Sunday, October 27, 2013

Upholstery, Etc.

Hello all, 

Apologies for the lack of posts lately.  I am still reading all your blogs but haven't had much time to comment. I promise I'll be back, but in the meantime, if you get a comment from me, consider yourself among the chosen few.  Haha.  

Over the past month, I've been wedding dress hunting!  Hurrah!

Um.  Not so fast.  While I'll admit that I enjoyed some aspects of the process, I also found it trying.  Call me old-fashioned, but I just wanted  an elegant dress that suits my body and doesn't require me to reveal 30% of my flesh - the approximate amount of flesh revealed in the ubiquitous strapless Barbie dress, which constitutes 95% of what's available in bridal wear, unless you want to look like a 65-year old on her 3rd marriage (think satin wedding coat).  Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Luckily I've been working out.  But still...ugh.

In other news (and to avoid any more venting about the great wedding dress conspiracy), the newly upholstered chairs arrived back home yesterday!

Welcome home chairs!  We missed you. I think they look great:

Six of the chairs were done in the black and ivory fabric (and will sit around the table), while four were done in a plain off-white velvet.  These will sit in various spots around the house.

I will share more photos soon.  

And if you are good, I might post some photos of me in wedding dresses!  And if you are very very good, I might vent about it with even more ferocity than today!

P.S.  David did not win the photo contest, but wanted to thank you all for your kind comments and votes.  He was very touched by your generosity, as was I.  Thank you!!

xo Terri

19 comments:

  1. Catherine B9:13 pm

    I'm not sure why wedding dress designers think all brides are 22 years old and size 0.

    I was in a vintage shop lately and there was a young woman showing her friend a lovely vintage lace dress which she was planning on wearing to her wedding. She too was lamenting the selection at bridal shops. She said she didn't want to go into debt over a dress just so she could look like every other bride out there. Wise beyond her years, I think.

    Have you considered having something custom made?

    Good luck on the search, I'm sure whatever you choose will be stunning.

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    1. I think it's a more common problem than people admit. I know a lot of women don't want that "generic" look, even if they are young and thin (like I was once...haha). A lot of young girls want that vintage look too, and it's hard to find. But once you are over 40, even if you are relatively fit like me, it is hard to find a suitable look. The body changes, things sit differently than they did at 25 or even 35. And all the dresses show a lot of skin, which puts a lot of pressure on to look a certain way. It's all just overbearing.

      Yes, I did consider a custom dress but I don't know a good dress-maker and was afraid to experiment with one!! A lot of home made dresses look homemade. I didn't think it would be this hard, honestly.

      I have found two dresses, one of which is strapless. That depresses me, really - that I had to give in and get a dress that isn't really "me"!!!! I am now wishing I'd just gone to city hall...

      xo T.

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  2. Have you considered buying vintage online and having it altered? Just a thought. I can't really add much else as I had 14 days to find something and the first dress I grabbed of the discontinued rack was just right. Dumb luck I guess.
    I really like that black and white chair fabric!

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    1. I have looked for months for a vintage dress and found nothing I like. It helps if one is 110lbs, which I am not. A lot of the old dresses seem so small.

      xo

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  3. Anonymous6:10 am

    Congratulations to you and David on your forthcoming wedding. I missed your earlier post! My husband and I were married in Calgary where we lived for four years, oh so very long ago!! We were married at the Four Seasons Hotel with just 12 guests and they looked after us beautifully. I don't think the Four Seasons Hotel is there any longer?

    Dee

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    1. Oh that sounds like a perfect day!
      No, there is no Four Seasons in Calgary, not that I can think of!! I wonder where it was...perhaps where the Marriott is.

      xox

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  4. Yes - please shard with us! why do a bridal gown which can be so overpriced. Go look for a fabulous evening gown at your local nice department store in a light shade or color; it will open up your options and probably save you money!

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    1. Brilliant idea. You know, I desperately want to wear black. :)

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  5. Wow I thought for sure he would win. So sorry. I am so excited for you and your wedding. How fun.
    Enjoy the ride.
    xoxo
    Lisa
    Leeshideaway.blogspot.com

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  6. I think someone needs to make a trip to Klienfeld's so you can Say Yes to the Dress. Do you get that show in Canada?

    I think that upholstery might make a fab dress. Memorable at least.

    Sorry to Dave. It was a great photo.

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    1. Yes we get that show. Yes I need to go there. :)

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  7. Looks gorgeous, dear! And what a beautiful photo - very serene and sophisticated!! Good luck with the dress....such pressure......glad we guys just have to put on a suit. x L

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    1. I know - too much pressure when I am no longer a cute young thing. haha. :)

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  8. Anonymous2:37 am

    Go Grace Kelly, essential timeless glamour. The new tea dresses for wedding dresses are beautiful, you can find some gorgeous examples on pinterest. They are far more discreet than some of the wedding dresses out there. After months of shopping around for my sister, I finally found one in a vintage shop! Fraction of the cost of a new one and it was perfect. The deciding factor was it was not white,(she is an autumn colour gal) it was simple and not at all froo froo, Barbie meringue! and most importantly she was not tumbling out the front of it. When she goes down the isle people will be looking at her face not 15cm south.

    Lisa, London

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    1. Anonymous2:44 am

      PS. My sister will be 40 when she ties the knot next year, come to London to find a vintage dress!

      http://www.pinterest.com/pin/531706299727758238/

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    2. Thanks Lisa...I know...I would LOVE a tea length dress with a 3/4 sleeve - sort of Gatsby era (if that is not too overdone...though I don't think they wore sleeves haha). I would love a taupe colour with a nice ruched waist. i could design it...

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  9. I spent months looking for a dress with the added complication that I am over 6ft tall. Now this really does limit your choice! In the end I spotted some fabric that I loved in Tenerife( curtain fabric in fact) guessed the amount I might need and lugged it back to the UK and had it made into a simple princess line dress with a to the edge of the shoulders neckline. I slightly overestimated how much fabric I needed and ended up making a christening gown for my first child, and a ring cushion for a friend , and a dress for my toddler daughter. Felt very happy as my dress was exactly as I had imagined it. The traipsing around the shops trying dresses on had shaped what I eventually went with and it was suprising how different that was to what I imagined I 'd wear.

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  10. Upholstery make the chair more comfortable.

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