Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring has returned!

I haven't done any sewing in months, I haven't been doing any of my usual hobbies except reading.
I feel like I am someone who used to sew. Someone who used to go to aerial hoop and pole dance classes. Someone who used to to swim, and do weights, and love going to the gym.

But the long, dark winter is over. Spring is here in Budapest, it's time to make changes.


I have a date with my sewing machine today!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I love getting mail

I opened my mailbox on Saturday and found a wonderful surprise. The February German edition of BurdaStyle magazine with a dress I made in it! The belt and bag are me-made too.


I made this dress four years ago. I hadn't realised it was that long ago at all. I still wear it all the time.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Loss of control...

Most of this year I have been trying to keep my fabric purchases to a minimum. I didn't even buy any fabric when I was in the fabric paradise of New York... Today though...



I went a little crazy. I came home with 22 metres of fabric... I popped into a fabric shop in Buda which I rarely visit, just to see what they had (always a bad idea...). They had this cool comic type fabric so I bought the last of it. It's cream with a green print. My camera made the colours funny.



Then on the tram home I was looking out the window and saw a fabric shop having a closing down sale (!!!) so I jumped out to have a look. Crazy low prices for really nice fabric. So I kinda went a little overboard. They had really nice plain fabric which will be perfect for dresses so I bought what was left of the black (more than 13 metres... :S will be a lot of dresses....) and two metres of a very dark blue. And then I spotted a gorgeous blue striped silk remnant which I just could not resist. I'm thinking it will become a skirt.



When I got the receipt I remembered that I had bought fabric in that shop many years ago. Such a beautiful receipt - like from another era. Actually I guess it is old. It has a place to write the fillér on it which were the smallest Hungarian coins which went out of circulation in the 90s, well before I even moved here...



Then I went into a third store, again just to see what they had... It's a chain, the same as the first one I went into today and they had the same cartoon fabric IN DIFFERENT COLOURS!!! So I had to buy it in blue too... maybe I will make pants, maybe bags. Not sure yet.

They had just one metre left of this spotted fabric. This is what happens when I don't go shopping often enough - I miss out on all the great fabric! It would make such a nice jacket but I think I only have enough for a skirt... What do you think I should use it for?


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Bridesmaids dresses



A woman I have known for several years got married recently. She asked me to make five bridesmaids dresses for the little girls in her wedding. I was so excited to work on this project - little princess dresses! Shiny fabric!


She bought metres and metres of different fabrics - satin, tulle, organza in purple, pale pink, hot pink, green, grey. So many choices! I played around with a few ideas but in the end I went for simple and only used the off white satin with pale pink and off white organza.


Everyone was gathered at the venue an hour or so before the wedding. That was enough time for half of the dresses to get ripped.... Gaaaaah! Kids playing chase with their friends... there was no way the dresses could have stayed pristine...




For the four youngest girls (aged 4-8) I used a basic bodice pattern and added a gathered skirt with an organza overlay. I am so in love with my overlocker - it was so easy to do beautiful rolled hems on the organza. What I did not know though is that if the hem is stood on it can rip off... and if kids are running around on slopes and climbing in long dresses... well then hems will definitely get stood on.

The dresses buttoned up the back with fabric covered buttons. The oldest girl is a bit of a tomboy and did not even want to wear a dress. Hers was a very simple shift dress with a shiny satin yoke and the matt side of the satin on the outside for the main part of the dress. She is the one in the red.




Friday, June 28, 2013

New York, New Yoooooork!



I got back last week from New York. I spent a wonderful two weeks there. I saw some very interesting shows, caught up with old friends, met lots of great new people, went to lots of pole dancing classes (at the studio I went to in Brooklyn it was very different to what I am used to, more sexy dancing, less acrobatics - more like what I guess most people think of when they think of pole dancing, but it was fun and challenging).

There was an art festival on Governor's Island my first weekend there. There was a great dance group who use bikes to dance with! So talented. And strong! I was trying to get some nice pics and one guy was right in my way.  And then after the show was over I realised it was Iris, someone I had actually met a few days earlier and had a great chat with! And he made the awesome bike contraption you can see in the second video!! And I even got Iris in the second vid without knowing it was him.





I couldn't go to New York without checking out the garment district. The fabric stores are so big there! I ran into Nettie in Mood!!

I spent a lot of time browsing at Spandex House. I think they should rename it Spandex Paradise. I don't think I have ever seen so much stretchy fabric all in one place in my life.

This was only half of one aisle in a shop with two levels. Overwhelming amount of fabric.


A good few hours were wiled away going through many shops that only sold spandex but I resisted temptation and didn't buy anything (my fabric stash at home is too big as it is...). At the airport later I was very glad for this.

I saw an amazing performance of Peter Pan at the House of Yes. A lot of the performers were also aerialists, so they were flying through the air wearing wonderful costumes. After the show I got a photo with the sexy Captain Hook.



The House of Yes is such a cool, magical place. As well as performances they also have aerial arts classes. AND a bar! I went to an aerial silk class with the lovely Kae. She had some good tips. One was to keep pointing my toes even when they cramp. Not so easy to do but I am working on it!


I finally got to meet Kameko's gorgeous two year old! Isn't she just so adorable!



We had a lot of fun spinning around until Kameko was like.... ummmm, you might pull her arms out of their sockets. I did not know you are not meant to do that with kids under four :S




Kameko is upstate in the Hudson Valley so I went for a visit. While there I challenged a random guy at the bar to a cartwheel competition with Kameko. I blame all the margaritas and interesting beers...


Jake was actually pretty good at cartwheeling!



