Thursday, October 7, 2010

Hoarder? or good planning?



A few years ago I started sewing seriously.  I'd sewed throughout my life but never with an eye to design, fashion, or fit.  Pillowcases, curtains, dog toys and pullovers were some of the easy projects I took on.  I covered dining chairs, and made a few pairs of cold weather riding tights.  Then I discovered Pattern Review and I was lost in a world of fabric, notions and patterns.  Starting with a few basic patterns I had held onto from the 70s, I searched through the pages of PR, finding inspiration in what other members had made.  Could I ever do a project as complex as a Mexican wedding shirt, or a Chanel jacket, or even a set of drapes? 

From 4 patterns I progressed to ... 161 as of this morning.  What was I thinking?  I have made up a lot of these patterns, many more than once, but some of them are just plain impulse purchases.  Oh wait, I have 10 more coming in the mail as I type.  damn.   There is no way I can use every pattern, and when I say that, I have to wonder: why buy it? 

I bought this one early on in my sewing renaissance, and it has sat quietly waiting for its turn.  The problem is that I really have so few places to wear a girly dress.  Here's another example of buying a fantasy---> I want to be that gorgeous woman and if I had that chiffon tunic, I would be her.  :-)
Thus the 161 171 patterns in my sewing room. 

What about you, readers?  Do you have too many patterns?
Too few patterns?  Do you just enjoy the thrill of the chase, and love to add to your collection?


16 comments:

  1. I have patterns dating back to high school! I have never counted them all and I'm not sure I'd want to know the number. It's a side effect of sewing seriously. Do artists worry that they have too much paint? I don't think so

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  2. I have too many patterns, I think - enough to fill two medium sized plastic totes, at least 100 (and that is after a serious culling earlier this year). I have gotten much better recently in that I no longer buy patterns that aren't flattering to my figure (I still think of myself as more X-shaped than H-shaped). Quite often when I buy a pattern, it's for a particular detail that I want to morph with a TNT pattern. At $.99 to $3.99, it's well worth the money to save me 30-60 minutes in drafting time.

    I am doing much better in that I only buy patterns on sale, and after researching them on PR.

    But, yeah, even after reading that rationale, I know I will *never* sew all of the patterns that I have.

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  3. I just started sewing again and am trying my best not to stockpile patterns and fabric (unlike my knitting habit). I just discovered Pattern Review also, and it is kind of addicting. Just found your blog and it's great!

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  4. If 171 patterns is hoarding, I'm in deep trouble...

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  5. Cecelia, Welcome to PR and to my blog! Well readers, I love your comments. Mrs. Hunting Creek said "Do artists worry that they have too much paint?" and I feel so much better now. Especially since the 10 patterns from Vogue just arrived. ChristineB, you are right-they really are cheap, and useful. Nancy-we all want to know how many you have stored down there in the dry desert climate.

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  6. I have a tote of "keepers" that I have used or intend to use, and a tote of patterns that I will give away/trade/sell. Some of the patterns I am keeping are for grandchildren or daughters-in-law. Well, that's my rationale, anyway ;)

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  7. I hit the pattern sale with a list of only 2 and ended up with 4. Not too bad. I bought one that I realized later had raglan sleeves. I hate raglan sleeves. Oh well, only 99 cents. I think we can all blame PR a little. All of those wonderful reviews. The positive thing about seeing all of that sewing talent is that it gave me the encouragement to sew a coat! Nobody ever says your garment sucks and is ugly so it's such a morale booster.

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  8. Anon, only 4? Good job! I'll take the raglan sleeve one off your hands if you'll take one of my dress patterns. :-)

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  9. Ha! I love this post. 171 patterns?? ;) I just spent way too much time organizing all my fabric, my patterns and closet and it's gone a long way toward keeping me in check to not buy duplicates. But I do ooh and ahh over others' pattern stashes; but I try and stick to purchasing something that will add to my stash and have possible TNT potential.

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  10. 171 and growing. I need a pattern purge soon. Watch this space for a giveaway.

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  11. I, started to collect patterns in the early 80's. I gave a few away (I emptied one overstuffed copy paper box) last year. Not even noticeable. Hoarding? At 171 patterns? Then I need therapy. Oh wait! My sewing and pattern addiction IS therapy. Cheaper too. And I get something from it. LOL
    Angela

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  12. Angela! Hi! Of course you have a lot of patterns. It's a business necessity for you :-)

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  13. Mary, I hope to see you in your chiffon tunic, pronto! You would look amazing in that garment.
    ps, I've put a little something in the post to thank you for the pattern you sent me, but forgot to include a thank-you card, oops. So, here is my "card"
    Thankyou so much, Mary for your generosity. I really like the new pattern and have now used it... and I love my new hoodie! I will post a photo of it soon and you can be sure I will link to you and thank you on my blog too. Thankyou!

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  14. Mary. Since joining the pattern stash contest at pattern review, I decided to put my stash online. I've got (just counted ) 157 to be exact.
    http://aretevision.com/aretevision/anitajj/patterns/patterns.html
    plus another 40 or so that I haven't gotten out there. Plus I have another couple dozen in Florida.... don't even remember what I have there. It is soooo helpful to have them online. I don't shuffle thru actual patterns, I just look at the screen. Makes is so much easier to ponder/decide.

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  15. Great idea Anita! I looked at the site you posted---it is really nice!

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  16. Oh goodness, 171 doesn't sound like very many to me! No idea how many I have. Lots. I try to cull them but have a hard time being brutal, even though I know I'll never sew all of them! To me, they're more like books than equipment. You never know what you'll be in the mood to read!

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