Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Picnics and playtime

I love picnics. I love eating outside. Earlier this month, before my flatmate Piero moved back to Italy, we organised a little picnic on Margit sziget.

This is Piero :)

I had just finished this dress so I wore it. It's Burda 8693 - I'm not sure if this is still in print, I found it in a box of older patterns on sale. It is marked as "easy". I'm sure it is easy if you have proper instructions to follow. If you buy Burda patterns in Hungary they come with the instructions in about six languages - but not English or Hungarian. So I was going by the pictures mainly (and not every step had a picture). I was using the German instructions but pattern instructions can be hard enough to understand in your mother tongue as it is! The part I had trouble with was the hidden buttons - it buttons down the front but it has this piece that hides them... I'd never done one of them before.

I found the fabric in a second hand shop for 450ft! It was only 1.30m long but luckily it was really wide (like 180cm!) so I managed to just squeeze in the pattern pieces.

I went to the shop and  bought six nice grey buttons without even  measuring the dress to see how many I would need. So of course I didn't have enough. I went back to the shop the next day to get another button and as soon as I went in the man working there was like "another button?" I didn't have to even say anything! And then he gave it to me for free! Even now though I am wondering why I needed to get matching buttons when they aren't even visible....

I made some picnic place mats to take. I found this lovely floral linen blend and a tiny green gingham to use for them.

I used them the next day for another picnic too. This time up behind the Citadella on Gellért hegy with Tom and Zsuzsi.

Look how flexible Zsuzsi is!! I was amazed.

The area where we were sitting was pretty popular for people walking their dogs. There was one cute dog called Lujzi who kept coming around, eating our food, drinking our coffee (!).


  1. Very cute dress! More pictures, please :)

    Oh, and my mom's dog drinks coffee too-- he prefers it cold, with cream.

  2. I don't have any very nice pics of this dress. I wasn't even gonna write about it til I had some proper ones... When I get some I will put them up!

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog! The camisole I wore on May 2 was made from an old Burda magazine from June 2002.

    You're right that I didn't upload very many photos to the MMM Flickr group-- I'm very close to surpassing the free account image limit, and haven't made up my mind to pay the fee yet ;)


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