Fashionistas Create Your Own Styles

crossT By crossT, 14th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Create your own clothing, these are some of the wonderful reasons why you should set your own fashion in the world.


There are many advantages to creating your own clothing, from choosing your style, the perfect fit or fabric to being cheaper in the long run.

You get creative, and if you are careful with how you source your fabrics, sewing can be uber for both your closet and the bank.

Up-Cycling Clothes

When I was a girl, my Mom made most of my clothes because I was so small. It only took a few months in junior high school for me to beg my Mom for clothes with labels in them, or at least to not have to wear little kid clothes.

It was the grunge era, and I only fit into jeans that had hearts and flowers on them. Thankfully, she taught me a thing or two about sewing, and I was well on my way to up-cycling clothes long before it was a popular trend.

Sewing is not always easy but...

Don’t get me wrong, each type of fabric responds differently, and there is a knack to making your own patterns turn out well.

The main factors you have to consider:
•What is your sewing skill level?
•What fabric resources do you have available to you?
• How much do you have to spend?

Most decent first hand fabrics will cost between $7-15 yard. Unless you go bargain bin, and remnants section.

How much and what is the cost?

The average shirt takes between 2 and 3 yards of fabric. Working with averages we can estimate the cost of making your own shirt: 2.5 yards x $11.00 = $27.50. You must also figure on thread. An experienced sewer generally has enough thread that it doesn’t need to be included in the price of every project, but let’s say you need the thread.

That’s going to cost you between $3 and $5, depending on the brand and spool size. So let’s just stick with averages: $27.50 + $4 = $31.50 between $1 and $10 on buttons (depending on whether you go for the discount type of simple button or fashion buttons) so let’s say you’re going to spend an average of $5 on buttons.

That brings your average home sewn shirt up to $36.50. However, unless you’ve been collecting patterns for years in all different sizes (or know how to make your own), you will need a pattern too! Patterns vary widely in price from $1.99 to $30. So let’s add that onto our average home sewn shirt cost: $36.50 + $16 = $52.50

Cheap or Perfect over time?

Cost is not the only factor with good clothes though. A well made project will last for years, will fit just right, can be altered, remade, and you can individualize every aspect of it. From quality you get wearability and long life. It is worth it to have good quality.

Although I have used average prices to illustrate the cost factor here, there are many ways you can cut down on the cost of your home sewn clothes.

Use coupons. Locate discount fabric stores. Buy by the bolt. Buy undyed fabric and dye it yourself for only $3-4 of dye. Buy used or on sale patterns. Copy patterns from friends. Use the thrift stores! Save buttons from old clothes.

It is telling, that the cheap clothes I bought, have come and gone through my dresser drawers and closet ruthlessly fast over the years, many I still have, that are still in perfect wearing condition, are the ones I have made for myself.


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author avatar Anja Emerson
14th Jan 2012 (#)

Great article! Creating your own clothes is not only fun, but it can also you save money and make you look unique.

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author avatar Denise O
18th Jan 2012 (#)

I have not sewn in ages. I just might get the dust off the old machine and have at it. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
30th Oct 2013 (#)

Nice post as well lesson on sewing!

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