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Posted on: 5/26/03 9:18 PM
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My first sewing teacher told us in the case of Butterick, McCall's, Vogue and New Look that one excellent way to find discontinued patterns or less expensive versions to achieve a desired 'look' is to scan each of the catalogs after finding one pattern you like. Sometimes you may find the exact pattern or one very similar to it because all of the above are simply part of the same company!
Here is an example: Vogue 2650 by Guy Laroche @ $12.50 is very similar to Vogue 7277 @$7.47 and Butterick 3080 @ $6.97! An example of an old recycled pattern is Butterick 5542 which was quite popular in the 1990's in its other life as a Vogue pattern by a name designer-not sure if it was Donna Karan but I know it was a name designer proving that among the pattern designers they will periodically recycle or duplicate patterns along their sub-brands.

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Annette H said... (3/3/04 5:44 PM) Reply
You are so right. I find Vogue and Butterick have the same patterns, only the Vogue ones look more glamorous because of the illustrations. I also wish somebody would try the very cheap Easy-Sew patterns that cost less - they may be just as good - and maybe the instructions are clearer, since they are aimed at beginners?
Debspuncturedthumb said... (5/27/03 4:00 PM) Reply
I love to go when they have their $1 or discount sales-this weekend was great because I bought a rotary cutter for half off! Another tip: If you acquire a pretty good sized pattern collection you can mix and match collars, cuffs, bodices and other details on a muslin and duplicate other styles whether from pattern companies or ready to wear without buying whole new patterns!
Lou. said... (5/27/03 3:31 PM) Reply
Great tip...then the trick is to but them at a Joann's $1 sale!!
 
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