Member since 5/31/09
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 6/22/13 7:27 PM
I just placed an order with this company on June 15, and the package arrived today, June 22.
The patterns are printed with all sizes on heavy weight white paper. From a first look, the drafting looks very good (eg, separate pieces for over and under-collars), and for those among you who suffer from narrow-back-and-shoulder syndrome as I do, the sizing appears to have much (much, much) less ease than the Big 4. There was a very clear chart with each pattern with the finished measurements of each garment made up at: shoulder, bust, waist, hip, length, and arm length. Is it pathetic that I was really excited to see that I could ACTUALLY tell from the measurements which size to start with? They also came with a little sticky note (in English) saying there were no seam allowances, which was a nice touch. Oh, and a little pouch of gummy bears was included too!
I did have a little trouble placing the order, primarily because I didn't understand what to put in each box in the address form. I finally resorted to Google for the terms they used and managed to get it to go through. The next day, the proprietor, Anette Karger, emailed me to tell me that the shipping was less than they had charged and they were refunding me the overage. She also mentioned mine was their first North American order, so I figured I'd go ahead and put this out there, although I know some of the Germans on PR have mentioned them before. All-in-all, I thought they provided great customer service. (She seems to be able to handle basic correspondence in English. )
The drawback, of course, is that the directions are all in German. I tried throwing some of them into Google Translate but it wasn't all that great--our door-stop-sized Cassell's dictionary was much better, but depending on the pattern, and your skill level, you may or may not care. I figured I know basic garment construction, I'll wing it. Either that or land back here begging for help in a week or two.
The patterns are expensive, but if you look at the website, you will see that many of them come with variations, so for example, I bought a pattern that had both a wrap blouse for wovens, and a button-down shirt with a collar, and a 12-gored dress that comes with multiple sleeve variations, (a long narrow sleeve, and a bell-shaped 3/4) and an optional hood. Not all the patterns have variations, but for the ones that do, that made the price a little easier to take. Anyway, after all the work I've had to do fighting with Vogue, I figured I'd rather pay more for a pattern that might actually have a shot at fitting with less fiddling--wish me luck.
Member since 8/24/02
Date: 6/22/13 8:49 PM
Thanks for posting this! I just signed up and got the confirmation.
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Member since 8/14/05
In reply to mmcp
Date: 6/22/13 8:53 PM
Thank you for this link and this information! This looks interesting, and will surely help lots of folks here - after you posted this be sure they will get a lot of North American orders, not to mention the gals in NZ and AU!!! And who knows where else? PR gets around! :)
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Member since 7/28/04
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Date: 6/22/13 9:26 PM
I have looked at these....but tough to figure out the logistics!
If they could manage an English side-site that would be great!
Member since 4/9/02
Date: 6/28/13 3:29 AM
hehehe...I guess Canada doesn't count as North American! I order from her last fall!
My experience was very similar (except our correspondence was in German). I can attest to the fact that the chart given is very accurate.
I've loved the patterns I've sewn up so far and have gotten many compliments on them (Last weekend I had a teenage sewist ask me if I had made my top and then she told me that I was "rockin'" it! LOL!) Hope you love them as much as I do! =)
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