I have been both a person of the thimble and one of the mall. There are pluses and minuses to both positions. Let’s discuss.
- If you can dream it, you can do it. (Assuming you have the skills…)
- Fabric choice goes up dramatically, as does fabric quality.
- You get what you REALLY want.
- The pleasure of craftsmanship.
- Time, time, time. Time to develop skills, time to sew the clothing of your dreams. Time to wait while your fabric arrives. TIME.
- You’ve got to know your stuff – and that “stuff” includes your body, your best fit, the sewing nitty gritty, your colors, and the best lines for you. Why? Because you aren’t trying on and leaving – if you make it, you’re kinda stuck with it.
- You have much less chance of being utterly out of touch with what’s in style this … decade.
- It’s easy and fun, a social outing with the girls.
- Great way to try things out – take that chance!
- The thrill of the hunt.
- Sourcing that dream item… especially these days when so much of shopping has gone online.
So what do you do? Well, I do both. Sewing clothing is, while not an instant skill to have, a very handy one. You can access amazing pieces of fabric online and get truly beautiful, one of a kind items from a pleasant occupation. But it’s slow. If you want – or need! – something right now, shopping is usually handier. Well, usually – if what you want is for sale at this moment in time. -sigh-
However, as you develop and curate your dream wardrobe, you can choose to make couture level garments – garments that are well outside most of our ability to purchase on their own.
Don’t throw baby out with the bathwater – both methods of getting clothing are valid – and fun!
** Pictures rated as free to re-use, neither of them are mine.