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I have a few makes to show, but I want to lead off the week with a question: is it weird that I find the biggest compliment of my self-made clothes to be when people don't ask whether I made such and such item?


  1. I completely agree with you. We criticise RTW a great deal but actually I find a lot of it is really well made and I'm pleased when I achieve that level of finish on my own work.

    1. Fully agree. Especially the "just above entry level" RTW is very well made (eg ZARA or Phase Eight).

  2. No it isn't weird. I used to work with someone who sewed a lot (and beautifully btw) and she said if she wore something and if someone asked if she made it, it ruined the garment for her and she would never wear it again. I think she thought they were saying it looked homemade. You are not the only one.

    1. That's pretty much how I feel about things. I was super happy to wear a refashioned blouse this week that no one asked anything about

  3. For me, it depends on the group of people. For instance, if I was with a group who didn't know me all that well, then, yes, I'd probably find that question a little off-putting. However, the group of ladies with whom I work all know I sew, and REALLY appreciate the skill. I know it's their way of offering a compliment to not only the garment I've made, but the skill I've used in creating it.

    1. You're right, it's not that weird when with sewing friends. It's strange at work though.

  4. If it's someone I know, then they are asking because they know I sew and knit and they sort of ask as a matter of course--many times they'll ask and it's a RTW item. I think the best compliments on my makes are from strangers who simply say, "I really like your [x]." Then, I'll say, "Thanks, I made it!"


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