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Rhoda K
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Date: 8/22/05 11:06 AM

I've just joined PR today and am overwhelmed at all the info! I checked the pull down list for the Unique Pattern review but the page isn't available. Anyone out there who can give me a comment? I've always had problems with fitting, no matter what size/weight I am, especially in the bust area. I think I've tried every bust fitting method out there.

Also, anyone familiar with The Fashion Sewing Group - Nancy Erikson? I saw her at a sewing expo in '98 and she won me over with her common sense approach to fashion as we get older.

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Date: 8/22/05 11:40 AM

Welcome to PR!

There's only 4 reviews for Unique, and they are here.

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Date: 8/22/05 11:51 AM

Welcome aboard, NW!

The gals over at the Sewing World Forum have discussed Nancy Erikson's patterns at length (I believe that Nancy is a regular contributor there).

Browse through the techniquesPatterns, Fitting, and Alterations forum - you're bound to find lots about NE there.

Nancy (alas, not *that* Nancy)

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Date: 8/22/05 3:33 PM

Thanks Debbie - I had seen only 2 of those before. A great help.

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Date: 8/22/05 3:34 PM

Thanks, glad to be aboard - will check out the info.

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Date: 8/22/05 10:35 PM

Unique Patterns have not made much of an inroad here at PR. Many of us were excited by the possibility that a body scan (for $99 with a pattern or 2 thrown in) would resolve long standing fitting issues. They got overwhelmed with the response to the concept and were unable to satisfy the demand there for a while. Not so much demand anymore that I know of. Slow service, not great results, all for a pretty hefty fee seems to have doomed it with this community.
They did have a great marketing scheme and very clever people working there. Too bad the pattern service didn't seem to live up to the expectation.
There are lots of ways to get to a better fit. Most of them involve devotion, and some kind of learning curve.
The great thing about PR is that there is probably someone out there that has a tip or a link that can point you in the right direction. I've seen folks who appeared to be clueless make enormous strides and consistently turn out great fitting clothes after spending some time hanging out here at PR.

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Date: 8/25/05 11:08 AM

A very interesting response and thank you, it gives me something to think about. I just purchased and received the kit 2 days ago so I will do my measurements and return. It will be sometime before I get my first pattern, but I'll let readers know how I fare at that time. Any tips I can get about fitting the bust area would be appreciated.

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Date: 8/25/05 11:49 AM

I have heard tell both here and sewingworld that the kit you ordered with manual measurements have yielded better results for most folks. I think the bodyskanner itself was the culprit for alot of really dissatisfied customers.

Please come back and let us know your own results!

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Date: 8/25/05 2:51 PM

I had the body scan done in 2002 with bad resulting patterns. Since I am a "member" I get annual phone calls from the company and this year I returned the call. When they found out that my scan results were kaputz they told me they'd do a free rescan and would schedule me for the next time the scanner is in my area. They said the technology has been greatly improved since then (hope so!). Haven't had a rescan yet so I can't say anything about their current service. I'd love to see a review of a recent scan and pattern.

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Date: 8/25/05 3:25 PM

I think there has been a major change at Unique. I had a second body scan just to check my measurements again and there was a 2 to 4 inch difference. The second scan turned out to be absolutely accurate. I also noticed a really big change in Attitude (they had a Major one!) with them practically overnight. They sent me all new patterns quickly and I can honestly say that every one of them fit perfectly right out of the package. I have since ordered additional patterns with the same results. I was not charged for the second scan.

I really think this was a great idea/product without a clear Marketing plan, a lousy product launch and no clue about a fall back position or customer service. I think they have been cleaning up the mess they made for themselves for the last year. I do hope they get their act together because this could be a great way of enticing women who stopped sewing long ago or those who want to begin.

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