Is it possible to make a price ticket for homemade clothes? This question came up after several remarks that probably my homemade clothes were cheaper then RTW clothes. Are homemade really cheaper then RTW clothes. Time to answer the price ticket homemade clothes versus RTW clothes question.

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price ticket homemade clothes versus RTW clothes where to begin

One of the advantages of a sewing blog is an overview of what has keeping you busy. You can see the finished garment and also read how much time it took me to make it but aso how much I spend. I started with making an overview of the time and costs of all the garments I made this year and try to find a answer for the question: price ticket homemade clothes versus RTW clothes

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price ticket homemade clothes versus RTW clothes and my materials

I bought fabrics, yarn, zippers, buttons and other materials. Here we go. Fabrics € 267,5 and lining € 15. Yarn € 64,00. Zippers € 6,50, buttons € 19,80, snaps € 1,60 and elastic € 1,50 but also interfacing € 7,00 and shoulder pads € 2,50. The ticket for materials reads € 385,40.

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Patterns for price ticket homemade clothes versus RTW clothes

I also bought some sewing magazines for € 23.89 and a pattern for € 22,90. Two pattern tracing rolls and printing costs € 12,60. We count € 67,29 together with the previous figure: € 452,69

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Time spend for making my homemade clothes

I drafted patterns for 5 hours, made a couple toiles in 7 hours and spend al most 12 hours doing pattern alterations. I was almost 16 hours busy cutting the fabrics and spend 173 hours berind my sewing machine and overlocker. I spend 212 hours making 27 garments for my 100% handmade wardrobe dream.

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price ticket homemade clothes versus RTW clothes

I wrote a while ago about having a 100% zelfgemaakte garderobe dream and why I started making my own clothes. Materials costs is the easiest one but what to do with the labour hours. Making my own clothes isn’t a professional job for me but I find the minimum wages for persons older then 22 years for a non-skilled dressmaker reasonable. The cost of labour is € 1918,74. I would have to pay € 2371,43 for all my 2017 clothes.

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How much clothes did I make in 2017

Three dresses, vide sweaters, one jeans, eleven T-shirts, four blouses, one jacket and two cardigans. The question is would I’ve bought all this clothes with this price ticket? Wat would I’ve paid when I bought this collection in the shop. I never added up what I paid in the past for my clothes. I bought always good quality clothes mid-priced clothes labels so I used these labels for this compare. Three Sandwich dresses (€ 269,85), five LaLigna sweaters (€ 349,75), one Rosner jeans (€ 109,95), eleven YaYa T-shirts (€ 549,45), four Esprit blouses (€ 159, 96), one Sissy Boy jacket (€ 119,99) and two Geddes&Gillmore cardigans (€ 119,90) would be in my shopping bag for € 1678,85. This is almost € 700,00 less then my homemade garments.

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My two-piece ‘Designin December’ 2017 party outfit

I showed my two-piece ‘Designin December’ 2017 party outfit about two weeks ago. This two-piece party outfit is based on a Valentino lace front cardigan and a black/white zebra print Michael Kors jeans. The Valentino cardigan had € 835,00 on the price ticket and the Michael Kors jeans € 125,00. Together € 960. My homemade two-piece outfit € 205,44. What is the lesson? Counting everything together and giving yourself a minimum wage probably means that making your owns isn’t cheaper then buying RTW clothes of a mid-priced clothes label. The seamstress is the winner  when she makes an outfit based on high-priced designers labels clothes.

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My learning curve

What can I learn from this price ticket homemade clothes versus RTW clothes outcome. A few things. Making your own clothes is cheaper then buying when you don’t count the hours spend to make them and turn them into labour costs. Making your own clothes is challenging and an opportunity to make unique clothes. Time to make a start with my 2018 makes.

6 comments on “price ticket homemade clothes versus RTW clothes”

  1. Thank you for comment and feedback. One of the reasons besides the poor fit why I started making my own clothes was the poor quality of the sewing. Buttons falling of and zippers coming loose were two of the main issues I was dealing with. Making clothes isn’t my day job but like most people I sometimes compare e.g. hiring a decorateur for painting a room or doing myself. This kind of comparison what I had mind when I wrote this post.

  2. Thank you Mel for your feedback. Just like you sewing is a hobby for me and I enjoy every minute of it. Besides sewing for myself I also make dress shirts for my husband and his underwear. I’m however still not confident enough to sew my swimwear (what you did) and underwear. Writing about it and reading the comments is the icing on the cake for me and like you said it’s also an opportunity to have a great catalogue of the makes.

  3. This was a very detailed assessment – well done! I think the issue that is most often overlooked is that the quality of the hanemade items are far superior than RTW, and they have an individual fit, ie they are more like couture items, so it is not an accurate comparison.

    The other thing to add is that you’re not doing it for a wage, but what you’ve actually done is transform €452.69 into more than €1600 worth of wardrobe. Well fitting and customised clothes that you can wear for years to come.

    Comparing RTW to handmade really is like trying to compare apples with oranges.

    Enjoy your beautiful handmade with love wardrobe

  4. Very interesting read! I definitely think it costs me more to make my clothes than if I were to buy RTW, I haven’t actually bought any items of clothing in 2017 but I have made 32 garments (including swimwear), I really need to stop being a selfish sewer and sew more for others, otherwise I’ll never get to wear all that I make! For me Sewing is my hobby and the best thing is that yes it does cost, but I always have something to show for it, and that’s also why I love to blog, even if no one reads it it’s my back catalogue on what I make! Thanks for the great post

  5. Thank you for your feedback Linda. I’m really happy with my homemade clothes and not spending so much hours trying to find the (almost) perfect RTW clothes. I love spending that time sewing just like you.

  6. Love this post! You are correct with this. I do love the designer’s ideas and sometimes love them so much I want to copy them. Then sewing my own pays off! There is no way I could afford the Designer Original! When I do my day job I think about the task and am mindful of how many hours I spend and how much I am getting paid. When I sew I enjoy it so much I do it for free – for myself that is!

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