Today I wanted to answer a question that I get often, and clear up any assumptions people make about sewing for yourself.
A lot of people assume that if you know how to sew, and make your own clothes you can save a ton of money. I find that to be the opposite. Here’s why..
When I am spending time on a garment for myself I want it to be something that I can keep for a long time. 4-5 hours per garment is no joke especially since we all have other crap we could be doing with that time. I am not making things for the hell of it, I do it because that Valentino dress is $4000 that I don’t have to spend on a dress so $100 for fabric is justifiable. Now don’t get me wrong, there are people that search high and low for really cheap fabric, and boast about how it only cost $3 for a fully lined dress, and I hear them.. I just feel that if I want a $15 dress I can go to F21 or H&M and save myself the time (and the headache).
Handmade items are a reflection of your craft. So no, I do not skimp when it comes to fabric choice, and yes I might pay just as much for my fabric as some people would pay for RTW clothing. But I can guarantee everything I make is invaluable because it is one of a kind.
A little tooting of my horns, but it is true for all of us home sewers! I have to invest in myself the same way (more actually!) the company I work for invests in me. And you should too doll!