I, like many people I know, am trying to save money. I have been asked lately whether it's worth it, money wise these days, to sew my own clothes. I answered the lovely lady who asked that for me it is. The main reason I sew is because I love to make things. It's that simple. Secondary to that is I can make things that fit me properly, and I can do it in a way that saves me money.
I am a serial op shopper. I buy clothes, shoes, bags, scarves, the lot. I also buy fabric, or large garments with enough fabric to use for other garments. This t shirt cost about 70 cents in materials. The fabric is half a metre of interlock that set me back a whopping 50 cents, plus about 20 cents worth of thread and a bit of my time that would have otherwise been spent sitting on the couch watching TV.
This one really cost me nothing. The fabric was a maxi dress that I used to wear quite a bit, but have shrunk out of. There's plenty of fabric in a big jersey maxi dress for a t shirt.
There's plenty of fabric in a big jersey maxi dress for a t shirt. Both t shirts were made using the patterns from the Meg McElwee's Craftsy course Sewing With Knits. (It's on sale at the moment for too!)
My final thrifty project this week was a mens shirt refashion. I bought the shirt a few weeks ago because the blue with white pinstripe was lovely, and I have had an idea kicking around in my head for it.
I love it when an idea translates to reality! This casual top turned out exactly how I had pictured it in my head.
There was enough fabric in the sleeves to make bias tape for the edging and straps. I used the continuous method which was a bit of a brain stretch but now that I've done it makes perfect sense.
Please ignore those spots, it started raining just as I was taking pics.
So there you go. A weeks worth of thrifty sewing. I may or may not be procrastinating about starting my blazer because I've never done one before. I know I'll be fine once I get started but that starting mojo is elusive.