The next afternoon he picked me up on his motorbike and we spent a few hours going all around. It was wonderful and exhilarating! The beautiful nature, cute little towns. The sun was shining, the wind on my skin. Stopped for the most delicious chicken salad sandwich. Then we got caught in the pouring rain. An unforgettable day.



The next day, back in New York, I got a call from a friend who I hadn't seen in about 4 or 5 years. She saw some pics I posted on facebook and she knows Jake, the cart wheeling biker!!! Crazy small world!

On my last day I was at the airport three hours before my flight because my friend Sterling was flying  in from Paris. (We coincidentally both booked transatlantic flights for the exact same dates flying in AND out!! He was lovely and let me stay at his place in Brooklyn for the entire time). We were just relaxing, catching up. No stress.



We flew with the same airline so assumed it was the same terminal and when we went up earlier to the departures part a staff member told us that all check ins are right there. But that was not true. Realised that 90 min before my flight was due to leave.



Rushed to the correct terminal (they are not exactly close), waited in the slowest moving line ever. Finally got to the front and the checkin man was like "it is too late, you have to take the flight tomorrow". WAAAAH! Minor freakout. I told him I needed to get on that flight and then after a little pleading they said if I took my big backpack as hand luggage I could fly!! They even let me take scissors and "dangerous" liquids on the plane! I was SO glad that I usually pack reasonably light and could do this.

I want to go back to New York!!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Aerial Hoop and Pole Dance Videos!

Finally the videos from the amateur pole dance and aerial arts competition have been uploaded!

I made three outfits for the competition:

My sequinned leotard and the slippers.






Rosy's hoop outfit





Manyi's leotard for the pole dance.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Me-Made-May 23-31

Me-Made-May is over. I am actually pretty glad. It was such a long, tiring month. I can't remember ever working so many hours before... it made the month pass so quickly. It's good to have some extra money though. I will go to New York soon for two weeks!

At the start of the month I had two goals - to not repeat the same me-made outfits in one week, and to make myself 4 new items. The first one I am pretty sure I managed (have to check the pics to be sure) but the second... haha. I don't think I even made myself one thing.... I got kinda snowed under with other things.

May 23

Not the most flattering angle. I can hold this pose much longer than I used to be able to.  Getting stronger!

What I wore:

  • Navy leggings - self drafted
  • Black cut out leotard - self drafted


What I wore:



May 24

Dinner at my favourite Indian sandwich place.

What I wore:

Instead of swimming I just ended up being lazy and sitting in the sauna and gossiping with one of my friends.


What I wore: 

  • Polka Dot Bikini - self drafted

May 25

This was a pretty great day. I worked in the morning. Then went to the gym (didn't get pics of my gym outfit though).

There was something shocking happening. Just can't remember what it was.....

What I wore: 


Then later on I went to the goodbye party of one of my hoop classmates. It was held in the pole dance studio where we go for classes. It made for a fun party venue :) Everyone trying out their stuff on the pole while tipsy.


What I wore: 

  • Little black scallop dress - self drafted
  • Black pullover - self drafted
  • Black sparkly leggings - self drafted


May 26

I was babysitting at a wedding. The kids were fun and so cute. But little terrors! I forgot how mischievous kids can be.  I made five bridesmaids dresses for little girls. They ripped them before the ceremony even started....

Brrrr. Did not feel like late May at all.

What I wore:

  • Blue wrap cardigan
  • Scallop neck polka dot dress - bodice based on Danielle pattern, the rest self drafted
  • Lavender petticoat - self drafted, hidden :)


May 27

I was so hungover this day. Thank god for Burger King. Deep fried food has some magical healing powers.

What I wore:

  • Black pullover - self drafted
  • Ahoy striped dress - self drafted
  • Grey leopard leggings - self drafted 

May 28

What I wore:

  • Floral, tiger and Indian Headdress dress - a Burda mag pattern
  • Aubergine cardigan
  • Black and white bag - self drafted
  • Shiny green leggings - self drafted

May 29

Cat Cafe!

What I wore:


Then later on I changed into one of my favourite dresses.

I just realised my new camera apparently does not have a self timer on it...

What I wore:


May 30


What I wore:

Forgot again to ask someone to take my pic...

What I wore:

  • Black scallop dress . - self drafted
  • Black pullover - self drafted

May 31

I made my friend Benoit get up much earlier than he would have liked to and meet me before work. I'm kinda sad that I have to resort to breakfast dates with my friends in order see them.We realised this was the probably the first time we have ever met in the morning in five years of friendship...



What I wore:




  • Rainbow Pride Dress  - self drafted
  • Black pullover - self drafted


  • It was actually one of my fave days of the year - lomtalanítás. Once a year everyone can throw all their old furniture, clothes, suitcases, appliances etc out onto the street. It makes the whole district look TERRIBLE with huge piles of rubble everywhere. I love it! Controlled chaos. People come in from the outer districts and camp out days before the actual lomtalanítás day so that they can get their hands on the good stuff. They then sit there guarding it and you can buy the things you want from them. Or the less prized items you can just take. The next day it is all cleaned up. I found a cool black sparkly jumper :)




    What I wore:



    Saturday, May 25, 2013

    Pole outfit for Manyi


    One my aerial hoop classmates, Manyi, asked me to make her outfit for her pole dance performance in the Dollhouse Amateur Championship.

    She was incredible - she won lots of prizes - the 1st place for her level in the pole dance and was the Abszolút Bajnok "the Absolute Champion" of the competition!!

    It took a lot of fittings but eventually we got the shape of the leotard right. It has a built in bra and adjustable straps. Manyi added the rhinestones for some bling.