The first being, that making my own clothes has resulted in instant conversation starters when I'm out and about. "I love your dress." "Oh thank-you! I *made* it."
This small exchange results in an instant mini-conversation about sewing, whether the other party sews or not etc. It's quite fun! And if I get any funny looks, I prefer to think they are gobsmacked by my amazing sense of style, rather than thinking "What IS she wearing?" and shaking their heads. I'm thinking positive though, because every time I go out, someone likes my dress or skirt...so like a five year old, I bask in their admiration.