Thursday, January 12, 2012

~A Little Pattern Here, A Little Pattern There~

I'm not talking about fabric patterns, wallpaper patterns or scrapbooking patterns but rather my favorite type of patterns....Butterick, McCalls and Simplicity!

For quite a while, I had not been buying any patterns because I hadn't been doing that much sewing. Slowly and surely, I've been getting back in the groove.  Especially since starting my Etsy store.

Even when I did alot of sewing, I was very picky about the patterns that I bought.  One, there had to be several styles in the one pattern envelope or, two, it would be a style I knew I would use quite often.  Have you seen the price of patterns these days??  Good grief!  Seriously, as much as $18 and $19 for a pattern?  That's so totally ridiculous.  Even though most fabric stores sell them for 40% off, it's still rather expensive.

Aren't these patterns adorable?  Now that I'm getting back into sewing children's clothing, I picked out several to make for my granddaughters.  But they wear different sizes and, some, I was able to get just one while others required me buying two.

Of the several that I bought for them, I think these are my favorite.  Look at the cute little pleats on the capri style pants.  Aren't they adorable?

I only bought one boys' pattern.  Jammies for my youngest grandson.  He absolutely loves the movies "Cars", so I'm going to look for some Mater or "Mightming" McQueen fabric for him.

I got several doll patterns for the American Girl type dolls.  The one in the top right is what I used to make the ballet outfit for my granddaughter's doll.  You can find the post about it here.

These little doll aprons are so stinkin' cute!  I'm going to make matching girl/doll aprons to put in my Etsy store.

And then I got these patterns for ME!!  I haven't bought patterns or made myself clothing in ages.  At least 12 to 15 years ago.  I picked out several classic, easy wearing dress styles and several shirt patterns.

This shirt looks so comfy, doesn't it?    Shirts for all seasons.  Perfect!

I bought these patterns as incentive.  With my fibromyalgia symptoms and the medications I am taking, I have gained lots and lots of about 75 pounds or so and I hate it.  I'm going to try yoga and am looking at homeopathic medicine as a means of lessening or, Lord willing, curing the disease altogether AND to help me lose the excess weight.  Good idea?

Now, I bet you are thinking..."Good heavens, girl!  You have lost your mind spending so much money"!  Right?  Well, guess what?  I didn't spend loads and loads of money!  Nope, I did not.  One of my favorite metro fabric stores, JoAnn's, is moving to a bigger location and is having a moving sale.  In this stack of patterns, one actually came from Hobby Lobby and I paid 99 cents for that one.  Another, I got for $1.99.  But the rest?  The patterns were being sold 8 for $1.  That's 13 cents a pattern!!  You read right....13 cents a pattern!!  Can you believe it??  How could I resist?  I think I got 15 patterns for this price.

Right now, their Simplicity patterns are selling for $1.99 but I am hoping when I go back next week, they will have them marked down.  When the patterns are this cheap, they are pretty picked over and so getting favorite ones are a bit tough.  But I'm sure I can find some I can probably use and, if not, it's no real financial loss, is it?  Now, where to start?

Hope your day is full of happy stitching ~


Lemon Lane Cottage said...

I recognize a few of those patterns. I love making little girls clothes and can't wait to get my craft room back together so I can get back at it. Have a wonderfully productive weekend friend, Patty

Country Dreaming said...

Wow, those are great prices!
Patterns ARE so expensive--lucky you.



PS-We had the Chowder for dinner tonight--it was DELISH.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OMG I would have bought about 50 for that price, I love looking through the pattern books. I do a lot of sewing, but like you I have not sewed for myself in years! I just about chocked when I looked at pattern prices recently...what happened, we could buy the shirt for the price of the pattern!! Crazy! Can't wait to see what you churn out, good luck on the weight loss!


Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Yoga has been such a blessing to me and a life changer (back pain). My class broke from Dec. to Feb. and I am dying to start up again.

Sam I Am...... said...

Velma, Those patterns are wonderful! I used to sew for my kids when they were little and for the house and myself in high school and I want to get back into it. I have RA and Graves and they also killed off my thyroid and I haven't been the same since either! LOL! I was always slim and now I'm not for sure!!!! The clothes aren't made for my body now and I was thinking of sewing my own and also making patterns from the clothes that do fit. What a deal you got! Isn't that such a great feeling! I wish you lived next door! Love your blog!

My Cottage Charm said...

Isn't Cindy a talented artist! I feel so blessed to have one of her paintings!! :)
I haven't bought a pattern in AGES!! I had no idea they had gotten that expensive! Yikes!
Blessings Missy :)

Cindy said...

Hi Velma,
I'm so sorry to hear that you suffer from Fibromyalgia, that is such a painful condition. My husband suffered with it for years, but God healed him! Praise God for that.
You have found some very sweet patterns and for great prices! Yes, they have gotten ridiculously expensive, I try to find ones that I can use again and again in different unique ways. I had not sewn for myself for many years and I made three dresses last Spring and I LOVE them. You can find inexpensive material and make yourself some very comfy things that you will look nice in. I love the shirt dress, I want to make myself one of those this Spring, I need to write that number down.
Have a wonderful evening, sweet friend.
Hugs, Cindy


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