I promise this will be the last blog post about the V8548 coat (yawn – so over it, Karen) but I thought it would be interesting to consider how much moula I spent and how this compared to the cost of a shop-bought coat.
Because I keep scrupulous records of my sewing spending, I can give you a fairly accurate picture of the breakdown:
Coating and thread 63.43
Shot twill lining 30
Dry cleaning 14
Coat chain 1.62
Hem weights 2.20
Buttons – can’t remember, um, 4
TOTAL £128.76 or just under $200 US
Not cheap, I think we’d all agree. Though some would argue this is a really good price for a cashmere wool coat.
Some of my original motivation had come from stroking beautiful coats in Hobbs, wincing at the price tag and then thinking, ‘I wonder if I could make one.’ So I decided to do a bit of Google research once I’d finished the make.
Full price, I reckon I’d be handing over somewhere in the region of £250-£300 for an equably decent coat. But this was January – the sales were on. I could see that a coat of similair standard could probably be got for about £150. So had all my hard work been worth the £21-ish that I’d saved?
What do you think? Was this all about the money or the experience? Did I endure a whole load of unnecessary heartache on this make? Are there times when it’s better to walk into a shop and slap your money down on the counter? (I, for example, have zero interest in making underwear!) I think there are strong arguments on either side of the fence.
Let me know!