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