Summer Projects

After a very, very long summer vacation I am finally back. The reason is why I stayed away for so long is because I am currently working on something completely new and it takes up a lot of my time. But hopefully my hard work will be worth it and I can share some good news with you guys very soon. Until then please, let me share a couple of projects I worked on during the summer.

The first of them is a sleeveless blouse with a circular collar. When I saw and bought this bright yellowish fabric, I knew right away that I will make a pretty summer top from it. A few weeks later this is what I came up with:

First it looked like this…

…but I wasn’t very pleased with it, so I ripped the side seams, added cords on both sides and finally took in on the back side.

As I am looking back on the pictures, I’m actually not convinced that it looks better this way… What do you think? Which version do you prefer? I might change it back…

The second project was a T-Shirt. I bought a bright blue T-Shirt, cut the neck line to make it larger and inserted a long piece of pink jersey.

I also made the sleeves a bit longer and I must say that I love how it turned out. It was a very easy make over and it makes a huge difference. Don’t you think? I just love it.

The third project I want to show you today has something to do with our vacation spent in Spain. My husband and I had the luxury of traveling to Sitges (which is a small town near Barcelona) and the best part is that our kids stayed with my parents during this time.
We are not the type of people who go to the beach very often (the last time we went was four years ago!), so we were not very well equipped for spending time on the sand: we didn’t bring any kind of big towel to lay on. But luckily many beautiful beach towels were sold right at the beach and I loved their mix of colors, they were just all very pretty! So I decided to buy one, use it on the beach during our vacation and then convert it to a skirt later when we get back home. This is why I ended up buying a circular towel instead of a square one. Look, how beautiful it was and it turned out after the makeover:

I adore this skirt, it brings me back to my teen years when I wore lots of long skirts.

As you can see on the left upper corner of this picture, I collected a huge pile of fabrics during our one month long vacation (not just in Spain but also in Hungary) and this was the first project made from those. A lot more to come, I hope. Stay tuned!

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Where to find Hungarian Blue Print

A few weeks ago one of my dear readers asked me if it is possible to buy Hungarian blue print fabric online. I’m sorry that it take me so long to answer this question but I am also glad that I waited so long, because I found a newly added video on the web-shop’s page as I was searching today!
There is an online store in the UK where it is possible to buy the blue prints and the good new is that they ship world wide! Here it is:
http://www.kekfestocotton.co.uk/index.php

And check out the video that I found on their website:

The video is actually from 2012, from the Huston Quilt Festival where a Hungarian quilter lady explains very well why is quilting a new thing in Hungary. And those quilts, which are presented on the festival, are absolutely amazing and I will most definitely try to look up those ladies and learn from their work! Wow! I am truly amazed because their work is very similar to what I have in mind, only they are so much more advanced in their techniques. A long way to go for me but I am happy that I found my quilter soulmates!

My very first bag

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It’s all started months ago when I had a thought, that I should somehow involve my Hungarian heritage into my work. I already wrote about it once and mentioned that I will buy real hand dyed Hungarian (blue and white) fabric. And I did last summer when we were visiting relatives. Since then these fabrics sit on my shelf and I was waiting for some inspiration because I didn’t want just waist them on any project. Then I remembered that I promised my friend to make her a bag, similar to what we saw together at the biggest Festival of Folk Arts in Hungary (http://mestersegekunnepe.hu/) which takes place every August in Budapest at the Palace. The best craft fair in Hungary where really everybody gets inspired, well worth a trip!

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All I remembered about the bag that it had a big bow on front and I started to search for a tutorial because I am totally new to making bags and I had almost no experience doing it. The last bag I made was about ten years ago and it wasn’t the best one… And my friend’s request was to use blue and white Hungarian fabric. This was the beginning of a beautiful friendship between bags and me because I enjoyed the bag-making so much that I might try it again.

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So I found this great and detailed tutorial and I followed every step of it. Well, I did make some adjustments to it but only in choosing different fabrics or making a different pocket inside, nothing major. You can even download and print out the pattern of the pieces that needed to be cut out.

IMGP9660The whole project took about five hours from start to finish but I think for the second time it will go faster.

I feel like combining an old fashioned, hand dyed fabric with new designs is a great way to keep our cultural heritage alive. The bag has after all a modern style, it’s very fresh, practical but also reminding me of my great grandmother’s skirt that was made from a very similar fabric. She passed away many years ago but I still remember her wearing those traditional (folk) outfits. I think we can not move forward to the future without taking some traditions with us and keeping them alive. Our roots are as much important as our plans, that’s what makes us human.

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I am really interested on your thoughts on this subject, so please, don’t hesitate to share them!

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And I already have an other idea on how to use these beautiful blue and white fabrics in our modern word. So hopefully more is coming next week!