Time for Dresses

I love dresses, but I have a serious problem.

I didn’t realize it could be so hard to find a decent one. Perhaps women no longer like to purchase / wear them? I love the style of this white one (via Lane Bryant).

But I don’t like most of them, because I find few are well made or actually look good on me.

Clothing manufacturers make dress sizes according to a certain shape. For example, 44-38-46 (taken from Lane Bryant) is a standard size 18. I am 44-36-44 (as of this writing – har har har). What dress size and style do I select?

From experience, I select the larger size and depending on the style of the dress, that larger size isn’t happening.

I don’t like black and white patterns or dark colors. I don’t like animal print. I can’t stand the empire waist style (sorta maternity dress).

What do I like? Many years ago I went to Miami and they had some of the funkiest dresses I ever saw. It was love at first sight: bright tropical colors – complete “Hey! look at me!” styles.

There were skirts with multiple folds (like tissues), one side of the skirt higher than the other (front vs back, left vs right), minis with deep V necks and everything that emphasized a womanly shape. Nice.

I went back several times over the years, and I never saw those colorful dresses again. I guess the drab dull colors and boring styles swallowed them up too.

So, to make a long post short: I will buy some dresses, but I plan on making some.

It’s been years since I have done some sewing, but I feel the urge again. And making something for yourself is a most satisfying feeling.