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Date: 3/30/13 12:52 PM

Why do you sew? Even though I am short, I generally don't have too hard of a time finding rtw clothes to fit me. But the good quality petite clothes like Talbott petites, Coldwater Creek are so expensive! Therefore, I basically sew to save money on my clothes and window treatments. I guess that's why I would never pay more than $10 or $12 a yard for fabric. I figure I could go to Talbotts and buy the top for $50. I was curious why most people sew.

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Date: 3/30/13 1:56 PM

I just finished making a simple slip dress in pure silk crepe de chine for someone's wedding dress. It fits her beautifully, is the perfect style to suit her and is a blush color that is exquisite on her. Long story as to what got me to take on this project. The real story is how sewing takes me to someplace else, and just the feeling that derives from creating something lovely or something that suits a need or something that could not be produced any other way...

That said, there is certainly the side of me that tries on clothing and thinks, "seriously???", "that much for this piece of schlock???", "I could do better..."

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Date: 3/30/13 2:24 PM

I sew to save money as well. The fancy gowns are pretty much unobtainable for me and even if I bought used, fit would be an issue and I would hate paying someone else to do alterations. I have been able to have 7 gowns, each customized and fitted exactly for me. If I didn't sew them, I would have had maybe 2.

But I also enjoy the process and find it is a definite creative outlet for me. I am slowly branching out into clothes for dance practice etc and may move into regular daily clothing as well, dues to the lack of quality we are seeing now.

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Date: 3/30/13 2:47 PM

The amount of money I spend on sewing? I could buy a whole floor of clothing at Saks and be ahead...but I sew for the relaxation it gives. I also like having control over what I wear..don't like to be at the mercy of the fashion cops...AND I love home dec sewing....but to save money? Not a chance.

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Date: 3/30/13 2:57 PM

I sew because I find it mentally challenging. Often figuring out patterns and fit is like a puzzle and I enjoy the process of figuring it out. I get bored once I figure out the 'secret', actually, which is why I have so many ufos. :)

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Date: 3/30/13 3:27 PM

I sew because I love knowing I made something tangible with my time, love, and talent. I love the mental stimulation and occasional aggravation. Being at the machine calms me.

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Date: 3/30/13 4:12 PM

Hardy-har-har-har:

DH says it keeps me out of the bars at night -

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Date: 3/30/13 5:43 PM

I started sewing in order to save some money on little ruffle butt diaper covers for my DD. I kept sewing because of the thrill of wearing something made with my own 2 hands. I love watching flat fabric transform into a 3 dimensional something right before my eyes. I've found, too, that the "can do" sewing attitude has seeped into other aspects of my life. I'm much more of a "do-er" now. It's given me the confidence to both succeed and fail.

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Date: 3/30/13 5:57 PM

Sewing also relaxes me and I do like the challenge of getting a great fit. Eleanor, I say the same thing when I see something in the store and think "Hell, I could make three of those for the price they want for one!

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Date: 3/30/13 6:12 PM

Now THIS is a fun thread.

Regarding thrift: I don't mind spending the $, but when you sew, you get so much MORE for your $.

It's as challenging, fun, and relaxing as a jigsaw puzzle: and when you put the pieces together, you have something to WEAR.

I simply don't have the soul of a patrician: whenever someone says, "I LOVE that dress!", I can't help blurting out with equal enthusiasm, "I MADE it!". I should smile slightly and sniff, "Oh. It's CUSTOM." But I'm just so tickled, I can't contain misself!

And I probably should have at a recent meeting with the Museum of Modern Art. But as it turned, all the rich girls squealed with envy and shared that most of them quilt, but are TOO SCARED to make clothes.

They were crowding around asking, "But wasn't that pocket hard to do? But wasn't that collar difficult?"

Score one for the Brooklyn girl.

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