I think I'm caving; I'm 99% settled on buying a dress to wear to my friend Tracey's upcoming January wedding, instead of making one.
This is the dress I've picked out, from modcloth.com. I like the kind of 60s-ish look to it, love the color (though I'm hoping it's not too close to that of the bridesmaid dresses--Cassie, if you're reading this, help me out!), and I think it's a simple enough style that, with the right accessories, I could wear this for both warmer or colder weather (would need to find a sweater and tights to wear with this, and possibly shoes since I'm not sure either my black heels or my ill-fitting brown ones would work--I'm thinking if I can find a pewter-ish colored flat in my size, that would be perfect for both the look and accommodating any chance of icy parking lots!). And therefore I could be justified in paying the $53 for it. (And free shipping if I also get the cardigan that I fell in love with from there!) But still, I'm hesitating....buying a sweater is one thing, because that's something I can't really do myself. But for some odd reason, part of me is feeling like I'm failing a bit or copping out for buying a dress instead of sewing one. Probably from spending so much time on the Wardrobe Refashion bandwagon, where buying new = bad. I'm telling myself that at least I'm supporting a smaller business and independent designers. And I really don't have time to sew a dress, especially with all of the stuff for my room still in the queue. But honestly, after the last several clothing project fails, I think part of me is a little afraid to sew clothes again. Weird, huh? I need to find a way to get over that. (And I also need to go to work! Yikes!)