I absolutely DESIRE a Jasper Sweater from Paprika Patterns with all my heart. But this blog is called “Kloonpatrone”, right? Partly because I am CHEAP, right? So I HAD to try and clone it .
Let me just talk about pattern prices for a moment. Here in South Africa, buying patterns actually appears to be more economical than elsewhere in the world. The most expensive pattern in my collection – Vogue 8940 for my son’s Leprechaun coat last year – cost me R90.00. Average Big 5 patterns sell for between R65 and R120 in the retail stores. Since I am a CHEAPIE who always head for the Out-Of-Print bin, I very seldom pay more than R45 for a pattern.
Internet prices make me stagger. I just looked up Vogue 8940. $18.00 on the Vogue Website. Almost double that on some other sites. $18.00 translates into R270.00 in my money.
The(downloadable) Jasper Pattern is $14. That is R210 for me. Even though it is the most devinely designed sweatshirt I’ve ever seen I still can’t bring myself to make that purchase with the exchange rate so staggeringly against me.
The thing is, depending where I shop and EXCLUDING Chinese bargain stores, I can buy really nice looking sweaters for R250-R350. I actually bought one recently for R150.
No, they are NOT as gorgeous as the Jasper, but they will keep me covered and warm for winter.
Get my logic?
Aaaaanyway. I made a sweater. It is not a Jasper. And it looks prettier in the mirror than in the pictures, I swear. (It also looks prettier on the dressform, which is currently set to my daughter’s size 10. Maybe I should consider making the next one a little bigger…)
I tried to clone the pattern of a favourite sweatshirt which I thought might give the right princess seamlines, but I obviously messed something up somewhere }-; But don’t fear, I will tweak those armscyes for the next version.
The neckline is my own freestyle draft. I am rather pleased with it.
And initially I did not want to add a band around the hemline but the simple hem looked a bit insipid.
Money money money moooooney???
Thisis a wearable muslin made from an awful cheap polyester knit that cost me R100 for 2 metres.
That means that in this picture I am wearing a $7.00 sweatshirt that does not fit too well (yet) but is a good start for the next try.
I still want the Jasper Pattern. That pattern drafting is genius, it looks wonderful on every single review I’ve seen of it. But until a miracle happens and our Rand can compete with other currencies again, I have to be resourceful.
I would like to know how other people feel about the economics of patterns and home sewing?