I was slightly apprehensive to write that post yesterday regarding patterns but I am really happy that I did. Such great comments! So thoughtful and interesting. Points I had not considered or even known about. Lots of agreement with me, which makes sense if you read this blog regularly - but some other viewpoints with great explanations to back them up. If you didn't happen to read it please do and check out the comments for some great discussion.
I really appreciate all the comments, and will circle back around to many of the points in the coming weeks. But many people wrote about the cost of patterns in other places. As I mentioned, we here in most urban / suburban United States locations have access either in superstores, local merchants or via on-line orders to Big 4 paper patterns at a very low price as compared to what is paid in the rest of the world.
And there was some real interest in my self proclaimed "pattern whisperer" role. I am looking forward to making some general and specific recommendations but first I need some info.
I want to know :
This question has 2 components, Product Access and Price
- What do you pay or can you even purchase the following items?
- Are there sales when you can buy at a discount?
- Do you do mail order for these items?
Price: specifics on the various brands, at what type of store, sale vs. everyday price, how often discounted
- Vogue Patterns (or BMV for all 3 together)
- McCalls Patterns
- Butterick Patterns
- Simplicity Patterns
- New Look Patterns
- Burda envelope patterns
- Style Arc patterns
- Burda Magazine which includes the traceable patterns
- Other Pattern magazines
Any other paper pattern you can purchase (Papercut, Named, Sewaholic and many more)?
I am going to presume that everyone worldwide has the same access for most of the online purchase, downloadable PDF type patterns from independent pattern designers, big or small, but perhaps that is not the case. Of course the currency exchange could make some items quite costly, so let me know that too.
Tell me all the details!
Canada - let me know. United Kingdom, what's the scoop? Spain, Italy, Greece, France, I imagine a local merchant but maybe not? Hey down under, Style Arc might ship quick around AU and NZ but can you get your hands on a Vogue pattern for a bargain price?
Hong Kong, South Africa, Scandinavia, India, Japan and everywhere else we are sewing and blog reading the search for the mythical perfect pattern continues so I want to know how you buy and what you pay.
The reason I am asking is that after my last post I was going to recommend some good basic patterns that are quite good to fit and hopefully easy to adapt into different styles. After reading all the comments I am learning that the patterns I thought were mostly available worldwide may not be. It really suprises me that Simplicity are not available in Canada. They are missing out on business. In any case, this is mostly the reason for asking, as well as being a really informative topic for people sewing all over the world. I don't want to recommend a bunch of things that are not available widely.
Thanks very much for sharing this info and I look forward to hearing about your pattern purchase process (whew say that 3 times fast :)
As for life here in Northern California, we did have an earthquake last night, it was a biggie but not "the big one" which we are all expecting and dreading someday. Definitely some damage in the location which was centered near Napa, so some injuries but not a lot. However they did seem to lose a lot of great Napa valley wine off the shelves, which would be funny except that earthquakes are so dangerous. In any case it was a wake-up call, in many ways including the proverbial "I thought I would bounce out of bed" since it happened at 3 am. All is well and as a native and life-long Californian just something we live with but rarely think about.