Ready to Wear Vs Custom Made: The Observation!

I love ready to wear clothes. 99.9% of my wardrobe is ready to wear. The 1% is the growing number of Me-Made pieces that is slowing coming into my wardrobe. I am excited about that too. I have always brought a critical eye to everything I do. Sewing is no exception. Even more so I am very critical of my work as I strive for perfection. This continues to shape my sewing growth and the pieces I make.

The observation

Overtime I have observed the reaction to ready to wear clothing,store bought,mass produced,ready made clothing and DIYs, Me-made, handmade, custom made clothing.  When I say reaction I am merely referring to either the response to assess in detail a custom item versus a ready to wear or the sometimes casual line heard “It looks handmade”. In my pre-sewing naive days I figured all not so made clothing was associated with hand made pieces. Forgive me guys, I didn’t know any better. I was surprised when I identified faults and errors in ready to wear clothing. How could this be? These are ready to wear, some expensive too. What a shocker that was for me. ” Do not judge a book my it’s cover”

With custom made the feeling of fit, and loving the item is never in lack but there is a response that comes when the creator of that piece is not around. You know, the detailing observation: the hem, the cut, the stitches etc. In my opinion handmade custom pieces undergo way much scrutiny.

Are there any loose threads, I missed a loop, the button is not straight?

I do put a lot of pressure on myself for perfection. Not that the items in the store are perfect. As discovered. Who are they kidding. I have now switched gears equally and now scrutinize store bought clothes.You heard me. I am the one looking at the seams in and out and all that before purchasing. Sometimes I actually assess whether I will sew it or buy it. Based on how poorly made it is as well as the high marked up price.  Based on my assesssment I ask myself whether I am undervaluing my time, detail and care that goes into every piece I sew. Is it all in branding when we shop? Whereby you/we hear a certain name and wouldnt question the authenticity of their fabric, let alone ability to construct beautiful graments?  Or are we just so still averse to homemade items that we only like the ones that are closer to ready made and are likely to be critical because we think we know better? No idea. I am still figuring it out.

The critical eye is crucial in everything we do. It’s not just in our wardrobe selection. So lets not just be critical in our viewing of one side and blinded by the other.Sewing is an art. Whether novice or expert every piece made have a special thing about it. In most cases it is not rushed, massed produce or requires major editing. It is a well made piece with specific measurements and detail design for the individual. It is pretty unfair to compare the two. Especially when the very designers that showcase mass produce items today started out with that one special prototype that was so unique it replicated thousands alike.Interesting you think….it goes without saying, custom made pieces are original. No two persons have the same figure, similar, never the exact. 🙂 

So How about…

Just for fun start looking into the little details in the clothing you buy. Just for fun, perhaps you have no interest in that sort of thing. But for curiosity give it a try and let me know your thoughts. Or maybe you do have a view on readymade versus Custom? I would love to hear. 

Happy Thursday 🙂

The sewing chronicles continues!!!!!!








10 thoughts on “Ready to Wear Vs Custom Made: The Observation!

  1. Interesting post. For the longest time I have been checking out how RTW was put together, and cost, so I could judge whether or not it was worth buying or… Could I make it myself, perhaps better, perhaps cheaper? I am not including haute couture designer originals here – they are better made and will never be in my price range! I compare their apples with my apples and I go with mine usually. Mine might not be perfect but I chose the pattern and fabric I want, I have fun making it! (Guess that’s why the RTW fast is such a good fit for me!)

  2. I understand what you mean with judging our makes harder than RTW, I totally do that and should be so liberating if I could concentrate only in the positives, maybe one day 🙂

  3. Great piece: My observation came after the fact that I had purchased wore overtime then scrutinized. Ha ha …..that was a big ” O yea” for me in that I was wearing this beautiful top with a big fault – some of the seams/stitches were on the right side but nevertheless by the time I discovered I had already enjoyed the cost.

  4. I’m with you–I always associated home-made clothing with strange, ill-fitting pieces made from goofy fabrics. I also wondered why anyone would bother!! But once I became interested in sewing, I too started looking more closely at RTW and how it was made and realized how awful the quality is on much of it. And the fiber content is another sticking point–I never would have guessed polyester was so prevalent, especially at certain price points. I could get better material for less if I wait for a sale, you know?!?

    You make a good point about valuing your time, too, although I’m sure you find joy and fulfillment in creating things, so it may not always matter that it’s more cost-effective to buy something if you enjoy the process of making it!

  5. I’m on a ready-to-wear-clothes diet… this year I won’t buy any new things, for reasons you describe. However I don’t want my clothes to look homemade, so I look for patterns, fabrics and styles of pieces that I would buy in a shop. Only these clothes will be handmade… to last waaaay longer 🙂

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