The spring is almost there. Apart from the bright sun and trees in bloom, it brings along the need to strip away the layers of the heavy winter clothing and to jump into something light. Personally, I prefer to follow the change of season with the change of my clothing colors. It’s not the light reflection/ light absorbtion thingy but my deliberate act of season distinction: It’s spring! – I put on fair colors to celebrate it. Here comes my first spring tribute: a cream-colored shift dress.
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It was such a pleasure to have Vassilis Christopoulos here in Konstanz. He is a great conductor and will definitely be missed. For his farewell concert on June, 21, Vassilis chose two pieces that one would never even dream to hear in combination: Beethoven’s Symphony Nr.6 F-major op.68 “Pastorale” and Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique op.14. The first piece is all about country life – cheerful mood on arrival in the countryside, scenes from a brook, thunder and storm, singing shepherds – pure nature. The second piece, on the other hand, is based on the autobiography of Hector Berlioz and reflects his love affair with the actress Harriet Smithson. At least, the first three scenes. The last two scenes describe his dreams under the influence of opium: his own execution and a witches’ Sabbath featuring his lover. Quite an impressive mixture, isn’t it?
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No-no, it’s not a converter! These are two entirely separate pieces!
A year ago a bought a piece of D&G fabric. It was a viscose(haha)-elastane blend that caught my eye with its Acropolis pattern. I decided to buy it for a tunic or a top. The fabric consisted of rapports of about one meter in the length, each of which was also subdivided into two patterns of 70 cm in the width.
I sewed a really nice top that is never going to retire. EVER. I love it! It’s really wearable and can be dressed up and down according to different occasions.
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Some people hate neon colors and in many cases they are right. When I first sewed this dress, my brother-in-law told me: “Change into something neutral, please, you make my eýes hurt.”
Impolite as it was, it was also to some extent reasonalbe: people should respect other people. Thus, I had to consider some outfits that could be wearable without the assistance of seeing aid .
I was not really worried about my co-workers, as the lab environment presupposes not the best mood. My colorful dress was thus a happy change and a “shot of sun”. Besides, scientists are pretty strange people (I guess, everybody is familiar with the Big Bang Theory). So, I was only worried about the rare casual occasions without the lab. Now, let’s have a look at the looks (:)) and decide whether they have a right for existence.
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Long before SATC the movie II, we got married twice. Not like Pamela Anderson repeatedly married her husbands, but first, we got married at the city hall and second (two years later), in a church. I was rather a non-bridal bride back in 2008, wearing a black dress, which is why I decided to be a real bride the second time around and wear something gorgeous. We are talking about me, right? So, buying a dress never seemed to be an option. My mother insisted on having it sewn rather than sewing it myself. “It’s an omen,” she said “to sew your own wedding dress.” Well, I thought that I’d already been married for two years and went for creating it myself. And I was right!
After a couple of weeks brooding over the pattern I came upon this Carolina Herrera dress.
The whole crochet dress was a little bit too much for me, but a skirt having similar “scales” felt like a right and pretty extraordinary choice. I tried different patterns and materials and finally chose silk organza (6 meters), satin and organza ribbons (about one kilometer) and pearls (no idea, how many). First, I made several samples of a “scale” using simple stitching, embroidering, ribbon stitching. Then, out of several samples I chose the one that looked best and required the minimum of effort (relatively, of course). Finally, I made a sample of the skirt, cut it into “scales” and calculated the time it would take me to make them. Three months. Well, it took me four months to make them. And it was worth it! My husband loved my outfit and was telling EVERYBODY that I made it myself. I will stop talking about it right now. I’ll just show it.
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I tried to stay away from my blogs while finalizing my thesis. Guess what! It’s still far from being finalized. (an exhausted smiley is banging HER head against the wall here) So, welcome me back among the non-scientific living! It’s Christmas, Baby!
Before I tell you the tales of my Journey to Frankfurt and my birthday, with the Christmas stories to follow, I’ll revisit the warm fall days. My most favorite fall look always included a pair of sneakers. Not that I have never done it before, but this fall I was completely justified in my habit to pair sneakers and skirts.
The first combi consists of my 2014 favorite neopren skirt, a stepped top (both by tally_zhiv) and a pair of sketchers
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I saw it, I touched it, and I knew it: I have to buy it! Though obsessed with it, I still had no idea what to make of it even a couple of years later. My gut told me to sew a dress over and over again. But my closet kept on reasoning with it in favor of a pair of trousers. The neverending discussion was roughly interrupted by the common sense: Trousers? Too flowy! A jacket? Too soft and, again, too flowy! I guess, my common sense is to some degree related to my gut… Or on its payroll. So, the two tricksters left me no choice. And je ne regrette rien! The fabric loves my skin and my skin loves it back!
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What do people do at a ball? They dance. What if they can’t dance? Well, they still find a way to have a great time!
1) They show off their evening gowns (of course, all by tally_zhiv :))
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Every fall the University of Konstanz organizes a ball. The majority of the attendees are affiliated to the university but the number of those not affiliated to it grows every year. The best part of the ball, apart from great catering and music, is surely the evening attire that can (at last!) be taken out to “see-and-be-seen”.
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Have you ever heard about fabrics for dresses that are soft but still voluminous? And I don’t mean taffeta-like volume, but rather “I cut you this way because I also want you to fit this way” volume.
Continue reading Cloqué, please!