Sewing Your Own Clothes, Is It Really Cheaper?

Hi everyone! I hope all is well with you. Today I want to talk about the true cost of sewing your own clothes. Since I got into sewing I have heard so many sewing vloggers and bloggers say how much cheaper it is to sew your own clothes. Well, I am here to let you know that it is both cheaper and more expensive to sew, depending on what you’re fabric taste is.

I love quality clothing that is made with great fabric. For someone like me, sewing is less expensive because instead of paying hundreds of dollars for a Marc Jacobs or DVF dress, I can purchase 2 1/2 yards of fabric for about $35 and up and make an awesome dress for under $100.

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In the photo above is a beautiful DVF chiffon dress for $398, as much as I would like to, I can not afford that. Below is a beautiful chiffon fabric from moodfabrics.com for $29.99 per yard and a McCalls dress pattern M7383 which costs between $15-$18 regular price, or you can catch a pattern sale and get if for $1-$1.99. With both the fabric and the pattern, I can make something similar for less.

Now for those who usually spend $39 or less for a nice dress, sewing may be more expensive. I have sewn maxi dresses with knit fabrics that cost between $6.99 and $10,  and that means I will have spent about $30 to $40 for about 3 yards of fabric plus the cost of the pattern; but I can find a cute maxi at TJ Maxx or Marshalls for about $25 or $30 which would cost less than making it on my own. However, for me, sewing is more than just the cost. Sewing is about the experience and the process of creating something one of a kind on my own that no one else will have, and that makes it priceless.

What are your thoughts on the subject? Please feel free to comment below. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great and blessed day everyone.

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FaithStJules

I was born in Jamaica and raised in the South. I guess you can call me a Southern Islander. I am a wife, mom, and sewing fiend, and DIYer. I rarely purchase clothing anymore, because I like the ability to pick my own fabric and personalize my clothing to fit my shape, personality, and style. My style is comfy chic, because no matter what I wear, it has to be chic, but comfortable.