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5 August 2010 7 Comments

It’s not a secret that I have a weakness for sewing patterns, so it should come as no surprise that I used my birthday as an excuse to stock up at the Vogue, McCall’s, and Simplicity sales. First, I bought six Simplicity patterns at the $1.99 sale at Hancock Fabrics. My faves are the Cynthia Rowley sundress (S2587) and the Project Runway skirt (S2413) with the tie at the waist. I also love S2692’s bodice variations.

I took advantage of the $5 clearance patterns available on the Vogue Patterns web site. I read some good reviews for the Alice + Olivia pants (V1059) and I was also drawn to V8240 (pretty dress), even though they didn’t have my size in stock.

I’ve been trolling the Hancock Fabrics email newsletter weekly for a couple of months hoping for a $3.99 Vogue pattern sale, so I was baffled when a cashier at Hancocks casually mentioned that Vogue had been on sale the week before and would probably not go back on sale for a few months. What?!!! Honestly, I think Hancock has been sneaky about not posting the pattern sales in the newsletter (yes, I’ve been checking the fine print). I’ve had my eye on the new Fall patterns, so I jumped at the opportunity to buy my “must haves” when SewingPattern.com announced their $5.00 Vogue sale — despite the nagging feeling that they would be on sale at Hancocks for $3.99 sooner rather than later.  I exercised restraint and only purchased five patterns. I’m not sure how I overlooked the Badgley Mischka dress when I blogged about my Fall Vogue Faves. I really debated about this one because it’s not my usual style, but I think it could be stunning in the right fabric. Side note: I really wish Vogue (and the other pattern companies) would include size 12 and 14 in the same envelope consistently so I won’t have to keep choosing between my bodice (12) and hip (14) measurements.

Here’s what I bought:

After purchasing these patterns, I randomly called Hancock Fabrics on Sunday and found out that ….guess what?……Vogue was on sale for $3.99 (of course this wasn’t in my newsletter) and McCall’s for $.99, so I pulled out my pattern list and got to the store one hour before closing. I picked up the remaining patterns on my Fall faves list, however, they didn’t have V1191 (Michael Kors dress) in my size. I’m still not completely sold on the Tracy Reese sleeveless top (V1203), but I like the skirt. I think I would like the top if I altered the bodice so the seam falls beneath the bust instead of in the middle. But I’ll definitely wait for the reviews before I make it to see if the top is flattering as is.

I bought V1066 because I LOVE the details on the pants, however, the jacket isn’t my style. As I was flipping through the drawers, I stumbled on V1012. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed this dress before, but I think it could be cute!

I also found these 3 patterns while looking through the drawers. I can never have too many basic tops (even though I rarely sew them), so I snatched up V8390. I bought V8679 because I like the pants and top/dress, however, I really don’t like the godet on the back of the jacket. And I love V8360‘s bodice!

After selecting the Vogue patterns, I barely had time to decide on the McCall’s patterns. I ended up buying five patterns and a New Look skirt (6969). Even though it was a few minutes after closing, I noticed that no one had kicked me out of the store yet, so I found a rhinestone button and selected a great wine-colored Poplin fabric for the sleeveless Cynthia Rowley dress (View D) I want to make before the end of Summer.

Whew! In total, I added 28 new patterns to my collection this month — not including the fab vintage finds I snatched up (I’ll post those later along with a review of the convertible wrap dress I made last week).

What should I make first (while it’s still 100 degrees outside)? I’m leaning towards the Tracy Reese dress.

Related posts:

Diane Von Furstenberg Wrap Dress Pattern (Missing Instruction Page): Vogue 1610
My July 2010 Burda Picks
More Vintage Patterns


  • toy said:

    wow, you really stocked up

  • Sandi said:

    OMG – You are a girl after my own heart. I, too, have been on a pattern binge. First, let me enable you…go to the Hancock website and look at the flyer from there – easier to spot the pattern sales. They tend to hide ’em in the shorter sales advertised at the back of the flyer.

    I see you picked quite a few of the same ones I did. I really like V1200 and plan to make that jacket sometime soon. I really like the Project Runway dress in the first pic, but it’s always sold out when I’ve hit sales. Ugh! Sooner or later…

  • Carla (author) said:

    I was scrolling through all of the patterns to post my reply and when I saw it in print, I realized that I have ISSUES! LOL.

    Sandi: Thanks for the Hancock tip. I will have to put a reminder in my calendar to check the web site weekly. But it would be soooo much better if they could just email me when they’re on sale :-). Is that what I need to do to find out about sales at Joann’s too? I’ve signed up for their email list at least 10 times but I never get the newsletter. I’m sure the PR dress will show up soon!

  • Sandi said:

    I get both Joann’s and Hancock’s mail flyers, but I tend to check their websites every Thursday or Friday as I plot my moves for the weekend and any shopping excursions.

  • Carla (author) said:

    okay, thanks! I’ll check it out.

  • Bibah said:

    So exactly how many patterns do you have? where do you store them? it would be cool to see a pic of your pattern stash.

    I like the traci reese dress and the dkny V1012 as first picks to make for this hot weather :-)

  • Carla (author) said:

    Hey Bibah: Thanks for your feedback. I like those as well. I’ll have to see if I already have fabric that I can use.

    I am not sure how many patterns I have but they fill up 5 filing cartons. I’m sure I have several hundred. I store the patterns and instruction sheets in manilla envelopes in numerical order by pattern company and the corresponding pattern envelopes are stored inside of clear notebook protector sheets in large binders. The binders are organized by type of garment (dresses, tops, pants, suits, etc.). I adopted this system in January from some other sewing bloggers and I love it. I took some photos when I organized my sewing studio and will write a detailed post when I have some time. I haven’t decided how to store my vintage patterns. Now I need to make a list of all of my patterns so I can access it electronically when I’m shopping to avoid purchasing duplicate patterns.

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