Let’s talk about sewing clothes, shall we? Why do people sew now when we really don’t need to? We don’t have to make our own clothes or even mend our own clothes like past generations. Sewing is purely hobby status now. Most people would argue that it’s fun and cute that others sew quilts and curtains and the occasional apron, but sewing clothes?? Why bother?
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Is sewing clothes worth it?
I’ve heard this argument against sewing 1,000 times. “It’s cheaper to buy clothes.” Well, yes, it is most of the time if you buy clothes at discount stores or thrift shops. But we all know what a $5 shirt really costs. It’s low quality and likely made in less than ideal conditions with workers who are paid less than we can imagine earning, under less than idea conditions. That alone could make sewing worth it but we’re going to talk about the other reasons.
1. You can sew clothes to fit a body.
You know those kids who always have to wear a belt or cinch their waistband up so it looks ridiculous just so their pants don’t fall off? Or those women who always have to buy a size up just to accommodate their bust size? Or maybe you’re taller/shorter than average? Sewing eliminates those ill fitting clothes issues! You can sew to fit a certain body well. Consider taking Online Sewing Class to learn how to sew the perfect fit.
2. Your clothes will be unique.
Have you ever shown up to an even and seen someone wearing that same dress? If you’re buying mass produced clothes then you aren’t the only one with that piece. Plus, you can make the clothes in your favorite colors/fabrics that may be hard to find on the rack.
3. Designer styles without designer price.
A well tailored garment can be very expensive off the rack. Or what about those cute little ruffly dresses for little girls that cost $80? You can make these for much less than the designer price. It’s harder to sew a dress for $5 (though possible) but you can definitely spend less than the high end, high quality garments! And if you make it yourself it will be high quality!
4. Express yourself (or your child) by sewing your style.
Do you walk into a clothing store and cringe a little because nothing off the rack is “you”? Or maybe your little girl hates pink and ruffles but it’s hard to find clothes without those in the girl section? Or a boy wants a world map button-up shirt? You can make anything to suit the style of the wearer.
5. It’s enjoyable.
This is the best reason of all. Sewing can be fun once you learn how! Many people say it’s therapeutic! Just put on some music or your favorite podcast and start sewing to relax from a tough day!
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Where to save money and where to spend it?
Sewing doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby, though it can be.
1. Sewing machines
Consider buying a budget sewing machine that isn’t bottom of the line and will last a long time, or buy a top of the line machine used.
Buy quality fabric that will last longer than a few washes. It may cost a bit more than the $1 bin but it’s going to be a garment you’ll love. You can also buy thrifted fabric or repurpose fabric. If cheap is what you want, consider looking through your house for clothes you have but don’t wear. Garage sales can also be a good source of fabric.
3. Sewing patterns
- You can find paper sewing patterns on sale at the big fabric stores. They may or may not actually be a good deal. Most only have 2 or 3 sizes in each pattern.
- Check pattern websites like Go To Patterns for coupons (check the SALE page). Or subscribe to the newsletter to learn about sales.
- Buy PDF patterns. You can print those over an over as much as you want for your own use. You’re also supporting independent designers.
- Look for free tutorials.