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Making your own clothes can be a good replacement for spending all that extra hard-earned cash.

For centuries people made their own clothes at home. It is only in recent generations that the practice of buying already-made clothes has come into use. That, however, isn't the only way to get a great wardrobe.

All you need to make homemade clothes is a sewing machine, a pattern, fabric and a little spare time on your hands.

Patterns have recently become more fashionable instead of the usual drab and ugly. You can find patterns for in-style clothing for only a few bucks. These patterns are re-usable and can be used to make multiple sets of clothing for yourself or your whole family.

Fabric doesn't have to be expensive. Usually seasonal prints will go on sale after the season is out. If you buy them on sale, then make your clothing for the next season, you'll be saving a little of your cash. It's not necessary to wear ugly fabric just because you make your clothing at home. Fabric stores today offer a wide variety of styles and textures to please everyone and make your wardrobe exciting.

You don't need extensive sewing skills to make your clothing. Most patterns are self-explanitory and easy to follow. If you have no experience on a sewing machine, get a friend or relative to show you how or help you until you get the hang of it. If you don't know anyone who has such skills, find a book in your local library or find a class being offered in your area.

Once you get started, it just depends on the pattern you're presently using as to how long it will take to finish your project. Added to the sense of pride you'll feel at having made your own clothing, you will also have beautiful clothes that are the height of fashion.