Friday, November 19, 2010

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday all.  It's been hitting me now how fast this month is going by and how much work I still have to do before it's over!  I'll be spending my weekend hard at work, hopefully making lots of progress.  I wish I had a whole factory of seamstresses  like this at my disposal!  Ah, well.  Hopefully your weekend will be more fun and relaxing than mine!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

What I'm Working on Now.

Oh boy what a day I had yesterday!  And it's still kinda going.  My sewing machine broke down.  After 11 years my faithful, wonderful Necchi just jammed up.  I spent an hour trying to fix it, pulling out sludgy black oil and lint clods, scraping up my knuckles and then took it to the repair shop where the man confidently told me he might even have it fixed by the end of the day.  I was like a nervous mother as I waited for the phone call telling me I could pick my baby back up.  The phone call came but to my sadness it was news that the machine had frozen up for good and was going to heaven.  With sadness in his voice the repair man said he'd never seen any thing like it, that he tried every bit of magic he could.  It would have to be replaced.  It was heart wrenching for me, not to mention that my work load is extremely heavy right now and project deadlines are looming, plus the preparations for the upcoming show... to not have my trusty machine for one day was bad enough but to hear I would never be able to use it again was just too much.  I thanked the repair man for his efforts, hung up the phone, and had myself a little cry. 

Today I picked up the remains of my old friend and came home with a rental machine.  As much as I need a working sewing machine everyday, it was too soon to chose a permanent replacement. I kept asking my self, "How can someone feel so emotionally attached over a machine?"  It would have been like picking out a new pet the morning after your dog was run over.  It was just too soon.   I've decided to rent for a week while I research a replacement.  Ebay is proving helpful actually!   I even found this awesome vintage poster that put a huge smile on my face.   Ah, well.  Back to work I guess.

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Trend: Old Romance

Okay so it's been a while since I've given you a wedding related post.  Sorry! Hopefully this will make it up to you!
For a while now I've been noticing old fashioned themes emerging in wedding trends.  From the invitation styling to the off-tinted photography there is a clear trend emerging!  While the sleek retro 1960's style is still prevalent I'm seeing brides and grooms moving away from retro kitch and seeing more movement towards styling of the 1930's and 1920's often with a southern country angle. Fashion-wise, I'm seeing a lot more bow ties & suspenders on the men and, while birdcage veils still reign supreme (like!), the ball-gown silhouette is losing momentum and slender lace sheaths worn with finger-waved hair is becoming more prevalent.  Extravagant luxury is out and simplistic homespun beauty is in.  Perhaps this is an indication of our lean economic times making us feel more relatable to the difficulties faced during the great depression.  Perhaps Boardwalk Empire is trumping Mad Men in tv ratings.   Whatever the reason, the results are a unique and very beautiful!  Here is what I consider the best of old fashioned themed weddings.  Enjoy!

{above images from 100 Layer Cake}
{above image from snippet & ink}
{above image via green wedding shoes}
{above image via ELIZAblog}
{above images via green wedding shoes}