Thursday, 20 March 2014

My Girly Moment

My sister's wedding is coming up in July and I needed to get a dress for the event. 

Unlike most women, I usually hate shopping, especially for clothes.  I'm a plus-sized gal, which means there are only a few stores I can visit.  If the trend of the season doesn't suit me, I don't have a lot of options.  Online shopping is one of them, but for a dress, it can be very hard to guess what will fit and look good.

I went into the mall with a solid plan B all ready to go.  If I didn't find something, there was still plenty of time to make something.  I even had a template in mind, the red dress Queen Latifah wore in the movie Last Holiday.

I'd go with a colour more suited to me, but as a pattern, it looked nice and was simple enough for me to do.

Instead, I found myself with the rather unusual dilemma of having two dresses to choose from.  The website isn't letting me copy the pictures, so I'll just include links if anyone is interested in checking them out.

There was a cobalt blue Greek-inspired flowing dress.  And a violet sheath dress with a side ruffle.  Both of them looked really good on me and were reasonably priced.

In the end, I went with the blue dress.  It was a little lighter than the violet one (which for July will be good) and the skirt flowed better for dancing.

I'm quite pleased with my choice and it's nice to have something settled with a minimum of work.  The red dress might be simple, but it would probably still take me four to six weeks to make it.  Now I can focus on possibly embellishing the blue dress (I'm thinking about adding some beadwork to the slit in front and the neckline) or simply accept off the rack and use the time for the other dozen things I need to do.

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