Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I love Serbia!

I spent last weekend in Novi Sad at the Exit Festival. It was great - I met some really good people and saw some of my absolute favourite bands (Placebo and Faith No More!!).

Serbia is one of my favourite countries - I love going there, the people are so nice, I can eat burek everyday, it's great for partying and there are cafes everywhere.

Novi Sad is a gorgeous little city on the Danube, I really liked it.

This is my new favourite dress by the way. I will do a post on it when I get some better pics.

I was wondering what to do about a bag for my stuff while at the festival cos I don't have proper pockets on most of my garments and I didn't want to have shoulder bag - and carrying a clutch is really not a good idea when drinking is involved (I learnt that the hard way a few years ago in Amsterdam...). So I made a bag that has loops I can thread onto my belt. I told Marko and he was like 'I want one too!'. So I started them the day before leaving. I seem to always end up having stressful days of too much sewing before any trips or events when I want new things made in a hurry. I thought I needed a travel bag too.... I was glued to my machine for hours.

I made up my own pattern for the travel bag because I wanted it to be a certain shape (the top of it is curved) but I based it on Merita's travelers bag. I put in a second hand vintage metal zip (I have a new favourite second hand shop which is practically next door to my job - very dangerous...).

 It has three pockets on both sides.

It came in handy as a pillow for the long train ride home.

I made the straps a bit too long, makes it a little difficult to carry. I bought this fabric more than a year ago to make a jacket but then changed my mind about it so this was a bit of stash busting. It is a blue/grey upholstery fabric. It's soft but strong.

The belt bags are pretty similar. Mine has a slanted flap, Marko's has a rectangle one. Mine has a bit more top stitching and another vintage metal zip. I spend far too much time touching the zipper pull - it is just so smooth and soft, I love it!

This is a cool Serbian girl I met, Alex.

It also works with fabric through the loops to make a hand bag.

That's the fortress in the background. 

This is Marko's bag.


  1. Hey Jodi,
    It's nice to hear you had a great time in Serbia. Currently, the Exit festival is our strongest brand, and we're glad that many foreigners are coming to Novi Sad. If you ever visit Belgrade, contact me, it would be nice to meet you in person!
    Greetings from Serbia!

  2. Hey Ana,
    I will definitely let you know next time I'm in Belgrade. One of my very good friends is from there (but he doesn't live there now). I have been there a couple of times with him and hopefully I will be able to visit him next time he's in the city. I love Belgrade - all the chaos :)
    Good luck with your sewing magazine!

  3. Thanks Jodi! Wow, the news spread across borders so fast ;-)

  4. Hehe. I read it on your BurdaStyle thread :)

  5. No. I wish. Google Chrome... It is my favourite browser - so easy to translate pages!

  6. I love the bags you made!! So practical! And I am glad to hear you had wonderful time on the concert!

  7. yeah the bag was more than handy


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