Ahhh the Honeymoon – I CANNOT WAIT! We are jetting off to Indonesia, and I am so excited. For those of you who don’t know, I actually spent most of my childhood in Jakarta, Indonesia, but I haven’t been back since I was probably about 18. We will be spending a couple of days in Jakarta itself – when I will be dragging Robin around all my old haunts (can’t wait!), then a quick stop over in Yogyakarta to visit Borobudur, before jetting over to Bali and the Gili Islands. And then we finish off with three days in Dubai on the way home. If you are particularly interested in more details, I have a Pinterest board with links to our hotels and some activities we will be partaking in (we aren’t the lie-on-the-beach-all-day types…so we will be diving, surfing, kayaking, white water rafting and hiking a lot during our three week break!).
But, this blog is about sewing, not travelling, so let’s get back on track. Actually – after saying that, I’m going to go a little off track. You may have gathered that I am doing a LOT of DIY for my actually wedding, and although I would really like to sew my entire honeymoon wardrobe, it’s just not going to be possible. But I would like to perhaps sew one or two things to take with me, and I am hopeful that I will find the time to do so. I thought I would, however, talk a little bit about the honeymoon wardrobe that I’m planning on. I’ll be away for three weeks, and I’m packing a lot of different activities into those three weeks, so I have to be quite smart with my packing. Before I share exactly what I’m packing and how I came to pick these things, I thought I’d share some inspiration photos, just to give you a flavour of what I’m aiming for (please see this Pinterest board for image sources).
Sophisticated but relaxed dresses:
Light tops / kaftans:
Although I did intend for my inspirational images to more be about the general look I was going for, I think I have subconsciously been attracted to certain colours. It’s always smart to pack with a small colour palette as it ensures you will have items with you that will match and coordinate well together. Can you guess what my chosen colour palette might be? Yes, bright pink is my key colour, and I’ll be bringing in white, navy & electric blue and perhaps some black as well. I had planned on embarking on making my first pair of shorts, in bright pink linen that is in my stash – but I happened across a pair in the H&M sale for the handsome price of £3! And when it comes down to deciding whether to buy or make something, when I can get the item for £3, I’m afraid that wins for me! I also picked up a pair of pedal pushers in the same bright pink fabric at the same time for about £5 I think. So those two pieces will definitely be key players in my honeymoon wardrobe.
As well as a colour palette, it’s important to think about the fabrics that my clothes will be made of. I was away in Thailand a couple of years ago and I had brought a couple of very light floaty tops with me that I thought would be perfect – but in such high heat and, most importantly, humidity, they started to stick to me and make me feel uncomfortable quite soon after stepping outside. The reason for this was that they were not 100% cotton, or other natural fibres. So I am being very conscious of this when picking my honeymoon wardrobe – if it’s not cotton or silk or linen, it’s not coming!
For my next post on Honeymoon Style I have the coolest wee tool to share with you – honestly, you are going to LOVE it. It’s a fantastic way to plan a capsule wardrobe and ensure you get a million different outfit combos!!