A very valuable hobby !

Dragon Lady at Stitchers Guild posted a link to a fascinating article on who gets what, out of what we pay for designer clothes.

The example is ‘designer’ pants costing $550.

Out of that, the manufacturer gets $110 – which pays for materials and wages (skilled hand processing) plus overheads and profit.
The designer gets $110.

And you’re giving $330 to the store to pay for all the garments they bought in but didn’t manage to sell on. . .

Yes, you’re paying for the ambience and the choice, but that still seems rather a lot !

Putting it another way :

Materials for the designer pants cost $54.
So, if you sew your own clothes using quality materials and quality methods, what you make is worth 10 times what it cost you !

People who aren’t interested in sewing would say we should factor in the cost of our time. But for us that’s fun time. An added value, not a cost. (Goodness, we could even make this into a reason to buy a new machine :D)

And there’s another added value, of getting something that fits. Even a high end store with an alterations service can’t get garments to fit my hips that are 2 sizes larger than my top – the seam allowances just aren’t wide enough.

The cost of a few wadders pales into insignificance. . .

So Hurrah for Home Sewing. πŸ˜€

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2 Comments on “A very valuable hobby !”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Oh I agree with this, I have been trying to tell DH this for years and I need a new machine πŸ™‚

  2. Sewingplums, This is really good explanation on how we can save an awful lot of money if we sew with great fabric and a pattern (that we’ve alerady worked out the fit issues).

    Thanks for sharing this link at SG. I enjoyed reading this.

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