Today our guest has an amazing collection of patterns that she paid pennies for! Magda blogs over at House of Estrela, and she is one amazing refashion queen. Every year she hosts a month-long blog series on refashioning – you really need to go check it out! But, back to patterns…she’s here today to show you her collection and how she’s stocked up without shelling out.
Hello Sew Thifty readers. My name is Magda E. I am a SAHM of two, living in the south of sunny Portugal and blogging over House of Estrela. Today I will be telling you how I save on patterns. Believe me when I tell you I have a huge collection, but, if you’d asked me if I bought any of them, I’d have to say, no. When I became a SAHM, I knew our income would get a drastic cut down, and I knew I had to be more careful where I’d spend my money. I stopped buying new fabric, and I didn’t allow myself to buy any patterns because I had already a huge collection of pattern magazines, such as Burda, Patrones, Manequim…
do I get to save on patterns, and still have a lot of them?!
1 – I cut out buying digital and paper patterns – I only get pattern magazines from time to time, because they come with many different patterns for the price of one.
|collection of a few of the patterns I’ve tested before.
2 – Pattern Testing – By committing yourself with a designer, and helping the best way you can to get that new pattern perfect before it is out to be sold, you get a free copy of the same said pattern. That’s actually how I’ve built most of my pattern collection.
|collection of a few of the patterns I have reviewed before
3 – Signing for pattern reviews – Many designers often give away a few of their patterns to different bloggers in exchange of a review of the same one. You just have to sew it and blog about it. Most of them ask for an honest review, and those are the best to work with. If you’re ever given a pattern you don’t like, please respect the designer. Send them a private e-mail mentioning what you’ve disliked and give them your honest opinion on why you won’t blog about it, IF you don’t think you have any good things to say about it. Remember they
are all trying to do their best too.
4 – Alter a basic pattern – If you are going to buy any pattern, make sure you go for good basic ones. Those are the ones you will use over and over. Make sure they have a large size range and that it comes with many options and good instructions. When you have a few basic patterns, you can mix and match pieces from the different ones, or you can create new ones from those you already have. I think one of my favorite alterations I did to a pattern was turning the Rowan Tee shirt from Titchy Threads into a short leather jacket for my daughter. To do this, I have cut the front and back bodice pieces to the desired length, making sure I was cutting the same amount from both pieces. Then I cut the front in two vertically, added seam allowances, and extended the right side into the left to create the assimetrical look on the jacket. That was it, simple. And I got a new pattern out of easy changes.
5 – Free Patterns – There are a huge number of free patterns all over the internet. I do have three of my own that you can use too if you’d like. It’s one for a 18-24m girl blazer, a newborn onesie and a big bag for sports or maternity. I have also used free patterns from other people, and I have had good experiences with it.
|I did this one without an existing pattern and it turned out to be one of my favorite pieces.
6 – Copy the pattern from a pre-loved RTW piece – that’s what I did the most when I started, and when I feel like I need to, I still do it. It works better if you are sewing for kids, but you can do it for adult sewing too. You just have to be more careful. I am sharing a tutorial on my blog today on how to copy a pattern. If you’d like to check out my tips, please visit me, HERE.
Dana, thank you for having me in this wonderful new series. It was a huge pleasure to me being part of it. I hope my post was helpful.
As you can probably can tell, Magda and I share so much in common – I love her sense of using what she’s got and never buying patterns. Do you think you could save money by not purchasing patterns? Or are you just starting out and wondering what base patterns to invest in?
Tomorrow Terri is going to share her Top 5 Ways to save on patterns – so be sure to come check it out!
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