Thinking of the price of fabric, you might be interested in this from an article in the New Stateman written by someone who went back to dressmaking during this year of CV.
I certainly don’t make my own clothes because it’s cheaper than buying them. My most recently completed piece – a boxy, short-sleeved shirt of the kind you’d be likely to find in Cos – cost £17.50 for the pattern, £44.25 for the materials (a navy Japanese seersucker, buttons, thread) and eight hours of labour: at the London living wage, £86.80. All in, that’s £148.55 for a single shirt. (Only good lingerie, it turns out, is cheaper to make than to buy.) These calculations make me horrified that I ever thought £40 was a fair price for a dress.
I think we may be finding the "off the peg" fashion catching up with what we can make. My daughter is tall and the shop she used to get her PJs from has closed. She can buy some on line - at £125 a pair! Mum is now making PJs for her.