Thank you so much to Carla, Lisa Laree, Alison, Faye, Elaina, Summerset, Katherine, Gwen and Claire for talking back to my confession last week! I "confessed" that my decision to buy one pattern versus another is sometimes influenced by the methods of construction used in the patterns and asked if others consider this too.
And the Reader's Digest Condensed Version of the answers:
Yup, looks like I'm on my own on this one. ;)
And not only did everyone say "no", everyone generally agreed on the reason why not. Basically, people aren't that worried about the construction method detailed in pattern instructions because, if they don't like it, they don't follow it. Between their experience and information available in books and on the internet, they don't have to follow the instructions that come with a pattern if they don't like them.
Here are a sampling of the more specific comments:
Lisa Laree will draft new pattern pieces, like pockets and facings, in order to use her preferred construction methods.
Faye worked out her own method for assembling a jacket collar and lapel that she much prefers over the method typically presented in patterns.
Elaina, Summerset and Gwen rarely follow the pattern instructions anyways, so their buying decisions certainly aren't influenced by those instructions.
Katherine explained what does draw her to one pattern versus another - it is the proportions and design lines of the garment. She looks at the fit on the models pictured on the pattern envelope and, of course, she reads the reviews on PatternReview.com! :)
Thanks again to everyone who left a comment! As always, you have given me a lot to think about! :)
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