I had this epiphany when I took a look at Shabby Apple.I love the dresses on this site. Unless it was an ultra-special occasion, I would never spend more than $50 on a dress. So that pretty much eliminates any future purchases from Shabby Apple. But I can sew! Even though I still feel like an advanced beginner.
For instance, I just love the Pina Colada dress from Shabby Apple. I would love to buy it and wear it all the time. It is $96. That won't be happening any time soon.
But that won't stop me, for I have found a pattern that is very similar to this dress.
|So similar, it's scary.|
I would use sateen or poplin for the dress and add the piping and buttons. Sure, the pattern is out-of-print, but I found it on ebay for $3. I love ebay.
My fall palette may be changing as I've become quite addicted to all things shirt dress. I've made two of them so far.