Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Wedding of the Century

Bay and Kolbaska met back in March and it was love at first sniff. It was obvious from the start that a wedding would need to happen. In the middle of summer, on a very hot July day, the two lovebirds officially tied the knot! The wedding was glorious, chaotic and hilarious.

We got a few videos:

This second one shows the pre-wedding jitters:

The days leading up to the big event were so much fun. A few friends came over and we worked on the doggies' outfits. I think I've discovered my true calling - I should be a doggy bridal designer!

I sewed up a white organza veil and skirt for the bride Kolbaska, and a blue net skirt for her Maid of Honor, Mara. Marysia (Mother of the Bride) blinged them out with sparkly stuff. Somehow in all the excitement of the ceremony we forgot to take proper photos of the bridal party.... So here are a few pics pre-bling during the fittings.

Maid of Honor trying on her skirt

Bay checking out the Maid of Honor while his bride is not around.

The Maid of Honor helping out with the fitting when the Bride couldn't be there.

As "Mother of the Groom" I wanted to have a really nice dress and that's actually why I made my Marilyn inspired dress but in the end I couldn't get it finished in time (goddamn all the gathers and piping!!!). So I wore a silk shirt I made earlier this year, and made a matching bow tie for Bay.

The "Father of the Groom" came to my sewing room and learnt how to make his own bow tie!

The Best Man borrowed Bay's Rainbow Pride bow tie.

There was even a doggy wedding cake made from fish!

Wait. I seriously have to help cut the cake?

Cutting of the cake

Originally the Priest was going to be a dog but he couldn't come in the end but it worked out so well with a human one!

This pic is my fave

Friday, December 1, 2017

Fabric stores in Budapest

8 Nov 2020 - Some of  the best stores have sadly closed since I first wrote this post but now it's up to date.

These are my favourite places to shop here in Budapest. They are not in any particular order.

1132 Budapest, Váci út 14
1015. Hattyú u. 18.
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00-18:00, Saturday 9:30-13:30

I love this shop so much (the Vaci ut 14 one)! It has gorgeous fabrics. Silks, lace, wool. High quality polyester fabrics too. They have a big selection of lining fabrics too - and silk blend linings which they have hidden out the back. The prices are quite high but their stuff is really so nice. For example they have solid washed silk for around 7000 ft/metre. The Buda shop (Hattyú) is very small but has some nice stuff, I wouldn't go out of the way for that one, but if you are near Széll Kálmán tér pop in.
1073. Erzsébet Krt. 34
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00-18:00, Saturday 9:30-13:30

This is connected to Voál, so the staff can often tell you if the fabric you are looking for is at one of the other shops. Like the other day I was looking for navy ribbing which they didn't have in one, but had in the other. This shop has quilting cottons, a great pleather selection, upholstery fabric, plush fabric.

1087. Baross tér 4-5
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00-18:00, Saturday 10:00-14:00

This is in a beautiful building close to Keleti. It looks like a library - except the shelves are lined with fabric instead of books! From the outside you would think they have higher prices than they do. They have sweater knits, denim, pleather, fake fur, lycra swimsuit fabric in solid colours, quite nice jersey (but not many colours) and lots of other stuff. They have low priced, good quality fabrics. Years ago I didn't really like the staff there but now they have become so nice. And funny. I went there after a few successful months of not buying fabric (trying to reduce my stash) and one of them asked if I was "cheating on them?". I still laugh thinking about it.

1074. Hársfa u. 5-7, the entrance is from Barát utca though.
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00-18:00, Saturday 9:00-14:00

This shop has everything you need for making sparkly/standout dance costumes - glittery, sequinned fabrics, feathers, bra cups, rhinestones, ribbons, fringes, shoes etc. It is a bit on the expensive side but they have a great selection of stretch fabrics and it is nice to be able to find all the bits and pieces in one store. They have lots of cool swimsuit prints (this place is always my first choice for bikini fabric). This is also where I usually get fabric for leotards.

I Love Textil 
1092. Ferenc krt 24
1085. József krt 60
1073. Erzsébet krt 10-12
1067. Teréz krt 3
1137. Szent Istvan krt 2
1093. Vámház krt 11
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00-18:00, Saturday 9:00-13:00

This is a chain of stores mainly on the Körút but they also have a shop on the kiskörút near Kálvin tér. They have very cheap fabrics (most of it is only 490 ft/metre). Some of it is a little bit more. Like 690 ft/m :) It is not all the best quality but if you hunt around sometimes you can find some lovely fabrics. They have a lot of knits/jersey. I think the best one is the one at Teréz krt 3.

Laguna Text
1137. Radnóti Miklós utca 17
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00-17:30

This small shop has mainly dancewear/swimwear fabrics. Stretchy lycra, SEQUIN FABRIC (my favourite!), lace. Often they have nice printed swimsuit fabric as well as plain swim in a million colours.

Special Textil
1052. Petőfi Sándor utca 18
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00-18:00, Saturday 10:00-14:00

1136. Pannónia u. 15
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00-18:00, Saturday 10:00-13:00

This is a very old, gorgeous shop (it's around 100 years old!). They have beautiful silks and wool. Lots of coating fabric. It is definitely pricey but like the name, it's special. They have two shops but I have only been to the one in the city centre (the one on Petőfi Sándor). You can also get clothes made there!

Fortuna Méterárú (no website that I know of)
1132. Váci út 10.
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00-18:00, Saturday 10:00-13:00

This place has great sweater making supplies. Fleece and plush fabrics. Jersey. Ribbing in lots of colours. Beans for beanbags. The staff are very nice. And they have haberdashery stuff too which is pretty unusual for fabric stores here.

Kis Brammer
1065 Budapest, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 23.
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00-18:00, Saturday 9:30-13:00

I rarely go in this store but it has one of my absolute favourite window displays. It always makes me stop and sigh and dream of the gorgeous dresses those fabrics could become. A lot of the prices are extremely high, they have breathtaking silks, designer fabrics, bridal fabrics. This is why I don't go in because I'll just make myself upset about all of the fabrics I would want to buy but really, really shouldn't.

1052 Budapest, Régiposta utca 7-9.
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00-18:00, Saturday 10:00-13:00

This is button paradise! I love this tiny shop. I love bringing in my near completed garments to choose buttons with the help of the lovely ladies here. It really is a wonderful experience. They don't just have buttons though, they also have belt buckles, thread and some other haberdashery.

I'm not listing all the addresses because there are so many of them but they are there on the shop's website.

This is a haberdashery chain. They have shops all over the city. Most of the things are hidden behind the counter so you have to ask for everything by name. And they won't always show or tell the whole selection that they really have (like if you ask for underwear elastic they might only show you the white and black stuff but they probably have blue and pink in another container...) So it can be a bit of a struggle and very frustrating, but they are good for zips, thread, elastic, shoulder pads, bra cups etc.

Do you have a favourite shop I should check out?