So somebody (please take credit in the comments if it was you!) let me know about Field Day Wearables in Oakland — they make adorable things like this out of reclaimed materials:
The suspenders? Are genius, right? Definitely that falls in the “wish I’d thought of it” bucket. And if you are not near Oakland, California, fear not: they also have an Etsy store.
I know, I know, it’s very bayareaish, but their stuff is 1) adorable 2) wearable and 3) not ungodly expensive (of course still more expensive than making it yourself, but …). I think my favorite is the Black Sheet Dress (more pockets!). Plus, their models look happy and like women you’d like to talk to about sewing and comic books and the etiquette of using the swings at the playground when there are still small children there (my take: you can swing as long as there is at least one empty swing besides the one you use, and you relinquish your swing as soon as that empty swing is filled), instead of like they’re practicing their bitchface while wearing shoes made of broken glass and fire ants.