Sewing is a wonderful and fulfilling hobby. There are few things that make me happier than seeing a happy little girl twirling in a dress I made for her.
Sometimes sewing is an extremely expensive hobby. The materials for the front of a quilt (not including the middle layers and the backing) can easily cost $50 or more. Making clothes from new fabric is often extremely expensive.
Refashioning thrift store finds is a great way to put a sewing machine to good use. I have picked up so many cute girls’ dresses for $1, then repaired or altered them to make them wearable.
Sewing is extremely frugal when you consider the cost of dress clothes, though! Here’s a nursing dress that I made for my brother-in-law’s wedding two years ago.
Nursing dresses are usually extremely expensive and somewhat hard to find. They’re usually between $100 and $200. The materials and pattern for this dress only cost me about $50!
You can also save a lot of money by sewing if you’re looking for a specific style or design. This dress, made by Shabby Apple, retails for $102.
Alternately, this Vogue pattern can be found on sale for $3.50.
Quite similar, no? Using a coupon or buying fabrics while they are on sale could make this a very cheap dress to create. It could be even cheaper if you find something at a thrift store to refashion.
While I wouldn’t advise sewing your own everyday clothes, I definitely think it’s worth considering when it comes to formalwear.
Food for thought! Now I’m pulling out my sewing machine to repair a few cloth diapers. That’s where money is really saved — extending the lives of existing pieces of clothing.