Friday, September 26, 2014

I made it for $30 she said and that made me angry!

Bride-To-Be Crochets Her Own Wedding Gown During Bus Commute
Chi Krneta

https://gma.yahoo.com/bride-crochets-her-own-wedding-gown-during-bus-211727758--abc-news-fashion-and-beauty.html



This  article made me angry, really. People who are far from crochet get one message: this dress is cheap. She says she made it for $30! Why mentioning the cost of thread when you spent 5 months to make it? She should have said, I spent 5 months to make it, this dress is priceless!
There is an opinion, stereotype, that handmades are cheap alternatives to store-bought clothing. Sometimes I am really surprised what should be on one's mind to think it suppose to be cheaper when it takes so much time to make?

I normally don't crochet on order, but I was willing to sell my work a few times and it happened people expected much lower price and were acting accordingly.
What they should have said, you know what, I see I can't afford a hand-made item!
I dream about times when girls in poor countries will charge a fare price for their work and there won't be cheap hand-made crochet out there at all!!!
Happy crocheting, my friends!

23 comments:

  1. Yes...She made the dress for $30...she didn't make it to sell....if someone want to make their own for $30...go right ahead. ...but if you expect someone else to put the time and effort into making it for you. ...don't expect it to be cheap. For $800 I could buy the lumber to build a 20 X 20 building. But if I hire someone to build it for me it will cost an additional $4,000. Using another person's skills is never inexpensive

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    1. True and I get the side they highlighted, but the whole thing screams: it's cheap! They put this thought in readers mind, that's what this article is about, while the message should be different, she spent 5 months to make it! I think the girl's words might be twisted to meet the wow factor the went after.

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    2. Although I think I get your point about this, I also think that it may be a good thing to highlight how "cheap" the dress is. People might want to learn crochet (or sew, or knit) if they know that they can make something so beautiful without spending too much money on it. I know that is why I started making my own clothes with fabric and yarn : I was a student and I had more free time than I had money. It would be a very good thing if more people started making their own clothes (if only to realise what a lot of work it is and that people should be properly paid for it!).
      Plus in this case she would still have to spend this time in the bus to get to work so this was "lost" time anyway.

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  2. Bravo! I agree with every word you wrote!

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  3. Thank you for saying exactly what the rest of us were thinking

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  4. I agree with your words. I think that only in Brazil (my country) people think that croche must be cheap and doesn´t value this work. Unfortunely this things happens everywhere

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  5. You are absolutely on point. The time she spent working on the dress was priceless. I don't understand why folks believe that because it was made handmade is cheaper.

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  6. I agree with what you say here!
    I got the same comments when i try to sell my crocheted clothes as well

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  7. agreed. most people have no appreciation for the value of handmade.

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  8. I agree! The dress is beautiful but the angle of this article is so wrong making handmade look cheap.

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  9. Totally agree! Some co-workers asked me to crochet something big, like a blanket or throw, and they expected for cheap! They were surprised that "I charged so much" over the price of yarn! I said, what about my time and skill? I have a job, so I have to resign my son time in order to do it, so is not only my time but my child's! Very few people understands the value of handmade, and after trying to do it themselves!

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  10. Chinese people never price they own work no matter were they leave.People which appreciate hand work I am sure they know the real value of this dress and of anything hand made.
    Anyway a feel your frustration and agree with :)

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  11. What you said is so true, Natalia. But then this news is a "BIG NEWS" because of that "30$" tag. Thats what newsmakers want "make a news big"..not our point of view as a crocheter.Lets see the positive- People who never knew the word crochet reached this news. Or when does a non crocheter reads a crochet blog? I thought few people will try crochet because of this news and will know it's not child's play. Let's hope it will change mind of few who think handmade is cheap and just relate it with the cost of thread and not the efforts, love & time invested.Now it's on us social media crocheters to take this opportunity and highlight what we think! Let's add a tag "time invested with love" to all our products...We can make a new trend. What say?

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    1. Dear Shilpa, what a great point of view! Thank you! Agree 100%!

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    2. Hi Natalia!
      People sell themselves for the amount they value themselves. the same people buy us at the value we sell ourselves. Don't be angry, people who know to apreciate good thinks always find the value of work in anything. Regards from Canada :)

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