2015. január 13., kedd

Are you obsessed? Test and provement included!

Edwardian freedom! No make-up! :)
A cikk magyarul elérhető itt! :)

How you know, that you are obsessed with Historical stuffs?


1. Do you hide more antique things (laces, fabrics, fans, jewelry etc. ) in your house?

2. Does your wardrobe looks like a storage of BBC History?

3. Do you have more costumes than casual clothes?

Any question answered with YES, you are definitley obsessed with your hobbi, but, how about dreaming of costumes?
I had 5 dreams with dresses  until today. My desease must be advanced period now :D

Usually I barely remember of the details, or anything of the gown, so now I sleep with notebook and pen side of my bed, to draw everything, so I can recall the dream later.
If you have the same problem, this is really good way, it works quite great!

4th Dream:

I was in an old house's attic, try to dust those old furnitures. I found a mirror, I started to clean, and in front of it, I saw a large box. I opened it, and I found a really beautiful dress inside. I started to dress up, and the area was changing. The attic become a room, much cleaner and lighter, and a Lady beyond me, was helping to finish my look. She put on my shoulders the stash. I saw her in the mirror, and she was wearing the same dress like me, we smiled each other, and I woke up.

Quick sketch to remember...

....and the ready dress!!! I tried to make a full picture, but, it's not so easy alone! So this is the full dress, with hat and stash.

I still remembered of the thistle decoration, what I found really interesting, but, that's it, I forget about the whole story until in the last March, I visited backhome.
I had a strong feeling, that, now I have a little money to spend, I have to go to that hat shop near to Jászai Square, and I found an amazing hat, so I took it.(The last time when I was in this shop, was almost 10 years old, as a teenager, and I promised to myself, when I had money, I had to come back)
After a succesful hunting, me and my best friend Aya was sitting in a nice teashop, sipping a cup of green tea, then she wanted to see my notebook, by curiousity. She pointed on of my drawing, that, look, this is almost the same hat, what have you bought! Wow, she was right, and I took it as a sign. I need to remake this dress. So, fast counting, what I needed, and let's get find the perfect fabric.

The FAMOUS hat from Várhegyi Éva Hat Saloon

Originally, the dress was dark purple cutted velvet with an Edwardian floral pattern (impossible to find) with a dark purple and dark green tartan. I felt a little bit too old those colours to my age, and I had some leftover black velvet from one of my Sisi dress.I really like the mixture of black and red, so I decided to make a little modify.
I wanted some Victorian... on the bottom, you can see the thistle. It was made with beads and feathers
I wasn't really huge fan of Edwardian Era, I tried to redesign the dress for something Victorian, but inside of me, something doesn't let it. I almost feel the Lady, who wanted to keep the plan as accurate as it possible. So, finally, I stuck the original design, and that is the result :)

In reality...

...and how they made
I could only make silly selfies in my room:

with stash

...or without it. Both looks really nice. I feel too formal with stash.
 I hope, there will be some event to wear this dress, and make a nice photos :)
I hope, in my dream, the Lady is statisfies with the result. I wish, I know her name, so I could name this dress after her, but until, I will call my new creation as  Lady Thistle gown :)

2015. január 12., hétfő

How to save within 1 hour a f*cked up gown?

Oh yes, sometimes shit just happens, as I learnt while I live in the UK, but, my Mom always says to me, everything has a solution. So let it see, what we can do, if we have some problems.

Sorry for swearing, but that was the first word in my mind. What da fuck happened with my gown?

Maybe you remember of my black velvet Sisi gown, I just tried it in few days ago, because I lost weight, and I wanted to see, how much I will need take from the sides... and I was shocked what else happened since I didn't wear. Shoulders were deformated, because the hanger was lost its shape under the weight of a 7 metres velvet.
I stored definitley in a wrong way, never use plastic hanger again!
Look, I can hold the extra fabric!
Oh, you nasty-nasty hanger

So, how I saved it?

First, I put on the dummy, to see, how much I will need to adjust on the shoulders. Unfortunatley, I had to put a dart in the middle of the back, because it was streched as well. It's not accurate, but, I didn't want throw away a whole dress, because of this. (...and it's one of my favourites!)

You can see on the first pic, right side, how big is the stretch.
So, I need to open the collar, and pin the new seamimng lines, like on the picture

So here we are. Now I just need to redo again, cut the unwanted parts of the fabric. Don't be surprised, if the collar won't fits for the new neckline. Just take the extra fabric from the back of the collar, and sew back as it was original.

After the alteration, I tried to hold the fabric, but, hihi, I couldn't! Now it is fitting to me again :)))

So, it wasn't as hard as I expected, so never be scared, if you see something is ruined. Keep the mantra, everything has a solution!

+ Bonus:

Straw bonnet from 1883 with lace lappets, clearly seen how its made
If you still have a spare time, I show, how I did a lace lappets, and this will be completely accurate :) I love lappets, but it's sooo hard to get them as an original pieces, and well, they are quite expensive. I had a great bargain many years ago with a beautiful leftover lace per metre, and I used a few on my Sisi gown. I wasn't statisfied with my first version, what actually was some lace around the collar and a jabot. I did a proper lace lappet, and I love it so much!

All you need to do, just fold the lace opposite way, and sew it, and at the ends, just gather it, until it got this lovely shape.

...make a nice bow from it, or wear as a hat decoration, up to you! :)

The original Worth evening gown, what I mentioned before

Look, look, same lace as I have :) I feel so happy, to owe something similar what is on an extant Worth design. I would like to imagine that mine is a leftover from his hand :)))

So, that's all for, today, I hope I could help to you :)
And, never make the same mistake again, I will use a wood hanger what I cover with fabric.

2015. január 2., péntek

The House of Worth - Portait of an archive

I bought this book nearly a year ago, I just didn't had camera to make good quality pictures from it. It's recollecting all old photographs and designs which is in the V&A Museum, so the book isn't as colourful as our hungry costumer eyes wish, but it's still full with eyecandies.
In the book mainly you will find Edwardian and Titanic style dresses, details and close-ups. I'm so happy, that now, I can share with you my favourites:
Watercolour designs above evening dresses, under wedding and evening wear, from 1863

Lightweight wool and velvet, fox collar, from 1912-3 winter.

Truly Endlish design :D A dress with showering rain motif. 1902, ball gowns

I couldn't choose from these 2 dresses. I love the white one's skirt idea. Both are ball dresses from 1889.

Wedding dress, 1948, I can imagine on Lady Gaga, so cool

Several designs from the Titanic Era

Would you like to see more? ;)