|(not entirely sure where the ridiculous expression came from)|
It's a lot longer than other dresses I've made in the past, but I like that - I tried it on to decide whether to shorten it but I quite liked the midi length and where it falls with a pair of heels, like these pretty primark ones.
Someone asked me recently if making my own clothes works out more expensive or not, so I thought I would figure out a cost for this one. I got the fabric from Abakhan on a trip to Liverpool a while ago, and 3.5metres cost me £15.75 (4.50/m is good for cotton)- I used most of it because of the skirt being such a circle that it's made from two huge semi-circles, which are about the width of the fabric. Usually I work my pattern-laying out so that I'm as economical as possible with the fabric, whilst still taking into account the grain. Then for this I needed to buy bias binding, which goes around pretty much every edge on this dress, and forms the armholes and the straps, which tie at the top - I ended up with the end of the roll, which was a little more than I'd asked for, but it cost me £3. The pattern itself was a retro Butterick one (B4513) which was also from Abakhan, and I think was about £6, as they always seem to have at least 25% off their patterns.
So, altogether I'd say it cost me £24.95 to make this dress. I'd usually not think twice about spending that much on a dress which took my fancy, so that has to be a good thing, right? I know it's a bit more pricey than buying something from Primark, but I like the fact that I'm not going to run into someone else wearing the exact same thing. What do you think?