Thursday, June 7, 2012

Winning Wedding Planning

Last night at Amanda's Wedding Shower, she asked me why, since I maintain that I do very little work in keeping up a blog, it had been an entire week since I had last posted??  Well, I realized that the only times I had been on the Internet at all were to check my Bank Balance - at least once an hour - and to look for local bead stores to supplement the elaborate beading on The Gown.  (Beads Beads is the winner in that category!)  I will put up some pictures of this incredible find after the wedding when I am relaxing in Hawaii next week.  But suffice it to say, I am remaking the most amazing dress for her.  It is a little short, as befits a dress that is going to be worn in a Barn Reception, but a fairly simple style.  I was reminded that my love of elaborate fancy dressmaking with high quality fabrics started when I was in college and desperate for cash.  That's when I discovered The Drag Queens!  Or maybe more accurately, they discovered me.  They bought silks and sequins and feathers.  I made them into Judy Garland or Connie Francis or numerous other stars.  (Did I mention that I was a teenager, but even so I am really dating myself here.) And my point, and I do have one, is that I have no qualms about ripping up a new, never worn Monique Lhuillier that originally retailed for $2500.  Which I found in the dumpiest thrift store with the size mismarked for $75.  (A size 0 [zero] doesn't have a 30'+ waist.)  Doesn't this make me The Thrift Store Winner of the Year?  On a separate note, does anyone remember past Miss Oklahoma, Anita Bryant?  

12 comments:

  1. Beryl! Hilarious! You ARE the queen! And I think the drag queens would name you so too! :) After making all the feathery, bedazzled loveliness for them....there's a part of me that thinks, as women, we could learn a little something from drag queens! And you're right....Sz 0? 30" waist? These things just don't go together! Big hug girly! ~Serene

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  2. Thanks for the hug, Serene! Now it's back to Wedding Dress sewing. With a short stop to get a few bids made on those scarves.

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  3. Now I just love you more than I did already. I would love to have seen some of your creations from back in the day. Can't wait to see the dress!

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  4. Oh you are so creative, talented and darn lucky to have found that gown.
    I remember Anita Bryant, mostly for what she said about homosexuals.

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  5. This does make you the thrift store queen of the year AND the seamstress of the year. I hope we get to see a photo of the result.

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  6. Happy wedding, Amanda! Chris and I wish you the best!

    Beryl, we miss you. Come home! ( says the woman sitting on a plane in Boston). :)

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  7. Beryl, you are the winner of the handbag in my giveaway last week. Please e-mail me the address to which you'd like the bag sent!
    sandatmartel@gmail.com

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  9. I'm so impressed that you have such confidence in your sewing. Wish you could send me some of that.

    Haven't thought about Anita Bryant in years. I looked at the list of Miss Oklahoma's on Wikipedia and found I only remember two other names: Susan Powell and Jayne Jayroe. No idea why I would remember them. Definitely remember why I remember Anita. Sort of went off the rails, didn't she?

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