Gosh I'm cream crackered today, I have no idea what's got into me. It might be my blocked up ear, which has made me deaf in that ear, so I feel like my senses are incomplete, and it's made me all lethargic. You ever have this?
I can't remember the last time I went shopping for clothes in a full priced clothes shop, one that wasn't a charity clothes shop.
I lost interest in shopping for clothes a few years ago, I found that clothes were either not to my taste, or they were too expensive for me. So for a while now I have been wearing the clothes I already own, with the odd purchase from a charity shop or in the sale of an on-line shop.
Then I started to come across bloggers who were making their own clothes, and it was a bit of a revelation for me, because they were making just the sort of clothes I would like to wear, but you can't find easily in shops.
I started to get interested in what clothes people are making. It's been a slow drip-drip of gathering a little knowledge about dressmaking, and I've only touched the tip of the iceberg, but it's enough to have got me going, starting with the book "Chic and Simple Sewing" by Christine Haynes (which gave me the confidence to sew dresses).
And that leads me to the subject of the cost of making your own clothes, versus the cost of buying from full-priced clothes shops. Is it me, or are clothes in a lot of shops really quite expensive these days? Or has my view been distorted by buying from charity shops? I managed to buy the fabric, elastic, thread, button, and bias binding to make a dress last weekend, all for £12. I thought that was pretty reasonable. It didn't include the cost of the pattern, but if I use the pattern a few times (which I plan to), and continue buying my fabric at £2.50 a metre from the Saturday market, (that was 100% cotton), I think that making my clothes will be cheaper than buying clothes new.
There's the time involved, it does take time, that's for sure, but there's a tremendous sense of achievement when things are finished. And of course there will be times when I buy more expensive fabric, that's for sure too.
I really, really, like the idea of making my own clothes.
If I have the time.
I'm not sure I'll ever get round to making fancy underwear, but you never know.
And there's nothing quite like sinking into a bit of comfy knitting/crochet is there?
I don't know if my foray into sewing is a passing fancy. Only time will tell.
In my next blog post, I do have a finished dress to show you, one that I've made myself. I'll keep that for next Tuesday.
Have a good weekend. Cheerio! Vanessa xxx