I was planning to show you new trousers today, but not only did I fail to complete them in the 15 spare minutes available for sewing yesterday, but Mary Nanna has left a fabulously thought provoking comment that I think deserves its own blog post. I will put it up here so as to steal her glory.
"Funnily enough I was thinking about this post (that would be me finally getting around to adjusting 2 year old RTW trousers) several times today. That could be a sign that I should stop reading sewing blogs and get out more, but the thought was, "she's reached THE POINT. There is a point in sewing, where much as you would love to just go out and buy something made by someone else you just can't do it anymore without thinking, "I could make that for cheaper, I could make that fit better."
That's what I call, "THE POINT" - I'm not sure if it's a place of no return, but it's a place that makes shopping trips entirely, well, pointless.
For me I have mixed feeling about reaching it, because the instant gratification of having a new garment right now is gone. There's no quick fix, no quick self re-invention, no chance to enjoy another's skill in design and construction.
I would love to be able to go out and buy things off the rack again, but I may have gone too far over to the home-made side.
This is true. I have reached that point. I have reached it several times in my life, and just stopped not only buying, but even looking for RTW clothes, for myself, for my children, and now, horrifically, seem to be approaching this point for my husband.
Every few years, my non-sewing life becomes overwhelming, I think I do not have enough time to make my clothes, I am no longer at THE POINT, and I try shopping for clothes again. The problem is that I am too picky to buy clothes that I can afford. I don't think I really save any money sewing, but the clothes I make are much better than off the rack in my opinion. I am a clothes snob. I expect clothes to fit, flatter, and be made of fabric I like. I can spend days shopping and not find anything I want to wear.
However, this is not a new experience for me. I have never felt that buying clothes off the rack has given me instant gratification (it didn't seem to surprise anyone that it took me 2 years to get around to altering those pants!), or allowed me to play with clothes for re-invention. I find clothes shopping very dull and frustrating. As I find fabric sources for fabrics that are not available locally, and develop sufficient skills, I make more and more clothing types. Currently,if I have no time to sew, I simply run out of clothes as they wear out. I agree, shopping for clothes is pointless, but I have finally reached the point where I do not care.
Now if only I could get to the bottom of the alteration pile and learn to sew bras, I might never wear RTW again.