November 28, 2009

The city of love & lights

Guess where I have been last weekend... ok that wasn't too hard ;-)
I spent 3 fun filled days in Paris and thought I should share some of my experiences and tips with you in case you plan on travelling there some time soon, too.

First thing you should do when arriving in Paris is to buy metro pass for as many days as you will spent there. This pass allows you to take all the metros at any time within the city of Paris and costs less than 10 € for one and 20 € for 3 days. This price does not include the outskirts of the city like Versailles but you can get tickets including this area as well or just buy a single ticket if you want to go there. With this type of metro ticket you can easily get to any sightseeing points in the city and save the money you usually would spend on one of the expensive bus city tours.

For all of you that love fashion as much as I do, I can highly recommend the exposition of the work of Madeleine Vionnet at the art museum "Les arts décoratifs". The exhibition will still be there until the January 31 and stretches over 2 levels to show Vionnet's spectacular fashion and pattern making skills. I was so impressed by this display that I had to buy the related exhibition catalogue. You can find more info about this exhibition here.

Of course, you will have to visit all the important sightseeing spots such as the Eiffel tower, the Champs Élysées (which is nicely decorated during christmas time), Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame etc. (just to name a few).

Once it gets dark, you should take part in one of the boat tours on the Seine as the city is especially beautiful during night time. From the boat you can see most of the important landmarks and get a good overview over the city. Make sure that you get a tour without food or drinks as both are highly overpriced and are better taken in one of the typical Parisian restaurants.

For a typical Parisian/ French restaurant, I can highly recommend "Je thé ... me". This is one of those tiny restaurants that you won't find in any travel guides. We only found it through the recommendation of friends of my friend who live in Paris and are chefs themselves. The restaurant is small over 2 levels and has a nice vintage charm (reservations are a must as it really is tiny). For 38 € you can get a 3 course menu and it is so worth it as it was the best food I ever tasted. The chef mixes common dishes with uncommon spices which mix in your mouth to an ultimate sensation of taste. French cuisine at its best!

Instead of waiting hours in line to mount the Eiffel tower, you should ascend the tower of Montparnasse, the tallest skyscraper in France. First of all, it is much cheaper and actually get to see all of Paris including the Eiffel tower.

If you have another day left after visiting all sightseeing spots within the city, Versailles and its gardens are certainly worth a visit. Unfortunately, we had bad luck with the weather when visiting it and couldn't see much of the gardens due to the rain. Hopefully, you will have more luck than moi!

Happy travelling!

November 16, 2009

First finished creations for Wardrobe Refashion

Oh no, I'm starting with the same bad habit like last time I did the pledge...posting 2 creations every 2 weeks instead of 1 every week. I really need to work on this. It's not that I don't refashion anything, it's just that I'm a little lazy to post.

Firstly, the grey sweater that needed lots of repairing. I used an applique to cover up the hole. It sits a little high on my shoulder but that's unfortunately where the hole's position was at. In order to repair the unravelling neckline, I sewed on a velvet ribbon. Additionally, I also resewed the sleeve seams where they were opening up.

The next creation is not a refashion but sewn from scratch using stash materials. I only had to buy a zipper and lining. Yeah for using up stash materials! The pattern is from BWOF November 2007 pattern no. 105. Like you can see by the pinned needles, it is still not completely finished and needs some hand sewing at the hems and to fix the lining to the zipper. Hopefully, I get this done tonight while watching TV. My plan is to wear it on Thursday at my interview for an internship. Keep your fingers crossed for me ;-)

Even though I already started my next creation, a T-shirt from leftover jersey, I will probably not have the time to post it until next week. I will spend the night after the interview in Germany, as no trains are going back the same day, and then travel with my friends to Paris to spend the weekend there. I sound like such a globetrotter...

Happy sewing and refashioning!

November 06, 2009

Here we go again...

As I have been spending way too much money on clothing, I decided to go for another round of wardrobe refashion. Here is my pledge:

I, Julietta, pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 months. I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovated, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftiness brings! Signed Julietta

In addition, I will try to use fabrics from my stash and to create most of this year's christmas gifts myself. As you can see, I already have my first refashions lined up. The black shirt with purple stripes will be lengthened with a piece of black jersey from my stash. I seriously wonder whether I bought that shirt that short or did it shrink that much in the wash? I purchased the grey sweater at a thrift store in North Carolina and it is a prime example for the shoddy quality of mass produced clothing. It has a hole at the shoulder, the neckline is unravelling in several places and the sleeve seams are opening up in due to the tiny seam allowance (less than 5 mm). I hope I can rescue this sweater even though it turned out to be a lot more work than I first anticipated. The red cardigan was purchased at the same thrift store but is a rather easy refashion as it only needs buttons and buttonholes, so I get more use out of it.

Currently, I'm also working on a grey flannel dress which needs to be finished as soon as possible as I want to wear it to a job interview this month. The fabric is already cut, I just need to purchase the zipper and lining and I'm good to go. Happy sewing & refashioning!