Anyone make their own clothing here?
I was wondering how much of an investment, time-wise, it would be to pick it up as a skill. I buy clothing quire rarely - part of the reason being that reasonably priced stuff either a) fits terribly, b) falls apart in under a year, or c) both.
I'm not really at the income bracket where I can afford to pay a tailor for practically every piece of clothing I own, so I figure this could be a happy middle. Obviously I'm not going to be making my own suits right out the gate (though that's definitely a long-term goal) but what about simple trousers and the like?
It's a lot of practice that is needed.
Buy thrift or factory outlet and learn to alter clothing to fit you well. Start with thrift, practice altering t-shirts (should be under $1 at any thrift store) to fit your torso. Then move up to pants. It helps if you are relatively thinner than normal, as it's very easy to take in, while harder to let out. Then move up to altering sport coats, as long as the shoulder fit is good, altering is simple. Suits are the final stage, again work on cheap ones before moving up in price.
Another way to practice is patching high wear items, like socks and underwear.
Do this until the opportunity cost of doing this outweighs the substantial costs savings. Or just keep on doing it as a hobby.
>I was wondering how much of an investment, time-wise, it would be to pick it up as a skill.
Depends really. For stuff like repairing clothes, sewing simple stuff like pillowcases, bags, etc - not a whole lot. If you find a good, old second hand machine, it's definitely a good investment.
For well fitting, complicated garments - A shitload of time, knowledge and patience.
In general, if you start doing repairs and simple things, you'll have a good time and learn a lot about doing more complicated things. Pants are pretty complicated.
Another point to consider is how cheap you can get fabrics, and help. I have a textile store in my city that buys remaining stocks and sells them dirt cheap, and there's an open sewing workshop you can go to and use their sewing machines, ask for advice, attend workshops and so on.
You might have to buy fabrics over the internet and rely on youtube videos, which might make the whole thing more expensive and difficult.