I'm cheap. Really cheap. The one huge set back to my years of boycotting sewing is that the fabric to make what I wanted, cost so much more than actually buying it at the store. Our yearly clothing budget for our family of five is $800 (yep, total!). It's not so much a budget per se, as it is the reality of what we spend on clothing, shoes, and accessories. Now don't get me wrong, I like shopping. I like looking like I know what is in fashion but for a fraction of the price. I wear my Ugg boots ($3 at a garage sale) and my Citizens of Humanity jeans (also $3) with my Nordstrom shirts (I don't like to pay more than a few dollars for any clothing item), and my kids dress in abercrombie and Gap, but really, I feel so much better when I spend 25 cents for a shirt than if I spent $30 (or more!) for one. Which is why I really like the book Sewing Green by Betz White.
I am borrowing it from the library (shocker!) and have flipped through it numerous times each time getting inspired by what I see. I have recently taken to refashioning and repurposing my own creations (just peruse my blog to see some of them), and this book has given me some new ideas to run with. You can pick up your own copy here , or at your local library. But believe me, you are going to want a copy of your own. I know I do!