What do you know! It is spring break around these parts! So, what did I dream up for the PRAP Sewalong this week: Glamping across the USA! My dream vacation is to own or rent a trailer or RV and take several months, at least, to glamp our way around the country. We live in an amazing country and I dream of driving down the Pacific Coast to the Redwoods, heading inland through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, crossing the desert to the Grand Canyon, and heading east to Taos, Austin, and New Orleans. From NO, we would head to the Carolina Coast to compare beaches. From there, we could spend a few days in DC seeing the Smithsonian and the sights. Then, on to Pennsylvania dutch country to see where my grandparents were born. Into upper New York state we would go to see Niagara Falls and the Adirondack mountains, and then to Montreal. From Montreal, we would drive around the great lakes and explores some of that area before heading west again towards Washington state, where we live. The drive from the Great Lakes to Washington will take us at least a week, if not more, so we can see all the fabulous natural and significant sights along the way.
Glamping, to me, means camping that is a bit more glamorous than living in a tent and using a porta-potty. So, in my dream, we would have a vintage Airstream like the one my grandparents had when I was a kid!I always love that thing! It had a bed and a fold down table and it was so stylin' in it's looks. Even in the 70s, it was fab-U-lous to see. In my vision, we store cool chairs, rugs, flowers, the antenna so we can stream NPR, and everything else we need to camp in style. We would, of course, stop at lovely retro motels every few days so we could shower, swim, wash our clothes, and enjoy the amenities.
You are thinking CRAZY! This girl is CRAZY!! Her dream vacation is an RV trip across the USA? Yep! That is my dream trip. I looooove car trips. My parents have been taking me on long car camping trips since I was three months old. I am an excellent passenger and I love seeing the sights. Plus, I've already been to Europe.
photo courtesy of lhttp://oldtrailer.com/vintage-airstream-trailer-pictures.html
So, with out further adieu, here is my week #2, season #9 Spring Break Vacation sew-a-long outfit.
It started with the fabric and the idea of using my friend Amy's Brownie Goose patterns. I knew they would be perfect for summer fun. See sidebar for link =======>
Google camping fabric and you get Moda Glamping.
I fell off my chair. How CUTE IS THIS!!
So, I added Robert Kaufman Carolina Chambray, the perfect summer fabric. (learned that from Amy of BG) and a few bits of this and that and Voila!
The coat is Brownie Goose Pepper with serious modifications. Pepper is supposed to be a dress but it can be done reversible as a coat. I not only did it reversible, following Amy's tute, but I shortened it for summer and added a pocket and appliques. I purposely lined up the coat so it would show a bit of the Blondie tunic and I made the sleeve trim match the Blondie body so they would look CA-UTE together. I googled "camping tent applique" and "vintage trailer applique" to get ideas and winged it (wung it?) from there. I think they turned out super duper cute!! Since this will be a layering item, I made the size 7 and it turned out great. My E has broad shoulders so 7 fit her great.
Then, I made BG Blondie top and Darby shorts. Since E is a size 4 wide and 7 long, this took some tinkering. I made the size 7 Blondie but I had to do some serious tailoring to get those armpits not to stick out. My seam ripper was my BFF for this top. The yoke also gave me fits, but that is another story. The 7 fit her great, once I got the armpits to work. (remember, she is a 4 wide) The Darby shorts are a size 4 wide but I added length to them at waist and leg. So, they turned out great!
Here are some details. I have done about 2 (??) applique projects before this but I found this awesome-sauce tute from Sew Like my Mom and followed it like no tomorrow and practiced first and I think things look pretty good! Several years ago, I bought these gigantic red buttons and hey! They look good here!
Here are some more photos.
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