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Date: 6/6/11 6:04 PM

I've kind of been procrastinating in getting started on the rejuvenation of my sewing hobby... I've been looking at sooo many patterns (and bought way too many too!).. wow, I had such FUN! Now I'm going to have a stash that I will never be able to fully utilize, but hey, we can take one thing from one pattern and another thing from another pattern, right? Kill two patterns with one outfit? Yes! At least I'm going to be getting rid of some of my fabric stash which I've had for a WHILE!

Anyway........ this is crazy, I know.... and I know better! I am good at letting my imagination see past the pattern picture, think of the creative possibilities for color, fabric, texture, and intermixing of details. We'd all be pretty boring if we couldn't do that, right?

But has anyone ever noticed that sometimes if the model on the pattern front is just ... kind of offensive for whatever reason.. like her pose, or her particular 'look', her hair, expression, makeup, whatever... it kind of turns you off of considering the pattern? Sometimes if the model is especially gruesome, I'll block out her head, just so I can evaluate the outfit, so the head doesn't distract me!

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Date: 6/6/11 6:35 PM

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Sometimes if the model is especially gruesome, I'll block out her head, just so I can evaluate the outfit, so the head doesn't distract me!


you do this also? I will block the head/face area when she is snooty looking or just plain too perfectly made up.

Congratulations on adding to your sewing stash by getting lots of new patterns.

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Date: 6/6/11 7:09 PM

Hope you enjoy accumulating your pattern war chest. I've found that some years the new patterns are not appealing at all and it's really good to have your own private catalog of patterns at home.

Sometimes I pull out 3 or 4 patterns to work on one thing. This will probably make some cringe, but if there are components that I'll never, ever use, I press up the pattern pieces and add to my paper stash for altering or creating patterns. What the heck..........it's paper. I'm beyond looking at the models, just total focus on the pattern. But, I tend to pay more attention to the line drawings than the pictures. The only thing the pictures are good for (for me) is to note to my husband that if it doesn't look good on the model there is no hope that it will look good on me!

Pattern accumulation is definitely part of the creative process. I can't imagine needing to produce a garment and searching for a pattern and then searching for fabric. Particularly for garment sewing, the stores just don't seem to be set up for that anymore. It seems that the process is easier with found pieces in place. Can I use that to explain the little stash that I've been growing from EmmaOnesock?

Anyway, when those patterns go on sale at the right price, I'm there with my list. If It's a pattern that will get used over and over, I get two. There were several on my Vogue wish list that were always out of stock. When the new Joann store opened the sweet hubbie (I was still on crutches.) went on opening day to finally get those Vogue patterns at their grand opening sale price. Woo-hoo!

Have fun and best wishes.

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Date: 6/7/11 11:03 AM

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like her pose, or her particular 'look', her hair, expression, makeup, whatever... it kind of turns you off of considering the pattern?

Vogue had this AA model with the FAKEST fake hair ever. I don't even dare call it a wig, it was that ridiculous!!! I put adhesives notes on her face on the two patterns IIRC, she appears on, LOL!

Sometimes it's the fabric that kills me! Simplicity sometimes send their newsletters with different fabrics than are featured on the sleeves and that just makes a pattern WAY more interesting, IMO!

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Date: 6/7/11 3:42 PM

I agree, sometimes I don't even consider a pattern because the sample is so nasty and totally unsuitable... like a plus size woman would ever wear someting that stuck out like a sore thumb. It's like they don't even read the fabric recommendations that they put on the envelope!

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Date: 6/7/11 7:50 PM

That's why I am such a fan of the line drawings. A photo, fabric, whatever may catch my eye, but the line drawing is the thing that makes or breaks a patterns for me. One of these days I will sew up a pattern or two....

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Date: 6/7/11 8:31 PM

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The only thing the pictures are good for (for me) is to note to my husband that if it doesn't look good on the model there is no hope that it will look good on me!

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I'm all for looking at line drawings. I'm noticing there are many times when the pattern doesn't look good on the model, but it looks good on a "real" person. I've seen reviews on this website, where I have to say the reviewer should have been on the envelope instead of the model.
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