I love sewing and always used to make my own clothes and dresses for my daughter. Sadly, it is not easy to buy decent fabric these days to make your own. Shops seem to sell cheap material that's only good for fancy dress although you can still get good furnishing fabric. Even John Lewis only have a very limited range, though if anyone knows of a good supplier, I would love to hear. I recently cut up a favourite Hobbs dress to make a pattern which was successful. The original dress cost £99 and the one I made £45. However, there was only one roll of patterened linen/cotton fabric at John Lewis which luckily I liked. Sadly it is no longer a cheap option and sometimes a risk, rather like knitting. But don't be put off. You could always try out a pattern first using some old curtains before embarking on the real thing. It is rewarding in the end.