Thursday, August 23, 2012

Birthday Mullet Dress

It was my birthday last week. I just had to make myself a new dress. Every time there is a special occasion I get a strong last-minute urge to make something new to wear. I don't know why I give in to this feeling, it is so stressful!

I started cutting at around midnight, right when my birthday started. I lost track of the time and was sewing until about 5 in the morning when a friend came around with a half melted ice cream face cake. He couldn't find cake cake so I told him to improvise. It was scrumptious. Especially the Mozartkugeln nose. Mmmmmmmmmmm.

 I had a little sleep and then continued with the sewing panic.  It was one of the best birthdays I can remember. My boss called me and convinced me to go into the office. I didn't want to - my dress still was nowhere near done - but he talked me into it (I had to go out for buttons anyway). My colleagues gave me a delicious orange chocolate cake and a bouquet of flowers! I was completely not expecting it.

For the evening I organised a little picnic in a park. I was an hour late because I had to sew on about 10 buttons and make a little makeshift petticoat to stop the dress being too see-through. It's the most deliciously light, sheer silk-cotton blend. I thought I would splurge a little on nice fabric... I bought a metre and a half of it and used almost every single scrap.

The picnic was wonderful and then we went to  my favourite bar and got crazy. Cherry bomba + vodka is my new favourite drink! Try it! It's soooo good. Unfortunately we were a little too crazy and I think I should avoid that place for the next few weeks. It was such a great night!

With the lovely Denisa. She bought me JEANS!! That fit! I love her! I stopped buying new clothes a couple of years ago and my attempts at jean making hasn't gone so well but I wouldn't have bought jeans myself. 

Anyway, back to the dress! I modified the Jonny dress pattern from Burdastyle. I left off the sleeves and made the skirt less full and made it short at the front and knee length at the back. Kind of like the dress form of a mullet (the best/worst haircut ever)! OMG, I just googled it and it is actually called a mullet dress. Hilarious. I have been seeing mullet skirts everywhere around the city and looking at them and thinking "I want that kind of hem!".

 I put buttons all down the front because struggling with a side zip and getting the dress on would make me crazy. Also, the fabric is too light for a zip. I might add more buttons to the top because it keeps popping open at the bust. I have added a couple of domes to try to combat that. French seams on the side seams and navy binding on the arm holes and on the waist seam. Have to use up the 175 metres of bias binding I bought last year somehow! Slowly, slowly.

That's the Bazilika in the background. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Black Bikini

It's been really hot again so on Friday I spent the day at Lake Velence. It's a quite big lake only one hour from Budapest by train. I got more pics of my new bikini so I thought I would properly introduce it.

I wore my old turquoise bikini well over a hundred times and now the back of the bottom is getting a bit threadbare so I had to make a new one. I'm surprised how well the 400 ft (1.5 euro)/metre fabric held up!

I made two very similar bikinis three years ago. And I freaking hell lost the patterns I spent hours working on sometime during my many moves!!! So I had redraft them.

I was never happy with the original bottoms though so for the black bikini I made them a lot smaller. I went with the "try on and cut smaller method". I was going to have a drawstring at the side of these bottoms too but I bought the last of the swimsuit elastic at the closest shop and somehow used it all up! Six metres! It's crazy how much elastic is needed. Next time I make bottoms I will add about 2cm to the top of the back. I cut it a little too low. These have a centre back seam.

Don't look at my spine... I've rubbed the skin off it in aerial hoop class... I tell myself it is worth the pain. Not so sure about the scars though.

See all those lovely, fluffy white clouds. They quickly changed to big grey ones, there was thunder and it started pissing down. I think every second time I go to Velence there is a thunder storm!

At the back of this top I decided to have a tie. On my turquoise one the clip would undo itself every so often.... Like once a month. A clip is much easier to do up but this just feels so much more secure. I'm still not decided on whether this is my favourite solution though.

I lined it in red fabric. The whole of the top and the front of the bottoms.

If you are interested in making swimwear look at the website Pattern School.  I love this site! It has lots of information on how to draft swimsuits, it teaches you about things like negative ease. It's pretty interesting stuff. My top is a variation of the bandeau.

On the looooooong walk back to the train station at Velence (we had somehow managed to walk by accident to Sukoró, a town miles away) we stopped for lángos in the cutest little place.