Monday, December 15, 2008

Built by Me

I'd been planning to buy the Built by You collection of Simplicity patterns [by Wendy Mullin of Built by Wendy], for awhile now, but the last time I checked, they weren't in this season's Simplicity catalog. I got worried that maybe I missed out, but saw that Joann's was having a sale on sewing patterns this past weekend. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to see if they were still available.

I wanted to make sure that I knew exactly what patterns I needed to get, so I visited and wrote down all of the pattern numbers. Since they were priced around $15.95 each, I knew I couldn't afford to buy all of them on her site, so it reassured me that Joann's was my best bet. Sorry for not supporting your online sales, Wendy! :( My next virtual stop was to see if there were any other patterns I should check out while out shopping, but no luck. Nothing could compare to the collection I already had my heart set on. I checked to make sure they carried each style. Yes, I realize that my online 'window shopping' is excessive... but the drive down Northwest Expressway in holiday traffic is just annoying, well worth the research before making the trip! As I searched each style number, I found that several were out of print! I hopped in my car right away and drove straight there. To my surprise, they had yet to pull many of the out of print styles I was searching for! I grabbed all nine of the available Built by You patterns and raced to the cashier. I felt like there would be some sort of catch or that they had been incorrectly priced, but the checkout went smoothly.

I left there with nine patterns at $1.99 each! I saved almost $130!!! With around 2 variations of each style in each envelope, I'll have a new wardrobe in no time! I'm so excited. Just a lengthy reminder that doing your online research really does save you money! :)

Here's a look at what I scored!
[images borrowed from]

Style #2863

Style #2865

Style #3692

Style #3694

Style #3835

Style #3850

Style #3964

Style #4111

Style #4112

I missed out on these:

Style #3966 - OUT OF PRINT

Style #4109 - OUT OF PRINT

Style #4110 - OUT OF PRINT (but no worries! 4111 and 4112 included these styles!)

An Extra Tip! If you missed the holiday sales at your local fabric stores and still want to grab these at a discounted price, is offering most of them at half off!

I'll post pictures of the pieces I make from these patterns. Please let me know if you've ever tried them out!

Love always,


Rianna Bethany said...

Wow! This is the first time I have come across your blog and its lovely! I'm into patterns and clothes making too so there was lots of handy tips that were really usefull!
Great blog.
Rianna Bethany xxxxxxxx

Heather said...

I wish I had the patience to follow a pattern! These are great!