Thursday, June 24, 2021

Mourning Muses

 "Because girls like polka dots..." (Grecsó Krisztián)

No masks.
In Győr,
In the Zichy Palace.
Need anything more?

Photos: Norbert Varga.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

A day in Balatonlelle

I am sometimes asked, just where do I wear my historic clothes... like in events like this. 
The first time in many months, this was the first time we could dress up, properly. 

In the city of Balatonlelle, a new tradition was started, and our reeneact,ent group, the Mare Temporis was invited for the first event. 

In the building, where the city's library and communal hall is, once the Szalay family lived. 
We showed bits of pieces from their 19th century life from the view of fashion, hunting, travel and gastronomy. 
In the fashion section we were talking about the changes of fashion (in the picture below, you can see dresses from 1860, 1875 and 1905). 
For example, we showed in two 1860 dresses, what was the different between a daily wear (the red plaid dress), and a ballgown (my blue dress)

We talked about how and why a dress is a dress, what layers it id built up from, what is underneat, how they've done "their business" in them, was it really a torture to wear corsets, and such. 

Aside from our appereance the event had cooking competition, falcon- and dog shows.

Photos were shot by Norbert Varga

Sunday, June 6, 2021

What the poet was thinking about?


In the process of reorganizing my flat (yes, I am still at it. Yes, this is how I get off the bike), I am also going through my stash... that one thing that small bags of yarns, mostly sockyarns pop up from here and there, and that is another, that there are suprises I forgot about, but seeing them I can remember things, mostly where, and why I bougth that given yarn, or fabric... Or I just bought them, because I liked them, and they were there in a second hand shop, rather cheap, in need of rescue thats fine. 

But now I bumbed into a package I clearly bought with some intention. It is DROPS Lima... 

400 gramms of pearly gray, 150 grams of dark red (bordeaux) 50 grams of light pink and 50 grams of turqois. And I cannot, for the life of me, remember, what the heck I wanted to make out of it. 

Knowing myself and my thought process it was probably a DROPS pattern, with fair isle or nordic patterns but not necessarily written for Lima, and most probably not for these colors. I've tried to look through the DROPS patterns tagged with "Nordic". but none came up that needs yarn in this amounts... Go figure. 

I might have seen something either on Drops's page, or the DROPS Workshop gorup on FB, that insppired me, but it must have been years ago. (At least 3 or 4)...

Or, it might be some Kate Davies, but I am afraid the yarn is way to thick for her designs. 

So anybody any idea? Or suggestion, if I can't figure out, what I wanted to do with these? 

Friday, June 4, 2021

Elven hair

 This year's edition of my elven hair is here...

And at the same day, the frst official news of my favorite Band's concerts... Who knows, maybe I shouldn't have waited for this long. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Dressing up

 Back in February, I promised you some every day dressing up posts, which I had... and have full intention of fulfilling... However, I still not have the space to do selfies, or mirror shots (though I do have a large mirror in my sewing room now), besides, in the last few months we dressed up much less than usual, dressed up "properly" even less so... 

On the other hand, I still have a few pictures, from hmmm, I guess from last fall, when, in a rare moment of inspiration I piled up a few things that worked surprisingly well...

Here you go, in its full glory, petrol greens and petrol blues..

So, let's see from layer to layer. Aside from petrol blue bras (Bonprix) and panties (C und A), there is a petrolblue pantyhose (the 50-60 den type, most shops have like about 20 colors of the type. Mine came from a small shop. There is a long sleeved petrol blue T shirt I got it from "a" Primark, but I do not remember which of our trips is it from. 
Then there is this turqois linen dress. Its a "classc" lagenlook shape, I have this dress in a few colors, Of course a white one, a rose printed white one, orange (from my red haired days), and probably more. It suits my shape, it hides what I need to be hidden, it emphasizes that can be emphasized (or at least I like to think so). In summer I wear it withouth much under or over, with white linen pants (and a turqoise striped one, if I ever get around to sew it). I bought the dress from a shop called "Lenruha" which does not exist anymore... I loved that shop, there used to be hundreds and hundreds of pieces, a huge dressing room, and the owner liked me enough so I could spend hours there trying on stuff, even if I could only afford one... or none. 
And then there is this wrap around dress from LaczaLuca. Last fall we dropped in a fair to see my friend Virág, who makes the most fabolous bags, and there was she, selling clothes. I heard about her, in fact I used to check out her stuff in the yearly craft fair in the castle, but I couldn't really afford one.. 
Now my circumstances changed.. and I always loved wrap around styles, and fell in love with this dress. I had no idea how and with what I am going to wear it, but I had to have it. Besides, as a crafter myself, I like to support small sellers. It was only after I bought it home, and incidentally put it on a hanger, right nect to the turqoise dress, the idea hit me.
The petrol colored ankle boots came from Vatera, the hungarian second hand / bidding site. 
The turqois shawl was knitted by a friend, Réka. A few years ago, knitting exchanges were almost regular events within out community, and in one of these Réka, who is not even living in Hungary anymore knitted this one for me. I remember, when I got it I thought its perfect, it even has beads. 
So, this is it... should I make posts like this? 
Photos: Norbert Varga