I'm wearing pants and a sweater I made right now. It actually fits me, whereas store bought clothing doesn't. It is more functional, more comfortable and more accurately reflect my personality and character. Its cheaper too. I can go to the fabric store, buy a $12 piece of fleece and make pants for me, socks for my husband, hats for all of us and baby pants for the clothing bank. Then I sew the small pieces back together to make quilt blocks which I sew into blankets for the family. The little tiny pieces I use to make dog beds. And all that from a $12 piece of fleece.
That said, I'm highly concerned right now. I knew that every bolt of fabric I looked at at the fabric store was made in either China, Pakistan or India. I'm getting really disgusted with the quality of the dyes in these fabrics, as the color washes out really quickly. I'm also disgusted with the quality of the cotton, as it is frequently short staple and pills very quickly. But over Christmas, I discovered that we have only two working woolen mills left in the entire United States, and that scares me. That means that as a nation, we are in much the same state that the Confederacy was in at the beginning of the Civil War. We can't produce our own fabric to clothe ourselves. We have no manufacturing left, and I don't know about you all, but many of the factories around here have been abandoned long enough that the roof is going. We couldn't just open them back up again. If we don't do something to encourage domestic consumption and domestic production again, we could be in real trouble.