Good evening, sewing friends! I am surprised and delighted to report that Bunny of La Sewista! has chosen to feature a comment that I had written a few months ago as a jumping-off point for discussion on today’s “Wednesday Words.”
My original comment was written in the comments section of Lauren’s (Baste & Gather) post regarding the “fangirl” mentality that encourages automatic pattern purchases from favorite designers without much consideration for the quality of the pattern itself. The essence of my comment, and my overall view on the matter, is that when you have limited income to spend on fabric and patterns (as is my case), more thought goes into the process of choosing which products are worth the investment.
A recent illustrative example of this is the debacle with Colette’s latest Seamwork pattern, the York top. The original post featured an image (which you can see in this GOMI thread) of the top with abnormally (erroneously?) low bust darts on full display, which Colette promptly replaced with images that conceal the issue. Concomitant with the image replacement was deletion of some comments that mention the problem on Colette’s blog post announcing the magazine issue. Minutes before I published this post, Colette had replied to a question in the comments that the model was petite, and fit issues had been overlooked. While this may be true, it doesn’t inspire confidence.
Would you buy a pattern of sub-par or questionable quality simply due to brand loyalty?
Go check out both Bunny’s and Lauren’s posts for some very interesting discussion on this topic, or feel free to leave your thoughts here as well. I would hope that we would all “vote with our dollars” and choose to spend our hard-earned money on quality products, both in sewing and in life in general!