Thursday, January 29, 2009
Since when did it become more expensive to sew clothes than it is to buy them in a store?!
Materials for Snuggle Bug's pajamas.
I'm pretty new at the art of sewing. In fact, I've started to take a sewing class on Thursday nights. As part of my class, I purchased materials for a pajama project. I'm going to sew Snuggle Bug a pair of fleece pajamas because he loves, loves, loves the softness of fleece!
So, yesterday I set out to buy the materials, from Joann's, that my pattern instructed. Here's what it cost:
- 1 yard of blizzard fleece (for the bottoms & a bit extra for the interfacing of the shirt)- regularly priced at $9.99 per yard, on sale for $5.99 per yard.
- 1 yard of blue anti-pill fleece (for the top)- regularly priced at $8.99 per yard, on sale for $5.39 per yard.
- 1 yard of non-roll polyester elastic for the waistband- $1.59.
- 250M Guiterman blue thread (to match the bottoms)- regularly priced at $3.59, 40% sale price of $2.15.
My grand total, after state and county tax- $16.35!
$16.35 and that doesn't include my pattern (thankfully I got that for $1 on sale) or my time! For the price I spent on my materials yesterday, I could almost purchase a pair of fleece pajamas at The Children's Place. In fact, I think I got the kids each a pair of pajamas just before Christmas on sale for less than that! And The Children's Place makes quality pajamas, so I'm not talking Wal-Mart here.
So tell me, what happened to sewing to save money? Even though I purchased everything on sale, I don't think I saved any money? Is there a cheaper place to purchase fabrics than at Joann's? Is purchasing fabric online any cheaper or does the shipping kill you?