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trecile

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I didn't post my packing list before I left on the Camino, but thought that it would be helpful to let people know what did and didn't work for me. I walked the Camino Frances from SJPDP to Finesterre from August 21 to September 25. My pack weighed about 14.5 lb/6.5 kg without water, and I found it very easy to carry



Women's Marmot Graviton 36 backpack 2lbs 4.5oz (1030g) - I really liked this backpack. It was lightweight and very well designed

Pacer Poles - I got the Carbon poles, and loved them, I think that they saved me from a couple of falls.

New Balance Vazee Summit trail running shoes - Lightweight and super comfortable, I would wear the same style shoes again

Columbia Kyra Vent Sandals[/B] - Nice and lightweight, I wore these every day after walking and walked in them a few times

2 Merino wool "trekking" dresses that I made just for the Camino with zippered pockets - these weighed 6 & 7 ounces, and for me, they were the perfect thing to wear on the Camino, especially on the hot 95F/35C days. I also wore them for sleeping the first two weeks

Montbell Super Merino Wool L.W. tights 3.7 oz. (105 g) - I wore these under the dresses on the few cold days/evenings, and they were perfect

Under Armour spandex type leggings - I really didn't need these, and would not take a second pair of leggings again, though I did wear them for the yoga session at Albergue Verde

Light weight running type shorts - I wore these under the dresses during the day in case of any chafing and for modesty, because sometimes you can get into some unladylike positions :)

Two sport type bras - Mine hooked in the back, as I didn't want to try to pull a sports bra on over my head while I was still a bit damp from the shower. One of the bras doubled as a bathing suit top.

Bathing suit bottom - only used once, but I was soo happy to have it on a hot day!

3 pair socks - I used the Wright Socks double layered socks. I found it very important to have an extra pair of socks to change into when they got sweaty. I only had one small blister on the side of one toe, and I blame that on not taking time to change my socks and attend to my feet one hot day

Uniqlo Extra Fine Merino Wool Sweater about 7 ounces - I really like this sweater, it was the perfect lightweight layer when it was cool.

Uniqlo Airism UV Cut Mesh Zip Up Hoodie about 8 ounces - I layered this over the sweater when it was cold, and together they kept me warm even on a 40F/5C day with a cold wind. I thought that I might wear this for sun protection, but it made me too hot.

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Lite Jacket only 3 ounces - I didn't use/need this as much as I thought that I would, but at only 3 ounces I would take it again.

SmartWool liner gloves - I was really happy that I had these several days.

Buff - used to dry my hair, and to cover my neck/face when it was cold

Sea to Summit XL Pocket Towel - about 6.5 ounces - I could have gotten by with a smaller towel, but I was happy I had the XL size

Homemade hair turban towel - I bought a smaller pocket towel and made a hair turban out of it. It worked well on my long hair. Unfortunately, I lost it somewhere along the way, so I used my Buff instead.

Buff - used to dry my hair, and to cover my neck/face when it was cold

Rain gear - Homemade Parcho 7.2 ounces - I learned about this from another forum member. It worked great.

Euroschirm hands free trekking umbrella 13 ounces - This was the single heaviest item in my pack, but I wouldn't want to walk the Meseta without it. I used this mostly for sun protection, but it was great in the rain too!

Sleeping - Silk liner about 5 ounces. I bought a double sized silk liner and cut it down to a generous single size, and added a zipper.
Montbell Down Blanket about 7 ounces - I love this little blanket. It's small, but added enough warmth when tucked into the silk liner.

Toiletries - Tree Hut Mango 4 in 1 bar - I loved this bar for washing my hair and body. Unfortunately, it's been discontinued. :(
Conditioner bar that I bought on ETSY. This worked great, and I used it on my damp body after my shower before I dried off as a moisturizer.
I also brought small tubes of toothpaste and sunscreen, toothbrush, folding travel brush/mirror, small mascara (yes, I did use it occasionally), tinted sunscreen for my face, colored Burt's Bees lip balm

First aid - a half dozen bandaids, a few Compeed, a few feet of Leucotape, alcohol prep pad, tylenol ( I can't take ibuprofen or other NSAIDS) - I didn't need many of the bandaids or Compeed, and gave several away. Never needed any pain reliever on the Camino.

Clothes washing - I didn't want to waste my lovely Mango bar to wash my clothes, so I cut off a bit of a Zote laundry soap bar. When I used that up I bought a travel tube of liquid laundry soap. I think that in the future I would bring a liquid with me, something like Camp Suds.

