|For example, a casual day combination of light to medium fleece or french terry pull-on elastic waist pants retail, on sale at $49.00 in my size. Now, I am sewing from stash but if I remember correctly I picked this fabric up for $2.90 a yard with a 60% off coupon at Joann's last year. Simple math here but I am talking $9.00 + cost of elastic, thread, pattern (a TNT, used about 10 times) I am estimating about 10.99. *saved $39.00!|
|So here is the ringer in the group. I am not too good at scrounging the bargain tables (too messy, jumbled, piles of fabric fall all over the floor, irritating) but one day I did hit a jackpot of sorts. I spied a green berber fleece that looked like it would work well as outerwear. A three yard piece, no flaws, $10.00! Mama Mia we have a winner. I think I even have some toggle buttons stashed away somewhere. The retail on sale coat, Berber Fleece. $109.00.|
- As part of this project I think it is important to record Cost-of-make. Use that journal to help you estimate cost then attempt to compare what you make to a retail product. I think you will be pleasantly surprised to find that you are saving more than you think, particularly for core items.
- Now, making high end pieces such as formal wear and double faced wool coats will not be any great save. High quality embellished fabric costs a lot, even on sale.
- In the back of my journal I keep a few pages just for recording such costs. I also make a little pocket to hold receipts for major purchases out of card stock or even a zip lock bag. By mid-year my journal is is a bit bulky and lumpy, works for me!
- Are you familiar with The Sewing Workshop Blog, On-line Pattern and Fabric Shop? Offering a new format and tutorials this may be a spark of inspiration for you!