- a black 11-year-old down jacket that's very warm and still going strong. The colour and style makes it very versatile for outdoor play or dinners or funerals.
- a red self-stitched wool hat based on Simplicity 5799. It's made with red wool coating and lined with cotton broadcloth. Very warm and I love the colour.
2. Middle layers
- a self-stitched, unlined, blue/green wool blend boucle jacket that has been refashioned. It's easy to wear like a cardigan but also looks more dressy than a regular cardi. Can go from day to night easily. And it's warm too!
- a refashioned comfy grey/silver sweatshirt.
- a 15 year old black wool cardigan. This can be worn with the silk camisoles in the section for a dressy look or layered with the boucle jacket if it gets really cold!
- 3 long sleeves cotton tshirts - black green and silver
- 2 silk camisoles to be worn under the tshirts for warm. Can also be worn with the black cardi above for dressy dinners.
- a thrifted red/black polyester scarf
- a beige alpaca scarf
- a self-stitched wool paisley scarf (I just bought the wool fabric and bounded the edges)
- a pair of self-stitched Polartec Windbloc pants based on McCall's 5273. It's warm and water repellant. Good for outdoor snow/ice activities. The dark colour also makes it look more dressy for dinners.
- a pair of self-stitched jeggings also based on McCall's 7273.
- a pair of black leggings
- a hand-me-down men's PJ top
The weather during the trip was between -15C to 5C and on the last day there was a snow storm. This wardrobe took care of the varying weather. I wore the bulkiest stuff during the trip: the silver sweatshirt, the Polartec pants with a camisole and long sleeves tshirt, and of course the down jacket and hat. The rest fit snugly inside half of a small carry-on suitcase with my toiletries bag. I was able to wear different-looking outfits for the week. The only thing I had remember was to do a wash every other day. Luckily I was staying with friends and family and they have washing machines and tumble dryers.
So do you have a tried-and-true packing list that you use for different seasons?