Okay, so this isn’t really a “I did this that or the other” post, but an indulgence. I absolutely love sewing patterns. I have a huge amount of them, collected over many years. I guess I am less about “she who dies with the biggest fabric stash wins” and more a “she who dies with the biggest pattern collection wins”.
Thing is, I can always get fabrics off the internet, and there will always be something I like or want. But sewing patterns? They become out of print all too quickly! Especially costume ones. Remember the Lord of the Rings craze? You could get a large variety of commercial patterns for this, and most of those are out of print now. Or retro ones. Or of course vintage ones. Or accessories. Or … you name it, it is one day not available anymore.
And I love patterns. Love them with a passion, because they give me the feeling of all that could be. All the ideas that I have when looking through them. I might never use a pattern ever in my life, but by golly, I could!
Jaycotts had (actually, they still have) a 50% off all Simplicity and McCalls patterns sale. How could I resist? I stumbled upon the site, meaning to look for something to amke for the garden tea party, and, well, I was lost. Hours later … and this is what arrived today.
1. Oh come on, how could I not? It’s gorgeous Steampunk. I might never make anything out of it, if I don’t have a reason to, but I love the pattern. Don’t forget, I adore patterns for patterns’ sake.
2. Isn’t that the most fabulous blanky for kids ever? The moment I saw it I knew I had to make two (different) ones for my twin nephews’ birthdays. Watch this space.
3. I love floaty jackets/throws for office outfits, because I can use all sorts of funky fabrics and embellishments.
4. See #3, plus I have a sari chiffon that I need to use up for something.
5. One of the wonderful retro patterns. Love it love it love it. I have decided that this is what I’ll make for the garden party, because it’s on the day of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and it’s a fancy 1950s apron, so that fits well. Worn with all black underneath. I just have to find a sickeningly cute fabric for it.
6. I intend to make a TARDIS bag. Why? because I can and because Dr Who is epic. Sure, I didn’t really need a pattern, I mean come on, that’s easy enough to come up with, but when I saw this one and its many varietions (plus it was 50% off…) I figured it would make things even easier and was good value for money.
7. Ignore the 1970s cutesy wuesty look of the pic on the pattern. I’m going to make a stripey night dress, in my usual to-the-floor fashion. I love long nightdresses, so there.
8. The coat? Gorgeous. I plan to use up some of my brocades for it. It’ll be great over black trousers and top.
So, here we go. I am a sewing pattern addict and I am not ashamed. They quite simply make me happy. Strange, but true.