Wednesday, October 8, 2014

DIY -- clothing

Some of you are reading the knitting posts as well as things on this page.
How far can you go making your own clothes?
Pretty far.
Knitting will turn out: hats, scarves, gloves, socks, hoodies, tees, turtlenecks, pullovers, vests, cardigans, I even have a pattern for a coat.
Plain sewing will turn out: pants, skirts, dresses, three-piece suits, blouses and shirts, sweats, hoodies, down vests, thermal wear.
Can it save money?
Absolutely.  Especially for women; we cannot buy business suits and get a guarantee that all pieces were cut from the same bolt of cloth.
Who cares?
Well first and foremost, it's anti-woman for there to be no businesswear shops that will do that like they do for men.
Second, most women I know take a different size on top and bottom. 
If they aren't made from the same bolt of cloth, they can have coloring differences and it looks less professional.

You can get a Vogue pattern for a jacket and skirt and some fine navy flannel fabric for a classic skirted suit, plus buttons and so on, for under $100.
When was the last time you bought a suit for $100?
If you sewed together your knitted jumper that I gave you the instructions for,
you can sew yourself a suit.
I've done it more than once in my life.
Think about it.

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