Once I figure out how many I have and how much they have cost me, it would only make sense to figure out if I am getting my money's worth from them, right?. How many times would you have to use a pattern for it to be worth what you paid for it? One time? Three times? Ten times? Once I get to this stage, my next step would be admitting to myself that I have NEVER sewn MOST of the patterns I own! I AM A HOARDER!
Don't get me wrong - I sew all the time and I use patterns all the time, but since I sew to sell, I tend to get in a comfort zone and to re-use a pattern that I really like and create "lines" of dresses with them. Just this past Christmas, I made Candy Castle's Princess Dress pattern 30 times, bringing my total times using that pattern up to 33. I've also made their Peppermint Swirl pattern 8 or 9 times. The only pattern I've made more often than these dresses is my own Kasie Sundress pattern and I've lost count on that one.
So what makes a person like me buy a new pattern? Since my kids are grown and I have only grandsons to sew for, why do I gravitate towards cute little girls dresses? I haven't quite figured this out yet so this morning, after purchasing yet another dress pattern, I decided to analyze my purchase and figure out what made me click over to the website to buy it.
So this is Little Lizard King's Peggy Sue pattern. I've seen this pattern a few times and have always been attracted to it for 2 reasons...the bibbed area on the front is just the perfect setting to add a touch of embroidery and I love the no-gather (translated "less time") skirt.
So why have I not purchased this pattern before? I actually have no clue...so what "grabbed" me and made me click over to buy this pattern now?
This is what happened today: This morning, as I was drinking my coffee and scrolling through the awesome creations that magically show up on my Facebook wall overnight (my every-morning routine), I came across this post in the Little Lizard King Cafe (their private Facebook sewing group page). These adorable dresses were created by Heather Donaldson of Leslie's Lavish Boutique. Heather has somehow managed to combine quite a few of my very favorite things into these awesome dresses...pink, gingham, seersucker, eyelet, embroidery, and did I already mention pink? To me, these dresses are perfect! My eyes glazed over, I started salivating, and somewhere in the world, Liz King heard the cash register go "CHA-CHING!"
So now I have this visual in my head...all over the world there are millions of people just like me, sitting in front of their computers drinking coffee and scrolling through hundreds of thousands of posts and seeing that perfect item that someone has created with just the perfect combination of their favorite things that causes them to click over to the website and drop that pattern in their cart. Sip, click, CHA-CHING!!! (And the patterns-hoarded counter clicks up one more.) Truly, I'm saving them all up for the fabric/pattern apocalypse...I WILL be prepared when the time comes!
Don't forget to click over and check out Leslie's Lavish Boutique. Heather has created lots of awesome items! You can also stop by her Facebook fan page and say "hi!" She will be posting some modeled pictures of her adorable Peggy Sue dresses in the very near future.