One of the things I love about this sewing board is that there are people from all around the world who contribute their ideas and knowledge. A comment I’ve seen several times is how expensive and time-consuming it is to buy patterns in countries outside the USA. Perhaps this suggestion will help me to repay my debt to all who contribute their expert advice on so many topics!
Today, in my very frequent emails from Joann’s, I saw a link to “Downloadable Patterns”. Being the curious type, I clicked and looked. They are now having some patterns available from the Big 4 and other specialty pattern companies that can be downloaded over the Internet to your PC (but not to Mac’s). They are still in the $12-16 range, but perhaps the ubiquitous Joann’s coupons could help with the price. (Today I got a 50% off online-only coupon good until Aug 8th) When checking out the patterns, click on style categories (ie skirts, mens, crafts, etc) instead of brand names to see the various patterns available. Some had the regular pattern numbers, but most did not. The downloads are supposed to happen within 24 hours.
I haven’t tried this, so I don’t know how well it will work. From some other websites that download patterns, I’m guessing that you will get multiple sheets of paper to tape together to make up the full pattern pieces. You do have to specify the size range, and then multi-sizes are downloaded, the same format as regular tissue patterns.
So, for all our sewing friends who have limited access to patterns, I hope this helps. I’d love to see some comments from anyone who tries out this method. How well did it work for you, were the pieces easy to work with, what problems were experienced, how were the download directions, etc???