How much for a t-shirt?

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Hayley recently started looking at how expensive grocery shopping is and wrote a few blog posts about it. Can I just add my 2 cents to it by saying that children’s clothing are also expensive?

My children have been growing like weeds recently. A tracksuit that I bought in June was too small for Matthew by July. Go to the mall to get some new ones and there’s only the Spring collection in stores (in other words, shorts, t-shirts, swim costumes but no jackets, long pants). I wanted to pull my hair out as I was then forced to go to the more expensive stores to buy a tracksuit for crèche (that he messes up in 2 days because he walks on his knees – tell me my kids aren’t the only ones to do this).

I walked into Woolies and was going to take 2 Spiderman t-shirts. A size 2-3 for Ethan and a 6-7 for Matthew. I was about to walk to the till when I glanced at the price and my eyes bulged out of my head. R95.00 for a t-shirt??? And both sizes were the same price. I put it back and walked out of the store. Am I just cheap?

I have since decided that I should try my hand at making clothing for them myself. I have my mom’s old sewing machine. I think I just need to find a place where I can have it serviced, find some patterns and buy some material. I’m kinda decent with a sewing machine, I just don’t know why it took me this long to come up with this idea.

Maybe I can use some of their smaller clothing as patterns? Anybody have any tips?

Or am I crazy to even entertain this idea?

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5 thoughts on “How much for a t-shirt?”

  1. I so agree with you. It is insane. I just got myself a sewing machine and even though I have done some not intricate at all things, I am willing to learn to make a few things. Though not as brave as you making boys clothing, I am going to try with O’s summer dresses, that should be easy enough? I am doing an online learn how to sew “course”, I am hoping it will help. I don’t want to get in over my head here, but I am willing to learn. As for patterns, I still have no idea how I am going to go about that as I have pinned so many cute things to make, but I haven’t established how to get them off my screen onto a sewable something. Only time will tell. I think youtube should also be a great place for ideas? Here is the learn to sew “course” I am doing http://crazylittleprojects.com/category/learntosewlessons, not sure if this would be too elementary for you. Good luck hun. Gaynor Mapi has been doing some amazing things with the sewing machine. You could also lean on her for some tips.

    1. Thank you for the comment! I am definitely going to be counting on Youtube. Thank you for the link, it’s great! I saw Gaynor made a few things, will chat to her too. I’m not brave, over confident maybe lol.

  2. OMW I do agree with you. I cannot believe that a pair of pants for a 2-3 year old is almost R200. You are not cheap at all. I think that children’s clothes are way to expensive especially seeing that they grow so quickly. I also have 2 boys and I do not want to “flinch” every time the climb trees in their R95 t-shirt. Thanks for this post and I hope that you will make video tutorials of your sewing adventures.

    1. Thank you for the comment. Never thought of doing a video tutorial. I hear you on flinching when they do a bit of rough housing in their “cheaper” clothes that are just as expensive as adult clothing.

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