On the suggestion of a great reader, I checked out a website that offered custom made dresses for very inexpensive prices. Eshakti offers customization for $7.50. That seemed like a really reasonable price to me on dresses that were reasonable already - think $50-$65 for nice, higher level look dresses.
I need to clarify why I spend so much time buying online. It's tough for me to get to stores with my husband's schedule and kids home, and when I do shop locally, I can never seem to find things that I like that fit me well - I almost always come back with a bad case of body hatred. I find stuff I like online all the time. Plus, there's that whole Package in the Mail!!!! hyperventilation that goes along with mail order.
So I picked two dresses.