Building a Capsule Wardrobe: Adventure Travel

Have I mentioned how much I love capsule wardrobes? I think I have one perpetually in development in my sewing room. I love creating versatile garments that can be endlessly mixed and matched across seasons. It just makes good sense to me.

It also takes the thinking out of packing.

We love to travel and are often going from the plane directly to an outdoor adventure. It helps to dress accordingly!

Here are 10 garments – all “me made” with the exception of a pair of jeans – that took me from travel to trail to dinner and back again during a recent trip out west.

A Patterns for Pirates Cocoon Cardigan paired with a Made for Mermaids Paige Tunic and jeans for the plane.
Swap out the jeans for a pair of Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs in an athletic knit for sightseeing.
Added a lightweight Patterns for Pirates Go To Jacket for those cool evenings in the desert.
Peep that unique color detail that I added! I love color-blocking!
A Made for Mermaids Tess Tank can go from activity to activity.
A pair of Patterns for Pirates Loggers are perfect for activewear or loungewear.
Swap the top for a Made for Mermaids Lee Raglan for a totally different vibe, paired with a Patterns for Pirates Slouchy Headwarmer.
Swap for another layering piece, a Patterns for Pirates Sporty Piko. I don’t wear many novelty prints, but I couldn’t resist this National Park design from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.
Another way to mix up the pieces to accommodate the weather and activity.

As I mentioned, I made most of these pieces, but here’s my formula:

  • Bottoms: Athletic leggings, jeans, joggers
  • Tops: Long sleeve, short sleeve, tank
  • Layering: Hoodie, sweater, jacket
  • Extras: 3 pairs of shoes, ball cap, headwrap

Everything I took fit into one carry-on and a daypack – an easy way to travel!