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« Reply #20 on: October 08, 2005 11:19:35 AM »

"love, but cannot afford" boat- I'm on it. I really love these patterns but a little bit to overpriced for my highschool income...
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« Reply #21 on: October 10, 2005 05:27:39 PM »

When I first saw this, the site was slow, but now its moving fast.  Design looks great, although I feel like the front page looks a little thrown together - it doesn't have the same pizzazz that the patterns and drawings do once you get into navigating the site.  I'd like to see stationary navigation along the side of the page when you click on "whole catalog" so if you change your mind, you can skip the whole catalog and look at just shirts, or what have you.

I loved the patterns, loved that you have plus sizes with b/c/d cups and the price does NOT scare me off.  I regularly buy sewing workshop and other designer patterns and they are almost always 15-20 bucks.  To me, its worth the price to have different patterns from the big three pattern companies, especially if you use them over and over.  I think the only problem where money may come in is when you can buy a similiar pattern from mccalls and the like  - I'm thinking a few of the pants patterns.

I'll be buying the boho deluxe peasant top when I get the chance!
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EllenL
« Reply #22 on: October 11, 2005 03:23:37 AM »

My apologies if this has been addressed in a previous post, but...how would you rate the difficulty of your patterns?   Some of the designs I liked most were the coats, and I've never tried to make one before.   Do you think they're appropriate for the novice seamster? 
Thanks!
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Dolores
« Reply #23 on: October 11, 2005 06:41:57 AM »

My apologies if this has been addressed in a previous post, but...how would you rate the difficulty of your patterns?   Some of the designs I liked most were the coats, and I've never tried to make one before.   Do you think they're appropriate for the novice seamster? 
Thanks!

I'd say that pretty much all the paterns are suitable for an advanced beginner (if that doeesn't sound too bizarre!)...if you want a simple coat try the BoHo-De-Luxe Portobello Shearling, the coat relies on the faux shearling to do all the work, you don'y need to line it or use a facing, the pockets are patch and you can (if you're careful) just cut the bottonholes into the shearling, then re-inforce them instead of actually doing a buttonhole...so it's a pretty easy coat!

When I first saw this, the site was slow, but now its moving fast.  Design looks great, although I feel like the front page looks a little thrown together - it doesn't have the same pizzazz that the patterns and drawings do once you get into navigating the site.  I'd like to see stationary navigation along the side of the page when you click on "whole catalog" so if you change your mind, you can skip the whole catalog and look at just shirts, or what have you.

I loved the patterns, loved that you have plus sizes with b/c/d cups and the price does NOT scare me off.  I regularly buy sewing workshop and other designer patterns and they are almost always 15-20 bucks.  To me, its worth the price to have different patterns from the big three pattern companies, especially if you use them over and over.  I think the only problem where money may come in is when you can buy a similiar pattern from mccalls and the like  - I'm thinking a few of the pants patterns.

I'll be buying the boho deluxe peasant top when I get the chance!

I hear you re the front page & the navigation....I've had to make choices between speed/resolution for the biggest number of users, versus a more detailed home page & in-depth search facility. The problem with the home page is, I needed to get lots of info on it, without it looking too cluttered and being confusing. The catalogue was the best solution we could come up with for speedy searching through the collection. And for me, the primary thing is speed...you wouldn't believe how many furious emails we got in the first few days of the site, people were literally going nuts because the high volume if hits was slowing it waaaay down (and it finally crashed, so we moved to another, better server). but I'm working with myweb guy to try to solve the whole search issue.

Glad you like the styles, the peasant tops are really nice, you'll like them!
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« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2005 06:23:53 AM »

I ordered three patterns and am anxiously awaiting them!  Are you shipping yet?  I'll be sure to post pictures when I finish.
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Dolores
« Reply #25 on: October 12, 2005 10:26:32 AM »

I ordered three patterns and am anxiously awaiting them!  Are you shipping yet?  I'll be sure to post pictures when I finish.

Yes indeedy, we started shipping 30th September so your patterns shpuld be arriving soon...the poor printers are working around the clock to print & ship more as our initial print run (which we thought would see us through the first month) ran out after 6 days! They are shipping the orders in the order we recieved them, but they tell me that pretty much all the orders recieved so far will have been dispatchged by the end of next week.

Thanks for your patience, and make sure you register for the free downloads on the site because the newsleter goes out soon with a free bag pattern download.
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cinna-mum
« Reply #26 on: October 17, 2005 09:53:21 PM »

I ordered three patterns and am anxiously awaiting them!  Are you shipping yet?  I'll be sure to post pictures when I finish.

Me too..nothing here yet....drumming fingers....
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« Reply #27 on: December 11, 2005 02:48:52 PM »

OMG these are awesome!
I heart the pirate-style jacket!!
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« Reply #28 on: December 12, 2005 01:23:23 PM »

Love the site!  I'm already dreaming about the type of fabric to use for the Artful Dodger Cape Jacket. I'm sure it's been said but I would love some photo images on your site to get a better idea about how at least some of the garments hang and fit on a living person. 

To be fair, I wanted to defend the www.hotpatterns.com pricing structure... not that this makes them any more affordable for those of you who just can't afford them.  I totally understand that. But, I'm an indie pattern buyer.  I'd rather buy one indie pattern than 15 sub-par "Big 4" patterns. Truly.  (It helps that I try to avoid JoAnn's like the plague).  On the whole your patterns cost less than many comparable "high design" indy patterns I've seen.  In general commercially produced Vogue patterns of this caliber often cost $20-30 full price (when not on sale or half price).  Pricey the "hot patterns" are, but unreasonable they are not.  The amount of work that goes into an individually made pattern of this type is huge.

High-end indies:
Sewing Workshop patterns at http://www.sewingworkshop.com/
and Cutting Line patterns at http://www.fabriccollections.com/ are fairly good examples of this.

And unlike many of these companies you offer sizes 6-26... which is so fabulous and often such huge ranges are not offered!
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britknit
« Reply #29 on: December 14, 2005 06:23:14 AM »

I have recently placed my first order with Hot Patterns, and this thread caught my eye...

I have to say with regards to the designs, I am extremely impressed!  I love the designs and the site; they provide a fantastic alternative to the larger pattern companies whose efforts really don't capture the look I want.  I am looking to make clothes that make me look as if I have stepped from the pages of a glossy magazine.  Perhaps I'm being a little naive, seeing I don't have exceptional drafting skills and I am what some might class as an advanced beginner.  Hopefully, Hot Patterns will allow me to do this.

Secondly, pricewise, these patterns are slightly more expensive than those from the larger companies.  However, this will be reflected in the quality, the more personalised nature of the service and the size of the operation.  I have been really impressed so far with the honesty and professionalism of Hot Patterns and hope this continues, even as the enterprise gets bigger.  To be honest, there isn't much difference between the price of these patterns and the price of Vogue patterns in the UK, plus you are getting designs that are more unique, especially as they are being reproduced on a smaller scale.

I'm really looking forward to receiving my patterns and making them up, as I am confident that they will give me the results I'm looking for. Go Hot Patterns!
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