Monday, April 2, 2012

Sew Vs. Shop; Women's Clothes

After hosting the Shabby Apple Giveaway it gave me the desire to make another dress for myself. Sometimes I wonder if it’s really worth all the time and money it takes to make it. Here are some examples of what I mean.
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$52.99 + shipping fees VS. $9.95 for the pattern, plus 4 yards of fabric priced at $6 to $15 a yard
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                                         This product is sold out. VS. $10.75 for the pattern, plus 4 yards of fabric priced at $6 to $15 a yard.
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$39.95 + shipping fees VS. Free Pattern, plus 2 yards of fabric priced at $6 to $15 a yard.
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                                         $96.00 + shipping fees VS. $11.19, plus 5 yards of fabric priced at $6 to $15 a yard.
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$66.99 + shipping fees VS. $9.95, plus 3 yards of fabric priced at $6 to $15 a yard.
Of course some of the advantages of making your own clothes are that you can use fabrics that appeal to you, once you make it the perfect style and size you can recreate it with many different fabrics and when someone asks, “Where do you shop?” you can tell them, “I made it.”
Best wishes and lots of stitches!
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18 comments:

celkalee said...

Good morning Leah. What a timely post. Sewing friends and I were discussing this topic recently and still lean to the sew-it-yourself philosophy. Part of our reasoning is the general quality of RTW. Even some high end RTW fabrics are not good quality and the workmanship is shoddy. When I started sewing it was primarily because of cost. Now it is by choice. Thanks for your insight.

Sew Spoiled said...

Thanks for your comment! I think a lot of seamstresses ask themselves this question. I love to sew and I still ask it. I think maybe this is why repurposed projects are so popular too and it is better for the environment. When did fabric prices get so high and the shop dresses get so low? Shouldn't it be the other way around?

Sheila said...

A few blogs have been discussing this very point recently. I stick to the premise that it's a matter of what you compare your sewn items with. We generally look at clothes that we would purchase that we can afford, but if you compare your made items to couture - because folks that's what you are producing - than whatever you spend on making its a bargain!

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