Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Still wearing the pants.

If you thought the bargains I got at Nick's looked too good to be true, they were. The shipment was meant for the more up market Global Fabrics across town, and there they have been rehoused, with a new and improved price tag.

In the meantime, I've made up the first of the fabrics - this pretty green cotton drill in the same pattern as the previous post (BWOF 05-2009-101) - here I am chanelling my inner air hostess. I'm fond of good flare, me I am.

You know how Gok says the average British woman spends 2000 pounds a year on clothes? I don't know if that's true because a google search told me that is was closer to 800 pounds. And US women spend on average $1800 (US).

In the interests of research I'm going to start totalling how much it costs me to sew a garment.

Air hostess trousers in Nick's special green: fabric 1.8@ $4 a metre = 7.20 + interfacing 2.0 + zipper 50c on special + thread 2.0 + tracing paper - half a packet $3.50

I'm not counting Burda into the cost - that's just for entertainment, making something out of it is a bonus.

= 12.30 NZ dollars. That's what, about 7-8 US dollars.

PS fly on correct side this time.


  1. Flares = fab.

    I should really keep a tally too of how much things cost me to make, could be interesting! I made a vow to not buy clothes for a year so I could have actually figured out how much I saved. $2000 AUS sounds about right though for what I used to spend. GAAAAAWD, could you imagine the FABRIC you could get for 2k?

  2. Oh my, I'm having a major flashback to Air New Zealand in the 1970s! Tea or coffee ma'am?

  3. You carry a flare well!
    How did you manage to get zips at 50c. Obvoiously I am going to have start shopping around more!
    Another great pair of pants!

  4. Me, I love a bit of air hostess look myself. Last year I went to the Qantas Museum in Longreach where they had a selection of uniforms on display, dating back a few decades. Peter actually fetched me from the hand-made propellers (which were also fascinating) to look at them. Now I don't know if they were using bodgy display models, but it was interesting to see that the darts on the uniforms did not match up at all with the theory was that the hostesses were originally "perky", unmarried women. Anyway, keep channelling your inner's a fab look, and I don't reckon your man would complain about a bit of in-flight entertainment.

  5. love the price and the color rocks!! looking fabulous!

  6. Just half a cup of coffee for me, thanks. Oh, yes I'll take two sweets for the wee ones when I get home. Can you help me get my bag down? I'm afraid the contents of the overhead locker may have shifted during the flight. You air hostesses, you're all so gorgeous.

  7. Terrific air hostess look. How often can you buy terrific fabric for NZ$4 per metre though? My fabric costs a fortune since I abandoned Spotlurk, but I still reckon my sewing is cheaper than buying.

  8. Besides saving money (I hope), I definitely save time and effort in trying to find clothes that fit.

    Those are wonderful pants with a great fit. It's nice to see them made up in more than one version. I'll have to add those to my list. I do have my eye on the bell bottoms in the newest issue, though...

  9. Another great pair of pants (and way more interesting than the latest Air New Zealand uniforms B.L.A.N.D!) I'm curious though, as to how you use half a packet of tracing paper for a pair of pants? I'm still using the tracing paper I bought in 1988 for $1.64!

  10. the joy of creating those lovely pants can surely only by the cost of creating them. Your father would be so proud of you.

  11. oops a few words missing there -
    "can surely only be matched by ..." is what I meant to say. Also I have the days between christmas and new year off so could take a few says at Miris. I would totally love your help to sew my coat.

  12. I love the color of those pants and I have always liked flared pants too. Here in the USA tapered pants are coming back into style but I am having none of that!

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