So many of my friends and family have their birthdays in April, it's a whirlwind of card-making and cake-eating (not that I'm complaining!). Here are Alice and I with our lovely friend John, who had a very grown-up dinner party at his new house, and showed me his gargantuan collection of 80's knitted jumpers and denim jackets.
I made this dress to go on my first date with Mr Macska. It's a copy of one I have, and is very simple, like an off-the-shoulder peasant blouse with an attached tiered skirt. I ran some elastic through the top, and there is a zip at the back. It's made of cotton voile, and all the raw edges were finished with a zigzag stitch, so they create tiny ruffles.
In the middle is a Hungarian 10 korona coin from 1893, which was a present from my aunt in Hungary. It has Franz Josef I on one side, and the other It makes me feel like a gypsy!
On Sunday I channeled my inner 1950s housewife and made a carrot cake with tiny marzipan carrots on the top (see it in the centre there?) for Mr Macska's birthday-afternoon eating-fest. There was a whole lot more food than that, which didn't fit on the table!
This dress actually belonged to my Hungarian aunt, Kati, and my grandmother made it for her in the 1970s. The fabric is a traditional Kalocsa or Matyo flower print, but in a 70s colourway (lots of orange and magenta). I love the style, like a fitted wiggle-dress, with the sweetheart neckline, and a long back-split. It even has little tabs under the shoulder straps to keep your bra straps in place!