DIY = The Designer In You


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Student Editor: Abbey Kerkau

Rebuilding, modifying, or repairing one simple object and creating something for a greater use is becoming a popular past time. With this Do-It-Yourself (DIY) approach, individuals are able to save money, make something they want and expand their abilities. Everyone is joining the DIY revolution, including Consumer Jungle. I can apply a “do-it-yourself” mindset to this competition in order to save money and improve my personal skills by creating clothes for myself and others. 

In 2011, it was calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that the average American family spent about $1,700 on clothing in just one year. That statistic refers to the average family. We are all aware that teenage girls wants to spend much more to buy all the latest trends. By creating your own clothes, you can make the latest trends yourself. Fabric stores carry patterns from Vogue and Simplicity for under twenty dollars. In addition, the fabrics are often on sale for forty percent off and can be purchased for as low as $1.99 a yard. This can not only save you a significant amount of money, it can allow you to show your creative abilities. You can modify the latest trends to show your unique style and have a look that is one of a kind. You can also re-work clothes that you already own, changing them into new styles for little or no price at all.

Not only will sewing your own clothes save you money but it will also improve your skills. Even if you are a beginner, you can easily learn new sewing techniques. Your local fabric stores offer low cost sewing classes for beginners and advanced techniques. You can start out by making a simple scarf, purse or modifying pockets or installing a zipper. After you have mastered the simple items you can move on to sewing a shirt or pants. Sewing takes a lot of patience and attention to detail. In addition, expert seamstresses are often very curious and want to learn more, meaning that once you achieve a certain level of expertise you will want to challenge yourself with a tougher project such as a formal gown, furniture covers, or suit.

Finally, in addition to saving money on your own clothes you can generate income by making pieces to sell. Once you own a pattern it can be reused to make additional pieces for others. You can maintain your originality by using different fabrics, buttons, or accents. The income you make selling your clothing will allow you to contribute to your savings or purchase other things that you or your family may need.

As you can see becoming a seamstress and clothing designer is a great way to save money and develop new skills. Additionally, the opportunity to expand your abilities as an entrepreneur and sell clothing is also available to you. Finally and most important to any teenage girl, you can have all the latest fashions without breaking your bank!