19 Mar 2018

Using leftovers

My daughter and I have a passion for fabrics. She´s only 2.5 but when she saw my simple turtleneck she immediately wanted something from the same fabric. So I used up the leftovers to the last little piece, matched it with some viscose fabric and made a summer dress for her.
I also used some more scraps of blue plaid to do another summer dress. You can´t prepare early enough and even though it´s like -3 Celsius at the moment it can change any moment to real nice weather. Tomorrow spring starts anyway. Officially.

Ottobre 3/2013 Seesaw
Neckline ruffle
This is mine
Ottobre 3/2013 Flower Hexagon

A lányom meg én szeretjük a szép anyagokat. Igaz ő még csak 2.5, de amikor meglátta az én virágos garbómat, közölte hogy légyszi varrjak neki is valamit olyan anyagból. Hát legyen. Fogtam a maradékot (az utolsó cm-t is elhasználtam), meg némi gyűrt sárga viszkózt és kapott egy nyári ruhát. Meg még egyet, kék kockás maradékból. Nem lehet elég korán a szezonra készülni, ugye. Bár most -3 van, holnap hivatalosan is kezdődik a tavasz. Aztán meg bármikor lehet nyár.

16 Mar 2018

Broad upper back adjustment

I like dresses with a bit higher waistline as I look slimmer in them. What I always knew is my back/shoulders are broader than average but until now I always managed to make things work.
With this one, everything went wrong. The fabric has no stretch so it didn't work with sleeves at all. I could zip it up but had no chance to move. Not enough fabric left for cutting another set of front-back bodice to do the adjustment. So, sleeves ripped off and made it sleeveless. I'm happy with how it came out as a wearable muslin for warmer days - but next time I'll keep in mind no-stretch fabric will not work without adjustment. I thought this will never come but life is such.
Pattern Burda 9/2016
I had to sacrifice the sleeve

Final version
Szeretem az olyan ruhákat, amiknek kicsit magasabban van a dereka mert állítólag ezekben vékonyabbnak nézek ki. Azt tudtam, hogy a vállam szélesebb mint a konfekcióméret de sosem számítottam rá, hogy ez gond lehet ennél a ruhánál. Az anyag nem nyúlik, így fel kellett áldoznom az ujját, különben nem tudtam volna felhúzni hátul. Sajnos legközelebb ilyesmi szabásnál muszáj lesz a hátát igazítani - pedig azt hittem ez a pillanat sosem jön el. 
Minta Burda 9/2016

10 Mar 2018

Discovering Thai Silk Part III

I learnt a lot from this trip to Bangkok on silk. Yes, I also ended up buying polyester hoping it was silk. By now I know how to differentiate between fake and real - luckily I didn´t pay unreasonable prices for the polyester I got at the end.
Lessons learned -
1. Real thai silk comes in real shops. Never in malls, markets and such- unless you go to the provinces and able to find the families producing it.
2. Real thai silk has it´s price. Don´t expect anything under $15/m (that´s plain silk without print or woven pattern). The sellers of real silk wouldn´t bargain much either (if at all).

These are all polyester

They come in plastic bags/4m/bag

Here are a few useful links on where and how to buy Thai silk in Thailand/Bangkok.
Buying Silk in Bangkok
Be able to differentiate between silk and poly
Fabric shopping in Bangkok
More info on thai silk

1 Mar 2018

Discovering Thai Silk Part II

After visiting the Jim Thompson House and realizing they don´t sell silk by the meter I was more than disappointed. However the ladies at the souvenir shop gave some directions on how to get to the main store. So I hopped onto the Skytrain and hopped off at Sala Daeng. A few minutes of walk and there it was - the store of my dreams.
It was opened in the 50´s - it´s again a building you wouldn´t expect in the area. Like a little oasis of a small town feeling.

A two-story building with a nice coffee shop inside with view to the beautiful fabrics on the second floor-

Printed silk medium weight @ $30/m

Uni silk medium weight @ cc. $25/m

More printed silk

...and more printed silk

They also had some heavier silk jacquard @ $70/m. I ended up buying these beauties.

This is the heavy jacquard - it´s black and beautiful

28 Feb 2018

Discovering Thai Silk Part I.

I was lucky enough to get to Thailand recently and have the chance to discover what´s called Thai silk - and the man who was behind it.
Jim Thompson was an American doing military service in the region - and decided to stay there after. He was originally an architect but had a passion for silk - and slowly revived Thai silk production which was mainly done manually in small villages in Northern Thailand. His company is still operational and although owned by shareholders the majority is still in Thai hands. The silk they sell is known for quality and reasonable pricing.
Lots of books are available on the story, where he had luck and how he managed to create not only the quality product we know today but also develop the market for it. 
My first visit lead to his house in Bangkok which is a small island in the middle of a thriving metropol amongst skyscrapers. 
It´s by the Klong (or canal) and made of 6 traditional houses built together. Photos are not allowed inside the house but multiple books are available what´s in there (I can tell JT had a passion also for antiques from the region so the house is packed with ancient sculptures and household items)

View to the Klong

Traditional way of unraveling silk fiber

Island in the city
Some literature to read -