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Unread 08-05-2012, 03:54 AM   #1
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Exclamation What's a Good Online place for patterns?

Hello! I'm looking for a good, reliable website that has really good patterns. I need a couple to look at, I keep hopping around the web and it's getting old and non of the ones I find are good. Thank you for helping me!
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Unread 08-05-2012, 08:05 AM   #2
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define "good"...
Most of the major pattern companies products are well tested and each one has it's own site. Are you looking for period piece costumes?
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Unread 08-05-2012, 10:35 PM   #3
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For all the major pattern companies, I usually order from sewingpatterns.com if I can't get the pattern at a local fabric store. For historical (mostly Victorian) patterns, I go to trulyvictorian.com
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I'm just looking for a site that's well known for their patterns and have a variety. I should've been more specific. I'm sorry! >~<
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For all the major pattern companies, I usually order from sewingpatterns.com if I can't get the pattern at a local fabric store. For historical (mostly Victorian) patterns, I go to trulyvictorian.com
Oh wow, really? Thanks!
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Unread 08-06-2012, 12:25 AM   #6
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sewingpatterns.com tends to have a good number of sales on their patterns as well, usually by brand, so I like to hit them up for those when they have stuff I'm looking for or see that I think is cool and may be useful in the future.
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Most of the major pattern companies (Simplicity, Butterick, McCall's, Vogue) have their own website. Truly Victorian's already been mentioned. folkwear.com is also good for historical patterns.

Another really awesome source is eBay if you are looking for out-of-print patterns or just looking to beef up your inventory. When I was looking for some vintage patterns for my Fujiko cosplay, I bought up a bunch of lots of old '60s and '70s patterns for inspiration.
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I totally forgot about folkwear.com They can be a bit pricey, but are great patterns.

And I have hit up eBay in the past as well to get out of print patterns. You can get all sorts of stuff there.
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Another pro-tip: Instead of looking for specific patterns for a specific costume, look for patterns you can work into multiple costumes.

For example, I have a Alice in Wonderland/Dorothy knock-off pattern that I've used for four costumes: Ponyo, Formal!Ponyo, Pinkie Pie, and Little Sister. They all have the same basic design, but I was able to make four distinct dresses.

Likewise with my Nehru coat pattern, which I've made a dress from, Enrico Maxwell's vest and a boy's school uniform top.

There's also a unisex jacket/vest pattern that I keep going back to for all kinds of things.
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Again Tigress has good tips. I have a few old stand-by patterns that are slowly getting worn out I use them so much. Surprisingly, I've gotten a metric ton of use out of that generic Matrix looking coat pattern with modifications. And I have another jacket pattern I've used for jackets, tops, and dresses. Just having patterns with basic shapes can really help you out.
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Thank you all for helping me! I'm such a newbie at sewing so I really appreciate all your help!
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