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Date: 4/24/08 11:17 AM

I've been on several fabric websites where the fabrics are anywhere from $15 a yard on up. Does anyone really pay $20 a yard? I figure I could go out and buy an outfit by the time I pay that much. I gotta tell ya....I sew basically to save money on my clothing. Yea the fabric is probably designer from Italy or something and better quality than something I can buy down at my local Joann's but I'm sorry I can't afford that!

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Date: 4/24/08 11:26 AM

I think it depends on what your goal is.

If your goal is to save money by sewing your own clothes, then once you get to that price, you are really spending more than it would cost to purchase the item.

On the other hand, if your goal is to have something beautiful, something that no one else has, or something that has been custom-tailored just for you, then you just have to decide what you are willing to pay for that.

I have paid 20.00 and up for a yard of fabric, but it was because I wanted to make something that I knew that I would never be able to find in a store.

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Date: 4/24/08 11:55 AM

I also sew because I can make things for less this way and because I can get more or less what I want. I am not at the level that I would be willing to spend a lot of money on fabric. I have not spent $20/yard yet.

I live in Sweden now and that really made me rethink what is expensive what is not. I usually shop from the remnant bins at fabric stores and that is great for my kids anyway. Yardage is rarely under $10, and mostly closer to $15-20 or much more. Maybe not many people sew here, and not a lot of stores, no competition and prices are high. At these fabric prices- not to mention notions- it is often cheaper to buy clothes than make them.

I'm looking forward to moving somewhere where sewing is less expensive! And shop whenever we travel.

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Date: 4/24/08 11:58 AM

It depends on what the fabric is, and what it will be used for. We all have to make our own judgements about what we can afford. If you usually pay $50 or more for a pair of pants, then $15/yd fabric is affordable; if you pay less than that, then it isn't.

The most expensive fabric I've bought was a linen/cotton bend jacquard for about $25/yd. I bought 1.5 yards for an a-line wrap skirt--37.50 worth of fabric. I would consider a RTW skirt of that price very affordable (for me), but the skirt I made was custom fitted to my figure, so it needed no alterations. It was a very unique fabric and the designer it was from sold simple straight skirts made in the same fabric for over $400 (not affordable for me).

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Date: 4/24/08 11:59 AM

The way I look at it is, am I paying more than I would were I to purchase the same item in the store. To be honest, I couldn't afford the clothes that are made from the $20 a yard material. So I figure I'm making something a little less expensive, with a better fit (hopefully) and that is not going to be worn by co-worker down the hall.

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Date: 4/24/08 12:05 PM

Time has evidently dampened the sticker shot. I'm quite willing to pay that much for good quality, unique fabric - but only if I have to. Finding it on sale will often make the buying decision for me. BUT I won't spend that much for fabric for everyday/clean the bathroom/walk the dog clothes. Special stuff for classics or travel or particular events - but NOT bathroom cleaning.

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Date: 4/24/08 12:22 PM

I agree with Carla. I will spend more money for a fabric when I take a class or have a TNT pattern. This would be for items I care a great deal about. The primary reason I would spend this amount of money is the fit. I do spend $200 plus for a RTW jacket, $125 or more for a RTW trousers IF THEY FIT. If not, it needs to be on sale and I make do. So, I will spend more on fabric to get the look and fit I want with quality fabric. I sew to get a good fit and quality clothing for the price.

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Date: 4/24/08 12:45 PM

I live in Germany and fabric is more expensive than in the US (that's at least the impressionI got when I was spending three weeks there in 2003, but RTW was also less expensive than in Germany).

The most expensive fabric I bought so far was 50 EUR (about $80) per meter, that is about 4 inch more than one yard.

It was an embossed silk, something really special (italian designer fabric). I made a jacket from it (that I have been wearing for more occasions that I had thought before) which did cost me (lining and notions included) around 150 EUR. That is a lot of money and I don't sew in that price range every day. (Probabely not even every year....) But it still did save money.

Had I bought something of the same qualitiy and "exclusivity" it would have cost me probabely something between 500 EUR and 800 EUR, because I would get something like that only in the really expensive shop. And then it wouldn't have fit, because my body is not compatible with RTW sizing at all.

Okay, I couldn't afford a 500 EUR jacket, but buying something for that special occasion still would have cost me something around 250 EUR. For some poly-wool blend if I was lucky. Or viscose poly blend. still not really fitting. So... I did save money and did get something special and fitting. Even though the fabric was expensive.

Of course this is not my everyday sewing, that are fabrics between 10 and 20 EUR ($15 - $30). And I could buy clothes cheaper than what I make. But not the same qualitiy. Some years ago I bought two pants, because I did not have my sewing machine available for some month. They did cost a lille less than what I would have needed for the material. Still they were not the cheapest one.

I can not say whether these pants were machine washable or not. They didn't make it that long... they were falling apart between my legs.

If I'm sewing pants, I'm wearing them for years, they still look great after three or four years and many washings. So in the end... they are cheaper than cheap RTW, because one self sewn pant lasts as long as three or four purchased ones.

(Still... no one can spend more money than he or she has. There were times in my life, when I had less money then today. So I had less clothes, but prefered to have them in better fabric. But everybody makes his/her own choice!)

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Date: 4/24/08 12:45 PM

For me it depends less on my reasons for sewing than WHAT I'm sewing. A formal dress I'll pay more for ... business clothing somewhat less but quality is still more important ... casual clothes or experiments, sale bin!

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Date: 4/24/08 12:52 PM

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From what others have said, the nasty message came from Fitting Woes, NOT Misc Hot Topics or the Civility thread.

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