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Date: 9/12/05 2:34 PM

So far my favorite companies are Vogue (for style) and Kwik Sew (for great instructions). But Burda is quickly becoming a favorite too. What is yours?

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Date: 9/12/05 2:46 PM

My favorites broaden almost daily...I love Burda WOF for the up-to-date styling and the details. I like Vogue, because I do think they have a more sophisticated overall look than some others. And recently, I'm becoming more and more impressed with Simplicity; it seems they are paying attention to the customer base and giving us more offerings that fit our needs and wants.
I think New Look is the the real bargain; the styles are good, they are readily accessible, and the price is certainly right!
As for the independents, I'm looking forward to playing with the patterns from Hot Patterns. I'll reserve any judgment until I've actually seen and worked with them.
I find myself turning to a few favorite pieces from a few indie companies: One Seam Pants (Louise Cutting), Christine Jonson's pieces for knits, and Peggy Sager's Silhouettes for the occasional jacket.
And, of course, Marfy and Stylebook for when I want something special.

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Date: 9/12/05 3:19 PM

1st: WOF. Haven’t made anything that didn’t come out nice. 2nd: New Look, great style, very cheap. Vogue and Simplicity come next, Vogue is more than I can usually afford unless it’s on sale and they ain’t what they used to be. I agree about Simplicity, I had to have more this last sale. For the guys and boys, I like McCalls. For the DD I like New Look or McCall’s. For me, McCall’s rarely comes out right. Kwik-Sew is okay for the boys t-shirts, but I find they run way too large and shapeless on me and the styles can hardly be called high fashion. I never buy Buttericks, don't even have a one in the stash, they don't appeal to me.

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Date: 9/12/05 4:13 PM

WOF and Vogue

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Date: 9/12/05 6:19 PM

**** Burda * Burda WOF *******
I have 99.9% success rate with any Burda and always thrilled with the result..fashion forward, great styling and fit.
Simplicity is rapidly gaining some fashion finesse.
New Look is good too.
I would llike to try a Marfy pattern.
-- Edited on 9/12/05 7:30 PM --

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Date: 9/12/05 7:03 PM

KwikSew for simple basics; their great construction techniques almost always ensure a professional look... Burda for reliable fit... After that it's pattern-by-pattern. I think I have at least one pattern produced by every large and small company. Please don't get into the touchy area of how many I've actually used, though. ;-)

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Date: 9/12/05 11:43 PM

for me it's:

1: Kwik Sew for the great instructions and the fit (yes, the patterns are a little shapeless in the plus sizes, but for basics, the ONLY adjustment I have to make is shoulder width), followed by

2: Burda for the fit and style, then

3: Simplicity, but mostly the K. Ali stuff.

Simplicity comes third on the list, even though I've sewn more of it, just because I have to grade up, whereas Burda patterns actually do come in my size (some of them). My limited attempts at Burda WOF have been good, but again, I have to grade up, which I don't like to do.

I'm looking forward to trying Hot Patterns! I have a few other patterns by other companies (Encore Designs, Stretch & Sew, Purrfection, Laughing Moon, Jan Bones) but have yet to use any of them.

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Date: 9/13/05 2:44 AM

hmmmm... tough question!

My three faves at the moment are New Look, Burda and Prima (Prima is a womens magazine here in the UK that has a free monthly pattern). I rarely have problems with these patterns...they fit great and I love the styles.

Next Simplicity...pretty standard. I use Simplicity quite a bit.

Next Mccalls, Butterick and Vogue. I have had good results from these patterns, but I use them less often as they're not my style as much as the other companies.

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Date: 9/13/05 11:51 AM

I love Louis Cutting's Cutting Line Designs, because of the great instructions, and they fit me with very few alterations. I tend to buy a lot of Butterick's - always have, I guess something about them appeals to me. Lately I've had good luck with Simplicity and Burda so I'll be looking for more of those.

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Date: 9/13/05 3:24 PM

I like Burda WOF best I think. I love the design details and I find the patterns go together really well. I also like New Look and, like Clare, i sew quite a few Prima magazine patterns. Vogue patterns are quite expensive here in the UK so I have never really sewn any.

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