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.

Printed Circle Skirt

     Hello everyone, I hope that you all had a wonderful week. It has been a weird winter here in Georgia, but Saturday was a beautiful day. We spent the whole day outdoors and boy were the little ones happy about that.

     Today I am going to share with you all a beautiful and twirlicious skirt that I made. I went on my weekly trip to Joann’s Fabric and found this lovely fabric with famous historical buildings from the fashion capitals printed onto the fabric. The print reminds me of my travel to Paris and New York, hopefully I can add London to the list one day. I brought the fabric home and immediately went to work making a circle skirt with a waist band and side zipper. I wore it to to church and received so many compliments on it, I felt like the bell of the ball.

How was the skirt made?: I made the skirt using a circle skirt pattern that I self drafted a long time ago by taking my waist measurements and dividing it by 6.28. I then measure the length that I wanted the skirt to be and then just connected the dots and cut the pattern out on craft paper. If you want to learn more about how to make a circle skirt, there are many videos out there on youtube.

Was it easy to make?: Circle skirts are one of the easiest things to make, it gets more difficult when you add more technical details like pockets, zipper, lining with zipper, etc. Hemming a circle skirt can get a little tricky because of the curves of the skirt, but if you form your hem and then press it, sewing it is much easier. You can even use hem tape to make thing easier. Circle skirts were actually one of the first things that I learned to sew as a beginner sewer.

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What I’m wearing : I am wearing the circle skirt with a knit and mesh top that was gifted to me by a friend for my birthday, black leggings, and my favorite booties that I bought at DSW shoes.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, it is so appreciated. Until next time, have a great week.

Sweet 16

Hello everyone. I hope that you are having a great week. My week has been quite busy. Between all of the children’s school and extracurricular activities as well as working and taking care of home, I am shocked that I have time to sleep. I truly feel blessed everyday for the life I have been blessed with. I am not rich, and I do not hold a high position in an office somewhere, but I am loved, needed, and appreciated.

Today I am going to share with you all a project that I recently worked on for a young lady’s sweet sixteen birthday. This was one of my favorite projects because I designed this dress from the bottom up. The young lady’s mother called me and told me that she wanted something fun for her daughter to wear to her sweet sixteen birthday party, but could not find anything exciting in the stores of New York City. Of course when asked I jumped at the chance to make this dress. First after receiving her measurements I drafted a pattern for a sweetheart top with an embroidered sequin overlay and a tulle skirt made of 10 yards of silver tulle.

I worked on the dress for about a week. Sewing the fishing line into the hem to get the curled effect took a long time, but the outcome was so beautiful that it was worth every minute. After completing the dress, I mailed it off to my client and she stated that her daughter loved it so much that she did not want to take it off. Hearing that was a reminder of why I love what I do. The dress was a success, and according to my client, so was the party.

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I must admit that I am still on cloud 9 about this project. I am looking forward to many more. Thank you all for reading, have a great day/week until next time.

Girl’s Top and Leggings

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      Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well. As for mine, it’s been great because my hand has been healing well, and my doctor has given me the okay to get back to sewing next week. I am so excited, because sewing is my happy time and my therapy; I am sure that sewers out there can relate. Today I am going to share with you all a “sewfit” that I made for my daughter. I love to sew for myself, but it brings me so much joy to be able to sew for my family, and my seven year old daughter is one of my biggest fans. She gets so excited when I make clothes for her, she says that she loves wearing one of a kind clothing and not looking like everyone at school. With her love for clothing, I feel so blessed that I know how to sew because her love for fashion would break the bank. For this project, I used McCalls MP442 for the top and M6949 for the leggings.

Fabric Used: I used a purple and gray jersey knit fabric for the top and a purple ponte knit fabric for the leggings. I found both fabrics at a wholesale fabric store in my city.

Modifications: I cut a size 6 and took about an inch and a half from the waist of the top and two inches from the waist of the pants, I also added one inch to the length of the pants. I wanted the length of the pants to be longer than needed so that it would still fit her this summer.

Were the instructions easy to follow: The instructions were very easy to follow, even for beginning sewers.

What do you like most about this pattern: As with many of the patterns that I buy, I love that you have so many clothing choices from both patterns that I used for this project. I have already made two other tops from MP442 for my daughter and used a thicker fabric to turn one of the tops into a sweater. I also love that I can extend the length of the tops to make dresses, which I plan on doing this spring and summer. I have also used M6949 to make more leggings and a cardigan.

 

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She loves this outfit and has worn it over and over again, which means success for me. Until next time, thank you all for reading my blog, I hope that you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful and safe week.

Houndstooth Cardigan

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          Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you, and that you had a wonderful holiday.  I have not posted in a while because I had carpal tunnel sugery. The first couple of days were very painful once the numbing wore off, but now my carpal tunnel pain is gone and I can get back to sewing, and other DIYs that I enjoy. I am so ready to share with you all, 2016 will be my year of little talk and more action, and I hope that you all join me on this journey. Today I am going to talk about my new favorite thing; the houndstooth cardigan that I made using MCcall pattern 7254. I have had this pattern for a while and have been looking for just the right print and fabric to bring it to life, and I did.

Fabric Used: I found a red, white, and black ponte knit fabric which was bold enough to make a statement, but refined enough to bring a chic look to any outfit that you pair it with.

Modifications: For this cardigan, I did not have to make a lot of modifications, I cut a size 12 and took two inches off in the back because I wanted to to have a distinctive curve to the shape of the cardigan.

Were the instructions easy to follow?: The instructions were very easy to follow, but If you are not knowledgeable about sewing basics, you will have a hard time with the terms and instructions.

What do you like most about this pattern?: This pattern offers five different cardigan styles to choose from and I plan on making more to add to my wardrobe. You can also use this pattern throughout the year by using lighter knits and shortening the sleeves (if you desire)  for the warmer months and using thicker fabrics for the colder months.

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What I’m wearing:  I paired my cardigan with a black stretch pants that I made a long time ago with my own pattern (pattern created using another pair of pants that I own), platforms that I bought from Payless, a simple black tee, and a beautiful necklace that was gifted to my by a good friend. I wore all black with this look because I wanted the cardigan to stand out and the color to pop.