Viewing post #7482 by Sugarweed
|Well, clothes were so inexpensive I couldn't sew them for even close to what they cost.
However I found out 40 years ago the value of sewing for my home.
We moved so often I quickly learned to make curtains ample becase the next house might have twice the windows.
As time passed I found that good quality sheets purchased at sheet outlets made great washable slipcovers and curtains. Piping made them look like they came that way. (I made that too.)
I even covered some walls in one apt. with sheets.
The most amazing thing was how many men were impressed.
They were asking me to show their wives how I did that.
As most of the fabric making has sailed away from the US it is not as easy to find good sheet outlet values any more.
You can still rack up at 75% off with the brand name stores like Belk's, Dillards, Sears, etc.
One major place you can save is on sewing pillow cases. Make them from a quality cotton or a twin flat sheet that goes with your sheets
At one time I made slip covers for a sofa and love seat and the original owners wanted them back.
The dollar rack at Walmart is also a great place for window treatments.
I often purchase whole bolts there when I find those with potential.
Fuller gathers look more lush than skimpy ones.
A bed skirt I made for a queen size bed has 25 yds of skirt with 75 yds of ruffle.
This was all done when I had access to a real outlet for a factory.
I purchased bolts and bolts of different trims for reasonable prices.
I always felt guilty for my fabric stash until recently.
All the fabrics I purchased on ebay 2 years ago are now $2 more a yard.
What do Ya' know?
I made an investment!
The difference between adventure and adversity is attitude. Be positive, be happy.