I brought lots of safety pins, some of the large diaper pins with plastic heads - many of these broke, so I wouldn't take them again. Some regular clothes pins or binder clips would have been helpful on some of the clothes lines because the clothes would slip down the line sometimes when I used the safety pins.

Mesh bag - I pinned this to my pack when some of my clothing like underwear or bra didn't dry the day before. I just pinned my damp socks to the pack.

Hydration - Smart Tube and two collapsible water bottles; 1-one liter, and 1 half liter. I ended up putting the one liter bottle with the smart tube attached inside my backpack to keep the water cooler, so I think that in the future I would bring a water bladder/tube system.

Things that I bought along the way: I went to the big Decathlon store in Burgos with a couple of peregrinos who needed some new shoes, and bought a tank top to wear to sleep in instead of the trekking dresses. I wore it with the shorts. I had to replenish my sunscreen and toothpaste, and bought some moisturizer because my skin was getting pretty dry. I also bought some DEET spray because I was getting some kind of insect bites while I was out in the evenings.

Overall, I was very happy with what I chose to bring, and used just about everything in my pack.
 
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Anemone del Camino

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Would you mind sharing the brand of silk liner you found?

And glad you liked the umbrella: they are fantastic!
 

trecile

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Would you mind sharing the brand of silk liner you found?

And glad you liked the umbrella: they are fantastic!
It was from TrekSilk. It was white, and I tie dyed it.

I forgot to mention a few items.
I kept my clothing, towel, etc in a Hoboroll - I had ordered their SegSac, but because of manufacturing delays they sent me the Hoboroll instead. I think that I might bring lightweight packing cubes instead, because I'd like something that is flatter.
I had three of these small zippered bags from Rume for toiletries, first aid items and electronic cords, charger, etc.
I brought a large Zip Lock bag like this one to hold my things while I was in the shower.

Other items: Kindle Fire tablet. - I wouldn't bother bringing this again, I used my phone for everything.
Small 3 outlet charger with European plug, two charging cables and an external power bank - I didn't want to worry about losing an adapter plug, so I ordered the European plug charger.
 
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Thank you so much. I kept finding a similar company on ebay but its double size was faux silk. Yippeee! And I have an excuse for this purchase: some creep stole my Sea to Summit permethryn treated liner this spring.
 

trecile

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Thank you so much. I kept finding a similar company on ebay but its double size was faux silk. Yippeee! And I have an excuse for this purchase: some creep stole my Sea to Summit permethryn treated liner this spring.
I think that maybe it's the same company on ebay, but they might not list the double silk one. When I bought mine it only came in white, but it looks like they have a gray one now. The white was too sheer for me, so I dyed it:
silk liner.jpg
 
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trecile

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I also forgot to mention that everything washable held up to being machine washed and dried on high heat. Even all the wool items.

I also brought several zip lock baggies...because you can never have too many. :)
And my money/passport/pilgrim credential lived in a small cross body bag along with my phone, sunglasses and reading glasses. I also carried emergency cash/credit card in a hidden pocket in my dress.

And another thing that I brought but didn't use was a pack of earplugs. I ended up putting in my earbuds and listening to podcasts that I downloaded on my phone. Listening to something seemed to be easier/more relaxing than trying to not listen to the snoring and other noises around me. I found that I was usually asleep in about 5 minutes.
 

andreak58

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Santiago/Muxia/Finisterre-Sept 2016
Valenca-SDC-Sept 2018
I didn't post my packing list before I left on the Camino, but thought that it would be helpful to let people know what did and didn't work for me. I walked the Camino Frances from SJPDP to Finesterre from August 21 to September 25. My pack weighed about 14.5 lb/6.5 kg without water, and I found it very easy to carry



Women's Marmot Graviton 36 backpack 2lbs 4.5oz (1030g) - I really liked this backpack. It was lightweight and very well designed

Pacer Poles - I got the Carbon poles, and loved them, I think that they saved me from a couple of falls.

