All clothes are cheap. Clothes are nearly always manufactured in countries that have obscenely low labor.
I worked in a Department store... they buy the clothes for $2-3 each... sweaters, pants, whatever. They mark it up to $50-$60 per whatever item. Then they display. A few weeks later the 25-40% off sale comes. Then another sale. Then finally they clearance it out or sell it off to other vendors for near cost.
The clothing industry is all about branding and markup to cover enormous overhead of retail labor and retail shopping space.
I know patterns and fabrics vary, but I wanted to make a cute 50's style dress. I feel like I was made to be born in that era. haha. Anyways, what's your experience with designing your own clothes, is it easy to work a...