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« on: March 28, 2007 10:53:25 AM »

I've been obsessing over the hotpatterns.com site recently. I love the looks (Artful Dodger! so cool!), and I've been doing all the research I can here and on Patternreview.com.
I'm a beginner sewer, I am currently just making practice garments but I really want to progress to making as much of my clothing as I can, and Hot Patterns has styles I like.
I'm also Canadian, and if you buy more than 6, there is free shipping. I'm a sucker for free shipping. Smiley
I've got my birthday coming up, and I'm wondering if I should take the plunge and use birthday money to get 6, and have no shipping, or if I should test one out first, and pay shipping.

The reviews I've read didn't make it any easier to decide if I wanted to order any of the patterns, some say there are too many mistakes, others ended up with garments that fit perfectly with no alterations.

6 would be a lot of money, birthday money or not (I have been informed by my mum that birthday money is for fun things, not stuff like rent or groceries).  I think I'm just falling prey to the amazing marketing phenomenon that is free shipping.

It feels good to ramble at people who understand. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2007 04:48:40 PM »


I was just looking at their website.  It seems that if there are 6 patterns that you absolutely love, then why not buy them?  The shipping to Canada is $6 or $7.  You could save alot of money! Good luck!!
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stacysews
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2007 07:32:40 PM »

I've made several hot patterns now and I purchased one of their new ones (published by McCall), but haven't made it yet.  Is it worth it?  It depends - for me it is.  I love their trendy looks which I can't usually get anywhere else.  I do take extra steps that I don't always do with other patterns by always make a muslin.  Sometimes the drafting is a bit off (or their sloper is way different than my body) so I need to make changes to the pattern to make the fit look good.  Previous patterns had limited directions.  The new pattern seems better and has some illustrations, but Hot Patterns are considered more 'advanced' since they expect some sort of background in sewing so they don't explain some basic sewing steps.  If you have a good book handy you can look up anything you might be confused on or want to look into further. 
 
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2007 09:13:25 PM »


I was just looking at their website.  It seems that if there are 6 patterns that you absolutely love, then why not buy them?

I went through and made a note of everything that I thought 'I'd wear that!' and I had 14 on my list by the end!  Embarrassed Now some of those are easily weeded out, and there are definitely enough 'omg want it now's that I may just go ahead and splurge.... it is almost my birthday after all. Smiley
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peskymac
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2007 11:33:04 AM »

I just picked up sewing again about a month ago after not sewing for about 15 years, so I consider myself a beginner.  Not knowing the things that people were saying about Hot Patterns, I bought the Shanghai Tunic pattern and managed to make it, no problem.

If you have a bit of common sense, a bit of patience, and don't rush to try to finish a pattern, Hot Patterns are worth every penny - beginner or not.
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