One top costs $150.00 and the other is $29.99.
Why is that?
In March of 2011 I bought the blue and white top at J. McLaughlin in Charleston, SC. I thought $150.00 was expensive for a spandex top, but the sales clerk explained to me it was made of fine French swimsuit fabric, and somehow I justified my purchase. I love the top and have worn it repeatedly since I bought it.
This McCall’s pattern reminded me of my J McLaughlin top, and I anticipated replicating it. I bought fine Korean swimsuit fabric – seriously, it is identical in weight and quality … but in the end, I didn’t have the skills to alter the pattern and duplicate the style. Removing the front gathers from the pattern threw off the scale, and I quickly realized I could sew it as is or have a mess.
I like it, it fits and I’ll wear it, but it’s not what I thought it would be.
Disappointed at first, I learned something today and I’m applying the following rule to my sewing projects:
Be inspired by, but do not try to duplicate ready to wear. Originality is far better than copying…. I wonder how many patterns were drafted before reaching a conclusion on this J McLaughlin top?
No wonder it costs $150.00!
From now on I’ll learn from others and appreciate my own ideas.
Don’t we sew to express ourselves anyway?