Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lomtalanítás and a New Acquisition

So, I kind of gave up on taking pics for Self-Stitched-September. It was just taking too much time.. I have still been wearing just stuff I have made myself though. You just have to trust me ;)

Last Friday in the 7th district was lomtalanítás. It is a yearly (twice yearly?) event where everyone throws out all their junk onto the street and you can take anything you want. Aaaaah I wish I had taken pics. I love that there are these huge piles of stuff on the street and it makes the city look like a dump yard. LOVE IT! I was wandering around and I found some old clothes which I want for the fabric. There was one garment which I grabbed just because I really liked the green fabric, I didn't even really look at what it was. Got home, and it is actually a skirt which fits me perfectly! Just a horrible mid calf length... So many things I could do with it... maybe turn it into a dress...

Anyway, I had really been looking forward to lomtalanítás because I wanted to find a table to put my sewing machine on (I have been using my kitchen table which isn't a great solution). I asked David to keep his eyes open for the size/height table I wanted. He was like "actually, I might know something." He had seen an old sewing table in a flat he had just been in. I went and had a look.

It had the sewing machine inside!!!!! Isn't she a beauty. David talked to the owner, and I could buy it!!

I did a little research, this machine was issued beginning 1908 in Wittenberge, Prussia.

 I have no idea if it works. The needle goes up and down fine if I turn the wheel thingy. It needs a belt thing to connect the treadle with the other stuff. No, my sewing machine terminology isn't great...  

I don't even have a clue how to thread this machine!

Even if the machine doesn't work, I am happy just to have this beautiful table.

How can I found out what model this is?                                   

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

S-S-S Day 12 - Spanish Omlette!

Day 12

I wore one of my favourite dresses. Its a modified Burda 7829.

About a week ago I was working alone on a crazy chaotic day when a guest arrived from Spain. We were chatting and I was telling him how I used to live with two lovely Spanish girls and how we would have Spanish omlette nights in our flat. I jokingly asked him if he could make me a Spanish omlette. I was in the office last night and HE BROUGHT IN A SPANISH OMLETTE HE HAD COOKED FOR ME!!!! Such a sweetheart! I love how I sometimes meet such lovely people at work. It makes me so happy. I have got given a lot of things at work but never home cooked food before!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

S-S-S Days 7-11

Day 7
On the Self-Stitched-September flickr group the girls are doing a weekly photo. Everybody tries to do the same thing in their Wednesday photo. This week the theme was "at work". I think I was a little overdressed for a day at work... But I wanted to keep up the variety. I couldn't remember the last time I wore a skirt. It must have been at least May.

Day 8 

It was cold! And it rained. Really felt like the first day of Autumn! A good reason to wear pants for the first time in about four months.

  • Blue wrap cardigan
  • Static pants (Burda Mag Sep 2010 #108)
  • Lace and polka dots top (I made this a few months ago but this was the first time I wore it)

Day 9

This was a nice day. It was back to summer weather again. I started repeating outfits. I could have continued a bit longer but I didn't really want to wear the other garments I have...

  • Polka dots and pintucks dress

We had a look at a huge beautiful flat which is available for rent. Gorgeous high ceilings, lovely white walls.... lots of space for having fun.

Oh the possibilities!

I loved the light in there.

Day 10

I wore my black and white dress but didn't take any photos, so you'll just have to trust me. This was such a productive day. I bought new folders and plastic sleeves so I can get all my patterns organised instead of having pieces of paper all over my flat. I went to the market and got talked into buying far much more fruit and vegetables than I planned on. I somehow ended up with about two kilos of grapes... Those little old men and women at their stalls... I bought some homemade jam from one old néni. So much easier than making it myself!

I made some sporty shorts. Soooooo nice to sew after about two months of no sewing. And so nice to start and finish something in one day.

Day 11

Another beautiful sunny day.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

S-S-S Day 6

In the day when I was at work I wore my red plaid dress with my black and white belt. It was kind of cool weather (only 24 degrees in the day...).

In the evening I went out with some friends. We went to check out a new project which is on this month, [SZOBA|R|T] They will be putting on exhibitions and concerts. If you are in Budapest, definitely have a look, it's a cool little place.

I put on a dress which took me countless hours to make but only gets worn about twice a year (usually during these self-stitched/me-made challenges when I don't want to repeat my clothes so much) - my striped madness dress. Also, it was one of the least clashing garments I could wear with my striped jacket. My wardrobe is full of prints and more prints... I still haven't made some solid basics like I have wanted to for a long time. I wore my sparkly leggings too.

I love my jacket.

So does Dávid. When he saw it he was like "I want one too".

Mr and Mrs Stripe

So I made him one! I used Burda 8186 for his and Burda 7757 for mine. I made the shirt he is wearing in the pic too.

Monday, September 5, 2011

S-S-S Days 4 and 5

Day 4

I wore my other scalloped polka dot dress and my petticoat. I would love to get some nice pics of my petticoat sometime. It is one of my favourite items. It is three tiers of sheer lavender organza - I love it.

Day 5

I'm wearing my black and white dress and the belt I made to go with it, and my petticoat. I didn't actually want to wear this today but for the sake of variety I put it on. If I wasn't posting pics I would have put on one of the dresses I wore in the first few days of September...

Sunday, September 4, 2011

S-S-S Day 3

Day 3

I had another day off. It was so nice. I got up early and went swimming.

 I made this bikini a couple of summers ago. It is getting a lot of use now. I've started swimming every day. I leave my makeup bag there so I HAVE to go. I am loving starting my day in the water. It is so relaxing.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Self-Stitched-September Days 1 and 2

So Self-Stitched-September has started.

Day 1:

I met up with a friend for an early coffee and wore a dress I made a few years ago which I still love.

In the evening I went out for a couple of drinks so I got changed. I didn't realise til later, but I put on a very similar dress to what I had been wearing earlier... Is it obvious that this is my favourite pattern ever?

Day 2

A day off work. I was so happy to have a day just to hang out with one of my good friends and relax and wander around the city and not have to talk to any stupid guests.