Lindau

Diesen Juni habe ich mir um meinen Geburtstag herum eine Woche freigenommen. Das habe ich dann gleich zur Gelegenheit genommen, endlich mal nach Lindau zu fahren. Es sind nur 120 Kilometer, aber irgendwie bin ich bisher nicht dazugekommen. Genauer gesagt war ich “nur” auf der Insel Lindau. Dabei hatte ich auch richtig Glück mit dem Wetter. Als ich losgefahren bin, war es bereits grau (und es hat dann auch den ganzen Tag geregnet). In Lindau selbst hatte ich die ganze Zeit Sonnenschein und warme Temperaturen – ich war sogar fast zu warm angezogen. Erst auf der Rückfahrt hat das schlechte Wetter Lindau erreicht.

The last time I took a week off from work I decided that I should finally do the day trip to Lindau as I wanted to visit this town for quite some time now. The weather forecast wasn’t that good but I was really lucky – if I would have stayed at home, it would have rained all day. But I was 120 km apart and I had great weather and a great view towards the Alps and Austria. The sun was shining all the time and I did not need the pullover I took with me just in case. Only on my way back, the weather starting to turn grey and cold.
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Insgesamt habe ich ein paar Stunden auf dieser hübschen Insel im Bodensee verbracht. Die meiste Zeit habe ich am Hafen und der Hafeneinfahrt verbracht. Außerdem kann man wunderbar entlang des Ufers laufen. Erst danach bin ich noch in die historische Altstadt und habe dort eine kleine Pause in einem Cafe eingelegt. Beim Herumschlendern bin ich auch auf einen kleinen Laden gestoßen, der unter anderem Schals verkauft. Und nachdem ich gerade eine kleine Schal-Bessenheit entwickle, war diese Entdeckung die perfekte Ausrede für ein Souvenir als Erinnerung an meinen Ausflug nach Lindau.

I stayed a couple of hours on the little island on the eastern side of Lake Constance. At first, I was walking along the Harbour entrance with lighthouse and Bavarian Lion sculpture, later along the lakeside and then visited the cute historic town located on this 0.68-square-kilometre (0.26 sq mi) island. In between, I sat down in a cafe, enjoying the sun. Later I found a nice shop selling scarves. I found a beautiful one and now I even have a souvenir to remember my day trip. I’m a little obsessed with scarfes at the moment ;-).

More pictures of my day trip to Lindau can be found on flickr.

#BIWYFI – Türen im Juni

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In diesem Monat sind Türen das Thema von “Beauty is where you find it“. Von daher habe ich bei meinen beiden letzten Ausflügen nach Lindau und Salzburg tatsächlich mal auch auf Türen geachtet und bin richtig froh darum. Ich konnte dabei wirklich ein paar schöne Exemplare entdecken und auch wesentlich mehr beachten.

This month, doors are the theme of “Beauty is where you find it“. Inspired by this I paid also intention to doors while travelling to the city of Lindau and Salzburg. And I am really happy that I did. I saw some really nice doors which I might have overlooked otherwise. Or at least, I wouldn’t have a picture of them as souvenir.
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Oops, I did it again – Sewaholic Renfrew shirt

After my experience with altering the neckline of the Alma Blouse by choosing a smaller size, I decided I need to try this with the Renfrew shirt. Instead of the neckline Size 8 I choose the neckline from size 2 (while keeping size 8 for the rest of the pattern). And it worked again – the neckline is fitting way more nicely now.
Sewaholic Renfrew 2015-06-20 I probably now made enough Renfrew shirts to start with another alteration – I’d like to have a shirt with a waterfall neckline (so it is a bit different to the beautiful cowl neck provided). The pattern I do have by now should be the perfect basis for it.

Sewaholic Alma Blouse

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After buying the Renfrew pattern from Sewaholic, I was thrilled about the clear instructions and how easy everything went. I admired some of the other Sewaholic patterns for a long time now, and with this nice experience in mind, I bought a couple more.

Now that it got warmer, I decided to sew the Alma Blouse. I need more blouses for work and the pattern is perfect. I had some fabric in mind that I bought some time ago and as I did not dare to waste anything of it (I would even remember where I bought the fabric) I made muslins. It took me three muslins to allow myself to use the fabric I wanted. I love that the patterns are designed for pear-shaped woman as I do not need alterations then. But as I always need to alter length I need to make sure that it still works. For the first muslin, I choose a size too large (I’m somehow between size 6 and 8 with Sewaholic patterns and started with size 8). I tried to alter here and there on my muslin and thought – hm, it seems I need a size smaller. So I made a smaller one. All the problems I had before were gone. The only part I needed to adjust was for my narrow shoulder. I already removed 1 cm but still was not happy. Then I tried something new to combine the fact that I’m not as tall as the average woman and to adjust to my narrow shoulders. I kept size 6 for everything except the neckline which I decided to be size 0. I connected the outer size 6 corner of the shoulder with the inner size 0 corner  of the shoulder. From my pattern drafting book I knew that I should keep the bigger armscye as it is also depending on the bust size. On the pattern, this grading between sizes looked a bit weird, so I made a third muslin just to be sure. And as I hoped and expected, it worked for me! I will keep this in mind to see if this is a strategy I can use in general.
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The fabric is quite sheer and in order to sew it really nice, I even made french seams. I cut the fabric carefully, so I had enough for the belt. But to be honest, I like it better without. And I love the little V-cut and the small sleeves. The balance of hips and shoulders is so much better!
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For sure, this won’t be the last Alma Blouse!