I was chatting with my mom about my coat-making progress the other day, and she made the joking remark, "You know you can buy coats in stores, right?" While I'm so thrilled with how my coat is turning out that I wouldn't want a store-bought one anymore, I thought it was an interesting point. I think we'd all love to have an entirely handmade couture wardrobe, but there are some things that are just less hassle to buy ready-to-wear rather than stitch up ourselves.
I think we probably all have that one type of garment that's so fun to make that we'd never buy it in a store again (mine is pencil skirts). And then there are the things that you technically could sew for yourself, but it just doesn't seem like an enjoyable use of precious sewing time. So, the question of the day is: What do you like to make for yourself and what do you prefer to buy ready-to-wear?
Knit tops are a big one for me. Sure, I have a serger (thanks to Mom!) but I use it primarily to finish my seam allowances. I suppose I could whip up a bunch of knit tops on it, but I honestly prefer to stock up on them ready-to-wear. I love a nice ruffled knit top (like the adorable "tutu tank" from Anthro above) and they're great in neutrals that I can pair with bright pencil skirts and black tights for work.
Also on my list of garments I buy rather than sew are camisoles and cardigans. And while I love to make my own slips (tutorial here!), I pick up undies at the store. I even took a panty-making workshop last year, and while it was super fun, it isn't something that I've really gotten into on my own.
So how about you: What do you prefer to buy rather than sew? Have you ever sewn things for yourself that most people would consider odd - shoes, sweaters, or bras, for example?