Sewing has so spoiled me (yay) that I lost my penchant for shopping RTW (wow)! But I still love shopping, and the dress below is what lured me back to the fold:
Lately at work I’ve been covering the reception desk*, which is rather hectic. When down times occur, I’m so frazzled that all I can do is web surf. Back in June I surfed on over to ASOS Curve and found that dress. I love it! It’s loose and flow-y, but it still has design lines and a distinct silhouette. And the high neckline and 3/4 sleeves lend it some sophistication, as well as wearability in warm and cooler weather.
It cost $45. Was that a lot? A little? I no longer knew how much a RTW dress should cost. But I knew this dress was the perfect LBD — look at those lines! I thought about sketching out the design lines and making my own pattern hack or copy, then took the plunge and purchased it.
I may have gotten it one size too big, but otherwise it is perfect: minus one glaring flaw. It’s made of a particular type of polyester that makes me reek to high heaven, even fresh out of the shower. In my early 20s I had a blouse made from this type of polyester that I loved, but that caused me no end of embarrassment because of the BO it created. So, I can’t keep this dress. Right?
But. Do I do make a straight copy from it? Do I hack patterns like M6465, V8805, and V8828 to make an approximation? Do I sew up B5522, B6209, V9107, V8876 or V8968 as dresses in the same vein? On top of this dilemma, I feel that returning the dress sends the wrong message to plus size clothing manufacturers. They’re always complaining we fatties don’t buy anything, not realizing they don’t make anything good for us. But this time, the dress is good! And ASOS actually has sooo many cute, on trend clothes for the plus size woman: should I suck up this $45 loss as a gain for the movement of more and better plus size fashion?
Dilemma, dilemma. What would you do in this situation?
[Fun factoid: I originally scheduled this post for June 27. Nearly two months later, I’m back on covering reception. Ah, the revolving door that is the front desk.]