The ghosts of past pattern purchases
I can't seem to get quite so excited about new sewing patterns these days. I get caught up thinking something like, "Oh, cute blouse pattern. Would I use this? Well, I already have 3 blouse patterns that I haven't used, so I guess not." I am being weighed down by past pattern purchases. A fabric stash is a joy, but an underutilised pattern stash is just wasted money.
Take, for example, the HotPatterns Artful Dodger Prudence Blouse. It is dated 2005, and I think I bought it pretty close to its release date. It was expensive, but there was a 3-for-2 offer, so I justified the shipping cost and clicked on the "pay now" button. Then only 2 of the patterns arrived, so more expensive than I calculated. My emails about the missing pattern went unanswered. The Prudence Blouse got bad reviews. This all put me off, but I could not get the promises of the sophisticated fashion illustration out of my mind. It has stayed there, niggling at me, for 7 years now (a testament to the fashion illustrator and the marketing of HotPatterns).
I'm so pleased that I have finally made it. Do I like it? Some days. Other days it reminds me of a bed jacket. The design lines are not quite as they appear in the exaggerated drawing, but the overall shape is cute enough. I like the pleating details. I need to play around with accessories and what to wear it with (but I haven't unpacked all that stuff yet!). The sleeves are more binding than is comfortable. So I will throw the pattern out and move on, but I am pleased that I made it up...don't want to die wondering and all that!
I have been organising my patterns. I found these boxes at OfficeWorks that seem to be the perfect size for patterns. (They are also available at Howard's storage world, but they cost more there).
I originally bought them for my Jalie patterns, but the Jalies don't actually fit. So the Jalies are in a magazine holder for now, but I'm not sure that this is the perfect solution yet. I also have not sorted the Vogue designer patterns yet. I have found a box that fits them, but it is not the same style box as these, and I am trying to be ordered and neat...I will keep looking for a while.
- the patterns I bought to minimise shipping-per-pattern costs. False economy there.
- patterns that require a lot of yardage. Should read backs of pattern envelopes before I buy. I am very unlikely to hold more than 2 m of a fabric in stash and some of these patterns ask for 5 and 6 m!
- patterns that need to be traced off. Should acknowledge my own laziness and only buy magazines if I am particularly excited by the designs.
- patterns that don't suit my lifestyle. I have no need for a business suit. Ever.
Now I just need to pull out the ones that I was excited about, but never got around to, and get on with it.