Last time I cut out a load of garments - from memory it was a dress, three skirts, a pair of pants, two shirts and a t-shirt - I actually did sew them all together, eventually, and even more unprecedentedly they all turned out to be perfectly fine and wearable. I'm going to do it again today.
I've got the cloth. In the other room there is a little pile of washed and dried cloth deriving from the last visit to the world's greatest material shop.
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Now I shall evangelise a little on the topic of dressmaking.
It is fun and cheap. Do you see what the signwriter is painting on the window there? "$2/m". They always have a $2/m table. Most stuff starts out at either $6 or $10 a metre. So you can easily get ten metres of fabric for about $120; that's enough for a coat and skirt, a dress, two tops and and a pair of trousers. A zip is about three dollars. I get the $1 per 1000m thread, it's absolutely fine. Buttons can be expensive but not if you get them from op shops! Patterns too can be dear, but they are easily got in opshops, and the big shops have sales - Lincraft has a sale on Simplicity and Vogue patterns at the moment. The local free newspaper has a fashion section this week and in it there is a pair of Zimmerman pants for $460. Darn Cheap has the same fabric for $6 a metre.
It is relatively ethical - compared to buying clothes made in Asia by people paid next to nothing and brought here by truck and boat.
If you realistically appraise your skills it's also the best way to find clothes you like that fit your body. Nothing I make now has set-in sleeves. I'm thinking set-in sleeves are not only a pain to do but they also make it almost impossible for me to get things to fit around the armholes. (but why then do bought clothes fit ok there? hm) I've noticed that Erin of A Dress A Day doesn't do much sleeve setting either.
Late last year I bought a new sewing machine from Lincraft and I see they are currently selling a slightly more basic version of the same model (fewer unnecessary stitches, four step buttonhole as opposed to one-step) for $150, ie bugger all. My machine's top speed is a little bit slow and I find it hard to rethread the needle because the bulkhead is in the way when you try to do that with your left hand. But other than that it's perfectly adequate.