Sunday, November 18, 2018

Transformational Reconstruction in Romania

A week ago I was in Romania at a pattern cutting workshop. I have been following the Japanese designer Shingo Sato online for many years. He makes some amazing creations and also travels the world passing on his skills. Normally his workshops are quite far from Budapest (often in Western Europe and on other continents). But then I saw one advertised for Bucharest so I signed up so fast. Bucharest is less than an hour and a half flight from here. And I'd never been there and had always been curious about it.

With the Master!!

Well I absolutely LOVED Bucharest. I could definitely live there I think. I was staying in a cool Airbnb which is also a gallery. It was in a beautiful district with old villa buildings, close to hipster cafes and bars. My host was amazing and showed me around and made everything just wonderful.

The 'House of the People' aka, the Romanian parliament building. It is just monstrous!

I stayed for five nights which was not enough. It was also five days of sewing which meant not so much sightseeing. Although I did have a few very fun evenings out. I especially loved the cocktail bar Fix where they use lots of delicious natural ingredients.

The workshop was super intense. First two evenings with Irina Akkaya to get to know the basics. She's a fashion designer from Romania who organised the workshop (which she did an impressive job at). She was super nice and her family is wonderful and she basically seemed like super woman with the patience of a saint dealing with all of us.

Exhausted from the full days of sewing (and nights of partying).
This is the pattern of the above box integration bodice.
Then we had three full days with Shingo. We learnt so many cool techniques. It was so inspirational and I've come home full of ideas. We learnt interesting ways of getting rid of certain seams and I can't wait to try out these things in garments.

I had never used one of these wrist pin cushions before but wow! It really made my sewing so much faster. I need to get one of my own.

We even got on Romanian TV!

It was so good to learn new things! I wish all my future trips could be combined with learning!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Green Peplum Top

A few days ago I was going through my box of unfinished projects and stumbled upon this top. All it was waiting for was buttons, buttonholes and some seam finishing. I couldn't believe it! I guess at the time when I sewed it I couldn't find the right buttons... which was maybe 5 years ago because I remember sewing it when I lived in Akacfa utca. I quite miss that time - I did so much more sewing than I do now.

So I looked through my now much bigger button collection and found some shiny green ones that I got from my Nana.

I can't remember if I used a pattern or just a block for the bodice. The sleeves and peplum are just kind of circular pieces.

This top was originally a skirt so I had limited fabric to work with. That's why the back is pieced. It's a "Design feature" lol. I actually found the skirt on the street. Every year each district in Budapest has a day to throw out all of their unwanted things from their homes onto the street. Then people can take what they want before the rest is collected. It's a pretty great way of recycling. And it's fun seeing what treasures you can find!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Me-Made-May Days 1-12


I'm really enjoying this crazy, busy May. I've been trying to only wear outfits I actually like for Me-Made-May, and also to use more accessories because I feel I don't really do that enough.

Day 1

What I wore: Self drafted red lace dress, white necklace (gift from a friend)

How I felt about this outfit: I loooove the way this dress looks but now I can only wear it on my most skinny of days (so like once or twice a year). And I can't really eat while wearing it... I would like to make it again slightly bigger (my list of what I want to make is never ending though so we'll see!).

Day 2

What I wore: My polka dot dress (bodice is a very modified Burdastyle Danielle, the skirt part is self drafted) and my self drafted petticoat.

How I felt about this outfit: I haven't really worn this dress the past few years, I'm not sure why. It used to be one of my absolute faves. I think I will put it back into rotation.

Day 3

What I wore: 70's dress, belt and purse bought second hand in New Zealand.

How I felt about this outfit: This is a comfy dress. I love this style - loose and belted. Can eat as much as you like! I sometimes feel a little dowdy in this outfit though. Maybe I should shorten it a few inches.

Day 4

What I wore: Black and white dress (modified E971), 30's necklace (there are some wonderful antique shops here).

How I felt about this outfit: This dress makes me feel especially womanly. It's nice and swishy. I made it back in 2010 and I am a little surprised I still have so many dresses from then. Actually most of the dresses I've worn so far this month seem to be from 2010/2011. What a wonderful, crazy time that was, I guess a little of the energy/memories still remain in the garments.

