Does Sewing Save Money?
Have you heard the wonderful myth that sewing your own clothes saves money? Well, after spending more money again today on one of those little outings that are not meant to cost much - a bit of fabric to fix something, and a few buttons for the cardigan I am knitting, and a bit of fabric for next years summer dress I am planning (while it is on sale) etc etc...
It all started innocently enough. I have had this nice boiled wool jacket in my wardrobe for about ten years - and I rarely wear it:
This got me visiting good old Spotlight after work for buttons - and of course, while I was there, one or two other things.
I bought these buttons for the jacket. They were not what I wanted, but there is limited selection at Spotlight.
So I spent $10.00 approx on buttons (plus another $5.00 on buttons for the jacket I am knitting -and they may or may not be the right size, but if I don't get what Spotlight has now, chances are there will not be anything remotely suitable when I want them). Then I went to have a look at one or two other things. Then I had a thought.
I had seen some faux snakeskin - pvc on polyester - soft and pliable. I immediately passed it up as something I would never wear - then I had a brilliant thought. This stuff was ideal for making self cover buttons for the cardigan jacket I don't wear. It will give it a slightly urban modern edge.
On my way home, I pondered - does sewing save money??? How much has that stash cost, the patterns, the notions, the bits and pieces, the scissors, the cutting board, the machines, the thread, the power.
Does sewing save money? I sometimes tally the cost of my extravagance, and conclude not.
But one day, I think it will!!!
I am going to work on that - start working out the cost of each garment, start counting up the cost of bits and pieces I buy. Of course, I buy very little, because it does not often fit - and when I do, I am always surprised by how much nicer things cost. So maybe, sewing might save money. But I've never really counted the cost. Until now.
What about you - does sewing save you money? Do you have a sewing budget? Do you know what your garments cost to make?
I would love to know :)
P.S - my purchase today is worthwhile though - the jacket was half price in the first place, and will soon look lovely - so that sort of pays for all the other buttons and bits and pieces bought today. That's a cheering thought :)