Monday, December 21, 2009

Goals haha

So much for making a coat... I didn't even start cutting out the fabric yet... hahaha. I did go and buy interfacing for it today though. (Shops close at 1pm on Saturdays and are closed on Sundays!! Makes life hard when I slept in til 2pm on Saturday... Now I don't have any excuse not to start though). The cheap fabric store doesn't sell interfacing so I always go to the shop which is right around the corner from me. The old ladies in there are so sweet. I go in, they ask what I am looking for so I say black fabric for a dress. They pull out all these nice black fabrics for me and then start telling me stories about the dresses they used to wear when they were young. The 'Princess' dress was popular. All three of the old ladies used to wear them. And they said 'Princess' in English. It was a very simple dress which I think from their gestures went in a lot at the waist. Maybe it was a princess seamed sheath dress? One of the women had one in red, another had one which she always wore with heels this high. They said the fabric I really liked isn't suitable for a Princess dress so I'm going to make one with a pleated flowy skirt. Does anyone know what a Hungarian Princess dress looked like? These women are about 60 so I think they would have been young/wearing these dresses in the sixties/early seventies. They said the dresses could have sleeves of various lengths.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Is a coat in 5 days possible?

While I was in the fabric shop yesterday I spotted some great fabric I want to use for a coat. I'm thinking of setting myself a goal - make a new coat by the end of the week (today is Wednesday). I think this is doable because I quit my job the other day - my boss was being a moron - so I have an extra 30-35 hours a week to sew! :)

It's snowing at the moment and it's meant to get down to -10°C at the weekend.... Brrrrr. My current coat was perfect for early winter but now Budapest is really getting cold. I have been sketching some ideas of what I want. 

I know the collar isn't the most practical design for the cold but it looks so much more elegant than a hood!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Now I can work on my stuff again!!

I finished up the Star Wars costumes today! I went round to the workshop after 2pm today to drop off the Amidala kimono and obi and pretty gold hangy thing I managed to make in one day plus another Jedi robe. I got there and they were like 'uh, could you maybe make us another robe as well?'. So I biked to the fabric shop, bought some fabric (they have some gorgeous new stuff in there... I think I will be going back again there tomorrow....), went home and started sewing like mad and dropped off the new robe there just after 6pm! I'm quite impressed with myself. So I'm all done with that. I don't have any pics though. I wasn't really thinking about it and I was in a rush. I have a couple of terrible ones of me in unfinished Jedi robes but they are really not good. Hopefully they will take some pics. They better!

Sooooo, now I have time to work on my stuff :) I half made a satin dress a few weeks back. I have worn it too. I was running really late the night I wore it but I really really wanted to wear it so I pinned up the hem. Try wearing what is basically a pencil skirt (i.e. not a lot of walking room) with lots of pins sticking in it under a Winter coat. I was in so much pain! I got jabbed with every step I took (which started happening as soon as I got out of my building). I ended up walking home holding my coat away from my legs while trying to not look like some weirdo flasher.

This dress is on it's 3rd front. It's started out life as a basic shift dress with a high side front slit. I was told it was too high and it looked like something J.Lo would wear so I took out the larger of the two front skirt panels and put in two smaller ones, the middle one pleated. Those pleats looked AWFUL. Even though I spent hours ironing them. They didn't hold right. And also, it wasn't so great that they were in a separate panel - it made them fall in an awkward way. It was late at night and I was tired so I thought it looked good and I finished up most of the dress (I attached the bodice to the skirt etc).

Look at them and all their unevenness!

In the morning I came to my senses. Well, not totally. But enough to realise how bad those pleats were. So, I unpicked all of the front :(

I made a one piece skirt front with pleats in the centre. I had the brain wave to interface the pleated section before pleating it. By now I was really hating pleats. The interfacing made my pleats look so nice and even! I wore the dress out with the interfaced pleats. Wearing it I realised how completely stiff the interfacing made it.... It doesn't drape!!! So now I'm trying to take the bloody interfacing off. I'm determined that this is going to be a great dress though! Eventually.

This is what it currently looks like.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Mini owls!

BurdaStyle is putting up quick projects to make as gifts. One is the Mini Owl Ornament. I have been looking at all the cute little owls people have been posting up and wanted to make some. I thought it would be the perfect activity for my English class. I love 'teaching'. I have two students who I adore. Zsófi loves making craft stuff so quite often we make various things. She's 11. Marci doesn't like crafts quite as much but he joins in anyway. Usually I get them to teach me stuff :) They come back from school with all these great ideas and I'm like 'I want to make one of those!' but this time it was reversed for once :) Marci came late so Zsófi and I each made an owl. It took over an hour but that's ok cos we were hand sewing and chatting. I am going to make millions of these! Just on my machine to speed things up.

I just discovered a new haberdashery on Podmaniczky today. The lady working there was so sweet. At first she said they only had the beads which were on the counter (some red, white and yellow ones - not suitable for owl eyes...). I was in a super hurry and I pouted a lot (I didn't have time to go into another rövidárúbolt...) so she said she would have a look out back :) She found a huge bag of black beads which was 900ft(!!) but she was nice and made me a little bag up of them. Haberdasheries I think are the one type of shop in Hungary that never ever have nasty staff.