Anyone else into making their own little clothes?

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I just got curious and thought I'd ask if there is someone else who's into sewing or other crafts specifically related to little clothes or other gear?
Couple of years ago I was looking for a onesie with a back zipper, but couldn't find any for a price I could afford, so instead I thought I'd try making one. I'm still quite happy that I got it made and it actually fits, this was first piece of clothing that I've ever made 😅
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Having the skill with a sewing machine is great for making or adapting clothing.
 
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I took up knitting in the lockdowns as something to do and started trying to adapt some childrens clothing patterns for an adult like this adorable onesie and bonnet. It worked ok but I need to adjust the neckline and shoulders a bit more for adult size.

Celestina / DROPS Baby 31-6 - Knitted baby body with lace pattern and cables. Sizes premature - 4 years. Piece is worked in DROPS BabyMerino.



Last January I pulled out the sewing machine I've had for about 7 years and never really used and started learning to sew so that I could make some clothing and nappies (mainly for making a snap crotch onesie that snaps on the front waistband not between the legs to prevent chaffing with the snaps). My project and progress blog thread is here, there have been some other things I have made that aren't on there (just playing around) and a variation on the Gdiaper design that I made before starting that thread is floating around the site somewhere.
 
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CuteKitten said:
I just got curious and thought I'd ask if there is someone else who's into sewing or other crafts specifically related to little clothes or other gear?
Couple of years ago I was looking for a onesie with a back zipper, but couldn't find any for a price I could afford, so instead I thought I'd try making one. I'm still quite happy that I got it made and it actually fits, this was first piece of clothing that I've ever made 😅
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Absolutely great job you should make and sell because they are incredibly expensive to find
 
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Belarin said:
I took up knitting in the lockdowns as something to do and started trying to adapt some childrens clothing patterns for an adult like this adorable onesie and bonnet. It worked ok but I need to adjust the neckline and shoulders a bit more for adult size.

Celestina / DROPS Baby 31-6 - Knitted baby body with lace pattern and cables. Sizes premature - 4 years. Piece is worked in DROPS BabyMerino.



Last January I pulled out the sewing machine I've had for about 7 years and never really used and started learning to sew so that I could make some clothing and nappies (mainly for making a snap crotch onesie that snaps on the front waistband not between the legs to prevent chaffing with the snaps). My project and progress blog thread is here, there have been some other things I have made that aren't on there (just playing around) and a variation on the Gdiaper design that I made before starting that thread is floating around the site somewhere.
Keep up the great work
 
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It looks really cute!
I have been meaning to try sewing some little clothes too, but I haven't gotten the motivation to touch my machine in a while.


little77 said:
Absolutely great job you should make and sell because they are incredibly expensive to find
Please be careful with this statement.
Although sewing is not too hard once you get the hang of it, it still takes a bit of time.
Suggesting that something is possible to sew but than for less than you have seen it is a a big misconception, just material cost alone can be more than what the item you had in mind could cost without even taking in consideration the amount of labour that is needed! And even the time it takes to go pick these up is something not to be undervalued.

Not saying no one sells their sewn creations, but sewing aint cheap lol.
 
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Selene said:
Please be careful with this statement.
Although sewing is not too hard once you get the hang of it, it still takes a bit of time.
Suggesting that something is possible to sew but than for less than you have seen it is a a big misconception, just material cost alone can be more than what the item you had in mind could cost without even taking in consideration the amount of labour that is needed! And even the time it takes to go pick these up is something not to be undervalued.

Not saying no one sells their sewn creations, but sewing aint cheap lol.
This! Thank you, I've had a lot of encouragement from people recently when I've said I want to start a little shop of my own but I'm worried about doing it for a number of reasons and this is one of the big ones.

I have been doing a lot of "puzzling" the last couple of weeks after making my own clone of the Threaded Armor and their inserts, using some scaled down templates (1/5th scale) and a measured sheet of paper to match various lengths of fabric to trace onto to see how many I could make from different lengths by squeezing as much as possible out of it. Add on thread and elastics and I reckon I can make them for around £24-£26 per pair with inserts.

This is buying fabric from a store not a manufacturer and at resale price, no bulk discount, buying direct from suppliers on whole rolls might bring the cost down. It is also only using a large size template, smaller sizes may make more and bigger will make less due to room on the fabric. If you were selling you also have to account for packaging which depending on the size of the order and what you use could add a couple more £'s, as well as utility costs to run the machines and decent lighting.

So lets call it £26 to buy fabric in bulk and include the product, packaging, utilities and any paperwork (still not taking in delivery fees as this would in theory be paid for by the customer).

This is a lot better than the £56 they sell them for, if I made them and sold them for the same £56 they charge I would make £30 pure profit. which sounds like a lot... But...

Even if I had a decent sized studio in which all the space and equipment and materials I needed were readily available to just grab fabric and get going. After you take cutting it all out, piecing it together, threading elastics, sewing, serging, adding snaps, printing invoices/care instructions, packaging and dispatching into account it takes a lot of time.

