We in the sewing forum/blogosphere can be real magpies at times. Whenever there’s a new pattern line coming out, we flock to it. Then it seems like someone always gets disappointed and there’s a backlash. I always feel badly for indie lines, in particular, when this happens. Not every figure type can be served by every pattern, and not everyone’s preference in ease, style, and instructional method can be satisfied either.
That’s not to say that accurate criticism isn’t valuable – take Debbie Cook’s issues that she’s been blogging about with the new Cake Red Velvet pattern. The only Cake pattern I’ve tried yet was the Hummingbird and although it seemed well-drafted I got totally confused by the bust sizing and haven’t finished my muslin.
This is the dilemma – Steph (who seems like a lovely lady online, and I wish her all the success in the world) has a cool idea about how to remove ‘sizes’ altogether and replace it with something based on measurements, but for some of us that just makes things more confusing. Or StyleArc – everyone on PR fawns over their drafting but they only come in one size, not a range. Every few weeks I have a little internal fight with myself about StyleArc: “Oh, but everyone says they’re so great! Why don’t I buy one?” And my practical side comes back with “but they’re only one size, and you’re a range of three sizes on their chart, and the darn things cost over twenty bucks each with shipping. You’re going to spend that much and still need to alter a lot? Makes no sense, save your money.”
I could go on – how there’s always someone that says Colette patterns are too simple and a waste of money, how people on PR always recommend Silhouette patterns but their policy of sizing based on finished measurements drives me batty… All of this is very reminiscent of the battles over Hot Patterns that were happening nearly a decade ago when I first got back into sewing. First everyone loved them, and then everyone hated them, and it was a whole big thing. The more things change…
It’s such a personal choice, what to spend money on and what you won’t – after all, it’s not like all my purchases of Knipmode patterns are entirely rational. I don’t even speak Dutch! Speaking of which, when I was trolling Knipmode reviews on PR, I came across this great blog of a German gal written both in German and English. she’s got great style and obviously great sewing skills: Sewionista.
And now I’m going to actually go into my sewing room and do some sewing. Have a great weekend, and Happy Thanksgiving, Canadians!