What do you think?

  • First time I’m visiting your blog via instagram. LOVE the soft pink wool dress from a few posts back!
    Your trip sounds exciting! I live in Singapore where it is warm all year round. I don’t have specific patterns to recommend, but shorts (in linen or cotton) and sleeveless tanks (in voile) are great for battling the heat if you are sightseeing outdoors. A sundress would be great for exploring the city with a cotton cardigan for fending off air-conditioning. Looking forward to seeing your sewing plan 🙂

    • Thank you for the tips! I am on the hunt for a perfect sundress pattern at the moment – I’m thinking something in linen. The pile of patterns is slowly growing on my desk, now I just need to go fabric shopping :).

  • i’ve lived in Aus since I was a child. Summer here can be HOT, in a way that is almost inconceivable. Sunscreen is a must, applied often as you are likely to sweat or rub it off. Bottle of water is a good idea, usually lots of places to refill it. Wear a wide brimmed hat and polarising sunglasses. Be careful to rub sunscreen in places like the inside of your elbows and back of your knees. If you’re wearing sandals then your toes and feet will need sunscreen too.

    In terms of clothing, having your shoulders covered makes a lot of sense. You’ll see Aussies wearing close fitting clothing made of lots of synthetic fibres. We hate ironing too. However, it is easier to manage the heat when your clothing is a loose weave and fit.

    The Melbourne fabric stores to visit are Tessuti, the Fabric Store, Rathdowne Remnants & Darn Cheap Fabrics. All have an online site & Instagram accounts. Announcing when you are coming on their Instagram feeds would be a good way to organise a meeting with locals.

    Enjoy your trip!

    • Oh my goodness, how did you know I would need fabric shop recommendations??!! Poor husband isn’t going to know what hit him :). I’ve been making a few light jersey dresses and tops to take, because they pack well and tend to work well in the heat. I have family in Adelaide who have warned me about the heat at that time of year. The sunscreen is a great tip – it’s the kind of thing I would definitely forget!