Friday, September 20, 2013

Fall Clothing Series: Budget

If you haven't been following along, this is our Fall Children's Clothing Series.  We have a LOT going on.

1st: Linky Party!!!  Link up any and all of your children's fall wardrobe.  Can be homemade, thrifted, upcycled, whatever.  Give us inspiration for our kids wardrobes.

2nd:  Get organized by using our Fall Clothing Organizing Printable for FREE!!

3rd:  Clothing you have missed:

Today I am going to share with you my budget and how I figured out my budget.  As a reminder, I wanted to make at least 50% of my children's wardrobe.  I have a 3 year old boy and an 8 month old girl.  My 3 year old has many hand-me downs from cousins and friends, my 8 month old had almost nothing.  For my 8 month old, I decided to go "larger" and most of her clothes are 12 months so they can grow with her through the winter.

So to start, I used the Clothing Organizing Printable.  This helped me to organize what I needed.  I also set an amount.  
3 Year Old:  $50.00
8 Month Old:  $70.00
Total:  $120.00

I know that might seem high, but remember this is fall, I have to invest in coats and jackets and JEANS!  These things are not cheap!

I started by writing down what I thought they needed for the winter.  My sons list was much shorter then my daughters.  Mostly, because I knew he had several items that my daughter didn't.

Next, I decided what I was going to make and what we already had and wrote this down.  Deciding what patterns to use.  

Finally, as I shopped, I tried to find deals and use coupons for the fabric.  I also upcycled quite a bit using clothing of my husband and mine.

Now, for the tricky part.  I often used the same fabrics for multiple garments.  For example, this green chevron fabric.  Used it for 3 different garments.  

I would take the amount of for the fabric and divided 3 ways.
$6.20/3 = $2.07
I would then add this amount to what it cost for the rest of the fabric.

When All Is Said and Done

I made:
7 Pairs of Pants/Leggings
11 Tops/T-shirts
8 Jackets/Sweaters/Coats
6 Dresses/Skirts
7 Pajamas

I Purchased/Thrifted/Received:
5 Pairs of Pants/Leggings
10 Tops/T-shirts
4 Jackets/Sweaters/Coats
2 Dresses/Skirts
4 Pajamas

Total of 64 items of clothing.

3 Year Old:  $68.43
8 Month Old:  $75.02
Total:  $143.45

$143.45/39 = $3.68 per item made

I don't know about you, but I can't find PJ's for $3.68, can you?

Looking at it now, it looks like a TON of clothes!  But remember, this is going to last them through the fall and into the winter.  And midwinter the baby will change sizes and so will my 3 year old.  So I think I did a pretty good job considering I have about 6 months worth of clothes for my kids all ready to go!

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