If you have been following my blog for a while, you may have noticed that I either draft my own patterns or use store-bought patterns and tweak them in some way to put my own spin on them.

A lot of times I will start with an inspiration picture I find online. And then I go on the hunt for a sewing pattern that I can use as a base. Then I start the process of changing the pattern or mixing it with patterns that are self-drafted.  Regardless, I never pay full price for patterns, EVER. I’ll be giving you a free printable that I use to save money. Keep reading!

I don’t know about you, but it hurts my soul to pay retail price for patterns. This little voice inside myself is always saying to me “Imagine how much fabric you could buy instead”.

Here is a perfect example of what I do. I found my inspiration pic shown below, Then went out and found a pattern for the bodice that I could use as a base. Then I mixed it with a self-drafted pencil skirt and VOILA! I had the dress of my dreams!

Left to right below: My inspiration pic found on Pinterest. Middle: a look at how to found a pattern with similar style lines and made a muslin to tweak it. On the right: My final garment with the Butterick pattern and self-drafted skirt. This is what I love to see. Bringing a garment to life. I will be teaching this process in an online course where I teach how to you can start with an inspiration picture or a sketch and then create a garment from it!

Anyways.. back to how I save tons of money on sewing patterns and how you can do the same. I have a pattern stash, one that is WAY bigger than my fabric stash. When the inspirations strikes, I almost always have a pattern on hand that can be used as a base pattern.  I do this by keeping a running list of all the patterns that catch my eye as I see people post about them on Facebook groups, Instagram etc. And If I like the pattern design, I quickly jot the pattern number down on a pattern sale tracker that I always carry with me. You can see what it looks like in the picture below. Know that almost all fabric stores (in the US) have pattern sales that are cyclical. When the sale hits the fabric stores, I get all my patterns at once.  This way I never ever pay retail for a pattern. I usually get all my simplicity patterns for 99 cents, Mccalls for $1.99, and vogue for $4.99. Ps. Do you know Vogue is on sale right now for $4.99?

The printable has 3 shopping lists and I usually use one list per pattern company per store. Example, I might use one list for Simplicity for Joann’s and one for Simplicity for Hobby Lobby.  You can also use the lists as you are browsing the catalogs! That way you can check off all the patterns you were able to get and carry over the ones you did not get for next time! Let’s face it, patterns are in high demand when the prices drop, which is why I go straight to the pattern drawers!!!

I would love to share this printable with you for FREE so you too can stay organized with your shopping lists and save money!

To download your very own copy and print as many times as you like, Click HERE

I hope you find this helpful, and if you do, please share this post with your sewing family and friends too!

See you soon!

XO-

Vatsla.

 

 

 

6 Comments on How I save tons of money on sewing patterns: Free printable

  1. Butterick has a $1.99 sale on right now 🙂 Thank you for sharing your inspiration, creation and final garment (which is lovely!). I don’t actually mind buying patterns (yikes my stash would attest to what a gargantuan understatement this really is!) To me they are like books I study and learn from which I still need to do since I’m a return to sewing sewist and still have so much to learn. I never however buy PDF patterns – I have a couple that were free. To pay up to $15 for a pattern I will have to put even more bother and expense into is to me just over the top. I too watch for patterns on sale from the big 4 but I’ve indulged in some indie patterns too that are just too fashion forward to resist 🙂

  2. Vatsla gurl, thank you so much!!!!! I just downloaded the print-out, I love it, I’m putting it to use now.

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