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.
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.
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.
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.
What do you need for this dress?
- Burda 06/2015 issue 123 pattern
- 1 metre white stretchy fabric
- 1 metre Hungarian embroidered ribbon
As my fabric was stretchy enough I left out the zip from the skirt.
1. First, stitch darts in lower back pieces.
2. Sew the lower back pieces to front and cut-on yokes.
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.
4. Next, hem the neck line, sleeves and cut out yokes of the back.
5. Next, stitch the embroidered ribbons to the sleeve lines on the back and the front pieces too.
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. 😀
7. Stitch shoulder seams.
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.