If you get my Friday newsletter, you most likely read Midge’s question about clothing (if you don’t get my FREE newsletter be sure and subscribe via the sticky note in the upper right corner). Read below to see my thoughts on the subject. Molly
First of all, I must say your muumuu was quite fabulous! As far as making clothing for either the children or myself, I’ve made a couple skirts here and there as well as a “PILLOWCASE DRESS” for my oldest girl. It’s hard to find the time for big sewing projects these days so I’ve been sticking to little projects for now.
One can get quite creative when looking to save money on clothes for either adults or children. Warmer weather also brings with it a plethora of garage/yard sale opportunities. At the beginning of each garage sale season I fill out a notecard for each child with the specific clothing and shoe size. I also make sure to note whether or not that particular child is “growing in” or “growing out” of a certain size. It’s a lot easier to pick up a few items in two sizes than to spend the majority of my money on one size that will likely be outgrown in one growth spurt (and we both know how fast that can happen!). It’s a good idea to do some investigating, not all garage sales are created equal. Some don’t have much to offer, some are priced too high. Don’t be afraid to bargain or ask to “strike a deal” with the seller(s), you may come away with an amazing deal!
You can also watch your local (or chain) second hand stores. They almost always have “tag sales.” This is when a certain tag color is sold for a discounted price on a certain day. Bring your notecards with you and see what you can find. Remember, if it’s not a good deal. . . don’t buy it! There will be more sale days or garage/yard sales all summer long (and sometimes into the fall!). Usually in the case of maternity clothes, it seems to be hit or miss. Here again, you don’t need a lot of clothing items during this season. Pregnancy constantly changes the shape and size of one’s body so choosing a few items that fit for a few months is better than spending all of your money on something you’ll most likely outgrow 3 months down the road. Friends are another great resource during pregnancies, you may have a friend who wears the same size clothing as you and may be willing to loan you her maternity clothes. Remember, pregnancies only last for a certain length of time. . . you’ll need regular clothes after it’s over (along with some cute baby outfits!).
Each spring I am most always faced with many pairs of boy’s pants that have large holes in the knees. During the winter I do my best to keep the knees patched (iron-on is the easiest!) for those “at home” or “play” clothes. My boys usually have between 2-3 pairs of good pants that they only wear when we leave the house or have an appointment. This method has saved me a lot of money over time! When winter is over and I have a pile of boys pants that just can’t be patched one more time, I cut them off at the knees and make shorts. This is SO easy and provided the top part of the jeans/pants still fit, it’s VERY economical as well. I simply cut the pants off above the knee and use a simple zig-zag stitch and sew a simple hem. Voila! Instant shorts- for free!
I hope this helps give you some ideas. Thanks for reminding me, I’m going to hunt for some notecards now. . . it’s getting to be about that time!
Love ya, Molly
P.S. I think you should have kept that muumuu and we should have made a throw pillow from that material. What memories!