As much as I love Mod Cloth, so many of their dresses, like this one, look SO simple to make, even with my own minimal sewing experience. A couple years ago, I almost bought a couple of simple McCall’s patterns for basic dresses and skirts at a craft store that was closing, but put them back. After I discovered the great SAS fabric stores in Tempe and Phoenix, and the fun fabric (namely a bolt of fabric with little Frida Kahlo busts all over them) they sold there, I kicked myself for not buying the patterns. I am starting a brand new job tomorrow, with really good pay and benefits, but I do need new clothes. I can’t wear t-shrits. I can wear jeans, but not casual t-shirts, only blouses or sweaters. So I am trying to use it as a can excuse to dress a little better, like I’ve been trying to do all year. I LOVE dresses (as anyone following this blog might have guessed), but I own exactly 3 of them (two plain black, one long sleeved and one sun dress, both by Converse from Target and a navy one w/ red & white polka dots from H&M that is just a little too dressy for every day wear). I am so in love with H&M’s current stock (in the store at least. the website sucks IMHO) that I am planning on getting most of my new work wardrobe from there. But among the big purchases I am planning with my new income once my bills and living expenses are caught up, is a fancy sewing machine. The more I admire and lust after Mod Cloth dresses, the more I think I could actually make ones very similar for myself. I’ve been meaning to learn to sew better since I first learned how to use a sewing machine in 7th grade home economics class. This dress really reminded me because it looks like fabric I could buy almost anywhere, and the cut does look reasonably simple. Learning to make these things for myself has another benefit also. I am so weird to fit, as I am short with a large bust. So many cute skirts are too long and so many dresses just won’t button or zip all the way up because of my bulging mammaries.
I am nervous about tomorrow, but I am so ready to get on with it. This pay increase is going to help with so many aspects of my life, and I just want it to get started already. I want to get my bills and such settled so I can start spending my money on fun stuff.
ugh. that was a ramble. I took a sleeping pill and it’s kicking in. just waiting for the mister to get home so I can see him for a bit before I go to bed. Wish me luck on the new job tomorrow :)