by Amanda on July 31, 2008

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I think Robin has the right idea. She’s taken some sewing classes to sew her own clothes…that way she can make things the way she wants to fit they way she wants them to fit…for less money than those fancy schmansy designers.

Let me elaborate on this a little more. Since I am going to Vegas, I decided to look for some nice, age appropriate ‘nightlife’ clothes. I know I am over 25 and should not be wearing dresses or skirts that skim my bottom, so shopping in the Juniors section is off limits! When I visited Macy’s last night, I found some really cute dresses. There was only one rack of the type of dresses I had in mind, and I knew why once I looked at the label/tags. They were by BCBG, which I love, but they were around $300. Now, I liked these dresses, but not $300 LOVED. I tried them on to see if maybe I would fall in love with one of them, and thankfully for my pocketbook, I did not.

While I was standing there looking at these dresses in the mirror, I realized that if I was better at sewing clothing, I would eventually be able to make dresses like these myself for a fraction of the cost. Or I would be able to design something and make it a reality.

Money is not the only reason I should or want to be able to sew my own clothes, but availability, too. I mentioned that there was ONE rack of the types of clothes I was looking for at a huge department store. If I had the ability to create my own clothes, I would have no reason to complain about the lack of age appropriate wear out there.

Perhaps, I just found what I should do next!


bettyc July 31, 2008 at 1:23 pm

You know, I used to sew a lot for all those reasons you mentioned, but I don’t do much of it in recent years. I have taken up knitting, which takes a lot less dedicated slots of time. I now shop the sales at the end of each season (e.g. late July for really good buys on summer stuff) and I actually think it’s not worth it to sew in many cases. For example, I recently scored an Anne Klein cotton/silk-lined dress for $75 that started out life at $350. I could maybe make it for $60, but that $15 saved isn’t worth the time anymore. However, shopping for bargains does take time also, but that’s more fun for more me nowadays.
When you sew and start using the Vogue patterns and the silks and the linens and expensive buttons, it all adds up. I think would make an exception for the many white cotton blouses I’ve seen that cost over $100 — I do believe I will sew one of those soon for much less.

Sarah July 31, 2008 at 2:31 pm

It’s tough, hitting the age when you realize when shopping in the junior section ain’t gonna work anymore. Me and a coworker had this conversation on a long work-related road trip. We’re both in our late 30’s, and she put it well. “It’s like, Gap and American Eagle don’t cut it for work anymore, but I’m really not ready to shop at Chico’s, y’know?” (
And I love BCBG. Max Studio dresses are similar, you’d like those, too. So I stalk TJMaxx and Marshalls’ stores all over New England for them. One in ten times I’ll find something, but it’s the thrill of that one successful finds keeps me going back for more.

Amanda July 31, 2008 at 5:57 pm

My mom is a seamstress and made a lot of my clothing when I was at home– it was nice, because I was (am) tall and back then it was harder to find coats that covered my wrists!
Now I am trying to learn how to sew clothing but dang, it’s so hard– now I can see why my mom would alter and alter until it fit perfect, and I’m not sure I have that patience!
PS Are you a NIU grad?

Sarah July 31, 2008 at 6:02 pm

Robin is such an inspiration and she makes it look so easy too! You should go for it. I bet you will make some awesome clothes!

Robin July 31, 2008 at 8:54 pm

The patterns for the styles that are popular now are a piece of cake, really! And if you go to Vogue Fabrics or catch a sale online, you can sew an outfit for less than $10 most of the time. I don’t buy into that theory about nice fabric having to cost lots of money – mine doesn’t!! I may be going to Vogue this weekend (probably Sunday afternoon) – let me know if you want to come along!

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