In today’s mail I received a few catalogs, including a sale catalog from Lord and Taylor. In it were these 2 really cute dresses. The orange one by Adrianna Papell and the other by Calvin Klein. Both were under $100!
I made me stop and think – what am I doing??? Here I am spending time and money trying to sew my own clothes that don’t yet match the quality of even these!
Then, I looked through this catalog. It’s one of my favorite ready to wear labels, Lafayette 148. As you can see – this is their “essentials” catalog.
I was not thrilled with the styles featured this time, but I loved how they put this catalog together – it’s organized by fabric, with a description of each.
This helped crystallize things for me. These clothes are mostly simple basics in fine fabrics. Look at this one:
They describe it as a “swiss cotton-spandex rib knit” and say “this classic cotton tank will prove its worth in no time flat.” For $158 – I hope so! However, I think it’s cut a bit too short for me (especially because I am tall), so probably not!
This reminded me why I returned to sewing – it’s about getting great fitting clothes in fabulous fabrics in styles that work for me. Sewing is a creative outlet for me and I (sometimes) get a sense of accomplishment. I still have a way to go, but that’s my reason why.
How about you? Why do you sew?