For several months I wanted to write this post so the subject seems interesting to any lover of this creative hobby, certainly rewarding and exciting, but which can become a financial abyss if we do not pay minimum attention. Yes, it is expensive to sew. Most of the time, it’s more economical to buy a piece of clothing in a fast-fashion store than to sew it. The fabric, the pattern, the haberdashery … when you add up, you can be afraid.
In addition, with the tremendous growth of this activity in France in recent years, the proliferation of creators of independent bosses, modern haberdasheries that sell online, specialized magazines, books and of course blogs, facebook pages and dedicated Instagram accounts sewing … we can now see in this little sphere a kind of productivity upbeat. It seems that it is absolutely necessary to sew the last pattern released, buy the latest fashionable fabric, and this always faster …
In short, it gives compulsive and not thoughtful purchases, fabric that will never be used, patterns that remain new and wrapped on the shelf, but also sewn clothes that we will not wear (remember: you bought the owner of this pretty jacket because the whole blog showed you its version in a photo, even if you actually never wear a jacket …). What a great waste of time and money …
I could talk for hours on the subject but I will stop there and rather start to offer you my few tips and advice if you too want to avoid all this. These are very simple and unpretentious things, I do not intend to give lessons to anyone. I myself did a lot of things for a long time and ended up with fabric cabinets that overflowed what made me feel guilty to death. I have sometimes panicked at the idea of the value for money that was sleeping in there in the form of all those supplies bought without having given enough thought. As Marie Kondo would say, having this multitude of fabrics, patterns, bias, lace and company did not make me happy, quite the contrary.
It is not easy to have a minimalist sewing workshop, but for a little over a year I still felt the need to try to get into it seriously.
Here are the 10 tips which seem to me the most essential and which emerge from my personal experience:
Tip # 1
Take the time to choose your patterns well because choosing a pattern is like choosing a piece of clothing in a store:
We must make sure that we need this garment and that it is a cut that will suit us, which corresponds to our morphology as Cristina Cordula would say!
If the pattern is well chosen at the start, it has a cut that we like to wear, we can sew it several times. With a little creativity and imagination, we can easily make variations (example: the pattern of a blouse becomes a dress by lengthening it, a long-sleeved blouse for winter will easily become a sleeveless top for the summer,…)
And of course, before buying a pattern, it is wise to look in its stock, including in its books, if we do not already have one too similar that we could simply adapt.