The One That Got Away

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would post about the one that got away…the one that I spend days and nights thinking about, yearning for, wishing I would have done things differently….

Vogue Special Edition S-4270 A
Vogue Special Edition S-4270 A

What, you thought I was talking about a man?!  Silly goose…

I stumbled across this beauty on eBay several months ago.  It was love at first sight.  I ooh-ed.  I aaw-ed.  I didn’t even blink at the $100+ current bid…it was love after all…you can’t put a price tag on love.

Then, as often happens in could-have-been-great relationships, reason got in the way.  Logic came between us.  Sure, it’s an EXQUISITE dress.  But when would I ever have an occasion to make and wear this beauty?  I have exactly one formal event each year – my company Christmas party.  And the dress code for that is more cocktail than black-tie.  This masterpiece is only fit for a red carpet! 

My mouse hovered over the “place bid” button for what seemed like an eternity.  Then, I tearfully clicked on that giant red X in the upper right corner of my screen – my love was never to be seen again. 

I often replay that moment in my mind…if I had only done things differently, would we be happily together today?  No one knows.  And even though I know it would be foolish to buy this pattern, I can’t get it out my head.  I can’t say what I’ll do should we ever meet again, but I tend to think I would push reason aside and leap forward with my foolish heart.

Do you have a pattern that you couldn’t turn away, even though it had no place in your life?  Or did you pass up on your chance to buy a pattern or some fabric and you can’t stop kicking yourself?  Let’s hear about the un-happy endings today to balance out all the gushy mushy lovey stuff.


8 thoughts on “The One That Got Away

  1. Well, it would have been a terrifically gorgeous dress, but….I don’t think I could ever justify $100 for a pattern…

    And who knows? Maybe you’ll find another one or one that you like just as well that would actually fit into your lifestyle. 🙂

  2. Hey, you have the envelope sketch, which is halfway to owning it! If you ever try some pattern drafting, you could possibly make it from scratch. Or you could always pay someone else to pattern it for you to your custom measurements. =)

    And it IS a lovely design! Might even be a great blouse without the skirt (would make it easier to wear in everyday life).

    1. That’s a great idea! I’ve done some very simple pattern drafting before, but nothing to this extent. I’ll have to work on it and improve my skill enough to draft a blouse from this – that’s genius! Thanks!

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