Tonight, I'm working on costumes for my younger son's play (must be done in a week!). Also going on tonight is preparations for my younger son's Cub Scout Pack's annual Pinewood Derby. So there has been lots of sanding, painting, glueing so far. Tonight I hope to finish sewing up one of the costume pieces.
Earlier today, my first trip to the fabric store in over a year left me in shock. Patterns cost how much? And the fabric price! If only I could have found something ready-made, I would have spent a fraction of the cost. Not from a lack of looking -- I've been frequenting the thrift stores about once a week for the past month or so. I guess I was unlucky. Sadly, I'd have to say that my fabric store purchases qualified as a frugal FOUL. Way too much money spent. It was a lesson for me!
The good news is that I will be able to use the pattern for other useful clothes. If I shop carefully for the fabric, I'll definitely get more use from that pattern. I didn't buy any thread as I already have some that I'm sure will be close enough. No buttons or zippers, so I saved money by choosing a pattern without those extra construction costs. With those choices in mind, it might not turn out that I wasted too much money. But looking at my receipt, I'm still not so sure!