I will be updating my flickr set as I make progress with my dress! I am very excited for my Couture sewing class next week. It will be a long week, but totally worth it. I love learning very detailed techniques of a dying art.
I recently found this vintage pattern beauty, on one of my thrifting outings:
I love love love the styling of the A version! The tie at the front waist and the tucks at the curved shoulder seam, these type of details you don't see on many modern designs. I want to make it in something soft and drapey. I still need to actually check to see if the pattern has all it's pieces. There have been many a times that I picked up some fabulous pattern and to find out later it is missing pieces. Not really a big problem for me, since I am a pattern maker. But it can be frustrating, if it is important piece/s that go missing.
One the home renovating front... the biggest issues I have with our house is living/dining room that was redone in the late 60's or early 70's. It has all the ugliness of home decorating from that time period:
-faux wood paneling in a light beige/off white combo
-gold shag carpeting
-matching gold drapes with sheers and antiqued gold curtain rods
-and the topper, A FREAKING POPCORN CEILING!
While doing a little preliminary research on where to start with this room remodel we came upon this forum. Just gotta love a forum out there uniting all the popcorn ceiling haters. I learned a lot, but it has also brought up more questions. I am pretty sure (based on the time period the popcorn was put up), that we have the type with asbestos, so the question is to test or not to test it. If we test it and it comes back positive for asbestos then we only have to options, have it removed by asbestos abatement folks (very spendy) or remove it our selves (there are very detailed instructions and a lot of safety stuff to deal with). We haven't decided what we are going to do yet, but I am leaning towards doing it ourselves, with the proper equipment and disposal, it could all be done in a few days.
I will post some pictures of our oh so dated living room soon.
I am really looking forward to a super jam packed 2008. A lot of changes will be happening, but they are all good. There are many things that I really want to accomplish this year, here is the short list:
-Get married! We do know it is happening this year, in July, we just aren't sure of the exact date.
-Plan our wedding... We haven't done a whole lot of this and we need to get cracking if we want to make it happen in July. What we want is VERY low key, so it shouldn't be to crazy.
-Make my wedding dress. This involves taking the Couture Sewing School from Apparel Arts in SF. I am really looking forward to this!
-Do the light renovations to our house before the wedding, since we want to have our reception at our place.
-Start my own business.
-Craft a whole lot.
-Last but not least, post to my blog a lot more. I am sure I will be posting a lot about all the above.
WHEW! I am going to be a very busy girl. But these things are all things that I REALLY want, so I don't mind putting in all the effort in them.
Now for the pictures... Over the years my co-workers know I love all things vintage and since we are all in the garment industry their gifts revolve around fashion:
Gorgeous late 1950's or early 1960's fabric pumps from Cheryl. These were her mothers and they were barely worn. They fit me perfectly!
Vintage pattern from Lori, this pattern she found while cleaning out some stuff and belonged to her aunt.
The below were my most recent gift from Holly. This gift is amazing and very generous, she gave me 33 vintage patterns all from the 1940's! They had belonged to her grandmother and Holly wanted them to go to someone who would appreciate and use them. Thank you very much, Holly. I love them all. I couldn't get a good picture of them all, but I took a few pictures of my favorites. I need to take some time and document the rest.