We’re back from Barcelona where we spent 5 beautiful days with the help of the lovely Sofía from Silver Lining Atelier – she happens to live in Barcelona – unfortunately we couldn’t meet but she wrote me a superb guide to the city, so, it was really pleasure to discover the city!
I gotta admit I preferred the less-crowded parts of the city, like the Monastery of Pedralbes and the CosmoCaixa! – natural history museum where you can try out awesome experiences of physics and there are 5 floors to have fun! One place I regret we went: the Aquarium… Not because it was bad, but it was super-crowded and super-expensive – and like 2 days later we went to CosmoCaixa! which was much cheaper and it also contained a large part with aquariums.
For sunbathing and swimming we decided to go to Badalona beach which was really nice, mostly surrounded by locals and not so freakin’ crowded like Barceloneta.
I wanted to visit the Picasso museum but when we went there turned out to be a 1 hour long waiting and then it turned out also that on Sunday afternoons it’s free to go in after 3 pm, but … impossible long line! And in Budapest it happens to be a Picasso exhibition in the National Gallery– so yesterday I went there, cause it’s gonna finish next week and it was a great exhibition after all- guiding you through his life and eras. so I’m not sad to miss the one in Barcelona. My fav. painting was also here in Budapest, the Reading.
Of course we visited Sagrada Família (buy your ticket online in prior!), and Güell park and my absolutely favourite, Parc del Laberint d’Horta! Yes, this is the park and labirynth where the most scented woman in the movie Perfume lives nearby, and I really really love the movie and the book and Süskind is a f***ing genius but I think he got stuck after the huge success of his book.
It was also new to me that how strong is the national identity of the Catalan people.
If you ask me, Barcelona is a vivid, modern and old city at the same time, must-see city but my favourite is still Firenze (Florence) and Tuscany, if you ask me. I’m much more attracted to the old cities and traditional buildings and the gothic quarter in Barcelona is much smaller than the modern parts of the city. Firenze is a living, totally pristine city and Tuscany is just the loveliest place I’ve ever seen in my life (ok, we went there for honeymoon so I might be too attached emotionally :).
We got a new photo camera!!! YES! Now I’m into some serious photoshooting, finally. It’s totally sad when you can’t document your garments in a visible, delicious way so i’m super-happy with our Nikon D3300 right now, it’s a great device and we’re learning it’s features and sets.
I cut my hair – the last time it was this short was like 7 yrs ago… and yep, my husband freaked out! Now he is getting used to it. The last 10 cms of my hair was very very dry and thin and I hated its condition. Now I try to use a pure coconut oil hair treatment once a week and I use less shampoo (only on roots), more conditioner on the ends and deep treatment. I try not to use hairdryer and we’ll see… as originally I have wavy hair it is dry in its own. I’ll let you know if the coconut oil is working!
Also we got back our little pet, Mollika from holiday. She spent 2 months at my parents-in-law, they are retired and working in the garden all day long, having another dog and well, we didn’t want her to be in Budapest, on the 3rd floor during the whole hot summer. We did the same last summer, but today she was really ready to come home! And we’re happy to have her again.
Now let me tell you some funny story. So I accidentally read a blog post about being over of sewing blogging. If you blog about sewing, I’m sure you are familiar with the feeling that sometimes you dunno why you do it, sometimes the endless sewing-related IG feed is so boring, and it’s quite narcisstic thing to make – take photos – upload and make again. Sometimes the pressure of blogging is too much and you lost the passion, and sometimes I’m so bored of the overly basic shapes of a lot of people making – shapeless tees and dresses. But luckily just sometimes!
So when I read this blog post basically the author wrote my exact feelings and she was like, ‘I want to do more stuff I rarely do nowadays like reading, gardenning and do less social media, blabla.’ I was nodding – yes, exactly, I wanna read more! I wanna paint more like I used to and get slower in sewing. Having a slower process, experimenting with complicated garments – yes, yes.
And a lot of comments supported her, shared the exact feelings. And then I went back to the home page, and tada, 2 months silence and she was back again 🙂. If I ever go on hiatus I would skip like half a year, or a year. Not two months! I usually blog monthly so this was a funny read.
Now let’s get to the subject! Bramaker goin’ braLESS you ask? Yes! I have the best bras I could but sometimes I have tops which absolutely don’t go with bras. And I’m mostly braless at home so I will present my latest project in a natural ensemble. When it comes to bras I’m also at the – show it naturally – side, without foam. So many women are afraid that nipples will show through. Why? Guys got nipples and running half – naked half-summer! You got two beautiful boobies, don’t be harsh with them, don’t be strict with them, hiding them behind a STANDARD-SHIELD.
Okay, a lot of times I got someone saying to me : ‘back when I was young / before giving birth / 20 years ago ‘ stuff – saying that they changed, but I think women at my age, my situation (e.g. before kids) hide them also. Be proud! Don’t try to ‘suit the requirements’! My boobs are uneven, in bikin it’s more visible, sometimes it’s not but I accept them the way they are. And I’m proud. And I’ll be proud whatever age I’ll be and whatever shape they will be.
So, I downloaded a bunch of free Lekala skirt patterns in July and this whole sewing started when my – let’s call her – mentor, told me that she doesn’t get why I won’t go to sewing class because my previous skirt, THIS with piping looked kinda funny/imperfect/beginner. The piping! Yes, I know, imperfect first try. And I wanted to prove her I can do better! And I’m too much of a DIY girl. (She is a traditional, trained seamstress with decades of knowledge).
I choose this Pencil Skirt With Piping – Sewing Pattern #S3024 and choose a happy-go-lucky cotton fabric from my fav. store. I had some turqoise viscose fabric remains from this project and used it for piping and bias binding! And they look so well together!
Nothing rocket science in this skirt, the front is more interesting than the back. But I was much more careful with the piping sewing, and of course I knew much more than with the previous one.
I made bias binding on the 2 whole seperate front panels and sewed them together with topstitching, I mean the panels. For the bias binding I made them by hand, I used this tutorial! I think it’s a great tutorial, explaining the difference between single fold bias binding and double fold bias binding and the whole process.
What I didn’t love too much about this skirt that at my hip it’s too curvy and the original patterns pieces are curvy – still don’t know why. It adds bulk at the side seam but after wearing I’m pretty satisfied with this Pencil Skirt With Piping #S3024 skirt! It’s pure FUN! It’s pure summer, and laughing and some interesting details and oh boy, I’m so proud of my piping and bias binding now! (After all I’m such a lazy seamstress…)
And I show you the inside, too: my waistband happens to be unfinished – the edges, but you can see the zipper and the zig-zags on the seams. It’s pretty neat and i’m not dramatic not having an overlock right now. That day will come, too!