Is it cheaper to make your own clothes, or buy them?
I found some Simplicity, Butterick, and Vogue sewing patterns that I must have been saving for a rainy day. I wouldn’t have touched a sewing machine for years, dating back to school when I made a pillowcase and nightie. I do have friends that can sew, but getting the machine out of the cupboard, doesn’t happen too often these days – unless for a quick alteration. It is now so much cheaper to buy clothes than make them, which is sad really?
When I was growing up, Mum was often sitting at her Bernina Sewing Machine, making outfits (often matching) for my sister and me to wear. This wasn’t as bad for me as I was 5 years younger. In my teens she made me an amazing mini skirt in a metallic gold fabric which was supposed to be about 30 cm in length and somehow ended up around 20. (photographic evidence provided). I literally wore it until there wasn’t much life left in it. It was a tad short though!
I am keen to give myself a sewing challenge and try to make something using one of the patterns I have. I may need to start with some lessons, and of course a sewing machine would help. I was thinking maybe a wrap dress. How hard can that be? Perhaps I could ask Diane von Furstenberg for a few pointers.