Back from Vacation

While I intended to post while I was on vacation, my vacation got in the way of that plan. The past three weeks were spent on the East Coast — two weeks housesitting for friends in Manhattan and a week exploring coastal New England.


I'm proud to say that while I failed miserably in documenting my Me-Made-May participation, I did indeed only wear clothes I made during the entire vacation (the exception being two knit cardigans I wore when it was cold). Looking through the 1,200 photos we took on our trip (mostly of our daughter), I managed to find a few shots of some of the outfits I was wearing.

It was certainly a challenge to participate in Me-Made-May while on vacation. Here's some factors that made things tougher:

  • The weather changed a lot. In the two weeks I was in New York City, the weather ranged from humid & hot, cold & wet to sunny & perfect.
  • While I had access to a sewing machine, I didn't have any of my patterns. I hadn't planned on sewing during the trip but ended up needing to mend a few things. That, of course, turned into sewing another pair of pants and a dress.
  • I have to hand wash a lot of the stuff I make so I couldn't just throw things into the washer when they were dirty.
  • When you're busy doing things, you forget to take photos!

If you have ever been on an extended vacation with anyone, you know the feeling once you've arrived home. "I love you. I had a great time. Now go away." That's how I feel about my travel clothes right now. 

Leading up to the trip, I ended up making about ten new clothing items in the span of two weeks. That pace kind of exhausted me. As a result, I plan on slowing the pace down a bit and focusing on quality over quantity — I'm looking at you wonky zippers! 

At any rate, I'm glad to be back!


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Some great shots of great clothes!

  2. Welcome back – the snapshots look amazing! Especially the printed dress with the ocean view in the background, gorgeous!

  3. I adore the printed dress with the ocean view background as well. Your blog is inspiring me like crazy, and I’m in the process of sewing a skirt. (It’s a very slooooow process, but it’s still processing!) Thank you for sharing your beautiful threads.

  4. great outfits and great photos!

  5. So, so Cute! I love your outfits and you look great! I’m glad you had a wonderful time.

  6. It sounds like you had a good time….and having cute clothes never hurts!

  7. Yay! Welcome back! I missed your blog while you were away.