New Balance Vazee Summit trail running shoes - Lightweight and super comfortable, I would wear the same style shoes again

Columbia Kyra Vent Sandals[/B] - Nice and lightweight, I wore these every day after walking and walked in them a few times

2 Merino wool "trekking" dresses that I made just for the Camino with zippered pockets - these weighed 6 & 7 ounces, and for me, they were the perfect thing to wear on the Camino, especially on the hot 95F/35C days. I also wore them for sleeping the first two weeks

Montbell Super Merino Wool L.W. tights 3.7 oz. (105 g) - I wore these under the dresses on the few cold days/evenings, and they were perfect

Under Armour spandex type leggings - I really didn't need these, and would not take a second pair of leggings again, though I did wear them for the yoga session at Albergue Verde

Light weight running type shorts - I wore these under the dresses during the day in case of any chafing and for modesty, because sometimes you can get into some unladylike positions :)

Two sport type bras - Mine hooked in the back, as I didn't want to try to pull a sports bra on over my head while I was still a bit damp from the shower. One of the bras doubled as a bathing suit top.

Bathing suit bottom - only used once, but I was soo happy to have it on a hot day!

3 pair socks - I used the Wright Socks double layered socks. I found it very important to have an extra pair of socks to change into when they got sweaty. I only had one small blister on the side of one toe, and I blame that on not taking time to change my socks and attend to my feet one hot day

Uniqlo Extra Fine Merino Wool Sweater about 7 ounces - I really like this sweater, it was the perfect lightweight layer when it was cool.

Uniqlo Airism UV Cut Mesh Zip Up Hoodie about 8 ounces - I layered this over the sweater when it was cold, and together they kept me warm even on a 40F/5C day with a cold wind. I thought that I might wear this for sun protection, but it made me too hot.

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Lite Jacket only 3 ounces - I didn't use/need this as much as I thought that I would, but at only 3 ounces I would take it again.

SmartWool liner gloves - I was really happy that I had these several days.

Buff - used to dry my hair, and to cover my neck/face when it was cold

Sea to Summit XL Pocket Towel - about 6.5 ounces - I could have gotten by with a smaller towel, but I was happy I had the XL size

Homemade hair turban towel - I bought a smaller pocket towel and made a hair turban out of it. It worked well on my long hair. Unfortunately, I lost it somewhere along the way, so I used my Buff instead.

Buff - used to dry my hair, and to cover my neck/face when it was cold

Rain gear - Homemade Parcho 7.2 ounces - I learned about this from another forum member. It worked great.

Euroschirm hands free trekking umbrella 13 ounces - This was the single heaviest item in my pack, but I wouldn't want to walk the Meseta without it. I used this mostly for sun protection, but it was great in the rain too!

Sleeping - Silk liner about 5 ounces. I bought a double sized silk liner and cut it down to a generous single size, and added a zipper.
Montbell Down Blanket about 7 ounces - I love this little blanket. It's small, but added enough warmth when tucked into the silk liner.

Toiletries - Tree Hut Mango 4 in 1 bar - I loved this bar for washing my hair and body. Unfortunately, it's been discontinued. :(
Conditioner bar that I bought on ETSY. This worked great, and I used it on my damp body after my shower before I dried off as a moisturizer.
I also brought small tubes of toothpaste and sunscreen, toothbrush, folding travel brush/mirror, small mascara (yes, I did use it occasionally), tinted sunscreen for my face, colored Burt's Bees lip balm

First aid - a half dozen bandaids, a few Compeed, a few feet of Leucotape, alcohol prep pad, tylenol ( I can't take ibuprofen or other NSAIDS) - I didn't need many of the bandaids or Compeed, and gave several away. Never needed any pain reliever on the Camino.

Clothes washing - I didn't want to waste my lovely Mango bar to wash my clothes, so I cut off a bit of a Zote laundry soap bar. When I used that up I bought a travel tube of liquid laundry soap. I think that in the future I would bring a liquid with me, something like Camp Suds.

I brought lots of safety pins, some of the large diaper pins with plastic heads - many of these broke, so I wouldn't take them again. Some regular clothes pins or binder clips would have been helpful on some of the clothes lines because the clothes would slip down the line sometimes when I used the safety pins.

Mesh bag - I pinned this to my pack when some of my clothing like underwear or bra didn't dry the day before. I just pinned my damp socks to the pack.

Hydration - Smart Tube and two collapsible water bottles; 1-one liter, and 1 half liter. I ended up putting the one liter bottle with the smart tube attached inside my backpack to keep the water cooler, so I think that in the future I would bring a water bladder/tube system.