Day 5

What I wore: Self drafted birds and flowers dress. Headband made by my dear friend Ella.

How I felt about this outfit: This dress has huge pockets so it is very practical. Pockets are so important! The headband makes me feel like a hippy, it fits this free feeling which comes with the sunshine. Oh, I'm so glad it's Spring!

Day 6

What I wore: Plaid dress, modified Burda 7831

How I felt about this outfit: Another ultra girly dress. I keep thinking I am too old for this dress but somehow I can't get rid of it, I'm too proud of my awesome plaid matching! It doesn't have pockets though!! Why doesn't it have pockets?! I have started using a backpack to save my shoulders and oh my god I never knew how often I reach into my bag. I am constantly having to take my backpack off. But actually I know why this particular dress doesn't have pockets - the skirt doesn't have any seams, it's a full circle.

Day 7

What I wore: Self drafted LBD, leather shoes I made!!

How I felt about this outfit: I wear this dress allll the time. Seriously. Like twice a week year round since I made it maybe 6 years ago. It has huge pockets (large enough for a couple of bottles of beer...). The only 'flaw' is that it has a metal zip up the back which makes it not a comfortable dress for travelling in but for every other purpose this is my go to dress.
The shoes I made a few weeks ago! I've been going to shoe making classes. I think I will write about these more in another post though.

Day 8

What I wore: White blouse (Burda 7831), self drafted skirt

How I felt about this outfit: I felt like a school girl! And the attention from men was crazy. Soooo many men said hi to me on the street. At first I thought they were guys I had met before and forgotten but no. Even guys I hadn't made eye contact with. It was so strange, guys so rarely say hi.
(BTW, that is New Zealand wine in the pic!! I found a place here which has it! So delicious! A little taste of home).

Day 9

What I wore: Flamingos in Love dress (Burda 7829), self drafted aubergine cardigan

How I felt about this outfit: This dress is made from one of my all time favourite patterns but I don't feel totally comfortable in this version of it. This cotton is so very light, it feels like I'm naked and the low cut neckline coupled with the short skirt makes me feel so self conscious. This was the absolute longest I could make it though, I used up every single scrap of fabric (I even had to cut the pockets from a different fabric).

Day 10

What I wore: The bodice of this dress is modified from Burda 7829, the skirt is made of 8 panels. With big pockets! Self drafted black jumper. Vintage bag.

How I felt about this outfit: This is one of my favourite dresses. And I like it dressed down with sneakers.

Day 11

What I wore: Polka Dots and Pleats dress

How I felt about this outfit: This is one of my favourite summer outfits. Easy to throw on, can eat what I like, the stiffness of the cotton stops it from being form fitting.

Day 12

I haven't actually gotten dressed today. It's been so nice to stay at home! I've been doing a little too much partying lately, I really needed this kind of recharge. Watching lots of Netflix, getting some paperwork done, a little spring cleaning, checking things off my long to do list.

I've realised one of the reasons why I blog so infrequently these days - it takes so much time!
Whomadewho is helping though. Such great music! This is my soundtrack of the evening.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Me-Made-May 2018 Pledge


I've been wondering whether or not to do Me-Made-May this year but in the end I just cannot resist.

If you also want to join up head over to Zoe's blog: Me-Made-May '18: SIGN UP HERE!!!
But hurry! May starts tomorrow already!!

A full me-made outfit - overalls, t-shirt and sandals!

I'm going to do the same pledge I did last year. I know I can wear just clothes I've made, but it makes it a challenge to only wear outfits that I actually like. A lot of my clothes don't match (because of my print and crazy colour addiction).

 'I, Jodi, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '18. I endeavour to wear only me-made garments in combinations I like each day for the duration of May 2018 and to try to have as many different outfits as possible through the use of accessories'

I'll try and post my daily outfits on Instagram as much as I can. But I don't want to put too much pressure on myself to take pictures Every Single Day because that might make me go crazy. Here's my Insta in case you want to follow along there:

Also this year I have a few pairs of sandals I made and a pair of shoes! I can't wait to show them off. They don't go with all of my outfits though so I won't be forcing myself to only wear handmade shoes.

I'm quite looking forward to going through my wardrobe, temporarily putting away my RTW clothes.