The one prototype pair I made took a little over 4 hours from start to finish, so that's £30 / 4 = £7.50 per hour, at my age the UK's national minimum wage is £9.50 per hour. Now given this was a prototype and I was figuring it out as I went without really knowing how it was all going to go together I could probably, with a little practice and focus, get that down to under 3 hours which would be a £10 per hour wage.

An important aspect of this is having enough orders coming in at any one time to keep going, if I had enough orders that I could work in bulk, all the cutting/serging/elastics etc. at once, this would save a little bit of time but I would still only be able to make maybe 3 or 4 in an 8 hour day which would bring that wage up to £15 an hour but that's working solidly for 8 hours, no mistakes, no breaks. Making that many at a time consistently there is wear on equipment (needles, blades, scissors, chalks, machine oils etc.) so probably closer to £13 per hour, not exactly an enticing wage for the amount of work it would take with no guarantee there will be enough orders to fill everyday like that each month.
 
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Belarin said:
I took up knitting in the lockdowns as something to do and started trying to adapt some childrens clothing patterns for an adult like this adorable onesie and bonnet. It worked ok but I need to adjust the neckline and shoulders a bit more for adult size.

Celestina / DROPS Baby 31-6 - Knitted baby body with lace pattern and cables. Sizes premature - 4 years. Piece is worked in DROPS BabyMerino.



Last January I pulled out the sewing machine I've had for about 7 years and never really used and started learning to sew so that I could make some clothing and nappies (mainly for making a snap crotch onesie that snaps on the front waistband not between the legs to prevent chaffing with the snaps). My project and progress blog thread is here, there have been some other things I have made that aren't on there (just playing around) and a variation on the Gdiaper design that I made before starting that thread is floating around the site somewhere.
That looks super cute! :love: I've also been really into knitting lately, still stuck with boring adult stuff for a while, but was just thinking about upscaling some knitted diaper cover pattern.
Your onesie also looks great, the fit is really good! Sewing is super fun when you're in a right mindset and it's going well. For me the mistake was to start with fleece fabric, broke two needles and made a ball of thread big enough to almost scrap my machine before getting the tension setting right 😂
 
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Selene said:
@CuteKitten
It looks really cute!
I have been meaning to try sewing some little clothes too, but I haven't gotten the motivation to touch my machine in a while.



Please be careful with this statement.
Although sewing is not too hard once you get the hang of it, it still takes a bit of time.
Suggesting that something is possible to sew but than for less than you have seen it is a a big misconception, just material cost alone can be more than what the item you had in mind could cost without even taking in consideration the amount of labour that is needed! And even the time it takes to go pick these up is something not to be undervalued.

Not saying no one sells their sewn creations, but sewing aint cheap lol.
Thanks! :giggle: Sewing is fun, but takes up quite a bit of time and energy, finding the motivation can definetly be hard sometimes. I haven't done any sewing after this, should also get back to it at some point.
This was exactly what I was thinking. For a while I thought that it might be fun to do some custom orders, but quite quickly realized that there is already companies and individuals that do it better for the same price. Also working for a custom order including all the communication with my social anxiety wouldn't probably be ideal 😅
 
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For me the mistake was to start with fleece fabric, broke two needles and made a ball of thread big enough to almost scrap my machine before getting the tension setting right 😂
Mine is trying to sew with Spandex on a normal sewing machine:sick::sick:, it sorta works but the threads split often?

How much fabric did you use for your onesie?
I think this would be a fun project!
 
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Selene said:
Mine is trying to sew with Spandex on a normal sewing machine:sick::sick:, it sorta works but the threads split often?

How much fabric did you use for your onesie?
I think this would be a fun project!
From what I read sewing spandex sounds terrible, I like the material but not the idea of creating anything out of it 😅

It's been a while since and I dont have a clear memory of the amount, but I think I bought 2 meters of the fabric which was more than enough for the onesie and a matching cloth diaper. I think the amount needed would be less if I had used some template instead of tracing it from a store bought onesie 😅
 
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CuteKitten said:
From what I read sewing spandex sounds terrible, I like the material but not the idea of creating anything out of it 😅
I was able to create some normal clothing out of it, but I think it is meant for a serger...
 
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Selene said:
I was able to create some normal clothing out of it, but I think it is meant for a serger...
If I had more space and time I would probably be looking for a used one, that should make sewing a lot easier 😅
 
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CuteKitten said:
If I had more space and time I would probably be looking for a used one, that should make sewing a lot easier 😅
I was naughty and bought myself one as a Christmas present. 😁

Don't know how I ever managed without it now and it's only been a month. Takes a lot more getting used to than a sewing machine, working out correct tensions on all 4 threads but once you got it it's easy sailing. Definitely worth the investment if you plan to make a a bunch of stuff.

The differential feed is great for stretchy fabrics like spandex.
 
