I have mentioned before that I will have a chance at some US fabric and pattern shopping, because my husband will be travelling to the States shortly and will be able to bring me stuff (normally, shipping and customs costs make it uneconomical to order from the US).
Many of you gave me tips re: fabric shopping – thanks so much! I have well-filled “Maybe later” lists with a couple of online shops now 🙂 .
So now I have been going through Big 4 pattern selections online and have a few things lined up I am thinking of buying. However, I have never used a Big 4 pattern, so I wonder if you have any advice or considerations for me.
I have heard that
- Big 4 patterns run large/very large. Is that true? I am shaky with the whole inch thing anyway, wrecking my brain to work out what 5/8 actually means etc, so if in addition to that the patterns run larger than expected I’m in trouble.
- Big 4 patterns are cut with a straight, relatively broad body shape in mind.
- they all include seam allowances, don’t they? Is there a standard seam allowance or is it likely change between patters or companies?
My comparison point is Burda patterns, just because that’s what I have experience with – do you think I need to look at Big 4 patterns with different eyes?
And finally: Any ideas and recommendations for good patterns? Some of those fashion photos on the Big 4 websites are so off-puttingly old-fashioned that I find it hard to look beyond them at the pattern as such. So are there any gems hidden underneath the pictures?
As always: I am grateful for any advice. Sound off in the comments!