Adventures in Hungary


This years holiday took me to Hungary for a week full of unexpected events – a thunderstorm that robbed a big part of central Budapest of electricity for more than 12 hours and for a slightly shorter period, of water as well. In addition to that, our brand new rental car (less than 3000 km on the odometer) broke down on the first day. It may sound like an awful week, but my boyfriend has an extremely patient and calm mind, which he maintains even in situations where I would get totally upset, so in the end I only have positive emotions when I look back at the past week. Plus, I got a new dress to show you!


The dress is a simple and quick make, the pattern is model 109 B from BurdaStyle 04/2013, which is exactly what popped up in my head when I saw this pastel-toned Missoni-ish net at a local fabric store. I immediately found a matching cotton/poly mix fabric for lining and then combined all that with a cute metal zipper for the back.

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The pattern is very shoulder-revealing and the armholes generous, so not every bra fits under that dress – my advice to anyone trying this at home would be lifting the armscye by up to 2 cm.

As you can see, I also made some minor changes to the pattern by omitting the side zipper and back neck slit, using an exposed zipper on the back instead.

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Some more detailed photos here:


The photos were taken at Takler Kuria wine estate in Szekszard where we spent nearly two days just enjoying the surroundings, the wines and food.

Prior to that we spent a few days in Budapest, where I did some fabric shopping as always. It seems that sewing is popular in Hungary as the ease of finding fabric shops reminded me of that in Portugal, where in addition to the shops that I found online, there where several that I just stumbled upon in city centers.

I visited two shops in Budapest, but also found one in Keszthely, Szombathely and even in a small place like Bonyhad where we just happened to stop for a moment.

The shops in Budapest were both special – the Mathe Textil shop is probably the most beautiful I have ever visited and Kis Brammer, which was a minute to walk from our apartment, managed to seduce me into spending 60 euros for a piece of fabric that hopefully will be enough for a skirt!

Mathe textil shop interiors with solid wood panels, mirrors and soft red carpets:

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Here is a photo from Kris Brammer tiny boutique as well and another one including the fabric I got:DSCN2331DSCN2333

The fabric selection in Kis Brammer is very luxurious – lots of silks, wool and lace and the prices are accordingly high. They also have a great choice of wedding dress materials for brides-to-be. The only downside is that the shop is so tiny that it is difficult to see everything and due to the shop assistants´ poor English, it was also hard to communicate.

The final three days of the trip we were based by Lake Balaton, but did lots of sightseeing, both by car and cycling in the western part of Hungary, up to the lovely town Köszeg close to the Austrian border.

The most interesting experience was the thermal lake in Heviz, but also the thermal baths of Szechenyi in Budapest. The water in Heviz was 32*C and the warmest pool in Szechenyi is 38*C, all natural. I preferred Heviz, though, because it was less crowded during our visit (also meaning the changing rooms were nicely clean) and it felt more natural, a total relaxation.

A few photos of the trip here:



17 responses to “Adventures in Hungary”

  1. Lovely dress on you, great exposed zip- very nice detail! Your pics are amazing, sounds like it was a great vacation

    1. Thank you, Sandra! Yes, the vacation was great, I hope the same for yours!

  2. Beautiful photos! The dress looks great on you, the zip a very lovely detail added. So envious of you being able to travel and shop for fabrics all over the world

    1. Thank you, Tiffany! I am thankful for having this opportunity, but this year will probably be exceptional in terms of travelling. That means more time for sewing all those fabrics!

  3. Another cute dress! You really have an enviable collection of dresses now. Great pairing of pattern adn fabric. Cute zip too.

    1. Thank you so much, Katherine! I do love dresses!

  4. Lovely dress – I have had this pattern on my mind for years. Your lovely version may have pushed it up the queue!

    1. Thank you! I am happy I could be aninspiration with this little dress! I am also thinking of making it up in a more wintry version as well. Good luck with your project!

  5. Ohh I am so happy that I found this blog:) I am from Budapest and I just started to learn sewing on a course. Our next task is to sew a skirt. I have choosen a bubble style. I was just surfing on the web searching bubble skirts. And I found your blog. And I just read this article about your experience in Budapest, and in the whole country:) I will keep following your site:)

    1. Thank you so much, Szabina! I wish you the best of luck with your bubble skirt project and hope you will fall in love with sewing as I have!

  6. Norbert Máthé Avatar
    Norbert Máthé

    It was nice to see you at our shop. Beautyful photos.
    Hope to see you again! 🙂
    Best Regards

    Norbert Máthé
    Máthé Textil Zrt

    1. Thank you so much! It is great that you found my blog, how exciting! Truly, your shop is the most beautiful I have ever visited, I hope to have a chance to come by one day again!

  7. Wow, you’ve been to Hungary last year? 🙂 Wow, I live in Budapest and I could have showed you some other gorgeous fabric shops as well! I’m happy that we have that many fabric shops here. And I’m glad you liked the country, we’ve been on a teambuilding weekend to Szekszárd, but at another winery. Takler makes great wine!

    1. Thank you so much for commenting! I have been tempted several times to call out for fabric shopping advice before my trips, but this means I would announce publicly that I am absent from home for a certain period and it doesn´t make me feel comfortable. I guess I should do it, but not mention the exact time period… I would have loved an insider-tour!

  8. I am in Budapest for a few days. Hoping to visit a few fabric shops tomorrow. Mathe Textil looks amazing, I have just added it to my list.

    1. Thank you for commenting! Did you buy anything?

      1. Yes I purchased 3 pieces of fabric from there. What a beautiful shop.

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