Monday, August 19, 2019

Pillows as a gift


i did some finishing and used up some fabric. My sister in law asked me to make some pillows for our nephew's room, and here they are. It took a few monthes to start, but they were finished in 30 minutes...

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Pomarium halfway

I have finished half of Pomarium in July, and I have put it to some rest. It will take forever to finish, but I am not in a hurry, taking my time and enjoying the process on the way.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Materials for clothes - reminder what I have seen where


Váci út  - cotton 2100-2600


 Váci út  - linen 2500-2600

Eurotextil Erzsébet körút - cotton



Eurotextil Erzsébet körút - linen





Thread Rózsa utca



Máthé textil Keleti, cotton for winter




Práter utca pamutjersey 2200 95% cotton, 5% elasthan t shirt, 2980 for winter








Saturday, July 27, 2019

Fabric for clothes - a lot went to my inventory!

After finishing my trial pieces, I started to buy better quality fabric in the last month. I have bought a 1,3m mixed linen/cotton and a 3m T-thirt material I have mentioned in Vaci út, and also some very nice 100% cotton for my working shirts .









Then I went to a fabric outlet (Diffusione Tessile), where I bought beautiful 100%linen:

0,8m dark blue 0,8m light blue, 1,2m light blue with a little purple sheen, 1,6m purple, 1,6m natural beige. The price was 1350/m - originally 2000/m but there was a 30% sale. (The orange it the same as above.)


and some more shirt materials, all of them 1,6m, price same, 1350/m instead of 2000/m. It is a mixed cotton-elasthan material



I also bought a denim like 100% beige cotton, 1,6x1,5, 2700/m instead 4000



I finished with some t shirt materials:

Erzsébet körút Eurotextil, 2000/m 100% cotton, 1,x1,4m piece


Erzsébet körút Eurotextil, 2200/m 100% cotton  0,8x1,8m dark blue, 0,7x1,8 light blue piece


 I also found in the discount chain a very nice 100% cotton material. There were some holes in the material, so the 2,0x1,4 piece was 720HUF (~2EUR), originally 490/m


Materials bought: 27m - adding the previous 6m it is 33m - huh, it is a lot!

  • linen: 7,3m
  • pamutjersey/mix: 7m
  • denimlike cotton: 1,6m
  • shirt cotton&like: 11m

Until now I have created using 7m fabric:

  • 2 t-shirts - 2x0,8m 1 trial 1 quality fabric
  • 1 comfy pant - 1m - trial fabric
  • 1 pant discarded - old fabric 1,2m 
  • 2 shorts (+2 trials discarded) - 3x0,8m + 0,5m all old fabric from quilt backing materials
  • 2 shirts (+1 trial baby piece) - 2x1,5m 1 trial, 1 quality fabric (trial given by the sewing school)
  • 1 dress - 1.5m trial fabric


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Trial pieces - woman's shirt, ranglan T shirt, comfy pants

To have a new hobby brings the joy of buying materials -  a lot:)

First I started with a heavy discount chain called I love textil, where you can buy 1yard for an eur, more expensive materials even go up to 1.5eur/yard. I bought some different ones to practice with and test patterns. Somehow I am really attracted to lilac now...

Fabric bought: 6,2m

  • 1.5m purple shirt poliester
  • 1.5m purple dress cotton-elasthan
  • 2m sand pique cotton
  • 1.2m poliester velvet





Women's shirt from the lilac - it was quite a struggle, but I managed it. However since the material is poliester it is not good for daily use, and also it was a little tight I will give it to my cousin, because it suits her really well. I need some buttonsbuttonholes, and I have to finish the seams as well, and add a hemming to the bottom.  

Elastic ranglan shirt from the white one - I wrote a separate post on the t-shirt, here is the trial version - this also goes to my cousin, she is forgiving all my errors.


Last but not least I also sewed a very comfy pant to be lazy at home. This stays with me, I can hardly wait for a colder weather, I was looking for such pant for years! The start was from an overall, what I totally changed. It is pants, not overall, I did not add the pockets, made it significantly slimmer - I realised Burda patterns are not for me. I cannot decide on the size, and regardless that the numbers are fitting, clothes are 2 size bigger than me, and I can hardly find any pattern I like. So I will not look for them at all.



I see I really have to improve my clothes photoing technique, they look quite awful here, trust me in real life I am extremely proud all of them.

I also sewed up a dress, it is a very simple one, but I learned the hidden zipper, what I have actually ripped off at the end. The material is somewhat stretchy, so there is no need for zippers...I learned interfacing, setting in darts, hemming the dress.




Wednesday, July 24, 2019

New hobby: sewing clothes - Ranglan T-Shirt

I am always looking for good quality t shirts what I can use for work with my summer suits, and it is extremely difficult to find one what I like. Despite the fact that I am continuously looking the last one I bought 3 years ago, and even that one was not perfect. However, I have a favourite what I have found several years ago and still love - and now I am able to replicate it!
Ranglan t shirts - pattern copied by me from my existing one. Front, back, 2 sleeves, neckline. xx cm of xxx


The trial version is on the right, I bought some cheap stretch material in the discount chain "I love fabric" - it was a perfect base to start with. I have learned to cut stretch ( pin pattern to fabric, cut around ), and also to use sergers to finish seams on stretch. I also tried double needles, because in the class there is no coverstitch machine. I still have to master finishing the neckline, because something still amiss...
I was also hunting for good quality fabric, because most of the fabric is extremely lightweight. But I managed to get some real good ones in a little fabric store on Vaci street next to Nyugati, and quickly bought 3 meters to be on the safe side :). (white, 70% cotton 30% elastan, 3000ft)
The learning curve of my serger use is steep and still ongoing:  how to change between lock and coverstitch, how to use differential feet for stretchy materials. I am still looking for good balanced coverstitch, it is too tight I think. But at least I learned to thread the machine - I have rethreaded and least 10 times...
Update: I went to the shop to see what to turn where, and the secret is the differential feet - it should be 2, and the stitch length should be 3 or 4. I will try this setting, I hope it helps!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Teachers gift - by my son

I was thinking what kind of present should we prepare for my son's teachers for the school year closing, when I pinterest showed me a bluegreen placemat. It was the perfect solution - not to difficult to make, useful, nice for the teachers and has boy colours that Andris will happily participate. He chosed the fabric, measured and cut it in one go. Then next time sewed  the stripes together. 


Third time was for the monogram of the teacher, where he draw the letter, ironed the adhesive and the letter to the back. Then he practiced a little how to applique rounded corners, but at the end he said I should do the roundings and he takes the straight sides. I was more than happy to help him out a little! When both sides were ready, he ironed the middle layer in, we used a thin adhesive batting. Then I outlined the letter to stabilize the mat, and then he took back to do the straight line stitch in the ditch. Finally came the binding, where he helped to cut and iron the binding, but asked me to bind it - and voila: placemat ready to use. He really did a great job, I hope the 2 teachers will appreciate the effort of a 9 years old:)