I find it really difficult not to want something new to wear when taking a trip. However, I had my pledge of buying no new clothing. So, I dumped out my basket of knit fabrics and found two old t-shirts that my son has long outgrown and decided to make myself a skirt, a la Alabama Chanin. I don't really know why we had two of his t-shirts of the same color, but lucky for me we did. I used the short skirt pattern from her new book Alabama Studio Sewing and Design. I didn't have quite the amount of fabric I needed, so it was shorter than I really wanted it, but I think it turned out well. I used the grey t-shirt fabric for the top layer, and some white t-shirts that we were got free at a soccer game in DC from Geico. I figured no one is going to know look at the lining fabric and see any of the print on the shirts.
Although I did not buy any clothing in Spain (although my husband bought me a locally woven scarf), I did buy some shoes. Here are a pair of Visalis, which are incredibly comfortable. Excuse the photo and my severe expression, my son, the budding fashion photographer is at school, so I took the best one I could using the timer. The shirt I am wearing is one that I bought last year, again just before a trip, from a used clothing store here. I am not so enamored of the color, I bought it mainly for the design which I thought I could copy. I have yet to copy it, but...
I know that a few people have complained about the hems curling a bit on these skirts, so to stop that, I embroidered and beaded a border at the hem to give it a bit of interest. I did most of the embroidery work in the plane on the way over, and in the car while we were there.
I love the designs from Nathalie Chanin. They are comfortable, easy to wear, and really travel well. They are easy to pack and look great. Here I am on a street in Barcelona with my daughter. We are both sporting our Alabama Chanin skirts that I made just before our trip.