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« on: December 20, 2005 11:30:22 AM »

Over the weekend, someone asked me if it was "gauche" to wear something you yourself has made....thoughts?

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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2005 11:35:53 AM »

I make bags, and while you don't exactly "wear" bags, I can say that carrying my own creations has landed me more than just a few sales. 

I would think that wearing something you made that might catch the attention of others could only be a good thing if it makes you money, or in the extreme case, makes you famous.

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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2005 11:36:36 AM »

I don't think it is, as long as you don't run around going, "LOOK AT WHAT I MADE!" It's nice to be proud of your work, but that's a little too much. Besides, I love it when people ask me where I got something and I can tell them I made it. Although I do sometimes show off to close friends and family, I don't parade the fact that I made something.

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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2005 11:43:08 AM »

Heck no!  Totally not a faux pas.  You spent the time to make something and if you like it enough to wear than go for it.  And I agree you don't have to tell everyone and their brother that you made it, but it's always a nice feeling if you receive a compliment to tell them it was handmade.
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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2005 12:30:23 PM »

Good lord NO! ESPECIALLY if you are making stuff to sell. You are your own best advertisement!! Why would anyone want something that you wouldn't wear?!?!?! When I sold my jewelry, more often then not, the buyers would look through my samples...pick what they wanted, then say...oh and a few of those you are wearing.

Also another good reason to always look good!! I have made great connections while grocery shopping. I never wear sweats to run errands. Inevitably I run into a future customer (or god forbid..an old boyfriend!) it pays to primp a little before walking out the door. My mom taught me that...she in fact got me started selling my jewelry. She would wear it to run errands and people would buy it off her...she started carrying little bags of my stuff everywhere she went. She is 72 and considered quite the fashionista - and to all those 20-somethings that fear getting old....she dresses better and cooler then most "young" gals and can pretty much run me into the ground (and I'm 37!).

Now...if you aren't selling your stuff... Of course you should make stuff for yourself. If someone said that too you (and I am really suspect of someone that uses "gauche" in conversations) then they are most likely craft-impaired and jealous.

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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2005 12:34:36 PM »

Making stuff that you can wear is one of the most rewarding things I can think of.  As someone mentioned above, why would you make stuff to sell or give to people if you wouldn't wear it yourself?
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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2005 12:48:47 PM »

Um, NO!!!

This is my logic:
I'm cold...
I made a hat...
I wear this hat and am no longer cold...

I thought that was the whole point!!!

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« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2005 02:19:16 PM »

The whole reason I make it is to wear it. I don't sell my stuff. I make it for gifts for others and for myself so that I don't have to spend $120 on some ridiculous anthropologie shrug that I could easily make myself for much less.

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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2005 03:24:17 PM »

Wear your stuff!!  I make jewelry and most always wear my creations.  The selfish part of me likes when someone asks, "Oh, *insert adjective here*...where'd you get that?" and I can say "I made it."  Maybe I am a compliment whore!   Cheesy  I used to get embarrassed but now I that I am slightly older (almost 29- ack!!) and more comfortable with myself, it doesn't bother me ('cept for this once when it was a rockin', I mean smokin', guy that asked me...OMG I got an attack of the dumbs and could hardly answer!) 

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« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2005 09:06:10 AM »

uh, i sure hope not.  I make things for myself because I can't find stuff i like in stores!  (or I can make it cheaper)

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