Just before Christmas, Elsa and Zara spent $3oo of their hard earned cash on swimwear and I was very happy with that.
'Couldn't you have sewn something for less'? was a family comment.
I possibly could have, but when? It is not their turn yet and won't be, for at least a month.
Swimwear fabric can be hard to source and the good stuff is definitely expensive.
I would have to alter a pattern, not a problem as such but definitely not quick.
They are a 'brand', it was a 'surf shop' perhaps they were 'paying for the label' but do you know what? A majority of the pieces were sewn in Australia so I have hope the machinist received a proper wage for their craft.
Besides, part of working is enjoying the fruits of your labour. The labour being cleaning our house once a week. The fruit being cash.
Do you know what you cannot put a price on? Their utter utter delight in trying on dozens of bathers and my delight in them wanting me there to share it with them.
Jed made a special trip so they could do this and he played with Trixie so I could focus on just them.
After the Surf Shop, we hit the Mall and both girls tried on outfit after outfit but didn't buy a thing.
Major buzz for Mummy.
Zara fell in love with a natty little outfit, shorts and a top but neither piece fitted that well. The XS was too big in the top and the M shorts were too tight around her derriere but too loose at the waist.
And it was $230 for both pieces.
Jed offered to take her on to Mt Barker, to Spotlight, to look for some similar fabric.
Roll forward a month.
Zara is not so sure she will get this made for her next turn, she thinks she has other things she needs more and she is not sure where she will wear it, so this fabric may sit in 'her' basket for a later sew.
And do you now what? For $20 it doesn't matter.
For a $230 purchase it would have mattered a great deal!
Jed and I would not have stopped her buying that outfit, we didn't stop her, just advised her to have a good look at the fit and have a good think about where she would actually wear it.
But she got the thrill of planning and making a small purchase.
I refuse to have guilt over buying fabric, I tend not to impulse buy but if I do, I am going to comfort my self that it is much less then an outfit.
Have a lovely day!