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Makers gonna make?

Hi guys! Long time no see. So last week was slightly manic and I just didn't have time to get my newsletter finished. I spent last weekend trying on wedding dresses and started last Monday feeling really disheartened from the whole experience. This Monday however, I'm feeling much better. I've spent every day after work this week binge watching Say Yes to the Dress and again spent the weekend trying on wedding dresses. But more excitingly I found my dress! So exciting! As for the dress, I've put previous weeks' newsletter topics into practice and surprisingly gone for something that I hadn't imagined I would. I didn't pin or save a single dress that looked like this one but when I tried it on, I knew. Funny how things work out. 

Wedding dress shopping got me thinking about this week's newsletter topic of deciding what to make and what not to make. When I speak to anyone about getting married, the first thing they ask me is "Are you making your wedding dress?' and often there is an element of shock that I've decided not to. The decision to not make my wedding dress was something I made early on. There were many reasons why but the main one always was that planning a wedding in under a year is stressful enough - I didn't need the added stress of making my dress as well. Of course there are elements of making a dress that were desirable, such as being able to completely make it my own, but on balance it didn't feel worth it to me. 

This dilemma of should I buy it or make it is one that isn't only limited to extravagant purchases like a wedding dress. As a maker it can often feel like everything needs to be me-made. I remember when I first started sewing I didn't want to buy anything from the high street - which in itself is good but at the same time I always felt guilty whenever I wanted to buy something. Of course when starting to sew, wanting to buy something instead of making it can be due to skill level. Like if you've just started sewing you're probably more likely to buy a pair of jeans then make them. But as skill levels start to develop you want to tackle those tricky projects so the need to buy something can be less important.

So how do you decide? If I'm thinking of buying I consider the following:

  • Could I make it as well as the piece I plan to buy?
  • Is the fabric unique?
  • Will everyone else be wearing the same thing?
  • Which is most cost effective?
  • Does the quality make it worth buying?

Overall if I want to have an item of clothing, my first port of call will always be to make. But there are some things I've decided that I'm happy just buying. For example underwear and coats are on my buy not make list because the answer to that first question is often no. 

So I'm interested how do you decide?

Make your Monday Moment a trip to the cinema to see Lady Bird.
Remember what it was like being a teenager and thinking you know best? Relive all those teenage feels with this film and start to regret all the things you did and the pain you put your parents through.
This Thursday (8th March) is International Women's Day. Here's a round up of inspirational women who are killing it. 
An ethical shop for women that doesn't use sweatshops or photoshop. Sounds pretty cool right? Well, it is. All the clothes support women's groups and charities by using women who bring their expertise to the designs. I have the pomegranate t-shirt and love it! 
2- Daikon
It's pretty obvs that I love magazines and I particularly love indie magazines that are bringing something new to the market. Step up Daikon magazine, a platform for Asian female voices. The latest issue is around the theme of food... Yum.
3- In Good Company
From Otegha Uwagba, who brought us The Little Black Book comes the In Good Company podcast which is the perfect companion for working women. Otegha has a great mix of women from all industries, my favourite is with Broadly editor Zing Tsjeng.
Things to do for IWD
To celebrate IWD there are lots of cool events to attend. If you're ready to be inspired then why not head to one of these?
Women of the World Festival - held at the Southbank Centre, WoW celebrates women and girls, and in talks and events looks at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential.
Forgotten Women - Zing Tsjeng (her again), is hosting talks at Waterstones this week discussing forgotten female leaders as she releases her new book, Forgotten Women.
Oh Comely x Bailey Nelson : Through The Lens - Oh Comely has an evening of talks with women who have been in their magazine with profits going to Bloody Good Period.
Girls Skate Night - If you skate or want to skate then why not head down to the House of Vans an all girls night of skating.
Embroidery Workshop- How about a night of embroidery and the cafe that is Instagram's dream, Palm Vaults?
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