I wanted to make sure that I knew exactly what patterns I needed to get, so I visited BuiltbyWendy.com 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 Simplicity.com 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 Joann.com 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 BuiltbyWendy.com]
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, Simplicity.com 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!