A very valuable hobby !
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. 😀
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