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Breaking away from the basic "4"
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Date: 1/18/04 12:30 PM

I'm new around here and hope I'm posting in the correct place.

My sewing experience has been on and off for about 55 years.  The mood has struck again after finding this place and seeing pictures of the beautiful things you all have made.  I've never ventured out to try patterns from companies other than the basic 4 and now, I want to be a 'big girl' and explore.  

Question #1: Are the instructions for patterns like Burda and NeweMode written in English?

Question #2: Are the patterns similar to what I'm used to as far as seam allowance, sizing, construction techniques?

I appreciate any input you can offer.

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Date: 1/18/04 12:45 PM

Silver, I'm sure so many here at PR would recommend that you try Kwik Sew. Check out some of the reviews -- there are lots of them here! Their pattern envelope illustrations leave a lot to be desired, but the results are almost always great, and their directions (written in English :-)) are usually very clear and simple.

Also, you might want to check out Jalie patterns. www.jalie.com . Many here like the Choice of Ts pattern. And I just sewed a pullover for my dad that was very RTW.

I've not sewn any Burda or Neue Mode yet, so I can't answer about them specifically, although I'm sure they have instructions in English.

You can also check out New Look which Walmart carries. They are now owned by Simplicity, but their styles seem more up to date and interesting.

HTH,

Amy

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Date: 1/18/04 12:47 PM

Oh, about seam allowances. Kwik Sew is usually 1/4" seam allowances, and Jalie seems to go with 3/8 seam allowances. I've found that Kwik Sew and Jalie patterns seem more "true to size" than the big 4 patterns. Kwik Sew seems to have more intuitive construction techniques than the Big 4, and the results of both of these pattern lines seem to be more professional and RTW than the Big 4.

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Date: 1/18/04 1:46 PM

Silver,

I second the recommendation for KwikSew.  Also, consider some of the independents.  My personal favorites are Loes Hinse, Textile Studio and Christine Jonson.  Loes uses 3/8" seam allowances, TS mostly uses 3/8" but has a few older ones with 1/2" and CJ unfortunately uses 5/8".  I think 5/8" is too big.  Especially when sewing collars, sleeves and other curvy areas.  I find my results look so much better with the smaller seam allowances.

The sewing instructions for these lines are BETTER than what you're used to.  Some of the independents have worked in the industry in some capacity (pattern-maker/designer/retailer).

I no longer sew with the Big 4 for myself.  I was having such lousy results in recent years I found myself not making  anything fitted.

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Date: 1/18/04 3:09 PM

Both Burda and Neue Mode have English instructions.  Among us sewists, they get generally very good recommendations for fit and style (though not for detailed instructions), as you can see by going through the pattern reviews here.

One thing to be aware of is that with Neue Mode, you have to add the seam allowances yourself.  Burda now includes SAs in their envelope patterns, though you have to add them when tracing patterns from their magazines.

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Date: 1/19/04 4:22 AM

I feel like I just hit a gold mine by joining this group!!!  

For the past few years I must have been living under a rock because I've not even heard of some of these pattern companies.  I think that's why I haven't been using the sewing machine lately; discouraged too many times not to mention waste of money and time.  

Thanks to all of you.  I feel encouraged.  Now, if we just had a decent fabric store in this little town........sigh.

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Date: 1/19/04 4:51 AM

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Now, if we just had a decent fabric store in this little town........sigh.


Oh, don't worry about finding fabric.  There are so many wonderful places on the internet, many which will swatch you either for free or for a nominal subscription fee.  It's helped my fabric collection to literally explode!  Look under the Fabrics Topics, for some past discussions about where to find what.   :cool:

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Date: 1/19/04 11:04 AM

OOH, Silver, you just opened Pandora's Box! :0  Get ready for your fabric budget to go to ####.

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Date: 1/19/04 4:32 PM

I really like New Look patterns, too.  They are distributed by Simplicity, so they should be everywhere Simplicity is.  

I like Burda, too.  

One of the problems that I had with Neue Mode instructions is that they come with a sheet with 6 different sets of instruction in very small print.  I had a bit of trouble with that.  However, I like Neue Mode, too.  I wish they were more widely available.

Finally, Kwik Sew is great, too.  I haven't tried Jalie.

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But sit on a cushion and sew a fine seam,
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