Sewing maths – Pink J Crew gathered skirt

Sewing maths - J Crew

Okay, I know I already wrote two posts about how you can’t save money sewing.

But here’s the thing – it all depends on your benchmarks. So my new strategy is to compare my handmade items against more ‘aspirational’ (ie. expensive) clothing brands.

Can I sew something cheaper than Primark? Hell no. Can I make it cheaper than J Crew? Definitely!


12 thoughts on “Sewing maths – Pink J Crew gathered skirt

  1. gingermakes May 4, 2013 / 6:12 PM

    This is my kind of math! And honestly, it’s probably more fair to compare your sewing to stores like J. Crew rather than the cheapest of the cheap, since the cheap garments don’t last in the wash and rarely use natural fibers. I can make a 100% silk dress for a much lower price than I could buy one, since only stores as expensive as J. Crew use those kinds of materials.

  2. Hemstitch May 3, 2013 / 7:40 AM

    I’ve just read your previous posts about the economics of sew-it-yourself: very interesting. I started sewing back in the day when it really was cheaper to s-i-y but I wanted “handmade” not “homemade” so took a lot of care to get it right. I’m a fabric junky and have a stash of silk, wool, linen and soft cotton- mmmmm! I do it for love, not money,now. Everything else comes from charity shops. Yesterday, I wore a linen Jaeger jacket (£5), German silk blouse(£3:50), cashmere sweater(£5), and “handmade” trousers. You can’t beat it!

    • yesilikethat May 3, 2013 / 11:53 AM

      Thanks! I am also a bit of a fabric snob now. It started with knitting but has moved onto sewing!

      I like your point about ‘handmade’ against ‘homemade’. You can make beautiful things if you take the time (I am a bit slapdash, have to admit)

  3. Helen May 2, 2013 / 4:53 PM

    I think you are right! Why would you want to emulate something from Primark, when your quality will be so much better! Aim high!
    And can we see your finished skirt, please?

    • yesilikethat May 2, 2013 / 5:02 PM

      This is intended more for inspiration purposes 🙂 I have so much to sew already and no time to do it… work always seems to get in the way!

  4. Clipped Curves May 2, 2013 / 3:16 PM

    I’ve completely lost all interest in shopping now that I’m full steam ahead with sewing. I don’t get any pleasure from trying clothes on anymore, prefering to look at the fabric (photographic memory helps!), details, seams, darts ect. for inspiration. I guess because I’m still very much learning the basics, construction techniques are facinating to me.

  5. busyellebee May 2, 2013 / 2:28 PM

    How much? Did I read that right? For than amount of money I could make a wardrobe full of clothing. J Crew are having a laugh! I bet too that if you made a version of that skirt it would look just as good, if not better, for 10% of the price. J Crew have actually made me quite cross now. In protest, I shall make up that free pattern and post the results (if you don’t mind!)

    Thanks for another great article 🙂

    • yesilikethat May 2, 2013 / 2:30 PM

      I find if you treat it all as sewing inspiration you get less cross. I can go shopping and not buy a thing, but feel like I have a million ideas for new clothes to make! (of course I never get round to it but that’s another story).

      Would love to see your version of the gathered skirt! I want to make one too now the sun is out 🙂

  6. Thea May 2, 2013 / 1:10 PM

    I totally think your sewing is more high-end than primark! But also, £295 for that skirt?!?!?! Wow. I read your other two posts as well just now, and it’s gotta be said – you’re a very thoughtful blogger, in a really nice way! You put issues like this so well… I’ll ponder them some more over the weekend. Thanks 🙂

    • yesilikethat May 2, 2013 / 1:51 PM

      Thanks Thea – I am really interested in how and why we wear clothes I guess… Think people would get bored of me chatting about it in real life so I put it all on the blog! Ha ha.

  7. Miss Demeanour May 2, 2013 / 12:44 PM

    this bloody gets double thumbs from me! Nice work sugar. If only maths had been this useful at school I would have deffo listened more xxx

    • yesilikethat May 2, 2013 / 1:06 PM

      Thanks sugar! I am the WORST at maths, there definitely should have been more fun exercises at school. Think I posted this twice by mistake, Polyvore is annoying like that!

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