Frost flower pattern on the top, Haapsalu pattern on the bottom. When I saw this dress on Pinterest and tracked it to a blogger’s site, my jaw hit the floor. This is almost exactly what I want. And she made it for someone else. And she has an Etsy shop. And a custom made dress is quoted at ~$1550. And it only takes a month to make plus 1-3 weeks for shipping.
It’s so close to what I want. There aren’t any beads… but I could add those after market, right…?
I’ll admit. I was tempted for a few minutes. To abandon my own efforts and take an easier path. Even spending a big chunk of change, it is probably worth it. Since I’ve started and have begun to tally up the costs behind the scenes, I know the price is reasonable. Maybe even a deal for the amount of work this type of garment takes.
I just had to remind myself of my ‘Why’. Part of the point of this undertaking was to demonstrate mastery of my craft. In the Calligraphy world, to become a Master Penman you must make your own certificate of Mastery. (See this cool story on YouTube.) I think of my dress in a similar manner.
I will probably go back and drool a few times throughout this process.
What about you?
Have you ever tried to DIY and found it was easier to bail out?
On what chores/tasks do you prefer to save time over money?