I came across this disturbing message on the Fabricland website a few days go:
So, no local place to purchase Simplicity patterns from in the future. I have to admit to being a bit of a pattern-aholic and whether I would like any new patterns or not, the fact that they will no longer be available locally, is rather a shame. I know that they can be purchased online (complete with extortionate postal charges) - but where is the instant gratification of that? No scouring through the patterns books and finding a design that I 'can't live without', or rushing out to get a pattern that I had previously rejected, but having seen it on another sewing blogger, my wardrobe is incomplete without it.
WalMart used to sell fabric and patterns, but there was a big clear out a few years ago, and they only sell limited supplies and a few pre-cut home-dec and quilting fabrics. So that was the only other avenue open. I wonder - is Canada such a backward nation of sewists and seamstresses that no-one wants to stock sewing patterns?
Oh well, it is what it is . . . . . the only upside is that the current patterns are being sold off very cheaply, and I picked up these 6 at the weekend:
I really enjoy making little shell tops and have made a number of Sorbetto's. I thought that the first two patterns, (1886 & 1806) would give me some great alternative options. 1616 has a great selection of summer skirts in both knit and woven fabrics. I rather like the hip yoke - very cute.
Now I know that you are looking at 2482 and wondering if I have lost my senses, but let me tell you, I live in a place where the temperatures drop to -30c with great regularity during the winter, and snuggling up in a dressing gown/house-coat (I've got some great animal print fleece! Ha!) would be glorious. I also like the shorter version as a quick jacket to wear on warmer days.
1918 & 1653 are part of my master plan for the New Year - details to follow on January 1st!!
So there we go, unless I am holidaying in the US, or Simplicity has a great sale on with reduced postage (and I can wait 4-6 weeks for delivery), there will not be any Simplicity pattern for me for some time . . . . unless anyone has any suggestions????