I've done my part over the years in over-accumulation of patterns, and I was trying very hard to use what I already have. There are still quite a few patterns in those drawers that have never been used. A shame, really. Every time I would see someone using a new-to-me pattern, I would convince myself that I already have something similar. No need to buy. I did wait for the pattern sales at Fabricland to purchase the few new patterns that I really wanted. No more pattern sales at Fabricland, at least not like there used to be. Just recently I was pondering over the catalogues when I went in for thread. Came home without patterns. Decided to browse the Vogue patterns on-line, and what do they have - a 75% off sale! OK - I'm just browsing. I don't really need anything at the moment. But, but, but... So if I make up new rules about pattern accumulation... 1. I must have fabric on hand, or in mind for the pattern. 2. I must actually use these patterns, before I purchase more patterns. Well, you guessed the rest of the story - out came the magic plastic card, and I clicked my way to four new patterns.
Perhaps you might be wanting to see what I ordered - whether you do or don't - here they are.
I've been dreaming of the skirt with the flared back hem.
So there you have it. Now let's see if I manage to stick to my rules, or ... I just might become a pattern-buying maniac.
Question - do you buy patterns with a definite project in mind? Or - do you just like to buy whatever strikes your fancy with no particular reason? Just curious about how others approach pattern buying.