Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sewing Modest Clothing on a Shoe String Budget: Part 4 Buying Fabric

This post is a little *cough* over due. Okay, okay, a lot overdue. But what's almost a year among friends, right? *cough*

So is it possible to make modest clothing without breaking the bank on fabric? Absolutely.

  • First of all the best thing to do is to familiarize yourself with your local fabric stores. Get to know their fabric selection and price ranges. If they offer them sign up for the stores mailing flyers, emails or sales alerts. A lot of the larger, chain fabric stores will have coupons that they send out to customers. Some stores also offer rewards programs. JoAnn Fabrics offers some nice ones. If you're a homeschool mom you can get a 15% off your entire purchase teachers rewards, students can get 10% off. 
  • Second, check the out of season fabric. As the fabric companies are sending the new seasons fabrics the stores will mark down the prices on the previous season's fabrics in the hope of making room.While it might not be exactly what you are looking for at that moment, but stores usually significantly drop the prices. You might end up being able to find nice, inexpensive fabric for spring dresses in the fall, or winter weight fabric in the summer, but for the better price it's worth buying it less expensive and making it up as needed. Plus you have a longer period of time to make the clothing with it.
  • Third, Buy quality.  While it's always tempting to buy less expensive fabrics, be aware that less expensive fabric can come with lower quality. If you would like to make things with fabrics that are going to last a while and hold up will with washing, it's probably better to invest in fabric that is a little higher quality. It might cost more up front, but in the long run it will even out as they will most likely look nice longer and not wear out as quickly.
As with any savings, the best way to save it to know what you're looking for and to familiarize yourself with the prices and values.  Happy Saving and Sewing!


  1. I love this post! I don't know how to sew, but I think this will help! Finding modest clothing is such a pain in the butt.

  2. Thank you for these helpful posts on sewing modest clothing. I really appreciate them.