Things that I bought along the way: I went to the big Decathlon store in Burgos with a couple of peregrinos who needed some new shoes, and bought a tank top to wear to sleep in instead of the trekking dresses. I wore it with the shorts. I had to replenish my sunscreen and toothpaste, and bought some moisturizer because my skin was getting pretty dry. I also bought some DEET spray because I was getting some kind of insect bites while I was out in the evenings.

Overall, I was very happy with what I chose to bring, and used just about everything in my pack.
Thank you, this will be very helpful for my next Camino. :)
 

Seabird

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Great list -- especially since it was very similar to mine :D. I used hiking pants and long-sleeved shirts, but your dresses sound great. I also used a down blanket instead of a sleeping bag, although I stitched snaps to my sleep sak and the blanket so I could attach them together.
 
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trecile

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I also sewed snaps on my liner and down blanket, but unfortunately they were not strong enough to keep them attached all night. I think that I'll either sew stronger snaps, or ties for my next Camino.
 

Seabird

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I also sewed snaps on my liner and down blanket, but unfortunately they were not strong enough to keep them attached all night. I think that I'll either sew stronger snaps, or ties for my next Camino.
I used the large snaps and found they worked fine. Although I think I would add more next time. Because the silk sac is so thin, it was easy to poke my foot out under the blanket. More snaps would help with this.
 

Renee Fuller

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I didn't post my packing list before I left on the Camino, but thought that it would be helpful to let people know what did and didn't work for me. I walked the Camino Frances from SJPDP to Finesterre from August 21 to September 25. My pack weighed about 14.5 lb/6.5 kg without water, and I found it very easy to carry



Women's Marmot Graviton 36 backpack 2lbs 4.5oz (1030g) - I really liked this backpack. It was lightweight and very well designed

Pacer Poles - I got the Carbon poles, and loved them, I think that they saved me from a couple of falls.

New Balance Vazee Summit trail running shoes - Lightweight and super comfortable, I would wear the same style shoes again

Columbia Kyra Vent Sandals[/B] - Nice and lightweight, I wore these every day after walking and walked in them a few times

2 Merino wool "trekking" dresses that I made just for the Camino with zippered pockets - these weighed 6 & 7 ounces, and for me, they were the perfect thing to wear on the Camino, especially on the hot 95F/35C days. I also wore them for sleeping the first two weeks

Montbell Super Merino Wool L.W. tights 3.7 oz. (105 g) - I wore these under the dresses on the few cold days/evenings, and they were perfect

Under Armour spandex type leggings - I really didn't need these, and would not take a second pair of leggings again, though I did wear them for the yoga session at Albergue Verde

Light weight running type shorts - I wore these under the dresses during the day in case of any chafing and for modesty, because sometimes you can get into some unladylike positions :)

Two sport type bras - Mine hooked in the back, as I didn't want to try to pull a sports bra on over my head while I was still a bit damp from the shower. One of the bras doubled as a bathing suit top.

Bathing suit bottom - only used once, but I was soo happy to have it on a hot day!

3 pair socks - I used the Wright Socks double layered socks. I found it very important to have an extra pair of socks to change into when they got sweaty. I only had one small blister on the side of one toe, and I blame that on not taking time to change my socks and attend to my feet one hot day

Uniqlo Extra Fine Merino Wool Sweater about 7 ounces - I really like this sweater, it was the perfect lightweight layer when it was cool.

Uniqlo Airism UV Cut Mesh Zip Up Hoodie about 8 ounces - I layered this over the sweater when it was cold, and together they kept me warm even on a 40F/5C day with a cold wind. I thought that I might wear this for sun protection, but it made me too hot.

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Lite Jacket only 3 ounces - I didn't use/need this as much as I thought that I would, but at only 3 ounces I would take it again.

SmartWool liner gloves - I was really happy that I had these several days.

Buff - used to dry my hair, and to cover my neck/face when it was cold

Sea to Summit XL Pocket Towel - about 6.5 ounces - I could have gotten by with a smaller towel, but I was happy I had the XL size

Homemade hair turban towel - I bought a smaller pocket towel and made a hair turban out of it. It worked well on my long hair. Unfortunately, I lost it somewhere along the way, so I used my Buff instead.

Buff - used to dry my hair, and to cover my neck/face when it was cold

Rain gear - Homemade Parcho 7.2 ounces - I learned about this from another forum member. It worked great.

Euroschirm hands free trekking umbrella 13 ounces - This was the single heaviest item in my pack, but I wouldn't want to walk the Meseta without it. I used this mostly for sun protection, but it was great in the rain too!

