1. Spotlight is no longer a garment sewing store. Sure, they sell some fabric (at ridiculously high prices). Sure, they sell machines (in a very limited selection, and with no customer service). But really, they've totally dropped the ball for people who sew clothes.
Their patterns are seasons, nay, YEARS out of date. They have a really limited variety in stock, and limited size options. And they are freakin' expensive. I get a regular 10% discount, and occasionally they have sales. But I do not think $30 for a basic Vogue pattern is reasonable.
2. Shipping patterns from overseas is hideously expensive. Often more than US$35 in postage costs for three or four pattern envelopes.
3. Pattern downloads are a pain in the butt. I don't have the patience to print out 100 A4 sheets, sticky-tape them together, cut out the pattern, then make adjustments. Tracing is so much easier.
4. I used to love BurdaStyle, but their magazines are repetitive. Too many sack-shaped designs, and again, we are about 5 months behind at any given time.
So in my excitement over a website that had $2.99 patterns, and Vogues at $11, I went a bit crazy. I bought 5 patterns - which is outrageous.
Here are the five patterns that I chose:
|Vogue 8791 - different cup sizes, should be good for work|
|Easy McCall's 6319. Somehow I didn't realise this was for knits, but I like it.|
|Burda 7376. No zips, should be a quick make. Until I get to hemming.|
|Very Easy Vogue 8815. I'm planning one with long sleeves|
Um, yep. Butterick 5796 is definitely a maternity pattern. Whoops.
Nope, I'm not pregnant or planning to be. I'm just an idiot. In my defence, here is the line drawing that I actually chose this from:
All right, the pants should have been a giveaway. But seriously, the tops didn't scream 'PREGNANT' to me! At least it was only $2.99. It can just go into the box with all the other patterns I never get around to sewing!