I got some great comments from my lovely readers, so I though it would be good to do a follow up post.
I did a little poll, asking the following question:
"As someone who makes their own clothes, how do you feel about clothes shopping?"
- I've always loved it and still do.
- I used to love it and now don't.
- I've never liked clothes shopping.
First, a chart to show the results - you know I like my charts!
I was surprised that not one person who answered the poll said that they have always loved clothes shopping and still do.
74% of those who answered (14 out of 19 people) said that they used to love shopping for clothes but no longer do, and the remaining 5 had never enjoyed it.
I sometimes wondered if it was just me who felt this way, but it appears not.
Now, on to the reasons for not liking clothes shopping.
Well the biggie for most people was fit. At least 7 people that left a comment (out of 12) mentioned that they were fed up with being unable to buy clothes that fitted them well.
One commenter mentioned that she'd bought a couple of tops recently where the fit was "quite" good, but she'd bought them anyway because she liked the fabric. She did also comment however that she wouldn't have accepted the way they fit if they'd been items she had made herself.
I actually did something similar myself recently. I saw a top in gorgeous fabric in a little independent shop near me, but knew the boxy shape wouldn't suit me. I left it there, but couldn't stop thinking about the pretty fabric, so a couple of days later I went back, tried it on, realised I could add some darts and bought it. I added darts to the front and back and am pretty happy with it now, but I realise that's not something you can do with every ready to wear garment that doesn't fit well!
Another big dislike when it comes to ready to wear clothing was the finishing. Several people mentioned poor finishing, or broken belt loops, and general quality of construction and materials used. I am often shocked at the prices charged for a dress (or whatever) made of what is obviously very cheap fabric, the type that you know you could pick up for only a few pounds a metre... if you could find it!
That was something else a couple of people mentioned - that they wished it was possible to buy some of the fabrics used in ready to wear. I agree, the prints and patterns of some are so gorgeous, and are things that you just don't see in fabric shops generally.
The only thing that some people said they do like shopping for is shoes. Even those that have never liked clothes shopping seem to love shopping for shoes. I wonder why?
I tend to think it's because we don't have the fit issues with shoes that are associated with clothes. Of course, sometimes you'll try on a shoe you love and it will be uncomfortable, but shoes never make us feel fat, or short or lumpy. In fact a gorgeous pair of shoes will make you feel tall, slim and gorgeous!
I hope you've enjoyed this post, and the previous one. It's been really interesting for me to find out that so many others feel the same way as I do about clothes shopping.
Now the only thing left to ask, is do we feel this was because we can make our own clothes, or did we start to make our own clothes because we feel this way?
Something else for you to ponder...