoria in the middle of nowhere, I felt like I always had just the right outfit for whatever adventures came our way each day. 

Whitney wears her orange and white gingham pattern Kimmy dress by Seamwork alongside clothing sketch on her custom body positive MyBodyModel fashion croquis
Kimmy dress by Seamwork
Whitney wears her linen Zadie Jumpsuit by Paper Theory alongside clothing sketch on her custom body positive MyBodyModel fashion croquis
Zadie Jumpsuit by Paper Theory

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"My Handmade Travel Wardrobe"
Whitney shares about the process of using her MyBodyModel fashion croquis to plan and create an entirely handmade wardrobe for a month-long trip to Italy. Thinking back on the heat waves and affogati of her Italian summer, Whitney reflects on the me-made items in her handmade wardrobe that she wore on her travels

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