Is making your own clothes cheaper than buying them?

Since writing this post in 2016 it's been one of my most popular, I've also now got a video on my youtube channel that updates the costs for this year (2020) and expands on a few points. Feel free to check that out too! Some people think making their clothes is cheaper than buying them and then get disillusioned when they realise that the version portrayed in the Sound of Music where you can make 17 dresses from one pair of curtains isn't QUITE accurate... and you then just h