Ok, so its past midnight, and I should be sleeping, BUT, I could not help myself. I checked my email just before going to bed, and what did I see? An email from McCall's, announcing their Autumn patterns. As usual, you love some, and have WTF moments with some of them. What caught my eye this time though, were extra pictures on one pattern, giving "creative guide options".....that sounds suspiciously like the type of information you would get from an indie company like Colette Patterns or Sewaholic.
So this pattern : M6599
has the following fashion options.
Mccall's pattern and its sister publications like Butterick and Vogue have never really ( if they have, I don't know about it) bothered to help us mere mortals by showing us how to extend the lives of our precious patterns. I know Simplicity, with the Project Runway line of patterns, have a separate sheet which has information on changing the design elements of the pattern, using the Croquis, so they might be copying them. I don't like that possibility though. Its not fun. I insist on thinking that they are copying the indie pattern companies.
Is it possible, I ask myself, that they have started taking notice of the interactive relationship that exists between the independent pattern companies and us?
Do they look on, with wonderment, at the excitement generated throughout the blogosphere by the mere mention of an imminent release of a new Sewaholic or Colette Pattern?
Is this the beginning of a more interactive experience with the Big 4 pattern companies?
I am aware I might be leaping to huge conclusions here, but I just thought it would be more fun to entertain the thought that there is possibly more to this sudden desire by McCall's to help me be more creative with my pattern.....hmmm