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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Trouble with Ready to Wear....


There comes a moment in life when you want some instant gratification.  That moment came yesterday.  It's starting to get cool in the evenings here, and I wanted some knit PJ pants to wear under my knee length nightie when I get up and "do things" in the morning - kettle on, make lunches, eat breakfast, that sort of thing (and sometimes a bit of sewing if I have a minute to spare). 

I decided to buy a pair of stripe PJ pants in cotton jersey.  They cost $39.95,  an extravagance, but I felt worth it, as I really do not want to have to do another stretch of basics.  That's all I have made, and I want to make some more inspirational things like lots of wonderful bloggers do.  (Maybe they don't make basics??).

So, I allowed myself this expensive liberty.   I always get overwhelmed in shops and didn't notice the stripe at the top being misaligned - mind you , this happens with stripes.  I thought hard, and thought, well, it will annoy me like mad, but really, it will be under a nightie, so does it really matter??  I convinced myself it didn't (sort of).  Then I thought I should check leg length.  You guessed it - the stripe is not poor stripe cutting, but poor cutting, full stop.  One leg was one inch longer than the other along the outer edge. 

This was getting more serious.  I turned the pants over and look at the distortion I found:


Yes, look at the twist and hang - even the crotch is pulled to the side.  These were going to be seriously iffy to wear.


And laying out like this, you can see the 1 inch (2 cm) difference I mentioned earlier.

So, as the shop is just around the corner from where I live, they were returned this morning. 

So it looks as though I will have to sew a few more basics after all.  Luckily I have some knit fabric in the stash that will do:



Some pre-shrinking, and then this will be ready to make some PJ pants.   After I have made something a bit more interesting.

I think I have learnt my lesson with RTW.  It really is simpler to make your own. To say nothing about fit and quality.  Back to the sewing discipline again next week. 

Take care, wherever you are,

Sarah Liz


27 comments:

  1. I feel the same with RTW t-shirts, because they seem to get longer and longer. I remember the ones from K-Mart fitting ok a couple of years ago, but clearly they changed their patterns. I have looked at more expensive t-shirts as well, but no luck. For the last few days I have been playing around with my t-shirt pattern from a few years ago and I think I am one muslin away from the perfect fit (or close enough anyway).

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    1. Yes, it is starting to get very tedious trying to find things that fit reasonably - not only are t-shirts long, but the neck holes are huge. It's becoming increasingly difficult to look good in RTW clothes now.

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  2. Wow!! For $39 I would expect considerably better quality!! I have given up buying nighties as it seems to be very hard to get what I want, ie a cotton knit nightie (no poly), that isn't see thru, doesn't say 'Get it Here' or have glitter/ a kitten/ a yukky hard plastic transfer on the front. I did buy one last year and it cost $65 on special from $90. But it's also hard to find quality thick cotton knits to sew them in. What to do?

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    1. Yes, Lyndle, I agee with all you say - I hate the current nightwear trends, certainly not aimed at our market. It is also hard to find the material, as you say, and not that cheap either. But still worth it if you find it.

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    2. I've spotted a nice nightie pattern - actually released as a dress - Butterick 6041. I'm visiting Melbourne this week and hope to find some nice cotton jersey to sew it in.

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  3. Go for it and make your own ~ that way you will get the perfect fit and style that you are wanting, at a fraction of the cost, and no wonky leg! You definitely have a great sewers eye for picking up all those errors ... J

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    1. Yes, unfortunately the sewers eye picks up my sewing errors as well - from which I learn :)

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  4. The things you make are always going to be a better fit, and better made, Sarah Liz. However, those stripe pants are disgraceful, for the price. Almost everything I buy needs some sewing adjustment these days, including the red rose knit dress I have just shown on my blog, which has to be re-shaped and hemmed. Sometimes, I just can't resist the shop item, and just accept its first destination will be the sewing room. You new PJ pants will look fantastic in that colour!

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    1. Most things require work, but I hate alterations - I would rather do muslins!!. I agree, the pants are not good - and the shop girl happily put them back on the rack with no understanding of what I told her at all!

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  5. How annoying! Yet more basics to put together.

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    1. Yes, I seem to be stuck in that purgatory, but needs must :)

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  6. Woa! those stripes would drive me round the bend too! Good for you, making your own, yours will fit and be sewn perfectly :) I make all my basics too.
    I reckon though that $40 is not at all expensive even for a simple pair of PJ pants; in fact really it is too low. If they were made in China, India or Bangladesh then the price speaks volumes.

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    1. I was trying to avoid having to make absolutely everything, but I am seeing that I am going to have to. Good, more sewing time, as a necessity, not a hobby :)

      I agree with you about the pricing - and the people making don't get the $40 at all, in any case (leaving aside any other moral issues). If these were made here, we would be paying a lot more, and that is really the price we should consider.

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  7. Wow! That is a lot of "off" all over. This is a good reminder of the imperfect qualities of rtw, as sometimes methinks I am too critical of my me-mades.

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    1. Yes, I think we all tend to be a little critical of our sewing attempts, but then, maybe that is also what helps us to improve - so long as we are not too hard on ourselves :)

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  9. Your gorgeous fuscia pj pants will be warm and cozy and far better made than the striped horror above :-)

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    1. I agree, Mary - I will be cutting them soon :)

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  10. I *know* I've spent much more on fabric and patterns and notions in this year or so of sewing that I would have EVER spent on RTW...but as my skill level increases, it will pay off.

    $39 is a lot to pay for those. Now imagine the people who DON'T know about sewing your own garments?? I'm glad you returned them. Your new pj pants will be loads better!

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    1. Nakisha, I am starting to understand why people look so poorly dressed - if you have to rely on RTW you will be in trouble. I like your economic rationalization by the way - I use that one as well :)

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  11. Sarah Liz,
    How terrible. as I was reading the blog post [before getting to the end,] I was saying to myself, ' I would take them back".ha It is so sad, what RTW cost ,
    considering the quality..
    I think sewing basics is fantastic, You will get lots of use out of them.. and I think the pink ones will be perfect..
    Happy sewing.

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    1. Yes, I was quite happy to take them back - there are some things I cannot live with, and this was well and truly one of them :). You are right about sewing basics :)

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  12. I'm glad you took them back. I made a pair of pyjama trousers and they didn't take long even for me so make your pink ones, which will be vastly superior to those striped horrors, and then you can branch out into more exciting garments! I tried on a fairly expensive cardigan type evening top which was fastened at front with one fastener - fronts just met - I was looking for a quick buy for an event - but one side was a half inch shorter than the other. The assistant wasn't going to put it back on the rack, or at least so she said! I find it more difficult now to buy RTW as I notice things that I never would have noticed before. Anne

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  13. Yes, I agree, they will be quite quick to make. And you are right, when you start sewing your own clothes, you do start to notice all the imperfections. Some you can live with, and others you can't. What a rude shop assistant - mind you, we have plenty of them here as well.

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  14. Most inexpensive RTW it badly made I find. Misaligned stripes and grainline being only two of my bugbears. Also necklines too wide or too plunging and tops too long. Don't get me started. Even if you do pay more you don't necessarily get the quality. My worst me-made is usually better than purchased and I'm sewing more and more these days. At least once a month, anyway. :-)

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    1. Yes, more and more RTW garments are "unwearable" in my book - for many of the reasons you have mentioned. Also the very low rise on some trousers.

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  15. Grainlines even on wovens are often out these days, and after washing some parts shrink. Especially hard to get decent bedlinen. Next time Tessuti has some sheeting I am going to go for it and make my own!

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