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I’ve made a few things but since purged them (tears). I use AutoCad to scale and modify baby clothes patterns for my size.
 
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Belarin said:
I was naughty and bought myself one as a Christmas present. 😁

Don't know how I ever managed without it now and it's only been a month. Takes a lot more getting used to than a sewing machine, working out correct tensions on all 4 threads but once you got it it's easy sailing. Definitely worth the investment if you plan to make a a bunch of stuff.

The differential feed is great for stretchy fabrics like spandex.
Nice one! Same here! First onesie has been completed. Had a few trial runs on a footed pajama, still fine tuning the design.
 
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Belarin said:
I was naughty and bought myself one as a Christmas present. 😁

Don't know how I ever managed without it now and it's only been a month. Takes a lot more getting used to than a sewing machine, working out correct tensions on all 4 threads but once you got it it's easy sailing. Definitely worth the investment if you plan to make a a bunch of stuff.

The differential feed is great for stretchy fabrics like spandex.
That sounds really nice 😄 From what iv'e heard those do have more of a learning curve compared to sewing machine, but adds a bunch of versatility. Those don't even seem to be as expensive as I remembered, I might start seriously considering getting one :giggle: I'm usually just not that great in planning making something, it just kind of happens and I wake up sitting in a pile of fabric 😂
 
xxPampersBoyxx said:
Nice one! Same here! First onesie has been completed. Had a few trial runs on a footed pajama, still fine tuning the design.
Awesome, good job. Onesies are really quite easy once you get the shoulder and neck figured (not hard to make a very basic shape but there are a couple tricks to getting a better fit and shape), so much better putting it together on a serger though and much more professional finish.

Footed sleepers are trickier though, anything with legs really, there is much more involved in getting them the right shape to fit properly without feeling or looking weird or pulling in odd ways. The best thing I can suggest is to watch some vids on Youtube for how to make boxer shorts and trousers and try to make some basic boxers first (saves fabric) to figure out the angles and shapes needed for a good fit, you can then extend the legs and adapt from there into a full body piece. same with the shaping for feet (if you want a footed one) look at how to make socks and practice that first.

CuteKitten said:
That sounds really nice 😄 From what iv'e heard those do have more of a learning curve compared to sewing machine, but adds a bunch of versatility. Those don't even seem to be as expensive as I remembered, I might start seriously considering getting one :giggle: I'm usually just not that great in planning making something, it just kind of happens and I wake up sitting in a pile of fabric 😂
LOL 😂 I know that feeling, and a serger will only make it worse, I used to think i left a mess before with off cuts and bits of thread ends all over the floor but my goodness does the serger leave a mess... I still have cut offs and thread tails but now there are also all the cut edges as it sews and literally millions of tiny little bits of fibre from the terry towel I have been working with, It legit looks like it has been snowing on my floor.

I spent a bit more than I'd have liked (about £189 or $234) the cheapest one I've seen new is £149 ($184) but it didn't have great reviews. To be fair it's not that much if you intend to make good use of it (a half decent sewing machine is still around £100). I figured it was an investment in my future when I do finally get around to setting up a little shop, it will make things faster and with a much more presentable and professional finish.
 
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Belarin said:
I was naughty and bought myself one as a Christmas present. 😁

Don't know how I ever managed without it now and it's only been a month. Takes a lot more getting used to than a sewing machine, working out correct tensions on all 4 threads but once you got it it's easy sailing. Definitely worth the investment if you plan to make a a bunch of stuff.

The differential feed is great for stretchy fabrics like spandex.
I’ve been wanting a serger for some time now.
 
Belarin said:
LOL 😂 I know that feeling, and a serger will only make it worse, I used to think i left a mess before with off cuts and bits of thread ends all over the floor but my goodness does the serger leave a mess... I still have cut offs and thread tails but now there are also all the cut edges as it sews and literally millions of tiny little bits of fibre from the terry towel I have been working with, It legit looks like it has been snowing on my floor.

I spent a bit more than I'd have liked (about £189 or $234) the cheapest one I've seen new is £149 ($184) but it didn't have great reviews. To be fair it's not that much if you intend to make good use of it (a half decent sewing machine is still around £100). I figured it was an investment in my future when I do finally get around to setting up a little shop, it will make things faster and with a much more presentable and professional finish.
I can imagine, I'm definetly not the best in cleaning up and my apartment is not the biggest so that stuff would probably get everywhere 😂 Just the other day after cycling to work I realized that there was a 1 meter piece of wool yarn hanging from my bike the whole way 😂 I'm also very good in starting projects, currently I have about 6-7 unfinished knitting works laying around 😅

Sounds very reasonable at that price, especially if you're planning to do anything for sale. Those machines should last quite long in lighter use, my sewing machine is from the early 90s and still working as well as a new one. I would also usually avoid the cheapest one of anything, usually just would end up buying the better one eventually anyway 😄
 
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