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Date: 7/10/12 10:57 AM

I ran into someone in my office this morning who sews, and she was wearing a top made out of the exact same print knit fabric as the one I am wearing, which is from Target. She said she had made the top (looked like that Simplicity pattern with the ruffle) and had bought the fabric at A Fabric Place in Baltimore. There's no way I could have made this top for anything less than what I paid to buy it unless the fabric and the pattern were on sale.

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Date: 7/10/12 11:06 AM

I don't sew to save money (but I often do save money).

I sew to have higher quality clothing that actually fits and flatters me. I also sew so I can have the color I want, the neckline where I want it (not where Madison Avenue seems to think it should be), and for the pure enjoyment of it.

Finally - I sew because I hate shopping for clothes more than anything else I can think of. Facing my body in a three way mirror in a public place (I know the door is shut but still ...) is just more than I can handle. If I was 18 again and strutting out in cute, cute dresses that fit with a budget to buy what I want, maybe I'd feel differently.

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Date: 7/10/12 11:20 AM

I probably would not have bought this fabric if I'd seen it on the bolt, especially not for $20 a yard, but I love the top. So maybe I need more imagination. (More time to sew would be nice, too.)

Here's the top (I got it in this print, and also in solid black):


Fabric is very nice-feeling and substantial.
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Date: 7/10/12 11:31 AM

I don't sew to save money either. I sew simply for the fun of it. It's fun (to me) to pick out the pattern and match the fabric and put it all together and know you've created something one-of-a-kind.

Although sometimes I do end up saving money, that is in NO way my driving factor.

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Date: 7/10/12 11:48 AM

Target is one of the few places I buy clothing from.

It is a cute top, and I got one like it on clearance in solid. Nope, not buying it for $20 a yard. Heck, unless it was $1.99/yd I couldn't make it for a similar price. And I have no imagination either, I'd of made it like the top came.

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Date: 7/10/12 12:31 PM

When it comes to price, I can't compete with Target, Burlington or other discount stores. I sew because I love the process and because I have more options when I sew my clothes myself. When I consider the time I spend sewing, shopping and even planning, my clothes are pretty expensive!

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Date: 7/10/12 12:50 PM

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Facing my body in a three way mirror in a public place (I know the door is shut but still ...) is just more than I can handle.


Actually, many fitting rooms are equipped with closed circuit TV cameras so the security personel can monitor and record everything that goes on behind that closed door. Depending on the state in which you live, the practice may be banned outright, allowed only if notices are posted, or allowed even if notices are not posted.

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Date: 7/10/12 1:10 PM

I don't try on anything at a store. I buy it, take it home then return it if it doesn't fit. Not that I buy a whole lot, but still.

I find the hassle of getting someone to unlock the door, check everything I want to try on and have to listen to some worker complain or act like you're bothering them too much of a chore...so I don't mess with it at all.

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Date: 7/10/12 1:27 PM

I didn't see anyone mention quality. I purchase lots of clothes from Target as well, but when you make your own clothes, the quality is usually better than read-to-wear. I'd also guess that the $20 fabric was a better quality than the Target tee--just the same print.
People have plenty of hobbies that cost money and don't product anything useful. At least with sewing you have something to wear, use or give as a gift.

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Date: 7/10/12 2:08 PM

I actually don't know how much the fabric cost -- was just guessing based on what I saw when I visited the store a few months ago. But it looked like my top was made of exactly the same stuff as what my coworker was wearing. I've seen so many discussions on here about where it is possible to get good quality knit fabrics in attractive prints and colors, so now we know one place.

I agree about the pleasure of making things. But boy, was it easy to pop into the store and walk out an hour later with six nice knit tops that cost $10 each.

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