I've always horded, saved, and duplicated my favorite clothes. Always afraid that I'll run out of good clothes to wear, that I'll never be able to find anything better....if I found a blouse I liked, that fit me well, I bought three, because I didn't know when I'd find another blouse like it again. Then, I'd wear my favorite clothes sparingly so they wouldn't wear out....then, a couple seasons would pass, and after a baby or two, and my favorite clothes didn't fit anymore. Sad, to think I had favorite clothes that I hardly wore, that after a couple seasons didn't fit me anymore....I should have enjoyed them, worn them out, and been glad to have clothes that I liked!
If I could go back and do it over again, I would wear my favorite clothes the most often, and enjoy them, and not worry about them wearing out....There'll always be new clothes. There'll always be things that become my new favorites. If I never wear out what I have, then I'll never have had the joy of wearing them, and I'll never find new, fun things to wear!!!
Am I just preaching to myself here?
So, even now that I can sew, and I know I'll be able to make a dress again (or make it even better next time) I still have to remind myself, "Wear it! Enjoy it! It's O.K. if it gets faded and stained. Don't worry, there's more where that came from!" I have to stamp out the irrational fears and replace them with the knowledge that there's an endless supply of fabric, patterns, and notions, and there's always fun things to find at the thrift stores.
No more fear! No more hording and saving and duplicating. Enjoy it, wear it, wear it out, then make another one - or make something even better ; )