Friday, June 28, 2013
So, In answer to the question, do you save money by sewing? I would have to say the answer is no, not really, not at the moment anyway, but potentially, I could.
I live near a major upmarket shopping mall with the standard fare of Nordstroms, Ann Taylor, Eddie Bauer, Talbots etc. in addition to Burberry, Louis Vuitton , Tiffany's. no Sax Fifth Ave unless you count some misnamed outlet store which seems more like a Marshall's. There is a outlet mall close by too. Not many high end boutiques, but I definetly don't live in a shopping desert.
This means that there are lots of sales and the thrift shops are full of decent quality franchise store cast offs. I just picked up an Ann Taylor 50% silk 50% cotton blouse that looked like new for $7.99 and a J Jill silk and cotton cardigan, also like new for $6.99. I couldn't make those garments for that price.
If i was a standard size, I would just shop sales and thrift stores and call it good, or marry a rich man, or win lotto, or something and get a personal shopper at Nordstroms. But even if I had unlimited wealth, the majority of fitted or semi-fitted clothing doesn't fit me. My taste is pretty standard fare. Classic styles with natural fibers. I can wear the same stuff year after year without getting bored.
The problem is, clothes don't fit even when I was thinner. I am 5'9" and have a longer distance between my shoulders and bust apex than the fit models for my size, and I'm short waisted. The bust darts and waists are always in the wrong places with off the rack garments. Since I like classic styles that are often semi fitted this is a real problem. If i liked flouncy bohemian styles it would be easier. I so which to feel comfortable in bohemian styles but I guess I'm too uptight. . So, it's worth my putting some time into sewing a garment identical to an off the rack one even if I spend the same for materials so it fits me correctly.
Money can be saved with high end garments, and I'd like to make some of those when my weight is stable, but I live in a cow town at the moment, so not so sure when and where I would wear them, Safeway? I might have to move! Lol
And sewing is a hobby, I would just like to work up to having some very fine sewing skills, practice, practice, practice. I actually haven't sewn an awful lot, at least since high school when I as prolific and a really good machinist. I tend to put more attention into individual garments than making many in the same amount of time. Sometimes years and years went by when I didn't sew at all. I have taken a few classes in the subject here and there at various colleges when I could. I did historic costuming for a number of years too without sewing any everyday wear. I figure I might as well start sewing for myself now and start to dress better.
I'm mailing my cousin's test pajamas to her tomorrow. If they fit I'll start with the good fabric and post some photos. In this case I was able to adjust the pattern I used for her to a D cup as the standard pattern is made for a woman with a B cup and shorten the pants length as she's only 5'2".