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Date: 9/14/10 3:55 AM

...or has anyone else found that as soon as you get a sewing machine you start to baulk at the prices of RTW and keep thinking 'I could make that for a fraction of the price! I'm not paying that!'

Never mind the fact that my sewing is beginner-level at best

I suppose I'd better get practising so I really can make some of those lovely things I keep seeing

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Date: 9/14/10 6:44 AM

Completely agree.
However my fitting ability is either very poor or untested (I get scared and run away screaming... Well maybe not verbally just mentally screaming!), with the result that I'm running out of (now old) clothes and neither buying nor making sufficient.
I do offset these issues as & when I come back to the UK by visiting Boundary Mills up near (last time was) Walsall, and buying discounted clothing there.
I still need more however!!
Gillian

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Date: 9/14/10 7:36 AM

Leave yourself a trail of UFOs. I recently worked through a stash of them from when I was "getting my hand back in" and was amazed that I'd left so many projects with something simple to complete like a hem or a zipper. It was like discovering a stash of new clothes (though some just couldn't be saved and went away.)

No way I could ever buy the sort of things I make. Not stylistically, and I doubt I could afford something that has the kinds of finishes and thought I usually put into my garments.

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Date: 9/14/10 7:54 AM

I find myself in the same situation, only worse. I'm plus-size, so my choices in RTW are both limited and expensive. Although I love to think about all the tings I'm going to sew for myself, my sewing/fitting skills are not up to snuff. I'm a very slow sewer and I need much more practice before I even come close to sewing something I can wear without people saying "did you make that?"

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Date: 9/14/10 8:14 AM

My problem is that I can find something I don't like about the RTW item, it needs to be longer/shorter/different colour, so I think to myself 'I can do it better'. Eventually maybe I will make it better!

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Date: 9/14/10 8:27 AM

Hey don't forget with a sewing machine you can also alter RTW to fit better.

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Date: 9/14/10 9:46 AM

Yes, I do it all the time, and I also inspect the sewing. Most of the time I find how fast/cheaply they are sewn.

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Date: 9/14/10 9:49 AM

I remember looking at Laura Ashley pillowcases 20 years ago and being shocked at how long the stitches were. I use stitches like that for basting!

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Date: 9/14/10 10:05 AM

Most of us can totally relate! You will need to find a good compromise. Just because you can do it doesn't mean you HAVE to do it.

Figure out your biggest wardrobe need and go buy those things to get them now and then supplement with items you make. I've been sewing forever and I don't think I have one outfit (other than dresses) that is completely sewn by me. A gorgeous top or sweater RTW with my custom pants. A silk bias skirt RTW with my simple cowl top.

I've found that there is just not enough time in my life to make everything. It is too overwhelming and atrophy sets in. Learn to do one thing well and build your skills and wardrobe with it.

Another aspect of sewing that will change is the cost of the handmade item. The better your skills become the more you will purchase better quality fabric. We all get excited about making an inexpensive garment and take advantage of deals when we find them but that is not the main goal. The goal is a good quality, well fitting garment that could not be purchased in any store! Focus on that and go buy yourself some clothes and a nice piece of fabric to complement them!

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