Sleeping - Silk liner about 5 ounces. I bought a double sized silk liner and cut it down to a generous single size, and added a zipper.
Montbell Down Blanket about 7 ounces - I love this little blanket. It's small, but added enough warmth when tucked into the silk liner.

Toiletries - Tree Hut Mango 4 in 1 bar - I loved this bar for washing my hair and body. Unfortunately, it's been discontinued. :(
Conditioner bar that I bought on ETSY. This worked great, and I used it on my damp body after my shower before I dried off as a moisturizer.
I also brought small tubes of toothpaste and sunscreen, toothbrush, folding travel brush/mirror, small mascara (yes, I did use it occasionally), tinted sunscreen for my face, colored Burt's Bees lip balm

First aid - a half dozen bandaids, a few Compeed, a few feet of Leucotape, alcohol prep pad, tylenol ( I can't take ibuprofen or other NSAIDS) - I didn't need many of the bandaids or Compeed, and gave several away. Never needed any pain reliever on the Camino.

Clothes washing - I didn't want to waste my lovely Mango bar to wash my clothes, so I cut off a bit of a Zote laundry soap bar. When I used that up I bought a travel tube of liquid laundry soap. I think that in the future I would bring a liquid with me, something like Camp Suds.

I brought lots of safety pins, some of the large diaper pins with plastic heads - many of these broke, so I wouldn't take them again. Some regular clothes pins or binder clips would have been helpful on some of the clothes lines because the clothes would slip down the line sometimes when I used the safety pins.

Mesh bag - I pinned this to my pack when some of my clothing like underwear or bra didn't dry the day before. I just pinned my damp socks to the pack.

Hydration - Smart Tube and two collapsible water bottles; 1-one liter, and 1 half liter. I ended up putting the one liter bottle with the smart tube attached inside my backpack to keep the water cooler, so I think that in the future I would bring a water bladder/tube system.

Things that I bought along the way: I went to the big Decathlon store in Burgos with a couple of peregrinos who needed some new shoes, and bought a tank top to wear to sleep in instead of the trekking dresses. I wore it with the shorts. I had to replenish my sunscreen and toothpaste, and bought some moisturizer because my skin was getting pretty dry. I also bought some DEET spray because I was getting some kind of insect bites while I was out in the evenings.

Overall, I was very happy with what I chose to bring, and used just about everything in my pack.
 
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I created it based on a dress pattern that I've used in the past.
Thank you so very much for posting this info, and for including links where available.
Could you please post a photo of the dress you made, or of the pattern you modified? Curious as to why you chose merino wool for the material? Did that stand up well to the hot water machine washes?
 

trecile

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Here's one of the dresses:
hiking dress 2.jpg

I used a basic sleeveless dress pattern, then added the princess seams on the front so that I could give the pockets a more streamlined look. I also raised the neckline, and created a bit of a cap sleeve. I raised the neckline a bit more on the red dress that I'm wearing in my avatar photo.

I chose merino wool, because it's a natural wicking fabric, and keeps you cooler in hot weather and warm in cool weather. It also doesn't get stinky as fast as the synthetic fabrics. I usually washed every day, but a couple of times I didn't have the chance, and found that the dress didn't have an odor. I found it very comfortable to wear, even when it was 35C/95F.

And yes, it went through the washer and dryer with no problem. I did pre-wash the fabric before I sewed the dresses.

I bought the fabric online here, and chose a t-shirt weight - 160 - 170 gsm (grams per square meter)
 

AlongTheAway

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Here's one of the dresses:
View attachment 29872

I used a basic sleeveless dress pattern, then added the princess seams on the front so that I could give the pockets a more streamlined look. I also raised the neckline, and created a bit of a cap sleeve. I raised the neckline a bit more on the red dress that I'm wearing in my avatar photo.

I chose merino wool, because it's a natural wicking fabric, and keeps you cooler in hot weather and warm in cool weather. It also doesn't get stinky as fast as the synthetic fabrics. I usually washed every day, but a couple of times I didn't have the chance, and found that the dress didn't have an odor. I found it very comfortable to wear, even when it was 35C/95F.

And yes, it went through the washer and dryer with no problem. I did pre-wash the fabric before I sewed the dresses.

