Friday, August 27, 2010

Reality Check

Every once in a while, I need a reminder that I really am not being unreasonable with my inclination to sew all my clothes.

A couple days ago, I had 20 minutes to spend at the local upscale mall (which is on the other side of town from me) and I slipped into my favorite ladies shop to check out the sale. In 20 minutes, I found three knit tops that fit well, two pairs of earrings and a jewelry cleaner (necessary to bump my pre-tax total up to $100 so I could use the 25% off coupon)...all on sale.

So, I thought...if I can find things that fit for close to what I could sew them for, maybe I should use my time more productively. Hmm.

But, today I found myself in the Nice Department Store closer to my neighborhood. I had a little time, so I checked out their sales.

Found a couple of tops and a dress to try on; the woven top (size M - that's the size I bought from the other store) was so small it wouldn't close, the knit top (also a size M) fit fairly well but had a boat neck that gaped, and the dress (a 14) fit nicely through the waist and hips but was hugely too big through the back and shoulders and had gaping armholes. I put it all back...and came home with plans to sew.

So...every once in a while I can find something nice, and I can get it. But mostly...if I want clothes that's gotta come out of the sewing nook.


  1. You're not being unreasonable at all. I find that I can buy off the rack jeans, but other than that, no. And it doesn't matter how much or little things cost - they still are ill fitting!

  2. I agree with Ann! Now, if only my husband *really* understood this, we'd be on to something. I save us thousands of dollars every year by making clothes.

  3. I'm sure my clothing budget is a fraction of what it would be if I didn't sew.

    The fabric budget, however...LOL...