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I took up sewing again so that I could make outfits for my new found hobby of Rockabilly dancing. Many Rockabilly fans are full on into the fashion – you go to a gig and are surrounded by all these women wearing gorgeous 1950’s fashions. Whilst there are many websites selling these outfits, the prices are $$, and the sizing, as always, does not often suit me. So I decided to start sewing.

And having just bought a couple of Rockabilly dresses that I found on special, I am even more glad that I can sew. The quality of these garments, for the price you pay, is very poor. If i’d bought them from my local discount dept store (Big W or Target) the quality would be what I’d expect – but it’s certainly not what I would expect for dresses marked down from $145. (AUD) Luckily I only paid $65 each – but even then the quality for that price isn’t great.

Ah, well – yet another good reason to make my own!


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    Aug 24, 2010, 10.18 AMby bjr99

    Another plus is that you can have at least twice the clothes for the same price as one garment purchased in the store. This what really got me started many years ago. I’ve saved a fortune over the years and have a rather extensive wardrobe! So does the hubby.

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    Aug 27, 2010, 07.18 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    You should try and cut a pattern from those dresses, then you can make them in your own fabric choice :)

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    Aug 28, 2010, 02.07 PMby katensew

    Yes my husband and I used to attend 40’s and 50’s events and I made most of the garments The looks for a fraction of the cost - and admiring glances. as you create something unique.

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