I bought the fabric online here, and chose a t-shirt weight - 160 - 170 gsm (grams per square meter)

Thank you for sharing about your dresses, I had not thought of making/wearing my own, you've provided great inspiration!
 

AlongTheAway

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Here's one of the dresses:
View attachment 29872

I used a basic sleeveless dress pattern, then added the princess seams on the front so that I could give the pockets a more streamlined look. I also raised the neckline, and created a bit of a cap sleeve. I raised the neckline a bit more on the red dress that I'm wearing in my avatar photo.

I chose merino wool, because it's a natural wicking fabric, and keeps you cooler in hot weather and warm in cool weather. It also doesn't get stinky as fast as the synthetic fabrics. I usually washed every day, but a couple of times I didn't have the chance, and found that the dress didn't have an odor. I found it very comfortable to wear, even when it was 35C/95F.

And yes, it went through the washer and dryer with no problem. I did pre-wash the fabric before I sewed the dresses.

I bought the fabric online here, and chose a t-shirt weight - 160 - 170 gsm (grams per square meter)

Hi Trecile,

I'm going to try making a dress! I am a beginner sewer, have made a few simple work dresses so I feel I could handle this (maybe!) I need to follow a pattern though, I will search for a simple dress pattern but thought I'd ask if you used one you could link to?

Thanks again for the inspiration :)
 

trecile

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Hi Trecile,

I'm going to try making a dress! I am a beginner sewer, have made a few simple work dresses so I feel I could handle this (maybe!) I need to follow a pattern though, I will search for a simple dress pattern but thought I'd ask if you used one you could link to?

Thanks again for the inspiration :)
I think that it was this pattern, McCalls 6559, but I'm not positive because I have a few similar patterns.
mccalls pattern.jpg
But I changed it a lot, so as a beginner sewer, you should try to find a pattern that is as close as possible to what you want your finished dress to be. I changed the neckline, extended the shoulders to make cap sleeves, and added princess seams down the front to integrate pockets.
First make the dress out of inexpensive fabric until you get the fit down before embarking on making one from the more expensive merino wool. And make sure that you pre-wash and dry the fabric before you start sewing.
 
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Trecile, what kind of stitch did you use for sewing wool? Did you have a serger?
 

trecile

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Trecile, what kind of stitch did you use for sewing wool? Did you have a serger?
I just had a basic sewing machine, and used an overcast stitch. But my husband gave me a serger for Christmas. :)
 
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@trecile, thanks so much for linking this. Super helpful. I've been wondering about August September and sunburn. I've seen some recommendations to keep totally covered up, but like you I prefer something shorter (purple rain skirt for me).

I've also been trying to decide if I should bring my glove liners or if that's ridiculous for this time of year.

Would you still take a bathing suit bottom? How many opportunites to swim are there?

How did it work using a buff for wrapping wet hair (why didn't I think of this????)? Did you use a wool one for this or the usual buff material?

You've got three cold weather layers...wool sweater, hoodie, and ghost light jacket. Would you still bring all 3? I've thought about bringing a UPF hoodie as a mid layer. Obviously designed to block the sun but I wonder if they might also double as a warmish layer if necessary?
 

trecile

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Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I've also been trying to decide if I should bring my glove liners or if that's ridiculous for this time of year.
It can be surprisingly cold in parts, even in the summer. I definitely used my lightweight merino liner gloves in September. I had a really cold rainy morning from Rabanal del Camino to Cruz de Ferro - it was about 4C/39F. My wool sweater, hoody and rain parcho kept my body nice and warm, but my hands would have really froze without the gloves. And my legs were perfectly warm with my merino tights. It was also cold up at O Cebreiro.
I left the gloves at home when I did the Francés in July/August 2017, and had to use socks on my hands around O Cebreiro.
Would you still take a bathing suit bottom? How many opportunites to swim are there?
I would probably still take the bathing suit bottom. I swam a few times on my 2017 Camino. There are a few albergues that have pools, and there are also public pools, not to mention streams that you can cool off in. On a really hot day there is nothing better than a nice cool swim!
How did it work using a buff for wrapping wet hair (why didn't I think of this????)? Did you use a wool one for this or the usual buff material?
It works pretty well. I also use a claw clip to hold it together. It's a regular fabric Buff. I don't think that I'd take a wool one at that time of year.
You've got three cold weather layers...wool sweater, hoodie, and ghost light jacket. Would you still bring all 3?
I didn't really need the Ghost jacket.
 
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