Readers, I no longer enjoy shopping for clothes!
I used to LOVE clothes shopping, could spend hours at it (and frequently did). But now, not so much.
I think there are several reasons for this.
Pretty much everything looks the same. Whether it's one shop from one corresponding season to the next, or different shops in the same season, I find that if you don't like what's in one shop, you won't like what's in any of them. I know this is a huge generalisation, but it does seem that there's nothing individual or different available, unless you've got a huge budget (which I haven't).
Lack of shops catering for my age group. I'm 43 (although I was recently asked for ID to prove I'm over 25!) and sometimes feel I don't really fit the target audience of many clothes shops. I'm too old for the younger, fashionable ones, and find that many of the other garments are too frumpy. I'm not talking about clothes for old people, just ones that aren't aimed at the under 25's or so. Does this also depend on your budget? I think it might.
I'm much less ready to accept a less than perfect fitting garment than I used to be. Before I started sewing so many of my own clothes, I'd try something on, the fit would be OK, and I'd think "that will do". Now I won't. Any weirdly fitting part really stands out now and I know that if I bought the garment it would annoy me and I wouldn't wear it.
I'm also much less ready to accept poor quality or poor finishing. I was out shopping with my mum earlier this year and I tried on a dress that she thought looked lovely. So did I, until I looked down and noticed a tiny pucker on the neckline. Immediately I went from totally ready to buy, to "no way am I buying this". My mum thought I was mad! Picky maybe, but again I knew that it would annoy the hell out of me and wouldn't be worn.
I could make it - whatever it is - better myself. I always find myself thinking, "I like this dress but wish the neckline was a bit lower, or the skirt fitted differently", or something along those lines. Or I could finish it more neatly, or line it, or whatever!
I've always been fussy, but I'm definitely getting worse.
In a way I'm disappointed. As I said at the start of this post, I used to love shopping for clothes. Although I love making things for myself, I have absolutely no desire to make EVERYTHING. I can't see the fun in making a pair of jeans, exercise wear or underwear for example, and sometimes its lovely just go into a shop and buy something that fits without all the faffing around with muslins etc.
How do you feel about shopping for clothes? Is it something you enjoy, used to enjoy before you started sewing, or have never enjoyed. I'd love to know. Why don't you take my poll, and if you want, leave me a comment below.
As someone who makes their own clothes, how do you feel about clothes shopping?