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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.