The Cost? Is it worth it?
Those of you who read this blog regularly will know I recently completed a Vogue Donna Karan top and really wasn’t too happy with the result until I found the real cost of the exact same blouse in RTW.
Total for my make = £11.50 ($17, €14)
Actual cost of RTW £2,000 ($3000, €2,500)
All of a sudden, I liked my blouse!
OK OK, the RTW was made in silk not satin poly, but even calculating the make in purchased silk I could well have made this blouse for well under £50. I didn’t add in my time, as sewing is a hobby, an interest that I enjoy, not work and hence, not chargeable.
What I did get however were sleeves that were shortened just a tad to fit MY arms and I could have made it in any colour I wanted not just what was offered at Harvey Nicks.
And talking of Harvey Nicks – Fehrtrade tweeted about this – DKNY £900 and this one is made of a fabric that I use for lining!
100% viscose; fabric2: 83% cupro, 17% elastane
Is this top worth It?
Next, I’ve started making my third Chanel-esque jacket and I know how much time and patience and effort is involved in putting one of these things together. Chanel 1, Chanel 2, Chanel 3. Most of the techniques and hand stitching will never be seen by anyone and only I know it’s there – but would you spend $20,000 for a custom made jacket that is essentially a quilted cardigan?
I am in awe of the skills that the ateliers display in creating a haute couture item – it is truly mesmerising to watch and I really like that these sewing techniques are still being used and passed on. Flawless craftmanship, attention to detail, fitting to your exact body measurements and personal style. Isn’t this what we all, as home sewers, aim to achieve?
Oh yes, the fabric is delicious and only Chanel have access to it but all you have to do is wait 3 years and Linton Tweeds will release the fabric to the world. So, three years out of date? Is this a problem for you?
I mean, if you spend an average net annual salary on a jacket you would kinda like to wear it for at least a few years, wouldn’t you? See it as an investment sort of thing or at least explain it away as that to DH or partner.
You can buy a Chanel RTW suit off the peg for around $8,000 – but wait! This is RTW, not couture, so what’s the point? You could be walking down the street and meet someone wearing the exact same thing as you! Horror!
In an honest confession, if I had a trillion dollars the first thing I would do is fly off to Paris and have Chanel make me a couture suit.
But the question at the back of my mind would always be – is it worth it?