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Re: [F-Costume] Re: Re= about historic patterns my solution

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  • Sarah Strong
    ok, just emailed Simplicity through their web site. ... S
    Message 1 of 11 , Sep 30, 2012
      ok, just emailed Simplicity through their web site.

      On 9/30/2012 12:15 PM, scheweandrea wrote:
      > Thanks Cat, for your good explanations.
      > I wish I could fix things with the suggestions you folks have given, but
      > remember I am a freelance designer, not on staff at Simplicity. I don't
      > have a lot of influence.
      > But, I can say from the experience of old age. Parents are the force
      > behind fixing problems schools have. In politics, vote and write to your
      > government officials to change things and when it come to business, the
      > customer is the one with the most influence.
      > So ... write in to Simplicity to ask for new ways to get out of print
      > patterns. Or request a pattern for something you would like. Tell them
      > how wonderful I am ... just kidding. But actually fan mail wouldn't be a
      > bad idea.
      > And most important, buy patterns ... new, just printed patterns.
      > When they are deciding on what designs are going into the next catalog,
      > they look at the sales report for the current line of patterns. Steam
      > punk sold well, so they issued 2 more. If you want new Renaissance
      > designs, write in.
      > I would love to do Anime!
      > Thanks to everyone, Andrea
      > --- In F-Costume@yahoogroups.com <mailto:F-Costume%40yahoogroups.com>,
      > Cat Devereaux <CatDevereaux@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > On 9/29/2012 9:12 PM, Melody Watts wrote:
      > > > why don't they just make the envelopes bigger...Doh!
      > > > melody
      > > Pattern making is a business like any other.
      > >
      > > They've standardized their business to handle certain sizes. Just at
      > > the fabric store end there are pattern draws of a certain size, and
      > > pattern racks. Those fit all the regular patterns. They can't really
      > > increase it just for a few patterns.
      > >
      > > Add in where they're manufactured. They've got machines set up to print
      > > a certain size, fold a certain size, pack a certain size in a
      > > standardized envelope.
      > >
      > > There are lots of reasons beyond just the small run little guys have
      > > patterns that cost a lot more. More pages, having to prepare more
      > > instruction sheets, hand folding... etc.
      > >
      > > You make compromise. A big 3 has less expensive patterns but much
      > > clearer directions for the project and it can be sewn in a reasonable
      > > amount of time. Patterns broken up between underpinnings, the basic
      > > pieces and outwear... can be mixed and matched with different outfits,
      > > keeping the underpinnings the same.
      > >
      > > At the far other end, sewing instructions can be the better part of a
      > > book, and assume that you know a whole lot of sewing and have 3 months
      > > or more to make it. Descriptions may not be as clear.
      > >
      > > You pick what works for you at a time,.. and this includes budget.
      > >
      > > Or put another way that's more concrete. When the world wanted to make
      > > Arwen... and ya needed a pattern, it was Andrea's pattern patterns that
      > > most folks used. The dress did have princess seams, but it allowed
      > > regular sewers to to make the dresses and fit them to themselves.
      > > Advance folks used sheets not just to make a pattern mockup, but to
      > > create a pattern from scratch, or even then still borrowed sleeves from
      > > the pattern because we don't always want to start w/ a chunk of sheets.
      > >
      > > And then back to the basics. Most of us are making costumes for fun.
      > > As soon as folks make them for $$$, different criteria apply... and the
      > > same goes for pattern makers -- us or them.
      > >
      > > -Cat-
      > >
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