Dress Hungarian

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I always leave my heart in Budapest.

While I was always very anxious to move abroad and explore, I have not realised how close I grew to this beautiful city. I miss the little routines – long dog walks with Deni alongside the Danube, running across town and Margaret island, weekend meet ups with friends in Deak Square.

Whenever I am back I am full of nostalgia and try to  fill up with all the beauty this city has to offer.

Boyfriend and I had a short weekend visit in Hungary. We spent a day in Budapest before we moved onto our next destination so I tried to cut down on my list and show him some of my favourite places. That deemed to be a very difficult task and we still ended up walking around town all day and completely exhausted by night.

Budapest
“It’s like coming home after a long trip. That’s what love is like. It’s like coming home.”
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Beautiful view to Danube and Castle District from Marriott Hotel.
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Lions of Chain Bridge
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Wine and Dine. Hungarians love their tummy… and their wine 😀
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Paprika in all types and colours and some Hungarian delights.
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Castle District is far one of my favourite places in Budapest. The architecture, the history is breathtaking.
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View from the St. Stephen’s Basilica. Prepare to climb a few stairs.

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I wanted to start blogging about the style, folk tradition and/or clothing style women follow in the different places I visit. This trip gave me the perfect opportunity to start this series with my own country.

I was sure that this project has to be a dress as Hungarian women tend to be very feminine in their clothing style.

My intention was to combine some folk tradition elements with a modern, body flattering dress. Hungary has a couple of embroidery style such as Kalocsa or Matyo that often decorates interior items or folk clothes. It is not typically worn by modern women, however if we apply these beautiful embroidery as light decoration on a modern cut dress, the result can look very unique and fashionable.

I have received lots of compliments on my dress from strangers during that day. They really liked and appreciated the touch of Hungarian tradition.

Hungarian Embroidery
Hungarian embroidery for inspiration
Alice McCall SS2012
Alice McCall Spring Summer Collection 2012 using Kalocsa embroidery

The below Matyo ribbons I got from a Hungarian company, Fonal Birodalom selling decorations, yarns, threads for knitting and sewing. They have a wide choice on Hungarian motifs in different colours and styles.

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Matyo embroidered ribbon arrived!

I love the backless dress pattern from June issue of Burda magazine.

My thought was to keep the dress in white as mainly you would see the Hungarian embroidery on white or sometimes on black basis.

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June 2015 issue of Burda Magazine

What do you need for this dress?

As my fabric was stretchy enough I left out the zip from the skirt.

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1. First, stitch darts in lower back pieces.

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2. Sew the lower back pieces to front and cut-on yokes.

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3. As being a backless dress, I had the front top part cut out twice to double the layer in the front for stronger hold. I used the to pieces to hem the front sleeve and neck line.

Stitch colour facing the front neck line and sleeve lines. Turn them out and iron the hem lines.

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4. Next, hem the neck line, sleeves and cut out yokes of the back.

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5. Next, stitch the embroidered ribbons to the sleeve lines on the back and the front pieces too.

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6.  Stitch the darts in both front pieces. This step could actually be one of the first ones and actually you are better off doing it upfront, however I forgot about it so I had to do it once I had the pieces already stitched together. 😀

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7.  Stitch shoulder seams.

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8. Lastly, stitch the back line in the top piece and the back skirt seams. Don’t forget to hem the bottom of the skirt.

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  • Comments

  • avatar
    Louise

    Hi Szilvia

    Just love how clear your instructions and how detailed your photos are when making clothing. You do such a great job. Plus it’s great to see your views on where to visit if I ever make it to Hungary!

    I’ve pinned a couple of your posts, so I’m sure you’ll see a few more visitors to your site at some stage. You can check out the pins here: https://www.pinterest.com/louise_kelly/make-sew-by-machine/

    cheerio,
    Louise

    • avatar
      boslaab

      Thank you, Louise! I am glad you like it! Hope you visit Hungary one day, it is really worth it. 🙂

  • avatar
    Duckie

    Omg this is amazing! Love the all white! Going to download the pattern and try it out now too!

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    freyja

    Gyönyörű ruha lett! Jó látni egy másik magyar varró bloggert 🙂 Én fél éve fehérneműkre fókuszálok, de most már szeretnék több ruhát varrni és Te igazán inspiráló dolgokat készítesz!

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