|I read this hint in Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide
" Keep your patterns up-to-date. If they're more than two years old, think twice before using them. Fashion silhouettes change rapidly; frequently imperceptible on the pattern drawing, these changes make the difference between fashionable and passe."
I often use older patterns, but end up altering them for a more up-to-date fit. Even the slightest change in neckline can make the difference in how en vogue something can look. Look at new fashions and patterns with a close eye and note design changes. No wonder I always like making a new pattern even though it may be similar to one I already have. Now I'm vindicated!