What it comes down to is that I’m nosy. Okay? I love to hear/see what you are making, what your stash looks like, what your sewing room looks like. What is going on behind everyone else’s sewing doors? Let’s take this a step further, shall we, and talk about the expense of our beloved hobby.
I got this idea from some of the fashion bloggers I follow. I found a link up and could just hop from 1 blog to the next, peering into their fashion spending. So fascinating! Some of these women are very clever with their purchases. You would think that they would all be buying trendy, trendy everything to throw up on their blogs, but no. Many of them made very versatile, classic and thoughtful purchases after they had waited for a sale. I was super impressed and it was so fun to read! And I naturally started thinking I wonder what my sewing friends spend on a monthly basis…
Before this month I didn’t really have a budget. This was both good and bad. Good that I could grab something wonderful when I saw it or needed it, whether that be fabric or a new pattern. Bad that I would often feel guilty for my purchases, because very rarely were they a necessity.
So the idea of a budget gave me an amount each month that I could and should spend on sewing supplies without guilt and with maximum fun. I based my budget dollars on a simple earned allowance system that helped me move towards some other, unrelated goals. That made me feel productive. It was a fun experiment and one I will continue with, but I’ll be changing up the “chores” I earn sewing dollars for depending on what I need motivation for that month!
My budget ended up being $155 this month. So, what did I spend it on?
|3 yd. white quilted fabric (thrifted super score)||$4|
|3/4 yd. piece of boucle||$6|
|Pink Serger thread||$4|
|Fashion Illustration Book (always learning!)||$16|
|2 Blaverry PDF Girl’s Patterns (made one already)||$16|
|1/4 rolled hem foot off ebay||$26|
|Lace and batting (both for Wardrobe Contest items)||$11|
|Colette Seamwork (finally subscribed!)||$6|
|Several pieces of thrifted knit||$18|
Regrets– I ended the month with an unused $25, and yet I still managed to miss the StyleArc PDF sale that I was so excited about (I even instagrammed it!) My excuse was simply that I forgot. I meant to sit down with a nice cup of coffee and peruse the new PDFs they have put in their Etsy shop and the month just slipped away…Wah! But it is nice to end the month with a surplus because I just booked a trip to see my mom down near San Diego and we are going to the LA garment district, baby! I’m bringing 1 outfit and an empty suitcase to fill with fabric.
So, what do you do about the sewing budget? Do you have a set allowance? I would love to hear. This hobby can get expensive pretty easily. How do you react to temptation?