The Savvy Sage of Sewing Stimulation

You Too Can Look Like Everyone Else

Here’s a notion for you.

For a mere $16.99 you too can have one of these:


To add to your enjoyment – 5,000 have already been sold so you can look like 5,000 other people at the same time.

Is this really that appealing?

To look like everyone else for $16.99?

There are two problems with this:

  1. No one looks the same as another person
  2. The price seduces you into believing that you are getting something for nothing.

The real problem here is that this whole idea is so overpowering, and the American consumer, more than any other nation, has become so intoxicated with this addiction that to break away or even think of breaking away from this addiction is not even considered.

Think about it – no more shopping for cheap clothes.  You either recycle, make your clothes, you have clothes made for you at a high price, or you purchase clothes that are made well from at least stable, but mostly from mediocre or good quality components.  Those are your only choices.

Pretty drastic isn’t it – shows you just the hook that cheap/fast fashion has on all of us.

Here’s the real hook:  At this price (usually a price way lower than what we would think of normally paying), how can you, I or we go wrong….say at $16.99 – I mean even if it is a piece of crap, how can you, I or we loose?

Well, the truth is that if it were just this one piece, you, I or we are right – you, I or we can’t loose.  But unfortunately the addiction doesn’t stop there – it’s another $16.99, then a $49.95, then a $7.99 then a $12.99 and then in 2 weeks it’s the same thing all over again, and in another 2 weeks, again, and 2 weeks again.  That about $210/month or $2,500/yr – – on crap.  Instead of all that junk, what could you buy for $210/month or $2,400/yr, that not only you would wear, but would fit  and on top of that (shocking, I know), it makes you feel good cause you look good in the garment.

Think of the time you would save not having to go out and buy something every two weeks or so.  Think of the effort and energy that you could spend doing stuff you want instead of traipsing around a shopping mall or driving from one big box store to another.

Has that price point become so intoxicating that we are willing to throw away so much hard earned money to fill our closet full of junk?

Are the prices that good, that we are willing to waist hour after hour after hour searing for the “Golden Fleece” of garments that will make us look good?

Is the price so cheap that we have to retrain our attitudes about how we perceive our bodies because we can’t fit into a cheaply made garments or that no matter what size the garment is, it never looks right on us (never mind that it was never made to fit – it was made to look good on the hanger);  or that we don’t have the right taste, talent, ability to mix and match our clothes appropriately or properly?


I’m spoiled and I know it.

But at the same time I’m empowered and this is exactly what started me teaching – to pass on that empowerment to my students.  To be honest, I wasn’t really sure how to approach this.  It’s like getting in front of a bunch of drunks and saying, “Hi my name is Claire and I’ve been sober for ?????!!!”  I would (and have been) shouted down so fast.  But it doesn’t deter me.

Call me dense, persistent, resistant, committed (to the cause, not the home) or whatever I’m here for the long haul.

If every one knew how to sew, at the very least, the quality of garments then offered to the public would be so much better and better made.  Merchandise retailers wouldn’t have a choice but to upgrade their offering because the population would know the difference between long-lasting, well-constructed clothing and cheap/fashion that lasts only a few wearings.

But it is our own addiction that causes this.

At the same time it is just as much our ignorance of how clothing is made.  It is also our acceptance that we must look like everyone else and be like everyone else.  There should be conformity.

Fortunately I don’t live this way – like I said, I’m spoiled.

Do you want to be spoiled too?

Do you want to have clothes feel good and look good on you?

Do you want to have extra time to spend doing…..well….whatever?

Do you want to see what’s really in your closet and have it filled only with the clothes you LOVE?

It’s easy – an easy answer to all of this……



  1. I went shopping with my 23 yr old daughter this afternoon at the local mall – we went to Forever 21, Charlotte Russe etc. I don’t shop that often, but the quality seems to have gotten even worse every time I go. Certainly motivates me to get back home to my sewing machine and make some quality garments for my daughter and myself.

  2. Good Point!!
    I’m so glad that Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) introduced me
    to you!
    I so enjoy reading your blog!!

  3. Well said and I am in total agreement! I work with a lovely college student who is quite artistic and has a cute sense of fashion, perfect for her age. We have had this convo numerous times and she just doesn’t get it. She spends hard earned money every week buying junk from Walmart. You rarely see her in the same thing twice. I imagine it has fallen apart. But here’s the clinker: I really think she refuses to get it and likes that instant gratification her junk fashion shopping provides. Then there is the entitlement issue, so specific to her generation. “I should be able to buy new clothes every week, even if they are junk.” Huh?

    Thanks to quality teachers and dressmakers like yourself we are hopefully changing this albeit one student at a time. Keep up the good work, Claire!

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