Recently I came across A Sewn Wardrobe, the blog of a beginning sewer. She had set a goal for herself almost a year ago to sew everything she wears. It's an admirable goal and as she found out, not that easy to accomplish because it takes time to make clothing. A lot of time. She did end up buying some sweaters and a coat during the year but otherwise, she wore what she sewed. ( I assume she wore things that she already owned that were rtw, but I haven't been following her blog long enough to know for sure). For a beginner coats are probably fairly daunting and definitely time consuming. I haven't done it as a formal goal per se, but recently I realized that I do actually sew all my clothing now. If you want to only wear what you make yourself, the one thing that has to change is the size of your wardrobe. You just can't make as many things as you can buy. For me that isn't a problem. I am not interested in having a huge wardrobe. The only things I buy are underwear and sweaters, and I sew some of those too with sweater knits or wool knits. As A Sewn Wardrobe found out it doesn't save you money to sew everything you wear, especially not if you are buying your clothing at places like H & M or other stores of that ilk. I don't sew to save money, I sew because I love to sew and because I am picky about fit and off the rack clothing just doesn't fit me all that well. The clothing I love and use as inspiration are high end rtw that I could never afford to buy anyway. So do I save money? Not on t shirts for sure, but there are some things that do save you money if you sew it yourself. Even if I were to add in the cost of my time. Coats are expensive to buy and using high quality fabrics and silk for linings I do spend less than something made with equivalent materials would cost. But, lets face it, saving money means putting it in the bank and I certainly can't say that sewing has made my bank account grow! There is a current thread on Pattern Review on whether sewing saves you money and honestly, I never ask this question because it isn't the reason I sew and it never has been.
A question, or several for you. How much of your wardrobe do you sew? Would you like to sew everything you wear or is it even within the realm of possibility for you?
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