I am in need of a semi-formal dress, and I'm having a hard time figuring out what I want. Actually, I have in my head exactly what I want, and I've found some close approximations, but I'm having a hard time choosing. So I am calling on my friends for help. Help me!
1. Vintage Vogue.
(This is a photo I got from patternreview.com. It's a beautiful rendition sewn by "Beezy.")
(This is the pattern front.)
Pros: It's vintage, has a stand-up collar (which I'm obsessed with right now), is warm (because it's going to be cold where I'll wear this dress), I can choose any color I want (I would probably make it in a deep red satin). I have the pattern and have just been waiting for the perfect excuse to make it. It seems with my new-found need for a dress, I've found my excuse.
Cons: I have to choose the fabric and make it. I have two weeks. This is possible, but I'll be pressed. It might be good to be pressed to finish something. But then again, there's always the fear that it might not turn out.
2. Calvin Klein sheath.
Hee hee. Ha ha. What a freaky photo. I promise, I won't do that again.
Pros: The stand-up collar on the jacket is a major plus. The pleated bodice is so stylish, and it has 3/4 sleeves for warmth.
Cons: The color. I'm not sure how that color will look against my super pale skin.
3. Maggy London Mock Two Piece Ponte Knit
Pros: It's classic black and white. It's got a high neck and is knee length, so there won't be any pulling or tugging to make sure everything is covered up. Plus I love the high waist skirt.
Cons: It's ponte knit. Is knit fancy enough for a semi-formal event? Nordstrom says it is since in the cocktail dress category, but I'm not positive.
4. Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Royal Blue
Pros: I love the ruching on the side, and I LOVE the sleeves. It's so sexy. And the color is amazing!
Cons: I might have issues with the low-cut neck line.
5. Tadashi Flower
Pros: I love the flower! I can't stop thinking about that flower (click on the photo to make it bigger and you just might fall in love with the flower too). I love the pleatedness of the dress. So much fun. It's a great length, there won't be any issues with the neckline.
Cons: Price. Stupid Tadashi people think they deserve a small fortune for being creative and clever and stylish enough to come up with such a wonderful creation. Oh and this dress may not be everyone's cup of tea, but when has that bothered me? Another consideration: is this dress too "in the now" to be a classic to wear again and again? I suppose that question applies to all the options.
Numbers 2-4 are pretty much the same price. Number 1 would be the least expensive, even if I bought fabric on the pricier side. And 5 is pricey, but I could justify it (when have I NOT been able to justify spending money on myself). I haven't tried any of these dresses on, so that could play into my decision, but still I want to know what you think. So what would you do? Please opine!
Also, we've already established that I'm vain, so I make this request unabashedly.