Recently, I took a trip to Austin. On the plane, I wore my white Mabel pencil skirt, a simple black t-shirt from Everlane, and a scarf.
I wore my #moneta on the plane today–it’s the perfect travel dress!
Knits are pretty much the ideal thing to travel in, no matter what the season.
- They’re comfortable.
- They’re easy to pack.
- They don’t wrinkle much.
- They’re easy to layer.
- They can be dressed up or down.
That’s why Kristen had the brilliant idea of doing a travel-themed contest. We’re calling it Knitcation, and we’ve got some fabulous prizes courtesy of Grey’s Fabric, Hart’s Fabric, and Brooklyn General Store.
How it works
Here’s how to enter:
- Decide where to go. Pick a fantasy destination, or plan for a real upcoming trip you might be taking.
- Create at least one Mabel and one Moneta. You can create more if you want, but there should be at least one of each.
- Photograph your makes. You can photograph them on yourself, on a hanger, on the floor, on a dress form if you have one… however you want.
- Create 7 days of outfits. Combine your Mabels and Monetas with other pieces to create 7 outifts for your trip. You can use photos from around the web, inspiration images of your destination, photos of other clothing you have or have made, or actually wear the outfits and photograph them. Do whatever will tell the story best. Make it inspiring and fun!
- Post your outfits online. You can post them to your blog, instagram, Flickr, a polyvore account, anywhere that they are public.
- Fill out an entry form. Click here for the form and tell us where we can see your entry. All entries must be submitted by the end of June (the 30th at midnight Pacific time).
How winners will be chosen
Winners will be chosen by the Colette Patterns team based on creativity, originality, and how well your finished images tell the story of your knitcation.
A grand prize and second prize winner will be chosen, along with a bonus Instagram prize.
You’ll receive a gift basket of fabric and goodies courtesy of Grey’s Fabric and Colette Patterns, along with a $200 gift certificate to Brooklyn General for fabric, tools, yarn, and more! This grand prize is worth over $400. You’ll get:
From Grey’s Fabric:
- 1 handmade toadstool pincushion
- 3 sublime stitching embroidery patterns
- 2 yards orange double knit
- 1.5 yards red rayon/spandex knit
- 2 yards aqua cotton/spandex knit
- 2 yards pink cotton/spandex knit
- 3 yards thistle slub rayon knit
- 3 yards neon stripe rayon knit
- 5 yards white rayon sweater knit (to be dyed using included dyes)
- 3 packets of dylon dye
- 1 ruler set
- 1 pin set
- 2 ballpoint needle sets
- 1 retractable tape measure
- 1 twin stretch needle
- 1 packet clear elastic
- 1 vintage dress pouch
From Brooklyn General:
- 1 $200 gift certificate!
Second prize is a $200 gift certificate to the wonderful Hart’s Fabric, who has an amazing selection of quality fabric.
Post one of your outfits (whether a photo of you or moodboard style image) to Instagram with the hashtag #knitcation and mention @colettepatterns. One instagram entry will be chosen at random for a bonus prize of a $100 Colette Pattern gift certificate. You can post just one, or your entire travel wardrobe.
In addition to these prizes, we’ll round up some of our favorites here on the blog.
Here are some example entries that Kristen and I created using versions of Mabel and Moneta we’ve made.
Sarai’s trip to Mexico
I decided that my trip would be back to Mexico City.
I used 2 Mabels and 2 Monetas for my wardrobe. To see credits for other items, see my Mexico City collection on polyvore.
Kristen’s trip to Alaska
Kristen’s knitcation is to Alaska.
Kristen used 1 Mabel and 2 Monetas for her travel wardrobe.
We both used Polyvore to create these images. You can use polyvore, photoshop, or free software such as Gimp or Picasa. There are even apps that make it easy to create collage images on your phone, like Fuzel.
If you want to use Polyvore like we did, we found the easiest thing to do was (1) take pictures of our garments, (2) upload them to Pinterest, (3) Clip the photos of the garments from Pinterest to Polyvore.
So start making your travel plans! We’re all going on knitcation.