The “Ritzy” ensemble
This weeks’s photos were taken at the most modern square we have in entire Berlin and I’ll be honest with you: It’s not my favorite place. There are hardly any trees there (or they are so small that I don’t perceive them as trees…) and modern buildings as far as the eye can see. I am talking about Potsdamer Platz. “The Platz to be.” (Yes, this is their advertising slogan. They are very witty bunch.) Potsdamer Platz used to be no-man’s-land because the Berlin Wall went right through that area. I tried to get a pic in front of the part of the Berlin Wall that is still standing there but all kinds of food vans were parked around it – don’t ask me why! I didn’t want a meat delivery van to steal my thunder so we went towards the Ritz that is also located there. Ironically, we weren’t even aware that the Ritz was behind me when we took the pics…we had simply wanted to have a less crowded area. Probably not the smartest move because which of you guys wants to see grass and the boring Ritz building in the background?
Oh well, all in all, we’re getting better at taking photos although there’s still a lot to improve. Like in this poorly photoshopped picture here:
I like the way I look in this pic and I am including it because it shows my oufit best. I don’t like that hubby didn’t pay attention that an ugly grey box was right next to my head and that he actually didn’t get any part of the Sony Center in the picture.
This is the Sony Center from the inside:
Supposedly, it is a big architectural accomplishment and you can always see tourists staring up the dome with open mouths. I have seen St. Paul’s Cathedral in London – maybe I am just being a spoilt brat. And maybe I am just terribly unappreciative of modern architecture. The dome has blinds that can be opened and closed depending on the weather. In the pic, the blinds are open because it wasn’t raining. When it rains, the blinds close automatically but they don’t offer a 100% protection from the rain – you can always feel a few drops – but it’s better than being out in the pouring rain. There is a movie theatre in here that shows American movies in the original language and that’s the only reason why we keep going back here. Hubby still has trouble with German and I hate watching the dubbed versions of movies that I am perfectly able to understand in the original language.
Anyway, back to my outfit which consists of 3 pieces: a blue spiral skirt, a white and blue blouse and a coral red wool jacket. The jacket doesn’t totally fit to the blouse’s neckline but it was chilly that evening and it was the jacket that worked best with this outfit. I already have so many jackets and blazers but nothing that really works well with this blouse. Good excuse to make another jacket…
The skirt is made of an extremely lightweight denim. It drapes so well that I am not even sure whether it really is denim. It does look like denim but that’s pretty much all that it has in common with it. It was very difficult to work with because the seams slip apart when there is tension on them. Well, one look at the tight skirt and you know that such fabric is a big no-no for this type of skirt. I almost thought I wouldn’t be able to wear it but I undid all the seams of the hip/thigh area, put fusible interfacing on the seam lines, sewed the seams, made something similar to a flat fell seam on the critical parts (the hem area has to drape well so that has simple seams only) and when this still wasn’t enough I zigzagged between the two straight seams to keep the fabric from slipping – it actually does work very well now but I think in future, I’ll test the fabric beforehand for seam slippage when I plan to make a tight skirt.
I finished the skirt in early June but didn’t wear it because it didn’t have a top that went well with it. The afternoon before we were about to go out I had the brilliant idea to refashion a dress into a blouse. Yes, the blouse used to be a dress that I had made when I was 20 and was extremely skinny. The dress still fit me but only because I am one of those people who put on weight in the hip/thigh/leg area not because I still weigh the same *sigh*. Anyway, all my extra weight is on my lower part of the body and nowadays, I’d never ever wear a dress that finishes above my knees. Since I still really loved the dress it was a great solution to cut off the skirt and make a blouse out of it. I made a shaped hem so that the blouse is shorter on the side and longer in the center front and back. I love this blouse so much that I have decided to use that dress pattern to make another blouse for myself.
I made it in 2006 and so far I have worn it only once or twice since then. It’s made of boiled wool with a rose print and the wind goes right through it. This means that it’s completely useless for a really cold day but too warm for a warm day. We’re having a strange June though – rainy and relatively cool but not really cold. I have finally found the perfect weather for this jacket so I might be able to wear it more often from now on. The fit is far from perfect – it was one of my first projects after I had taken a pattern drafting class and I might have been a bit too ambitious at the time but it looks alright and is definitely wearable if one manages to find the perfect weather for it. I am starting to love this jacket and am actually wearing it right now while I am writing this post. It’s warm and cosy and for once I look a bit fancy when I sit at the computer.
Skirt: Spiral skirt pattern from Birch Street Clothing – modified. I combined the pattern with my favorite pencil skirt because I didn’t like the baggy look of the original design.The pattern is still available but if you want to try it out be wary about the measurements. I tried to make the original skirt for my sister and it turned out way too small. Make sure you calculate yourself how many skirt panels you really need and don’t trust the instructions there.
Blouse: Dress pattern from a Burda sewing pattern magazine from the early 90s. Rayon material.
Jacket – self drafted in 2006.
⁃ Notions: zipper for the skirt – 1.60 EUR. The buttons of the blouse were already on the dress.
⁃ Time to complete: Blouse – 1 hour (Easy!) Skirt – don’t ask. It took me FOREVER to adjust the pattern the way I wanted it. I made two muslins. I struggled with the seam slippage…I don’t even want to estimate how many hours I spent on this. Same goes for the jacket but that was years ago so it doesn’t count anyway.
⁃ First worn: June 23
⁃ Wear again? – Yes! Yes! Yes!
⁃ Total price: The fabric for the skirt was about 20 EUR plus 1,60 EUR for the zipper.