|Marvin Orellana/The New York Times|
Obviously sewing for yourself and/or others is a time consuming and not always inexpensive endeavor. Homemakers in the past sewed for economy's sake....but does that still hold true today? With fabrics costs rising and RTW clothing prices being so affordable why do we bother sewing? Why do you sew?
|Lynne Williams at her cutting table in the Williams Studio sewing room|
I often tell my students to compare apples to apples and not apples to oranges. By this I mean compare the price of your custom made pants to a pair of custom made pants, not to RTW pants you could pick up at JC Pennys This only makes sense right? We cannot custom make a pair of pants for the same price a factory can crank them out for...thats apples to oranges folks....apples to oranges. While it is true that when you begin sewing your skills might not be as good as factory standards, but you are gaining so much more than a garment. You are gaining skills, sewing, fitting and style skills, critical thinking skills, not to mention, patience, endurance, humility and pride of accomplishment. This is valuable human development! Sure some might argue that shopping will provide some of the same lessons, but I prefer the sewing.....is that just me?
While those around us might wonder why we bother....we know why, its far more than having something to wear, its having something to wear that was constructed especially for us, completely unique in fit and style, just like each of us.
Please let me know your thoughts on the article and how you benefit from sewing for yourself and others.