I confirmed last week that I’m going to China in September. Partly for work, partly for fun. I’m excited yet intimidated. I don’t mind flying. But, Australia / New Zealand tested my patience three years ago. After the 24 hours of travel time (Baltimore to Dulles to Los Angeles with a four hour layover before the 14 hour flight) I am wary of loooooong international flights. From Baltimore to Shanghai via Chicago, I’m looking at 20 hours each way.
But, that’s not the point of this post. My primary destination is Xiamen. But, I fly into Shanghai, current home of the World Expo and a FOUR STORY CLOTH MARKET. Naturally, I am arriving in Shanghai a few days early to allow for all the fabric shopping I want. I have a causual aquaintence in Shanghai. But, I really don’t want to bug him. He’s already gotten me a GREAT deal on a hotel. But, it’s clear I’m going to need a Chinese speaker to negotiate for me. I’ll have to see if I can hire someone for a few hours. At anyrate, following Xiamen I have extended a few days to go on to Beijing. But, (there’s always a but) because of my internal / domestic flights. I can only check one bag and it must weigh in at 44 lbs. I had 36 pounds of luggage for Montreal. This my friends is serious. So, my plan is this:
Five piece knit wardrobe to wear for 10 days. Starting with the dress above from the April 2010 Burda Magazine. This should fit in my carry on allowing me to me check 40 pounds of fabric for the return flight. It is deathly hot in China in September. I will have several official work events that a dress will suffice. I’ll be doing as much sightseeing as possible. It needs to be washable since I’ll be gone for about two weeks. And, it all needs to fit easily into one carry on. And I need to get it all sewn in the next 10 weeks. My current thought:
- Black knit gauchos
- Black knit bubble skirt
- Sleeveless yellow/white/grey knit top
- Sleeveless red and black top
- Sleeveless black knit top or knit cardigan / jacket
- Black dress
Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? So, this is my sewing plan until I leave in September! Here’s hoping I get the Burda traced this weekend. It’s DC Carnivale and my oldest brother is throwing a party Saturday and I have two birthday parties to go to on Friday night and Sunday. I’m never this busy socially. It must be a full moon.