This dress ended up being a bear to sew -- 16 parallel darts all around!
My favorite piece is the cape on the left. The color is actually more of a carnation pink rather than the bright pink on the screen. It is a luscious wool + tiny bit of cashmere blend and is lined with a sueded silk charmeuse, which feels great without being too slippery. The outfit on the right is a textured cotton/synthetic blend with strips of leather to highlight the curved seams. The lining + blouse is an amazing silk crepe print that I absolutely adore.
Here's the Classic French Jacket again, with a matching fit/flare skirt I managed to squeeze out of the remaining yardage. The top is a silk/cotton blend with a pleated collar and tie neckline. I knit a cardi as well, but I think the shade of pink doesn't quite go with the rest of the collection. The asymmetric zip jacket is a fave as well -- it was a last-minute addition because I had enough fabric from the cape and some leather scraps. It needs another muslin to really perfect the fit of the sleeves. The trousers are fully lined with a leather waistband. The top under the jacket is made from extra lining fabric from the cape.
Hike up to the site of Ravensburg's castle. After climbing those steps, I realized I need to work out more!
Views of Ravensburg from the site of the town's original castle. Ravensburg is a well-preserved medieval town with dramatic towers and gates, located in southern Germany near the Swiss border. On a clear day, you can apparently see the Alps, but it was cloudy and rainy the entire time we were there. This was the clearest day we had.
I took a train/ferry to Meersburg, a town on the shores of Lake Constance, which borders Switzerland (one side of the lake is Germany and the other side is Switzerland). Here's a view of the town from the ferry. This town is also a well-preserved medieval town with a castle with sections that apparently date back to the 700s.
Here's the new castle, which was built right next to the old one. Looks a bit more inviting!
Everyone was eating ice cream, so I couldn't pass it up. Cherry -- tasty!
One of the highlights of being in Ravensburg was their saturday market -- a local tradition since the 1100s or so -- where the main streets are lined with vendors selling produce, cheese, meats, breads, prepared foods, and even yarn.
From Ravensburg, we took the train to Munich to spend a few vacation days there.
This was ground zero for tourists -- the Neues Rathaus and Glockenspiel in the Marienplatz area. We heard the chimes ring at 5 pm and saw the amazing figurines twirl -- the Glockenspiel is definitely worth navigating the crowds to see.
We walked a lot in Munich and came across random things -- like this shrine to Michael Jackson.
And this very fancy car that had my husband drooling.
On our way to a museum, we stumbled on a street fair, so we decided to ditch the museum and check out the fair instead. Glad we did -- a lot of fun to see vendors, performers (like this big band playing great music) and people out and about enjoying the festivities, despite the rainy weather.
We took a train to Dachau, which is in the outskirts of Munich, to visit the site of Germany's first concentration camp. It was a sobering experience. History has always been one of my favorite subjects, so I had some knowledge before visiting, but being there at the site was an overwhelming and indescribable experience -- and one that should not be missed.
We had a wonderful trip -- too short to really experience everything, but hopefully there will be other trips in the future. Here are just some random shots -- I loved seeing the traditional trachten (Bavarian clothing) in the windows and in the stores, as everyone was gearing up for Oktoberfest!
And of course I couldn't leave Germany without taking a photo of Karl Lagerfeld -- he has a twin!