Thank you for all of the sewing machine advice!
As much as I'd love a Bernina, even buying one second hand seems to be a bit pricey for me - so failing that, I think I'm still going with Janome. Now I just have to decide whether to go for new (either this or this) or second hand. I'm stalking ebay everyday but haven't seen one I want yet, so it's either play the waiting game or just jump in and buy one new. I really do want to get back to sewing asap, so if nothing comes up soon, new it is!
David and I have just finished watching seasons one of both Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire. Downton Abbey is set in England just before WW1 breaks out and Boardwalk Empire in the early 20's during the prohibition era in the Sates (I've done a quick post about it here). Both have dreamy romantic costumes which inspired me to throw on these pieces last Saturday.
The costumes in these shows aren't what I would normally go for in dressing day to day (I'm a 50's girl at heart) but I have lately started to swoon over a few 40's patterns on Etsy and there are a few outfits in each series that I can update easily with pieces I already own.
I also love the hair styles! I really must start setting my hair regularly, and trying out different styles with it up (having your hair down in this heat is unbearable).