The Vintage-Dress-of-Doom is niggling away at my brain. I felt like such a failure when I ran away to the Toast online summer sale. In my defence, it was midnight and I had had some wine (see above). And of course, the red rose shoes won't work with a blue and orange dress... so I had to go to the TopShop online sale for those! (Turquoise suede wedges!)
And FL was there at my shoulder cheering me on! But as I have said to him many times since then: I can always send them back for a refund. I will try the whole lot on, and if it is not the Dress-of-Dreams, the Shoes-of-Sublime-ness, they are going straight back. Because I just don't buy things on impulse, especially not expensive things!
The wedding-of-the-year has caused me so many silly traumas. First there was the Hen Do invitation (a spa day followed by a meal at the poshest place in town), which I am thankfully now unable to attend because we are off on holiday that day - phew! And then the whole: what will I wear, OMG what will FL wear?! saga. I am not a "keeping up with the Joneses" type of person, but the knowledge that one of my colleagues will be wearing a Vivienne Westwood dress just freaked me out. Have you seen FL's suit? He bought it in a charity shop about ten years ago. It has moth-holes in several strategic places. And he refuses to buy another one, because he says: "I am on my way out"! (Don't worry - I am working on him!)
The more I look at the Dress-of-Doom, the more I think I must be supposed to double the whole thing back on itself and create a multiple-layered bodice. But this would affect the fabric choice for the final garment: you couldn't use anything other than completely opaque fabric or you would have the most hideous shine-through. So that's the rose-print off the menu. Sigh.
So maybe I need to look for a tried-and-tested modern pattern, or at least a less challenging vintage design.
Or just enjoy the luxury of having a Toast dress.
Public Service Announcement:
Meantime, for those of us who have not lost our sewing confidence, there are many autumn / winter fabric bargains to be had on eeebaaay. You can pick up some beautiful pure wool coating in a rich jade green, or raspberry wool crepe, or diagonal-ribbed wool in an expensive-looking dark cream (you can't make me call it "beige", sorry!) all from "Favourite Fabrics", all at good prices.
Personally, I was seduced by a bargain pack of 5 single-metre lengths of wool suiting in various midnight / charcoal stripes, from British Fabrics. I bought one of these packs about 4 years ago and made three skirts and a blanket, all of which are "keepers". This time, I am thinking more creatively and plan to piece together different lengths to make a panelled jacket and mis-matching skirts, or maybe even a pair of knee-length wool shorts. Self-stitched September, anyone?
ETA: No sooner had I written about planning a shorts suit, than I came across this. WOW!