Originally Posted by Neyite
I've noticed that sewing and knitting is dying out.
Where a generation ago it was a way of making something new for yourself cheaper than anything you could buy, it's now something of a niche expensive hobby. And years ago it was a life skill you needed to know.
It's too expensive to make your own clothes now. I tried on a poorly-made jacket costing €60 in Next a few months ago and decided that I could make my own in a style and fabric I preferred. But the stuff I need to make it would cost over €200 AND some of those fixtures and snap buttons being shipped from China. If I were to charge for my time that it would take to make the bloody thing you are looking at three times that amount. It's mad.
There's a generation emerging that's never threaded a needle.
It's not that it's expensive to make your own clothes it's that it's just so cheap to buy them.
I'm still young enough to be considered a 'millennial' and I regularly mend, alter and make clothes/curtains etc because I learnt it from my mother and I genuinely enjoy it.
Some people think its difficult or that they need a sewing machine and don't want to learn how to do it. Sadly it is a dying skill along with many others, we won't know how to do anything for ourselves before long.
For clothes you can't beat a decent charity shop.
With the exception of some necessities all of my clothes are second hand and believe me you cannot tell. I have managed to convert many family and friends over to charity shop buys after they admired something I was wearing and I told them where I got it.
Amazing the quality items that are just discarded and can be picked up for a few quid.
One man's trash.........