Which is Better?
Many people ask me the question, "Which is cheaper? Custom Sewing or Factory Made clothing?" My answer is usually the same - it depends on what you want. The latest styles found in department stores and boutiques can be sewn (most times) or come close to it. However, is off the rack the quality you want or will custom sewn be more to your liking?
When making the choice or decision to have the garment sewn or buy it off the rack, there are a few factors to consider.
What is the total cost of the notions and fabrics to make the garment? What is the cost of the factory made garment?
Will making the garment cost you time, or do you have the time to create it? If you are making the garment, are you able to make enough profit for your time?
If you purchase the garment, will you need to pay for major or minor alterations?
Is the fabric you will use of high quality - as nice as the fabric from the off the rack garment? Perhaps the off the rack garment is made from lesser quality fabric?
There is also the consideration of the construction. Will the garment you make wear long or will the factory made garment last longer. This in an important question to consider if the garment will be worn only once versus one that will be worn for a lifetime.
Sometimes people will fall head over heels for a garment and believe it has to be possible to make it (DIY). While you may be able to find the fabric(s) and notions at your favorite fabric shop, you could be disappointed in the outcome.
Other factors of practicality are size. Sometimes it's impossible to find the size you need in factory bought clothing, and having it altered to fit is an option.
Be aware of whether or not the garment's construction can be altered. Most garments can be altered, however, there are some that are impossible, leaving you with an item to sell or give away.
Can you take on the project of custom sewing with the skill it will take? Is the garment complicated, perhaps using tasks above your skill level? If you aren't confident in your skills, don't take on the project.
If you are sewing for yourself, it may be worth the time and money to make your garment if your size or fit are difficult to find in stores. Lingerie (underwear and bras) are a category of clothing you will do well to consider learning to make your own. The fit is better and you can make the colors you desire.
It seems the question is still not answered. That's only because it's all dependent on the answers to questions like those above. Ultimately, it's a personal choice. Alterations can always be performed whether the garment is custom made or store bought, so that's not genuinely a factor.
Can you think of other factors that would sway a person between custom sewn or factory bought? I'd love to read your comments on the topic - just fill in below.
What ever you decide the answer is to custom sewn or factory made, keep in mind I wish you success and inspiration in all you do, today and always!