While occasional travelers may not realize it, frequent flyers need to have some DIY fashion skills to stave off wardrobe malfunctions while on the road. From broken heels to torn ties, clothing emergencies are all too common for frequent flyers.
They may even find themselves in situations where they have forgotten to pack an item of clothing or their luggage never makes it to their destination.
That’s when DIY fashion skills truly are put to the test. So, whether you’re new to the world of frequent flying or you’re trying to sharpen your DIY skills, here are four DIY fashion tips for frequent flyers to help you look your best no matter what happens.
1. Learn How to Sew
You don’t have to be a professional seamstress, but you should know how to sew. When you can sew, you can turn any torn or otherwise ruined garment into a wearable item, and in a fairly short amount of time. While frequent flyers most likely will not have access to a sewing machine on the road, they easily can carry a small sewing kit or find one while on the go to repair clothing issues. It may be something as simple as sewing a button back on, or something as complex as repairing a zipper, but you will not be able to do either if you don’t know how to sew.
If you become adept enough at sewing, you may even be able to take an ill-fitting garment and make it better suited to you. If you realize that your business meeting is more dressy than casual, you may be able to turn the garments you had packed into more appropriate attire with your sewing skills. You’ll also get to display your own sense of style when you sew your own DIY fashions.
2. Allow Yourself to Find What Works for You
If you worry about getting all of your seams perfectly straight or following even the most complicated of instructions, you will throw in the towel on your DIY fashion before you even get started. Avoid some of the stress associated with being a frequent flyer and allow yourself to find what works for you. Check out some YouTube tutorials, ask your sewing friends for tips, and look for beginner patterns and tutorials. Don’t expect to make a perfect garment after your first try, and give yourself permission to start small and then work your way up to more complex garments.
When you are home and have some extra time, dedicate the day to practicing and acquiring new skills. Put on your comfy clothes, grab some of your favorite snacks, and concentrate on achieving whatever sewing goal you have set for yourself. When you get too frustrated or overwhelmed, take a break and then try again. The more you work on your sewing, the more you will find what works for you, and the more you will enjoy creating DIY fashion.
3. Learn How to Mix and Match Travel Essentials
If you pack every item of clothing to make the perfect outfit every time, you’re going to be carrying far too much luggage. DIY fashion includes knowing how to mix and match travel essentials to create outfits on the go. One tip is to choose a set of basic black leggings that you love and include them every time you board a plane. The leggings will serve many purposes while you’re on your travels, from keeping you warm to acting as your pants to doubling as pajama bottoms. A twist on this tip is to include a black pair of shorts or pants, or a black mid-length dress that you can mix and match with nearly anything else in your suitcase.
4. DIY Travel Sewing Kit
Accessories are just as much a part of fashion as tops and bottoms, so here’s a DIY fashion tip for frequent flyers who love accessories: a felt sewing kit to help you implement the first and second tips more easily while on the road.
The felt travel sewing kit helps frequent flyers to be prepared for any sewing emergency on-the-go by including all the necessities. You can include any animal or symbol on the front of the kit, especially if you are honing your sewing skills and practicing your DIY fashion skills.
You may not be able to solve all of your wardrobe issues while on the go, but frequent flyers will have a much better chance of being prepared for fashion disasters if they know how to sew, take the time to find which DIY skills and strategies work for them, learn how to mix and match travel essentials, and toss a DIY travel sewing kit into their luggage before boarding the plane for their next adventure.
Aimee Lyons is a twenty-something free spirit who loves crafting, painting, building, and anything else that lets her exercise her creative muscles. A born do-it-yourself kind of girl, she started DIYDarlin.com to inspire others to embrace their inner creators and tackle projects with confidence. When she isn’t crafting, you might find her vintage shopping or taking her Corgi Champ out exploring in her hometown of Austin, Texas.